By PATRICK MALONE | email@example.com | Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 11:47 am
DENVER — Lawmakers are grouping today to salvage what they can after Tuesday’s bitter political tug-of-war that doomed civil unions in Colorado for the time being and dashed dozens of other proposals along with it.
Among the bills that the Legislature is trying to resurrect on its final day of the legislation session are a measure that would authorize more than $40 million in water projects, including two in the San Luis Valley, and another that would prioritize underserved rural areas for broadband Internet expansion.
Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, sponsored both measures.
Legislative leaders are working today to roll authorization of the water projects into another bill that still has a chance to pass.
Faced with the sure passage of civil unions for same sex couples because some of their fellow Republicans and joined Democrats to support it, Republican leaders in the House halted action for three hours so Democrats could not demand a vote on it before the midnight deadline for its passage.
The stall tactic also came at the expense of bills to create a legal standard for marijuana intoxication while driving, criminalizing the abuse of bath salts as an intoxicant, reduce business taxes through bonding related to unemployment insurance, eliminating zero-tolerance discipline policies in schools and setting the course for the future of student assessment in Colorado schools.