Although same-sex marriage, government spending and the new healthcare law seem to get most of the public’s attention lately, those won’t be the only issues Western voters will be thinking about in the 2014 election.
Protesters at the capitol in 2013 during the gun control debates.
Credit Bente Birkeland
After dominating last year’s legislative session state lawmakers are once again beginning to debate the issue of guns. Republicans are taking the lead this time around, trying to repeal many Democratic bills including stepped up background checks.
As the 2014 legislative session opened Wednesday, newly elected state Senate President Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora) – the second woman to hold the position – urged lawmakers to problem solve and skip the shouting matches in her opening day speech.
When Colorado lawmakers return in January, the makeup of the state Senate will be different. Coming off a tumultuous off session with two first-ever recalls and a resignation can do that. The state’s Democrats now have a new Senate President and only a one-seat hold on the majority.