Democrats Ready to Declare Victory and End Legislature Early

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Denver (AP) House Democrats are preparing to wrap up the legislative session by next Wednesday if not earlier.

They say the legislature's accomplishments this year include building a course toward a new economic boom built around renewable energy, a goal of Democratic Governor Ritter.

House Majority Leader Alice Madden says democrats also passed a number of bills that were vetoed when GOP Governor Bill Owens was in office, including programs to reform school accountability reports, provide emergency contraception and full-day kindergarten.

House Speaker Andrew Romanoff says his goal next year is to focus on health care.

Republicans say Democrats introduced bills this year that would hurt businesses, including attempts to regulate tanning beds, art therapists, mortgage brokers and a plan that would increase property tax revenues by nearly $2 billion over ten years by freezing residential property mill levies.