Local legislators weigh in on 2013 legislative session

By: Christy Dimond Email
By: Christy Dimond Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Representatives Ray Scott and Jared Wright and Senator Steve King shared their take on the 2013 legislative session with members of the Chamber of Commerce this morning at the Chamber’s legislative wrap-up breakfast.

Senator King described the session as the most challenging one he’s ever faced, with Democrats in control of the House and Senate. King said the session focused too broadly on a wide array of issues from voting, to school finance, to marijuana regulation to gun control.

“There was just a lot of high adrenaline, high stress legislation coming out of this session,” King said.

Representatives Scott and Wright said it felt as though the people of Western Colorado were overlooked throughout the session.

“The fact of the matter is there’s three or four of us from rural Colorado and there are a whole bunch of legislatures from the front range,” Wright said. “It just comes down to population and representation, and that’s why I think so often the big city wins over towns like ours.”

Scott pointed out bills relating to oil and gas regulation and Senate Bill 252 relating to rural electricity as ones which could be damaging for Western Colorado. Still, he said the Western Slope’s legislators worked tirelessly to revise proposed bills.

“A lot of times you don’t win the bill but you win the war of the argument,” Scott said. “We don’t have the votes but we have the voice so that’s what we were able to do is to modify bills so they weren’t quite as damaging as they could’ve been.”

Though this legislative session just wrapped up, all three legislators are already looking towards next year. Wright said at the top of his agenda is repealing some of the gun-control legislation that passed this session.

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