This Week in the Legislature, April 3, 2017

DENVER — Now that the Senate has completed its work on the state’s proposed $26.8 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year, the House will take its turn this week poring over it.

• Today: The House Finance Committee is to hear SB27, a bill that would increase penalties for texting while driving, but also allow motorists to text during certain times while still behind the wheel.

• Tuesday: The Senate Transportation Committee is to debate SB205, a bill that calls on the Colorado Department of Transportation to submit a proposed ballot measure to voters to increase sales taxes by a quarter-cent to fund multimodal transportation projects.

• Wednesday: The House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee is to discuss HB1279, a measure aimed at governing how homeowners’ associations can file construction defects lawsuits.

• Thursday: The Senate Health & Human Services Committee is to hear SB268, a measure that would allow pharmacists to supervise more than three technicians.

• Friday: This day is reserved for floor debate on bills that reach that stage in the House and Senate.

• Next week: The House should be done with the budget by now, but that doesn’t mean work on it is over. At this stage, the budget bill heads to a conference committee to work out differences between the House and the Senate. Normal conference committees are made up of three members from the House and three from the Senate. The Joint Budget Committee, which has the same makeup ­— and which wrote the spending plan — traditionally acts as the conference committee in this situation.

Scheduled committee hearings are subject to change. All floor action and committees can be watched or heard on the Legislature’s website, leg.colorado.gov. Check that website to see which measures are available for remote testimony, and how to register to speak.

— By Charles Ashby


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