Lawmakers running out of time at State Capitol

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DENVER -- There are just four working days left at the State Capitol -- and a lot is still on the agenda.

Lawmakers still have to address transportation funding, affordable housing, hospital provider fees and the presidential primary.

In regards to transportation, State Sen. Randy Baumgardner is hoping his bill will get approval. The Fix Colorado Roads Act would ask voters in November whether the state should spend $3.5 billion in bonds to fix Colorado’s roads.

“You can talk to anybody in the state, the No. 1 thing is why is this road in such bad shape,” Baumgardner said.

The bond package still seems to be meeting resistance from Democrats.

“We need more permanent funding that we can support,” State Sen. Jesse Ulibarri said.

Ulibarri said Democrats would be more likely to support funding transportation through raising taxes and shifting the hospital provider fee.

“I’m optimistic that can still happen, but there is only four days left,” Ulibarri said.

Other issues include switching Colorado from a presidential caucus to a presidential primary system. Sources said the issue has hit a roadblock with some Republican Senators.

Another issue is whether powdered alcohol will be banned. The measure appears to have stalled and Gov. John Hickenlooper told reporters Wednesday he is unsure.

“My general rule is not to deal with hypotheticals,” Hickenlooper said.

If you live in an apartment, there are also questions regarding housing affordability. One bill would require landlords to give residents 28 days notice if they plan to increase rent.

The General Assembly adjourns May 11.

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