Welcome to the 2020 Legislative Session!

Written by: Riley Kitts
Date Posted: January 10, 2020

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We are officially off and running! The Legislative Session kicked off on Wednesday, Jan. 8 with a whole lot of pomp and circumstance. As is customary at the start of every session, the leaders in both chambers begin the year with a round of speeches to highlight the work that was accomplished last session and what still needs to be addressed moving forward. On Thursday, Gov. Jared Polis delivered his annual State of the State address where he highlighted accomplishments from last year, including the passage of full-day kindergarten (yay!). He called for more work to be done to expand early childhood programs, lower health care costs, and fix structural inequities in our public education system. You can read the Opening Day and State of the State speeches using the links below.

Senate President Garcia Opening Day

Senate Minority Leader Holbert Opening Day

House Speaker Becker Opening Day

House Minority Leader Neville Opening Day

Governor Polis State of the State

There were also some new faces on the first day this year. Unfortunately, we are not seeing some members come back because of health reasons. Over the interim, Rep. Kimmi Lewis from southeast Colorado passed away from cancer, and Sen. Lois Court from Denver has resigned after she was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder. In addition, Rep. Rochelle Galindo resigned early in the summer. Richard Holtorf has been selected as Rep. Lewis’ replacement and Mary Young has taken over for Rep. Galindo. A vacancy committee will meet to determine Sen. Court’s successor. There are also several rumors spreading about other legislators potentially leaving to run for county commissioner seats. That could create even more vacancies in the upcoming weeks. We will be sure to keep you updated as this all shakes out.

Riley Kitts

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