State lawmakers not likely to quit early as Fitz-Gerald wants all bills considered |

State lawmakers not likely to quit early as Fitz-Gerald wants all bills considered

DENVER – Chances the Legislature will adjourn early this year are slipping away after a flurry of new bills were introduced as the session moves into the home stretch for adjournment next week.Since April 12, Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate have introduced 49 bills as they head toward adjournment on May 11, including a 28-page, complex plan (Senate Bill 237) that would provide a $15 million medical subsidy for small businesses that lawmakers say could tie up debate.Lawmakers are also still trying to come up with a plan to spend $100 million a year for bonds to fix roads and other projects if voters approve the budget fix in November.Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, D-Golden, who represents Summit County, said she won’t allow the Senate to give short shrift to the remaining bills on the calendar. She said senators will stay as long as it takes to get their work done.Fitz-Gerald said her goal that the Legislature adjourn on Friday is still possible, though less likely. House Minority Leader Joe Stengel, R-Littleton, last week urged the House and Senate to save taxpayers $90,000 and go home early.Other bills scheduled this week:- The House Health & Human Services Committee was to hear testimony today on Senate Bill 207 imposing a statewide ban on smoking in restaurants. – The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday takes up House Concurrent Resolution 1002, calling for a voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Rep. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, said protecting traditional marriage is the “most significant domestic issue of the decade.” Last year, Lundberg failed to get a majority of members to back GOP Rep. Marilyn Musgrave’s gay marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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