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It's An Election Year, So The Mood At The Capitol Is Decidedly Political

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Roughly three weeks into Colorado's annual legislative session, a lot of bills are starting to get their first hearings. We've heard the priorities of the leaders and the governor, as well as some of the more interesting bills.

But 2016 is an election year, and a presidential one no less. How will politics impact the bills being heard in committees?

Highlights From Capitol Conversation

On A Bill For End Of Life And Other Hot Button Topics

Peter Marcus, Durango Herald: "It's a moral issue for some it's a religious issue for others, and it's just common sense for some other people."

Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press: "Whether it's guns, whether it's equal pay for women, or abortion rights, you're going to see a lot of hot button issues that move votes."

On The Political Backdrop

Wyatt: "The Democratic House and the Republican Senate are talking up things that they think are winners with the public. It's almost more important that it becomes a headline than it becomes a law,"

Marcus: "We still have a looming budget to address also, everything else they're talking about for the most part requires funding."

Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.
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