Senate Dems back transportation bill

By John Herrick

THE COLORADO INDEPENDENT

After a scramble on the Senate floor late Wednesday night, lawmakers reached an agreement on a top priority transportation funding bill.

Prior to the changes, the bill bogged down last week after Democrats launched a filibuster on the Senate floor lasting hours — a dispiriting debut of legislation both parties agree is needed to pay for a 10-year funding backlog for highway projects totaling about $9 billion.

But an amendment emerged Wednesday, drafted by Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, D-Arvada, that persuaded two Republicans, Sens. Don Coram, R-Montrose, and Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, to join the Democrats.

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