Compiled by Don Knox, STATE BILL COLORADO
COLORADO HOUSE REPUBLICANS made a last-minute amendment involving payday lending to a typically non-controversial annual rules bill late Tuesday that could jeopardize the implementation of 594 rules drawn up by state government departments between November 2009 and November 2010. “The governor feels strongly that it’s irresponsible to play games with this bill,” said Eric Brown, Hickenlooper’s communications director. House Speaker Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, defended the change: “It is the House’s prerogative … to bring clarification that allows our economy to grow, allows jobs to be created and allows us to move forward.”
ON-TIME START IN THE SENATE. Late start in the House.
HOW TO MAKE 120 DAYS go faster?
TODAY’S SINE DIE CHATTER on ColoradoPols.com.
PLEASE, GOD, NO: Special session.
THE ELEGANT GOVERNMENT WE WERE HOPING FOR? It’s lost in the abyss that was redistricting.
JAMES MEJIA “doesn’t neet another gig at city hall.”
ANGRY: John Suthers.
STILL BUZZING OVER DEATH of stoned driving bill.
NO HICKENLOOPER PUBLIC EVENTS TODAY: Maybe there’s a beer summit on redistricting, but probably not.
TODAY’S SOCIAL CALENDAR: Party upon adjournment, TBD.
FLIP-FLOPPING ON SAFETY MANAGER? Chris Romer.
GLOOMY CAPITAL PHOTO BY IAN SILVERII: Expresses our thoughts on the session nicely.
HE SAID IT: “I expect the Senate Democrats to adhere to their position. If that happens — special session. This bill has to pass.” — House Minority Leader Sal Pace, D-Pueblo.
HE SAID IT: Frank McNulty is “playing the blame game, and the rest of us are trying to be adults in the room, bring a certain level of maturity to the negotiation and get something done.” — Brandon Shaffer.
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