In a busy 2017 session, lawmakers also passed measures to address the statewide teacher shortage.
2017 Colorado Legislature
Democratic House Speaker Crisanta Duran and Republican Senate President Kevin Grantham touted passage of two other bills that had divided their parties for years.
Over the past four months, state lawmakers introduced and debated nearly 700 bills. Among them were some big bipartisan wins — and losses.
The deadly Firestone explosion was a “freak accident,” John Hickenlooper says. He believes that calls for spot checks, and better local-state cooperation are appropriate government responses.
The sweeping measure touches nearly every aspect of state government spending — including health care, transportation, and taxes.
Connor Randall and Andrew Carpenter do a lot more than just read hundreds of bills aloud. But that’s definitely the most entertaining part of their duties.
Republicans on the Senate Finance committee voted 3-2 to kill the bipartisan tax bill aimed at securing infrastructure funding.
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.