Scott proposal on reform of oil, gas panel among bills expired at Capitol

DENVER — It will be too late for some ideas when the 2011 Legislature adjourns today. Several bills died Tuesday because lawmakers failed to debate them on the floor or even assign them to a committee for a hearing.

Among them was the measure Rep. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, introduced to add more industry experts to the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission. The measure reached the Senate on Monday, but Democrats didn’t assign it to a committee.

Meanwhile, Republican leaders in the House didn’t hold a final vote on a controversial measure to roll back parts of a 1992 ballot question that prohibited spring and summer bear hunting. That bill, introduced by Rep. J. Paul Brown, R-Ignacio, needed a final House vote Tuesday in order to have the needed two days of voting in the Senate for a chance at being approved by the time the Legislature adjourns today.

By law, all introduced bills require at least one public hearing and at least one vote. After that, lawmakers can do anything they want, including killing bills by allowing them to die on the calendar, as it is called.

Other bills killed that way include a measure calling for all ballot questions to be written in plain language, a bill reversing a law approved last year to require businesses to pre-certify that they intend to apply for tax credits before locating in an enterprise zone, and a measure to repeal the state’s estate tax, which Colorado doesn’t actually have.


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