This week in the Legislature, April 14, 2014

The House and Senate are expected to cast their final votes on the $23 billion state budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

■ Today: The House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee will consider SB153, which would increase the per-diem pay legislators can claim when serving on committees or commissions as part of their jobs when the Legislature is not in session. The measure is sponsored by leaders from both parties in the House and Senate.

■ Tuesday: The Senate Local Government Committee will debate SB184, which removes a 10-acre cap on the land farmers can grow industrial hemp. The measure was introduced by Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, whose district includes Delta County, and Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose.

■ Wednesday: The House Finance Committee will consider HB1356, which would increase the daily fine oil and gas drillers can be assessed for violating state law from $1,000 to $15,000.

■ Next week: Because the 2014 session is coming to a close, lawmakers in the House and Senate will be doing a lot more work on the floor rather than in committee hearings as they deal with numerous bills before their May 7 adjournment.

All floor action and committees can be watched or heard on the Legislature’s website at


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