The Colorado House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation to set goals for reducing the state's greenhouse gas emissions.
House Bill 1261 -- approved on a party-line 41-23 vote -- now heads to the Senate with 17 days left before the May 3 adjournment.
The bill aims to keep Colorado on track to reduce carbon emissions by at least 26% by 2025, by 50% by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050, based on 2005 emissions.
Republicans ran a series of failed amendments to slow down the high-priority Democratic bill on Monday, including allowing utilities more latitude to meet the goals and ensuring that consumers aren't hit with exorbitant bills to pay for the transition to renewable energy.
The bill carries no direct mandates, but instructs the state Air Quality Control Commission to make rules to help further the state's goals on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
If it clears the Democratic-controlled Senate, as expected, Gov. Jared Polis is awaiting the bill to sign. He campaigned on reducing greenhouse gas emissions last year.