One way to look at what was arguably the 2017 session’s signature legislation — the catch-all Senate Bill 267, which wound up doing a little of everything — is as a sci-fi movie monster that consumes all things in its path and takes on their characteristics. Of course, that would be an unkind reading.
Veteran Capitol journalist Todd Engdahl offered a more forgiving (and far more informed) overview of the legislation the other day, crediting this year’s session with having “made history as the one that cleared several logjams at once — all with one big bill.” Writing for Colorado Capitol Watch, Engdahl sees it like this:
Whether the passage of Senate Bill 17-267 becomes a template for future compromises or will turn out to be a one-off remains to be seen. But its somewhat unexpected success is a testimony to what can get done when Democrats team up with moderate and some conservative Republicans.
As Engdahl notes, the bill’s title purported to address the “sustainability of rural Colorado” but, as it turned out, will reclassify the hospital-provider fee; lease-purchase state buildings to fund highways; give a $30 million lift to rural schools; the list goes on.
Read on for Engdahl’s full, helpful perspective and then decide for yourself if the bill is a many-headed monster or a multifaceted accomplishment lawmakers can be proud of. Here’s the link again.