Colorado’s legislative session is wrapping up. Here’s what lawmakers are passing.
Big bills are still being voted on before the 2021 session must end

By SAJA HINDI | shindi@denverpost.com and ALEX BURNESS | aburness@denverpost.com | The Denver PostJune 2, 2021 at 11:56 a.m.

Bills live and die in quick succession in the final days of the Colorado legislative session, which must end by 11:59 p.m. June 12. Here’s a quick glance at some of the remaining major bills, where they stand and what’s next for them.
The following list will be updated as lawmakers take votes.
Public-private insurance plan (HB21-1232)
Insurance companies would be required to work with the state and health care providers to create the “Colorado Health Benefit Option,” a new health insurance plan available on the individual and small group markets that would reduce premium costs from 2021 numbers by 15% in three years. This could affect about 15% of Coloradans who purchase insurance on the market. Read more here.Where is it? Pending; needs final approval from the HouseGovernor: Not signed
Transportation (SB21-260)
A $5.4 billion plan is aimed at making fixes to Colorado’s transportation system, and includes several fees on items like gas purchases and online deliveries. The money would go toward expanding highways, fixing roads and boosting transit and other alternative transportation. Read more here.Where is it? Pending; has passed both chambers but needs final Senate approval on amendmentsGovernor: Not signed
Marijuana regulation (HB21-1317)
This bill is designed to limit teenagers’ access to high-potency THC products such as wax and shatter, as well as tighten standards to qualify for a medical card and require the state to make an honest attempt at enforcing daily purchase limits at dispensaries. Read more here.Where is it? Pending; the bill awaits a Senate voteGovernor: Not signed
Climate action (SB21-200)
Democratic lawmakers want to force Gov. Jared Polis to guarantee his climate-action “roadmap” meets his goals with a new piece of legislation. Polis didn’t like what they put forward, so everyone’s seeking a compromise. Read more here.Where is it? Pending; the bill has been awaiting a Senate vote for monthsGovernor: Not signed
Gun bills (HB21-1298, HB21-1299 and SB21-256)
Lawmakers introduced three gun bills after the Boulder King Soopers shooting that, overall, would: expand background checks, create the Office of Gun Violence Prevention and allow local governments to enact stricter gun laws than the state. Two other gun bills have been signed into law (require safe storage of firearms and reporting lost or stolen guns), and there’s one pending to restrict domestic abusers from owning firearms. Read more here.Where are they? Pending; the Office of Gun Violence Prevention has passed both chambers and the other two are waiting for final approval after some amendments.Governor: Not signed
Tenant rights (SB21-173)
As a means of putting power back in renters’ hands, the bill would look to build in a seven-day grace period before late fees and new restrictions on how high those fees can be, among other changes. Read more here.Where is it? Pending; the bill awaits final approval in the House and then must return to the SenateGovernor: Not signed
Tax-credit overhaul (HB21-1311 and HB21-1312)
Two bills would eliminate a slew of tax credits for wealthy individuals and businesses, and redirect the money to low-income families and small businesses. Sponsors say it would bring in close to $400 million annually within a few years. Read more here.Where is it? Pending; both await Senate votesGovernor: Not signed
Child sex abuse (SB21-073 and SB21-088)
One bill will remove the civil statute of limitations for child sex abuse, allowing victims to sue abusers for an unlimited time after the abuse. The other would allow victims to sue institutions if they knew about or hid the abuse that occurred during a youth-related program or activity. Read more here.Where is it? Pending; the institutions bill will be heard in its first House committee on WednesdayGovernor: SB21-073 has been signed.
Agriculture workers (SB21-087)
The more than 40,000 agriculture workers in Colorado would see new protections, including new overtime rules, the ability to join labor unions, getting paid at least minimum wage and seeing new standards of living and working conditions for them. Read more here.Where is it? Pending; first House committee hearing is ThursdayGovernor: Not signed
Plastics ban (HB21-1162)
This bill would ban single-use plastics such as plastic bags and polystyrene containers from most retail and restaurant settings. It also removes the current state ban preventing local governments from putting in stronger plastics regulations than the state’s. Read more here.Where is it? Pending; the bill awaits final approval from the HouseGovernor: Not signed

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