June 19, 2019

e-Legislative Report: 1/13/14

At the Capitol – Legislature Returns to Work

Welcome Back!

Colorado lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 8 to start the Second Regular Session of the 69th General Assembly. Per our constitution, the legislative session will run for 120 days and conclude no later than May 7, 2014.

Keeping with custom and tradition, leadership in both the House and Senate gave opening day speeches showcasing their caucus’ legislative priorities for the session. Both parties stressed the importance of working together across party lines to get the work of the people and the state done. Links to each speech follows:

Senate President Morgan Carroll
Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman
Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino
House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso

Cha, Cha, Changes…

The 2nd Regular Session of the 69th General Assembly will be memorable for the changes that occurred since the last time the legislature was in session in May. Recall elections in the state senate claimed two casualties and one resignation shift when a sitting senator stepped down to avoid a recall election. After the dust settled, the Democrat majority was reduced to 18–17 which is reduced from the previous 20–15 margin the Democrats enjoyed in the spring of 2013. In the September recall elections, Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) was unseated by Bernie Herpin (R-Colorado Springs) and Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) was defeated by George Rivera (R-Pueblo.) Facing a difficult recall election, incumbent Evie Hudak (D-Westminster) resigned her seat; she was replaced by Rachel Zenzinger (D-Arvada.)

The recall elections also brought changes in leadership in the Senate:

Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora) was selected as Senate President and Rollie Heath (D-Boulder) will serve as Senate Majority Leader.

There were two non-recall changes in the House:

In the House, Mark Waller (R-Colorado Springs) stepped down as Minority Leader to focus on his bid for Attorney General. Rep. Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland) was selected by his peers to serve as the new Minority Leader.

The majority in the House remained unchanged with the Democrats enjoying a 37–28 majority; one member resigned and her replacement was named by a vacancy committee. Veteran legislator Claire Levy stepped down from here seat to take on the role of Executive Director of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. K.C. Becker was selected by her district’s vacancy committee to serve the remainder of Rep. Levy’s term. Rep. Becker (D-Boulder) served on Boulder’s Planning Board before being elected to a four-year term of the Boulder city council in November 2009.

CBA Legislative Policy Committee

For readers who are new to CBA legislative activity, the Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) is the CBA’s legislative policy-making arm during the legislative session. The LPC meets weekly during the legislative session to determine CBA positions on requests from the various sections and committees of the Bar Association.

At its Dec. 13 meeting, the LPC voted to approve several amendments suggested by the Trust & Estate Section for inclusion of a Probate Code Omnibus legislation. Those proposed amendments now are bar sponsored and will be highlighted in detail once the bill is introduced.

Stay tuned for House and Senate bills of interest.

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