This Week in the Legislature, April 23, 2012

The Senate completed its work on the state’s $19 billion spending plan for the 2012–13 fiscal year, which starts July 1. Now the bill will head back to the Joint Budget Committee, which is to iron out differences between the House and Senate versions.

■ Today: The Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee will hear a bill that would end the need for Colorado Bureau of Investigation background checks before purchase of firearms.

■ Tuesday: The Senate Transportation Committee will debate a bill that would lower vehicle-registration fees.

■ Wednesday: The House Finance Committee is to vote on a bill that would allow video-lottery-terminal casinos in the state.

■ Thursday: The House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee will eye a bill that would place a buy-American-only preference on materials used by state contractors.

■ Next week: This is the last full week of the 2012 legislative session. Measures still awaiting debate and votes in the Colorado House include matters such as civil unions for gay and lesbian couples and a bill that would allow the children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Colorado colleges and universities.

Scheduled committee hearings are subject to change. All floor action and committees can be watched or heard on the Legislature’s website,


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