Representative Mark Ferrandino rose from a childhood in special education classes to become the first openly gay speaker of Colorado's House. As he departs due to term limits, Ferrandino looks back over his time in office.
Colorado General Assembly
State lawmakers tackle a broad spectrum of issues across 12 major topics in the 2014 legislative session.
Lawmakers run out of time to forge a deal on legislation that would give more control of oil and gas drilling to Colorado communities.
The proposal sets up a process to spend the more than $24 million raised on taxes from retail marijuana this year.
A state representative and retired doctor thinks there should be an easier way for very sick patients to take medications that haven't yet been approved by the FDA.
Five bills are designed to modernize Colorado's telecommunications policies in part by streamlining the process for building new broadband internet infrastructure.
More than half of Colorado's counties are struggling to recruit and retain enough doctors, and the problem is especially acute away from the cities. Now lawmakers want to do something about it.
Specific goals outlined during speech to General Assembly include legalizing civil unions, regulations for the marijuana industry, support for aerospace and a funding structure for the Medicaid expansion.
Colorado Matters marks the end of a jam-packed session of the state legislature by checking back in with two of the most powerful figures at the State Capitol -- House Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) and House Minority Leader Mark Waller (R-Colorado Springs).
Colorado's state legislature finished its work for the year Wednesday afternoon. In the end, a session marked by late nights and big fights wrapped up on a calmer note, with lawmakers zipping through their final votes, before breaking for the next eight months.