State lawmakers say it’s a financial hardship to serve in the state legislature, especially for rural lawmakers. This comes as lawmakers are defending an increase in their daily cost of living expenses, at a time when many have opposed similar pay-increases for state employees amid the economic downturn.
The Colorado House of Representatives gave lawmakers who live outside of the Denver area a 22% cost of living increase last week. The measure passed under the radar with no debate. But now some lawmakers are speaking out in advance of the bill heading to the senate.
A Republican state lawmaker who was pulled over last week for suspected drunk driving is denying that she used her status as a lawmaker to get a free pass. But some unsatisfied Colorado lawmakers now want to take a closer look at the legislative immunity provision police say prevented them from arresting her. KUNC's state capitol correspondent Bente Birkeland reports.