COLORADO SENATE: State lawmakers are working their way to the end on the last day

DENVER (KDVR) — Wednesday is the last day of the 2022 session of the Colorado state legislature.

Lawmakers worked late Tuesday night to finalize the bills.

The State House remained in session until midnight Tuesday. The State Senate ended at 11 p.m.

Lawmakers have not made a final decision on the controversial bill aimed at curbing the fentanyl crisis.

The House decided late Tuesday night to ask a conference committee to take a final look at the fentanyl bill and come up with a last-minute solution.

Lawmakers remain hooked on the wording of the bill and a word of the final amendment. The bill would criminalize anyone who “knowingly” possesses more than one gram of fentanyl in any form. The Senate objected to the word “knowingly”.

The conference committee will try to find a better solution than deleting the word “knowingly”. Observers believe the bill will pass but will not be as harsh as its original form.

Lawmakers have done a lot in the past few hours.

They passed a bipartisan “tow rights” law as well as a measure requiring schools to test their drinking water for lead.

They agreed on a plan to give all Colorado school children free lunches. This measure will be on the November ballot.

They approved $105 million to help reduce homelessness, as well as a bill requiring local and state governments to create and enforce climate-friendly building codes.

Lawmakers return to work at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The session ends at midnight.

Norman D. Briggs