DENVER — A vote on a bill to put at least $300 million into transportation each year was delayed for another day in the Colorado Senate Tuesday. They could vote on Wednesday.
A revenue forecast that indicated the state is flush with money from its booming economy and more proposed amendments from Democrats prompted the third delay in a week.
“We really want to give everyone an opportunity to review those amendments and again encourage the dialogue that’s going on,” said Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert of Parker. “What a great problem to have of more money than expected with Senate Bill 1.”
Democrats are expected to ask for more time, possibly delaying a decision until next session to see how any ballot issues play out in November, while Republicans might be willing to ask for less money from the budget with a smaller share of the state’s sales tax revenue, sources tell Colorado Politics.
Republicans have a one-seat majority in the chamber, so they have killed a series of amendments from Democrats so far. Democrats have engaged in a filibuster-length discussion — partly because they don’t like Senate Bill 1 and partly to make a statement about the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, who is accused of sexual harassment.
Democrats want a hearing to expel Baumgardner over allegedly slapping a Democratic aide on the buttocks. He has denied the allegation.