Legislative wrap up


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The Colorado legislative session is officially over and more than 600 bills crossed the floor before it came to an end.

Many bills with local support were approved and are awaiting action by Governor Hickenlooper, including a proposal to increase our aerial firefighting fleet., and one to increase accountability requirements for school districts.

"Western Colorado is much smaller than the Front Range," says Representative Ray Scott. "That's the power base of the state of colorado is the front range, so it makes it very difficult and you have to make darn sure that you're paying attention.

Senator Steve King also reflected on the legislature's current state... "We all know that Colorado is sort of a petri dish for ideas when it comes to amendments to our constitution and so forth and I think at times it does not serve the people of Colorado well."

Another central issue surrounding this year's session was energy, specifically fracking.

Governor Hickenlooper says there is a 50/50 chance he'll call lawmakers back in for a special session to continue discussing the topic.


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