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WATCH LIVE: Colorado legislative session commences Wednesday

Author: Joey Bunch - January 10, 2018 - Updated: January 10, 2018

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If you’ve been reading this website, you know the legislative session tempo has been picking up for days. Now it’s time to dance in Denver.

House Speaker Crisanta Duran and Senate President Kevin Grantham will gavel in the 120-day legislative session at 10 a.m. Wednesday, different than the one they gaveled out last May.

Out of 65 members in the House — 37 Democrats to 28 Republicans — three have departed and there is pressure to expel a fourth. Reps. Clarice Navarro, R-Pueblo, and Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs, left for appointments with the Trump administration, while Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, chairwoman of the Transportation Committee, resigned to run for Congress. Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, is facing pressure to resign or possibly weather a bill from his own party to force him to resign over sexual harassment allegations.

In the Senate, the Democrats lost a member. Cheri Jahn of Wheat Ridge became unaffiliated last month. Republicans hold an 18-17 majority in the chamber.

Thursday, Gov. John Hickenlooper will deliver his final State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature. He is expected to urge legislators and other policymakers to do a better job of listening to one another, as he will, to try to find compromises on the issues that continue to bedevil a fast-growing.

“I think the State of the State speech will again address infrastructure, will again address education, talk about the way we have worked together in this state in a way other states haven’t done,” Hickenlooper told reporters last week. “I think part of that State of the State will talk about what we all have at the top of that list: a responsibility to listen a little harder to what the other person is saying and see where we can find common ground.”

To tune into the session on Wednesday and Thursday, visit the legislature’s website by clicking here. The State of the State speech will be at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Colorado Politics will be reporting on the events both days, or you can follow the deepest bench of talent at the statehouse on Twitter:

  • @colo_politics
  • @joeybunch
  • @MGoodland
  • @eluning
  • @GyftofGABB
  • @GazetteEPrater

(Editor’s Note: This story was updated to correct that Navarro and Nordberg went to work the Trump administration, not the Bush administration. So much for that deep bench of talent.)

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.