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January 16, 2015

The first regular session of the 70th Colorado General Assembly convened on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. The November 2014 general election left the state legislature divided along partisan lines as the Democrats held on to a 34-31 majority in the state House of Representatives and elected Representative Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Gunbarrel) its Speaker. Republicans, who had been in the minority in both legislative houses from 2013, took control of the state Senate by a margin of 18-17 with Sen. Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs) elected to serve as President for the next two years. There is a great deal of speculation as to what this means for lawmaking and state budget development. Most observers agree that only those initiatives and budget proposals that have bipartisan support are likely to pass. Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper won a close reelection last November to earn a second four-year term.

This is the first of my weekly legislative updates for the 2015 legislative session. It is our first ever in our new online format thanks to BVSD Communications Specialist Jade Cody. I hope that you find them helpful. If you have any comments or questions, please contact me at briggs.gamblin@bvsd.org.

Superintendent Dr. Bruce Messinger recently posted a blog entry outlining expectations and priorities for Colorado K-12 education in the coming session. Read more here.