Freshman term scrappy one for Brown

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Freshman term scrappy one for Brown

Conservative Durango lawmaker often locks horns with peers in state House
Rep. J. Paul Brown, R-Ignacio, listens to testimony at a hearing on his bill to ban the synthetic drug known as bath salts. Some of Brown’s legislation has drawn bipartisan support, while other bills have met with partisan opposition.
J. Paul Brown’s legislative highlights

Major legislation
Bears: House Bill 11-1294. Would have loosed a voter-approved law that banned spring and summer bear hunts. Failed to pass House.
County elections: House Bill 12-1159. Would have allowed small counties to elect commissioners by district, rather than county-wide. Passed House, failed in Senate.
Indian languages: Senate Bill 57: Allows school districts to hire native language speakers even if they lack teaching credentials. Passed.
Drugs: Senate Bill 12-116: Bans a synthetic drug known as “bath salts.” Killed in the May 8 filibuster of a civil-unions bill but later amended onto a bill that passed.
The record
Bills sponsored: 14
Bills passed: 10

Freshman term scrappy one for Brown

Rep. J. Paul Brown, R-Ignacio, listens to testimony at a hearing on his bill to ban the synthetic drug known as bath salts. Some of Brown’s legislation has drawn bipartisan support, while other bills have met with partisan opposition.
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