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Special session gets underway "fix" hospital funding bill

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State lawmakers are back to work today for a special session called by the Governor to fix problems with a major piece of legislation. Senate Bill 267 was a compromise bill passed in May which raises money for rural hospitals and schools by increasing marijuana excise taxes to 15 percent. In exchange, lawmakers exempted retail marijuana from the state's standard 2.9 percent sales tax.

However, State Senator Robert Gardner told News 5 that in their rush to get the bill voted on, the sponsors overlooked an important group: special districts which tie their exemptions to the state sales tax. 

"When the state sales tax got removed, because there wasn't language that said oh by the way, special districts can continue to collect their sales tax. It just got wiped out unintentionally," Gardner explained.

The Colorado Constitution requires a minimum of three days to pass any legislation.  The special session is expected to cost taxpayers $25,000 per day a cost, a cost the governor has asked the special districts to pay.

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