Testing, red light camera bills on tap on Legislature’s final day

<p>(Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)</p>
<p>The Colorado Capitol.</p>

State lawmakers must wrap up their work for this year’s legislative session by midnight Wednesday. A number of major bills are still working through the process.

Lawmakers are down to the wire to pass a compromise that reduces the number of standardized tests Colorado students have to take. A grand bargain on student testing was finally reached in the last few days, but the measure still must win final approval in the state Senate.

The House and Senate have also been working on competing bills to do away with red light cameras. One version bans them outright while the other would let local voters decide. Gov. John Hickenlooper has made it clear that he opposes banning the cameras, but hasn't said if he would veto a bill requiring voters to approve them.

The future of an office that advocates for utility customers is still also in doubt. The House and Senate disagree over whether the office should have any role in telecommunications oversight. A conference committee will have to work out that difference Wednesday if the office is to continue.