Colorado's 73rd General Assembly officially wrapped up this week, and a lot went down — including Republicans tearing into each other in the final hours over yet another session that left them largely empty-handed of legislative wins.
Here are a few highlights on some of the most consequential policies our (mostly Democratic) lawmakers passed:
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Gun control (HB21-1298, HB21-1299 and SB21-256): The trio of legislation, which comes in response to the mass shooting this year at a Boulder grocery store, would expand firearm background checks, create a dedicated office for gun violence prevention and allow municipalities to have even stricter gun laws than the state.
Health insurance (HB21-1232): This bill would establish a state health insurance plan that would reduce premium costs from 2021 rates by 15% in three years.
Racial justice (SB21-280): Would make it easier to prosecute hate crimes when racial bias is a clear driver of a crime, even if not the whole motivation.
Tenant protections (SB21-173): Renters in Colorado would be given a week-long grace period before landlords can charge late fees, and landlords would be limited on how much they can charge for an overdue payment.
Transportation (SB21-260): A $5.4 billion plan to expand overcrowded interstates, repair rural roads and invest in public transit.
Environment (HB21-1162 and HB21-1266): The former bill would ban plastic foam and require fees for plastic and paper bags, while the latter would require emissions reductions among major industries, including oil and gas.
Marijuana (HB21-1317): This bipartisan bill will impose restrictions on the marijuana industry and limit teenagers' access to high-potency THC products, including wax.
What to watch: The legislation now all heads to the governor's desk and awaits his signature.
Of note: For a quick look at some of the biggest bills that didn't make the cut this session, check out Denver7's rundown.
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