This Week in the Legislature, Jan. 20, 2014

The 2014 legislative session will be entering its second full week, but it starts out with a holiday.

■ Today: Both chambers of the Legislature will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

■ Tuesday: The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a measure, SB21, partly sponsored by Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, to continue a new panel that is eyeing mental illness as it relates to criminal justice. The panel was created after last year’s fatal shooting at an Aurora movie theater.

■ Wednesday: The House Local Government Committee will hear HB1064, which would bar severance tax money that is used to offset impacts of mineral development from going to communities that bar that development. The bill is aimed at four Front Range communities that banned the practice of hydraulic fracturing in natural gas wells within their borders.

■ Thursday: The Senate Education Committee will debate SB1, the Senate Democrats’ signature bill to increase funding to higher education by more than $100 million and cap tuition hikes at 6 percent.

■ Next week: The Senate Finance Committee will hear King’s SB13, which would prohibit the state’s Old Age Pension Fund from deducting gifts from seniors’ pension payments.

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


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