State legislature opens with call for unity

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The Colorado State Legislature opened at 10 a.m. Wednesday for the first day of the 2014 session.

The Senate started with the swearing-in of the second female senate president in Colorado history, Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora.

She made a call for unity in the legislature — noting the tensions of 2013, but pressing for a more collaborative year.

“I believe we have the power to help empower people, and I believe in the power of people to shape and impact this progress,” she said.

Carroll expressed confidence in the state legislature to put Colorado on the right track.

“If we do our job, we can defy expectations,” Carroll said.

House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, also challenged the incoming legislature to rise above partisanship, according to The Denver Post.

Ferrandino and Senate President Pro Tem Lucia Guzman, D-Denver, also made history as openly gay legislators in leadership positions in the legislature. This means Colorado is the first state legislature to have openly gay lawmakers in high positions in each chamber, according to The Denver Post.

Moffat County’s legislators are Sen. Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, and Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale.

Gov. John Hickenlooper will deliver the State of the State address at 11 a.m. Thursday.

The 2014 legislative session will adjourn May 7.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@craigdailypress.com.

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