Colorado Democrats begin the 2014 legislative session with a tenuous grasp on the state Senate after two recalls over gun restrictions, but they still control both chambers and the direction of the lawmaking term that opens Wednesday.
Colorado Democrats are coming off a year of monumental legislation and huge controversy.
A weekly look at what’s coming up at the Colorado Legislature.
Votes in 11 rural counties on whether to secede from Colorado sparked debates that ultimately will strengthen the state, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper told local government officials Tuesday.
Democratic state Sen. Morgan Carroll became the second woman in Colorado history Wednesday to be selected Senate president, a position that became available with the recall ouster last month of former Sen. John Morse over new gun restrictions.
They packed committee hearings, waved signs and even publicly heckled Colorado’s governor. But oil and gas drilling critics saw one political failure after another in the legislative session that ended this week.
People who feel they’ve been discriminated against at work could sue for more money under a bill passes by the Colorado State Legislature.
The Colorado Senate is approving stricter firearms regulations including expanded background checks, as it ties gun control to mass shootings in the state and elsewhere.
The survivors and family members of victims of the Aurora theater shooting and Columbine High School shooting demanded a plan of action at the state Capitol on Friday.
Colorado gas-and-oil regulators are debating new rules for water quality and drilling near homes, which could determine whether state lawmakers propose stepping in to set their own rules.