2017 Legislative Session Comes to an End

Lawmakers hurry to finish over 100 remaining bills before adjourning sine die.

The 71st General Assembly came to a close on Wednesday, after going through over 100 remaining bills in the House and the Senate — some of which were left behind when the assembly adjourned sine die.
Several bipartisan agreements occurred as major bills such as Senate Bill 267, concerning the sustainability of rural Colorado, passed the House with 49-16 votes. The bill casts a wide net as it reclassified the hospital provider fee and saved Colorado hospitals from $528 million in funding cuts. The bill will also fund rural schools and roads, which includes a $1.88 billion highway project and increase taxes on marijuana, to name a few.
“The session was one of the most productive we have seen in a long time. I’m very proud of the teamwork that went into this session,” said House Speaker Cristana Duran in a press conference. “…We had a huge majority in the House with 37 members who were able to effectively lead … and who truly listened to their constituents.”
But not everyone was celebrating. Both chambers hit a roadblock with Senate Bill 301 that relates to energy-related statutes.

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