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Legislative Session Underway

January 13, 2012

This week marks the beginning of the second session of the sixty-eighth General Assembly of the State of Colorado.  Lawmakers gathered on Wednesday for opening-day activities as they begin the 120-day session.  

Both the House and Senate welcomed new members who were appointed to fill vacancies created during the interim.  Sen. Tim Neville (R-Littleton) fills the vacancy left by the resignation of former Senate minority leader Mike Kopp; and Rep. Dave Young (D-Greeley) fills the seat previously held by Jim Riesberg, who is now serving at the Commissioner of Insurance.

Gov. John Hickenlooper delivered his second State of the State address of his term and outlined his priorities for the upcoming session.  In doing so, he urged both legislators and stakeholders to work collaboratively despite predictions of a session filled with partisan rancor.

Legislators will likely spend the next week organizing committees, receiving briefings from state agencies as part of regularly scheduled oversight hearings and preparing for their first committee hearings to consider this year’s slate of bills.

Detailed information regarding specific bills and committee hearings, including links to hear audio broadcasts of committee hearings and floor action, may be found at

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