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BILLS UP TODAY on our quick-look calendar.
THOSE CRAZY SENATORS, doing the “wave” in this video as testimony drones on.
SUTHERS OPPOSES GOP PLAN TO BOOST FIRE-VICTIM PAYMENTS: “Needless to say they’re not happy with me,” Suthers tells 9News. “But I don’t think it’s a good idea and I’m not going to say it’s otherwise because they happen to be Republicans.” Suthers says lawmakers should raise the cap if they don’t think it’s fair, not ignore it for high-profile cases.
LEGISLATIVE EXPANSION PLAN DRAWING A LOT OF ATTENTION: Former Rocky Mountain News political writer Peter Blake, now with Colorado News Agency, calls the fast-tracked HB12-1348 “the congressionalization” of the Colorado General Assembly. The bill, which authorizes expansion into 1525 Sherman St., north of the Capitol, “smacks of empire building, a charge no candidate wants to carry into a campaign. It’s no wonder lawmakers are so vague about it. And in such a hurry to pass it.” To read The Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels, the bill is more about control of the tunnels beneath the Capitol as well as lingering bad blood over lost Capitol parking places. This dustup is the result of the AG’s office move later this year or early next year to the under-construction Ralph W. Carr Judicial Center.
GESSLER AGAIN pressing Shaffer.
CONTRACTORS STEW after Hickenlooper declines meeting over bill he’ll probably veto.
HEADING TO GOVERNOR’S DESK: Long appropriations bill.
PARTY DATE CHANGED: Colorado Association of Professional Lobbyists’ end-of-session party moved up a day to Wednesday, May 2. Time (same): 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location (same): Courtyard at Brownleigh Court, 1410 Grant St. More information here.
AGREEMENT REACHED: Tow-truck licensing.
MOVING ON: Civil unions bill.
MOVING ON: Fair school discipline bill.
STOPPED: Lower car-registration late fees.
STOPPED: Bid preferences.
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YESTERDAY’S BILL ROUNDUP FOR STATE BILL SUBSCRIBERS, COURTESY OUR VIRTUAL BILL BOX:
* Introduced bills
* Signed bills
* Bills acted upon
* New fiscal notes
* Bill amendments
* New bill versions
* Day’s archived audio
* Day’s archived video
* New lobbyists
* New principals
NO HICKENLOOPER/GARCIA PUBLIC EVENTS today, but at 10 a.m. tomorrow, both will deliver remarks at the History Colorado Center’s Opening Day. Location: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver.
NOTHING ON THE SOCIAL CALENDAR: Get out of Denver, baby, go.
TODAY ON THE CAPITOL GROUNDS: 9:00 AM 3:30 PM, CRMCA Appreciation lunch, East Lawn – 500 people
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