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DENVER-Maybe the third time will be the charm. Republican Gov. Bill Owens is calling legislators back for a third special session to tackle the growth issue in Colorado.

The next session begins on Sept. 15 and will cost taxpayers $15,000 each day.

In the past, Democrats, who control the Senate, and Republicans disagreed on how to best control growth, which has been one of the hottest issues in the state. Now, they appear more ready to compromise.

If they don’t come up with some legislation, most observers expect environmentalists to place the issue on the ballot this November for the second year in a row. It’s unlikely, however, they’d ask for a Constitutional Amendment again, say many experts, as that was considered a flawed approach and one of the main reasons that voters overwhelmingly voted against it last year.

This year, however, it’s unlikely that developers, homebuilders and others will raise millions of dollars — as they did last year — to fight a ballot issue.

In fact, some commercial real estate brokers and real estate lawyers who were stridently and vocally against last year’s Constitutional Amendment privately admitted to GlobeSt.com they might even vote in favor of legislation to address growth on the ballot this year, if legislators don’t do their job and pass legislation.

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