January 16, 2015The
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
firstname.lastname@example.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.