Legislative Session Ends

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Colorado lawmakers have killed several contentious measures as they hurried this evening to finish their session two days early.

That includes measures that would have allowed voters to approve future tax credits, barred sheriffs from firing deputies and set up a statewide ban on smoking in public places.

It's the first time since the session was limited to 120 days that lawmakers have adjourned before the final day.

Democrats who won control of the House and Senate for the first time in 44 years did manage to pass several bills they wanted. They passed measures setting up an immunization database and giving hate crime protections to gays and a bill allowing Colorado to join with other states to buy discounted drugs and sell them to low-income patients.

House Speaker Andrew Romanoff says lawmakers already had finished their big-ticket items weeks ago, including a measure on the November ballot asking voters to fix Colorado's budget crisis.