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No Agreement As Special Session Opens At State Capitol

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers have begun a special session intended to fix a mistake in an intricate spending law but there’s little sign of agreement.

Democratic leaders in the House say they expect the chamber to pass a fix on Monday, but its fate in the GOP-led Senate is uncertain.

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Democrats in the Senate have a similar proposal but Republican leaders say a special session is wasteful. They also questioned whether a fix will violate provisions of Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights.

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GOP Senate President Kevin Grantham (credit: CBS)

Leaders for a handful of agencies, including Denver’s Regional Transportation District, say the spending law removed their ability to collect millions in sales taxes on recreational marijuana.

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None of the agencies shared plans to cut services.

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Republicans argue that lawmakers can fix the problem during the regular session in January.

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