Lawmakers begin 120-day session: 5 things to know

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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2012 file photo, Denver Democratic Rep. Mark Ferrandino leaves the House Chamber at the Capitol in Denver. Ferrandino, 35, is poised to become Colorado's next House speaker this week. He would be the first openly gay lawmaker in the state to hold that title. Democrats want to revisit proposals blocked by Republicans when they controlled the House in 2011 and 2012 _ especially civil unions for same-sex couples and a measure giving illegal immigrants who grew up in Colorado a break on tuition at state schools. Democrats could also try again on long-stalled efforts to overhaul Colorado's confusing tax rules and procedures for funding schools. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File) Photo by
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