DENVER — Now that the Colorado Senate has completed work on the state's $30.5 billion annual budget, the measure heads to the Colorado House, which will spend much of this week debating it. At issue is whether House members will go along with a deal brokered between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate to divert $106 million more to transportation projects.
■ Today: The House Energy & Environment Committee is to hear HB1261, a bill designed to help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
■ Tuesday: The House Education Committee is to debate SB3, a bill that creates an educator loan forgiveness program.
■ Wednesday: The Senate Judiciary Committee is to discuss HB1225, a measure that would eliminate cash bail for low-level offenses.
■ Thursday: The Senate Education Committee is to hear HB1178, a bill that would change the name of Western State Colorado University to Western Colorado University.
■ Next week: If the House completes its work on the state's annual spending plan, it likely will go to a conference committee to iron out any differences with the Senate version of the bill. Traditionally, that conference committee is made up of the same six members of the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee, the same panel that drafted the measure, SB207, in the first place.
All floor action and committees can be watched or heard on the Legislature's website at www.leg.state.co.us. Check that website to see which measures are available for remote testimony, and how to register to speak.
— Charles Ashby