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Could we (please) cut Colorado’s 120-day legislative session to 90 or 60? You can, with a cap on grandstanding

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If only the Capitol press corps had a lobbyist. Among several interesting bills up in committees this week is one that strikes near and dear to the weary journalists at 200 East Colfax. House Concurrent Resolution 1001 would ask voters in November to decide if the 120-day legislative session to 90 days in even-numbered years and 60 in odd.

As part of the bargain, lawmakers would have to dial back the grandstanding on dead-on-arrival partisan bills — look, there’s one this week to make presidential candidates show their tax returns, because, you know, one guy didn’t — in the divided statehouse.

The proposal limits the number of bills and resolutions each lawmaker can introduce to two.

The resolution introduced by Rep. Paul Lundeen, R-Monument, carries the title “Modify Operations of the General Assembly,” but it could be called Let’s Stop the Legislative Posturing.

The issue is up Thursday before the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.

There are other attempts to change business as usual under the gold dome.

The same committee will hear House Resolution 1007 to  restrict the use of people’s names in bills, without first getting the person or family’s permission.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Hugh McKean, R-Loveland.

The measure is the last shot hurrah of House Bill 1230, which initially was named after former Colorado Gov. Ralph Carr, who fought the use of internment camps for Japanese Americans.

The bill was aimed at shielding undocumented Colorado residents against President Donald Trump’s immigration orders.

House Republicans said that was improper to invoke the name of the former governor who defended U.S. citizens, not undocumented immigrants.

The bill was retitled “Protect Colorado Residents From Federal Government Overreach” after Carr’s grandson asked not to politicize Carr’s legacy.

The bill died on a party-line vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

Also, Senate Concurrent Resolution 001 from Sens. Mike Merrifield, D-Colorado Springs, and Vicki Marble. R-Fort Collins, would lower the age for eligibility to serve in the legislature from 25 years old to 21.

It will be heard Wednesday afternoon by the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committe. The bill is sponsored in the House by Jovan Melton, D-Denver.

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