This Week in the Legislature, April 21, 2014

The Colorado Legislature is entering its final weeks of the 2014 session, and lawmakers will be spending time on the floor of the House and Senate and in committee meetings as needed so measures still remaining get their final, or in some cases, first hearings to determine if they will live or die.

■ Today: The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on five measures designed to reform the state’s telecommunications laws, including one bill to create a broadband fund to help bring Internet services to parts of the state that don’t yet have it.

■ Tuesday: The Senate Appropriations Committee will consider a flurry of measures that are still part of the yet-to-be finalized budget for next year, including bills to fund K-12 education and part of a state-owned aerial firefighting fleet.

■ Wednesday: The Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee will hear HB1303 that would allow some legislative committees to take public testimony on some bills from areas of the state other than far-flung Denver, such as Grand Junction.

■ Thursday: The Senate Education Committee will debate HB1124, which would require the state’s colleges and universities to offer in-state tuition to Native Americans whose tribes have historic ties to the state.

■ Next week: The session ends on May 7, giving lawmakers only a handful of days to wrap things up.

All floor action and committees can be watched or heard on the Legislature’s website at http://www.leg.state.co.us.


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