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Special session called to fix error costing RTD, others big money in marijuana tax revenue

DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper called Thursday for a special session of the Colorado Legislature.

Lawmakers will be called back into session to fix a bill drafting error that has been costing a number of special districts hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in marijuana revenue.

They include RTD, the Denver Zoo, the Museum of Nature and Science, and other organizations.

The special session will address an “unintended consequence from the passage of Senate Bill 17-267, and will clarify special districts’ authority to levy sales tax on the sale of retail marijuana,” the governor’s office said in a statement.

It will begin Oct. 2.

“Since this issue was discovered, we worked with department staff, stakeholders, sponsors, and members of the General Assembly on options to correct this unintended consequence. After hearing about the potential impact on citizens around the state, it is clear that this problem is best solved as soon as possible. This special session will be solely to address this one narrow correction,” Hickenlooper said.

Lawmakers said they’re ready to take care of this.

“The bipartisan sponsors of SB267 have all agreed that the omission of special districts from the retail marijuana revenue distribution was an unintentional error,” House Speaker Crisanta Duran said.

“Now that the governor has called a special session to resolve this issue, we owe it to the affected special districts and the people they serve to correct this mistake as quickly and efficiently as possible. We’ll be ready to go in October.”