Colo. session ends with contentious bills settled

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado has concluded a historic session that saw ruling Democrats exert their power to pass sweeping gun laws, same-sex civil unions, and in-state tuition for immigrants in the country illegally.

The session that ended Wednesday also included new regulations on the legalization of marijuana approved by voters in November.

Democrats consolidated power after November's elections after two years of split-chamber control and they used their numbers to easily pass the legislation they wanted.

Over strong opposition from Republicans, Democrats responded to mass shootings last year by passing the state's strictest gun laws, including limits on ammunition magazines and universal background checks.

Democrats also moved to rewrite elections law to allow same-day voter registration and send mail ballots to all registered voters. The bill awaits a decision from Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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