General Assembly Convenes: Is Compromise Possible?
The second session of the 71st Colorado General Assembly convened Jan. 10. As always, the key numbers are: 65 representatives, 35 senators and one governor in a maximum 120-day long gathering to determine the state’s future. The Democrats control the House (37-28), the Republicans the Senate (18 to 16 with one Independent) and the Governor’s Mansion is occupied by a lame duck. It’s an election year with all the representatives’ seats up for grabs and about half of the senatorial seats as well.
Last year, all five state legislators representing northeast Denver were new: James Coleman, Leslie Herod and Chris Hansen were elected to the House for the first time while former representatives Lois Court and Angela Williams moved from the House to the Senate.