Capitol Conversation: Session Opens

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Colorado lawmakers are back at the state capitol for the annual legislative session. Bente Birkeland discussed priorities from the Governor and legislative leaders as part of our capitol conversation series.


On the tone at the Beginning of the Session

Ed Sealover, Denver Business Journal:

"Hickenlooper swoops in at the state of the state address, 'can you please work together,' it was almost a pleading speech."

Joey Bunch, Denver Post:

"Because it's an election year, and a presidential election year in a swing state, I think there's a lot of campaign writing going on."

On Areas of Compromise

Ed Sealover, Denver Business Journal:

"There is going go be a search for bipartisan agreement on affordable housing. Republicans and some Democrats will say the key is to make it harder to sue for construction defects in condominiums. There are still a number of Democrats including Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst that don't like that idea."

Joey Bunch, Denver Post:

"Both sides say they want to together on the same issues but they have just very different paths on where we go on those solutions."