May 8, 2013 4:41 PM by Juice Godfrey

Colo. session ends with contentious bills settled

DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers are closing the 2013 session Wednesday with the most contentious issues behind them. It's already been a fast-paced 120 days that saw an unusually heavy load of substantial legislation.

Democrats in control of the Legislature have already passed the strictest gun laws in Colorado's history, including limits on the size of ammunition magazines and universal background checks.

They've also approved same-sex civil unions and decreased tuition for immigrants in the country illegally who graduate from Colorado high schools.

In a normal year, those bills would've been enough to mark a landmark legislative session for Democrats.

But they've exerted their power to also pass an overhaul of elections law, including same-day voter registration.

Marijuana taxes and regulation were the meatiest items awaiting final action Wednesday.


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