This week in the Legislature, Feb. 20, 2012

The Colorado House and Senate are nearing their own self-imposed deadlines for the first bills introduced into the session to be passed out of the chamber where they started.

■ Today: The House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee will look at a bill to create a special legislative panel to examine proposed controversial rules by the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission dealing with nitrates in the state’s lakes and rivers.

■ Tuesday: The Senate Transportation Committee will debate a bill to do away with photo radar to nab motorists who run red lights.

■ Wednesday: The House Finance Committee will review several measures aimed at improving the state’s enterprise zones.

■ Thursday: The Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy Committee will consider a measure to name the Western Tiger Salamander as the state amphibian.

■ Next week: The Joint Budget Committee will continue its work on drafting the budget for the 2012–13 fiscal year, which starts July 1.

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


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