Legislature opens with an American first


Legislature opens with an American first

Colo. only state with black men leading House, Senate chambers

Legislature opens with an American first

67th General Assembly

First day: Wednesday.

Last day: No later than May 7.

House: 65 members (38 Democrats and 27 Republicans).

Senate: 35 members (21 Democrats and 14 Republicans).

Legislative salaries: $30,000 a year, plus $45 to $150 a day per diem allowance during the session.

Coming up

Today: Gov. Bill Ritter’s State of the State speech.

Jan. 15: Ritter presents his initial ideas for budget cuts.

Key issues this year

- Budget cuts of perhaps $600 million.

- Finding new money for transportation.

- Reviewing new rules governing gas and oil production.

Watch online

The State of the State and all proceedings in the House are televised online at www.leg.state.co.us. Click on video/audio broadcasts of current proceedings.

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