This week in the Legislature, Feb. 24, 2014

The Legislature is nearly in the middle of the 2014 session, and will spend the next couple of weeks finalizing next year’s budget. Meanwhile, various bills continue to work their way through the legislative process.

■ Today: The Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee will consider SB141 to suspend until 2016 last year’s bill that reformed how elections are done in the state, including allowing for same-day voter registrations and all-mail ballot elections.

■ Tuesday: The House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee will debate HB1192 to repeal the state’s health benefits exchange, the program established as part of the federal Patient Protection & Affordable Health Care Act.

■ Wednesday: The House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee will hear SB84, introduced by Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, and Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose, that would allow counties with 70,000 or less in population to elect their county commissioners by districts rather than countywide.

■ Thursday: The Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy Committee will discuss SB145, partly sponsored by Roberts and Coram, to offer incentives for new housing developments to implement water-conservation methods in construction.

■ Next week: House Republicans plan to try again to get a bill to create a Jessica’s Law in Colorado that Democrats in past years when the idea has come up have said would make the state’s laws on sexually violent predators weaker rather than stronger.

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


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