New Legislative Session

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An avalanche of new bills descended on the Legislature Wednesday, ranging from proposals to bar state contractors from sending jobs overseas to increasing the penalties for disposing human waste along roadsides.

But there weren't proposals to deal with the budget crisis -- the state's top issue for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

House Speaker Andrew Romanoff says lawmakers are trying to work out details of a compromise to present to voters to fix the state budget. He predicts a number of different proposals will show up over the next few weeks.

Until that happens, lawmakers are limiting the number of bills they introduce, knowing that until the budget crisis is solved, there won't be any money for expensive new projects.