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Which Bills Will Hit The Gov's Desk This Session?

Jim Hill
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KUNC

We're just past the halfway mark for the annual 120-day legislative session. As lawmakers (and the reporters that cover them) enter the home stretch, what's the scuttlebutt under the gold dome? Which bills are being delayed? How is the Governor handling split legislative control?

For insights we picked the brains of reporters who work the halls on daily basis at the capitol.

In the roundtable are Kristen Wyatt of The Associated Press and Peter Marcus from The Durango Herald.

Capitol Conversation Highlights

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press On Bills Concerning Testing Reform

"One of the biggest bills of the session will be considering the amount of tests Colorado pupils have to take in public school. There's a lot of anxiety. The Governor specifically talked about that in his state of the state in January. We still have not seen any serious debate on what that should look like."

Peter Marcus, Durango Herald On Construction Defects Reform

"Coming up the big issue will be construction defect legislation which has sort of been touted as kind of the centerpiece of the legislative session, which tells you a lot of how the legislative session has been going. The issue there is going to be Democrats trying to push it for affordable housing, but some rifts within their own party on that."

Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.
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