Colorado session winds down with key bills in balance


DENVER |  Colorado lawmakers were concluding business for the year with hard-fought agreements on highways, hospitals and affordable housing. But the split Legislature racked up some misses, too.

The Democrat-led House approved a signature bill Wednesday that spares rural hospitals drastic budget cuts and provides $1.8 billion for roads.

Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to sign it.

Republicans who control the Senate to pass a more ambitious roads funding measure this session.

Lawmakers also failed to agree on a plan for what to do if the U.S. government scraps the federal health care law.

But they did take modest steps to reduce homebuilder liability as a way to encourage more low-cost housing construction.