State lawmakers filled the Colorado capitol on Wednesday for the first day of the annual 120 day legislative session. As in previous years, lawmakers from both political parties pledged to work together to tackle the state’s toughest challenges. But partisan battle lines are already being drawn. KUNC’s state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has more.
A bill proposing changes in funding and regulation of online schools could be ready for introduction in a couple of weeks, but the details are still being hammered out, Senate President Brandon Shaffer says.
Colorado lawmakers expect to consider numerous healthcare-related issues this session, from tougher “truth in advertising” requirements for medical providers to imposing more stringent standards for food sold in public schools.
Governor John Hickenlooper told a crowd of business leaders at the state capitol Monday that the beleaguered state budget will likely be the source of the most heated debates in the upcoming legislative session. But speaking at the Denver Metro Chamber’s annual business policy briefing, the Democrat urged lawmakers to work together to create a better environment for business growth.