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Transportation, PERA among five huge issues Colorado lawmakers face in session’s final 10 days

The 120-day Colorado legislative session ends May 9 with transportation, PERA and civil rights commission remain unresolved

John Frank and Jesse Paul
The Denver Post
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Sen. Kerry Donovan watches as Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg speaks passionately about the right to dig holes and remove roots, while addressing SB18-167 (enforce requirements to call 811 to locate underground facilities) before a vote at the Colorado State Capitol on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The legislative session will come to a close on May 9, 2018.

This session, more so than most years, Colorado lawmakers saved the best for last.

With 10 days left in the 2018 session when lawmakers return Monday, the most significant pieces of legislation remain unresolved because of partisan differences — and the decisions to come will affect everyone in the state.

The General Assembly's to-do list includes: a measure to stabilize the crippled state pension system that covers 1 in 10 Coloradans; an effort to pump hundreds of millions of dollars into improving the state's roads and highways; the renewal of a commission tasked with defending civil rights; two ballot measures that revamp how political districts are drawn; and more.

State Sen. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, sits at his desk before a vote at the Colorado State Capitol on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The legislative session will come to a close on May 9, 2018. Baumgardner survived one attempt by Democrats to expel him over sexual harassment allegations, but they have revived that effort after new information came to light recently.AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver PostState Sen. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, sits at his desk before a vote at the Colorado State Capitol on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The legislative session will come to a close on May 9, 2018. Baumgardner survived one attempt by Democrats to expel him over sexual harassment allegations, but they have revived that effort after new information came to light recently.
At the same time, Democrats in the state Senate are again pushing to expel a Republican lawmaker for harassment after new credible allegations surface. The Democrats' action amplifies the partisan tension in the Capitol.

House Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, downplayed concerns that lawmakers won't finish their work, but she acknowledged that the "legislative session has been pretty intense from the beginning, … and it will be intense until the end."

Often, lawmakers punt the toughest decisions to the end, but legislative leaders and lobbyists suggest the stakes for the final sprint this year are greater than usual.

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