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Marianne GoodlandOctober 2, 20179min109
The first day of the General Assembly’s special session held no surprises for anyone who listened to Senate Republicans early Monday morning: as expected, a bill to fix a drafting error in a measure from the 2017 regular session, went down on a party-line 3-2 vote. In a vote less than an hour later, the […]

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Marianne GoodlandOctober 2, 20177min131
The biggest fight over whether to fix a drafting error in an omnibus rural sustainability bill is whether the fix requires voter approval. Senate Republicans are adamant that voters in those special districts should weigh in. Democrats and those who have fought similar battles in the courts say no. And it’s all about how the Taxpayer’s […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 29, 20178min720

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Democratic lawmakers say it’s a simple fix, but Republicans say it’s anything but. As next week’s special legislative session approaches — it’s set to convene Monday — Republican leaders in the Capitol and outside pressure groups are ramping up their opposition and predict the endeavor will be an expensive waste of time. It isn’t the reaction Hickenlooper expected when he issued a formal call for the session earlier in September so lawmakers could correct a drafting error in a tax bill that’s costing some special districts hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue.