Lawmakers prepare for final days of legislature

8:57 PM, May 5, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER (AP) - A look at what's coming up at the Colorado Legislature this week:

IT'S ALL OVER ... MOST LIKELY?

Lawmakers are racing to the finish, trying to wrap up the 2013 session by midnight Wednesday. There's a lot still pending: New regulations for the legalization of marijuana, including improving a tax or a possible elimination of the voter-approved amendment. New oversight on the oil and gas industry, taxes on online sales, and driver's licenses for people in the country illegally are also pending. Democratic leaders insist they'll have everything done on time and there won't be a need for a special session.

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL

Lawmakers won't just be scrambling to complete work on pending bills. Some of them will also be busy trying to resurrect bills that have failed. Senate President John Morse gave notice that he may seek another vote on a rejected bill to tap rural telephone subsidies to pay for rural broadband service. The House, meanwhile, amended a bill Friday to spend money turning a former prison in southeast Colorado into a treatment center for the homeless. The idea was already rejected once in the Senate.

WILL HE SIGN OR WILL HE VETO?

The clock has started ticking on contentious bills that Gov. John Hickenlooper has to decide on -- including an elections overhaul that includes same-day registration, a strengthening of labor rights for firefighters, and more legal remedies for discrimination cases on small businesses. Lawmakers may be waiting for weeks before they find out.

ATTORNEY GENERAL RACE

Former Adams County District Attorney Don Quick is scheduled to formally launch his candidacy for Colorado Attorney General Monday at the west steps of the state Capitol. Quick, a Democrat, is seeking to replace Attorney General John Suthers in the 2014. Suthers, a Republican, is term limited. Republican Rep. Mark Waller, the GOP's House leader, is expected to announce his candidacy for the position later this summer.

DECISION FOR MORSE

Another lawmaker who may be on the campaign trail this summer is Senate President John Morse, who is the subject of two recall efforts led by gun-rights supporters in his hometown of Colorado Springs. The recall petitions are due back in May and June, when Morse will find out if he has to face voters. History is on his side; no legislator in Colorado has been successfully recalled.

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