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The Colorado Legislature will provide updates on housing, guns and tax reform on Saturday



The Colorado Legislature will provide updates on housing, guns and tax reform on Saturday

The Colorado Legislature convened Saturday for a final work weekend of the 2024 session, which will end Wednesday. Major pieces of legislation are still pending, with lawmakers expected to debate gun regulation, housing, land use policy, transportation, property tax reform and other priorities in the final days.

This story will be updated throughout the day.

Updated at 1:30 p.m.: A proposed constitutional amendment to remove defunct language banning same-sex marriage will go to voters in November after a said measure passed the Colorado House on Saturday.

The proposed amendment would lift a ban approved by voters in 2006. It has been unenforceable since 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide with its ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. A majority of voters will have to approve the proposal in November for it to take effect.

Concurrent Senate Resolution 3 needed at least two-thirds support in each chamber to pass. It passed with bipartisan support in the Senate but close to party lines in the House of Representatives, where Democrats have a supermajority.

The Senate formally passed a bill Saturday to limit minimum parking requirements near transit zones. House Bill 1304 was substantially modified from the more extensive version introduced to address filibuster threats from Democrats and Republicans. The House and Senate will have to agree on the changes before they go to the governor’s desk. It is one of several bills aimed at increasing density and public transport. Supporters argue that this bill will eliminate expensive parking and increase affordable housing.

The Senate also formally passed a pair of bills to reduce emissions from oil and gas production and impose a per-barrel fee to pay for transit and wildlife habitat. The bills were introduced this week, aiming to ease simmering tensions between environmental groups, lawmakers and the industry and to combat legislation and ballot initiatives that impact the industry. They now go to the House of Representatives for consideration. The proposals must be adopted by Wednesday, when the parliamentary term is adjourned.