Republicans on the Senate Finance committee voted 3-2 to kill the bipartisan tax bill aimed at securing infrastructure funding.
2017 Colorado Legislature
Governor John Hickenlooper recently signed a bill to end the practice of separate roped-off free speech zones on the campuses of Colorado's public universities and colleges. Reporter Corey Hutchins of the Colorado Independent followed the bill, which had rare bipartisan support.
Since he was a freshman lawmaker in 2013, Everett has been the lone no vote on bills dozens of times in the 65-member Colorado House.
The rural sustainability bill still has a long way to go in a legislature where byzantine fights over finances have bedeviled compromise for years.
A bill that has bipartisan support could be the first state law regulating autonomous vehicles in Colorado. It passed in the legislature earlier this week.
Separate bipartisan proposals could raise the state sales tax and free money in the existing budget for roads, schools and health care.
A bill would let cities decide when bars close, but not all barkeeps think later hours are a good idea.
Of all the bills state lawmakers take up every year, the only one they must pass is the budget — and they have to balance it.
Cuts will impact farmers, air and water, and health care, although, Hickenlooper says, Colorado could benefit from more defense spending.