Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg delayed debate on HB 19-1312 until the final day of the legislature — an effective end to its chances.
With a week left in the session, the legislature is trying to pack in more Democratic priorities as Republicans stick to delay tactics.
Democratic Majority Leader Steve Fenberg and Republican Minority Leader Chris Holbert brokered the compromise.
The minority party doesn’t have a lot of options to slow down the process.
SB-181 would require state regulators to prioritize health and safety when deciding whether to grant new drilling permits.
Many Republicans fear these new proposals could drive up costs for the energy industry and push them to invest outside of Colorado.
Soon-to-be state Sen. Bob Rankin took particular issue with the governor's plan to move Colorado to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040.