This Week in the Legislature, April 11, 2011

The Joint Budget Committee’s $18 billion budget proposal was introduced last week, and the Colorado Senate is expected to give its final nod to it today. The rest of this week, the House is to complete work on the budget and send it back to the JBC to iron out any differences in changes made by the two chambers.

Tuesday: The House Economic and Business Development Committee will review HB1293, which would restore a sales tax exemption on downloaded computer software.

Wednesday: The Legislative Council, an 18-member panel of representatives and senators, will hear a briefing on SB200, a measure to establish a state health-care-exchange program.

Thursday: The Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy Committee will hear HB1146, a measure that would change how counties assess property taxes on land beneath residential homes in agricultural areas.

Next week: The Legislature is expected to complete work on the budget for the 2011–12 fiscal year, which begins July 1, and send it to Gov. John Hickenlooper.

All floor action and committees can be watched or heard on the Legislature’s website, http://www.leg.state.co.us.



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