10 things to know about the 2021 Colorado legislative session

10 things to know about the 2021 Colorado legislative session

The Colorado Capitol is pictured on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. A new legislative session is kicking off this week in Colorado, but it won’t really get going until February. A batch of new Colorado state lawmakers will be sworn in Wednesday, and the legislature plans to pass about seven mostly minor bills this week. When they return Feb. 16, there will be backlogs of popular bills that were sidelined in the pandemic-shortened 2020 session, plus many new priorities. Democrats are still in control, now with an expanded Senate majority. That means until at least 2022, the GOP will have its say but rarely its way. “I think we have, as Democrats, a new opportunity to work alongside our partners at the federal level to really address the root causes of problems that so many of our constituents have been navigating,” said Sen. Julie Gonzales, a Denver Democrat. Here are 10 storylines you’ll want to know about during a legislative session filled with unknowns: Short, distanced start Lawmakers will work quickly this week to pass time-sensitive bills and meet constitutional requirements before their break. Democratic leaders hope by mid-February, the state’s coronavirus case counts will have gone down and more vaccines will have been distributed, including to legislators, making it safer to return. The legislature still expects to socially distance, require visitors ( though not lawmakers) to wear masks and have their temperature checked. It will also provide rapid COVID testing for lawmakers who want it. Representatives’ and senators’ desks […]

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