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.