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KUNC is a member of Capitol Coverage, a collaborative public policy reporting project, providing news and analysis to communities across Colorado for more than a decade. Fifteen public radio stations participate in Capitol Coverage from throughout Colorado.

Colorado's Legislative Leadership Talks Plans For 2017

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Kirk Siegler
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KUNC

In preparation for the 2017 legislative session, Capitol Coverage reporter Bente Birkeland spoke with this year's leadership. Senators and representatives, as well as Gov. John Hickenlooper, shared their thoughts and plans for the upcoming session.

Sen. Grantham To Tackle Budget, Transportation In 2017 Session

Republican Kevin Grantham will lead the state Senate in 2017, where his party held onto its one-seat majority. He represents District 2, located in north-central Colorado and includes northwestern Denver suburbs,  and says he’s the first rural Senate president in over four decades.

Senate Minority Leader Guzman Talks Election Losses And 2017 Goals

Democratic Sen. Lucia Guzman, representing District 34 (Denver), is the only legislative leader returning to her role, but it’s something she didn’t expect. Guzman said Democrats fully anticipated winning the majority in the Senate, but after the November election they are still one seat shy. The GOP holds an 18-17 seat advantage.

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Listen to Bente Birkeland’s interview with Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman.

Colorado's New Speaker Of The House Talks Priorities For The 2017 Session

Democrat Crisanta Duran will serve as the top lawmaker in the state House of Representatives next session, leading the 65-member chamber as speaker of the house. She will also be the first Latina to serve in that role in state history.

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Listen to Bente Birkeland’s interview with Speaker of the House Rep. Crisanta Duran.

Colorado's House Minority Leader Previews 2017 Session

Republican Rep. Patrick Neville is only serving his second term in office, but he recently rose to the highest position in his caucus -- house minority leader. Rep. Neville’s appointment comes as a surprise; Rep. Polly Lawrence, who has served in the legislature since 2012, was considered the heir apparent.

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Listen Bente Birkeland's interview with Rep. Patrick Neville.

Gov. Hickenlooper Discusses Goals For One Of His Last Sessions

Gov. John Hickenlooper is entering his second to last legislative session as governor. He said he’s very aware of his time in office being limited, and that colored his discussion of his goals for the upcoming legislative session.

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Listen to Bente Birkeland's interview with Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Capitol Coverage is a collaborative public policy reporting project, providing news and analysis to communities across Colorado for more than a decade. Fifteen public radio stations participate in Capitol Coverage from throughout Colorado.

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