This Week in the Legislature
A conference committee, made up of the six-member Joint Budget Committee, will spend a few days this week ironing out differences between the House and Senate versions of next year’s $23 billion state spending plan.
■ Today: The House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee will discuss SB158, which redefines the meaning of Election Day when it comes to recall elections, expanding it to include all days ballots can be cast.
■ Tuesday: A conference committee of senators and representatives, including Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, and Rep. Jared Wright, R-Fruita, will work on differences in the House and Senate versions of their measure, SB131, which deals with motor vehicle registration cards. At issue is the inclusion of addresses on the cards, which the original bill would eliminate. The bill is designed to protect people from being targeted by thieves.
■ Wednesday: The Senate Appropriations Committee will consider several measures, including one by King to allow recipients of Old Age Pension benefits to accept gifts, grants and donations.
■ Thursday: The Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy Committee will hear SB164 by King and Senate President Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, which would start creation of an aerial firefighting fleet.
■ Next week: The Legislature is nearing the end of this year’s session. Although it will have completed work on the annual budget, it will have some work to do on some bills that are major elements of the budget bill, such as increasing funding to K-12 education and earmarking more money for the state’s colleges and universities.
All floor action and committees can be watched or heard on the Legislature’s website at http://www.leg.state.co.us.