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Procrastinators? Not so fast, say Colo. lawmakers

Author: Marshall Zellinger, 9News - May 11, 2018 - Updated: May 11, 2018

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Procrastinate | verb | pro·cras·ti·nate | To put off intentionally and habitually

Colorado lawmakers in the House and Senate worked until the statutorily allowed deadline, gaveling out at 11:59:59 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Colorado legislature meets for 120 days, and just like years past, major bills — including public-pension reform and transportation funding — were still yet to be decided by the end of the 120th day.

“There’s really not a good reason for it. I think some of them are just controversial. But, if we actually started talking about them earlier, we wouldn’t be getting them done literally in the final minutes of the legislative session,” said House Minority Leader Rep. Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock.

“I mean, we would have been fine if the Republicans would have agreed with us weeks ago,” said House Speaker Rep. Crisanta Duran, D-Denver. “We could have made sure those bills got to the governor’s desk like that.”

But Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, pushes back on the idea that lawmakers are procrastinators.

“I would dispute the idea that they were rushed through,” he said of ladt-day bills. “… Honestly, there’s been a lot of talk and a lot of negotiation going on during the entire 120 days. The only reason it comes down to looking like we’re rushing things at the end is because these are big issues that took a lot of work.”

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Marshall Zellinger, 9News

Marshall Zellinger, 9News