Legislative Session hits Halfway Mark

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Durango, Colo. (AP) It's been a relatively quiet first half in this year's legislative session, but some lawmakers say the next 60 days could bring a slew of bills, many promoting renewable energy.

House Minority Leader, Mike May, (R-Parker) says the session has been ``odd'' so far this year, a bit slow while new Democratic Governor Bill Ritter assembled his team.

Not only that, but there are many new faces in the legislature as well.

Don't let that slow start fool you, lawmakers say. The next two months should see lots of action as Democrats press renewable energy and lawmakers look to increase the rights of surface owners as compared to oil and gas drilling operators.

Lawmakers still have to devise a budget and find a way to address issues brought up by Amendment 41, which restricts gifts to state officials.

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