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TCL > January 1999 Issue > The "New Look" of the Legislature: Part II

The Colorado Lawyer
January 1999
Vol. 28, No. 1 [Page  29]

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News from the Department of Legislative Relations

The "New Look" of the Legislature: Part II
by Michael Valdez

After the November election, the fun really begins around the legislature. This year is much like others and, aside from the controversy surrounding vote recounts in a few close races, the normal course of business resumes under the Gold Dome. Legislators work with staff and interest groups to tune and fine tune language on bills that will be subjected to numerous challenges and amendments over the course of the 120-day legislative session. Brass rails are polished and polished again— and the beat goes on.

In years past, this standard operation was interrupted by a special election for leadership, following the occasional retirement of a speaker of the house, president of the senate, or majority or minority leader. The fallout of the "mandatory retirement" or term limits of all the legislators in positions of leadership brought members from both Houses to the capitol, days after the election, to elect many "new" leaders for the upcoming session. The results of those elections follow:

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Speaker of the House: Russell George
Majority Leader:
Doug Dean
Asst. Majority Leader:
Bryan Sullivant
Caucus Chair:
Steve Johnson
Whip:
Dorothy Gotlieb
Speaker Pro Tem:
Bill Kaufman
Minority Leader:
Ken Gordon
Asst. Minority Leader:
Bob Bacon
Caucus Chair:
Dan Grossman
Whip:
Frana Mace

HOUSE COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy:
Thirteen members: Rep.Young, Chairman; Rep. Johnson, Vice-Chairman. Members: Alexander, Ament, Coleman, Gagliardi, Grossman, Miller, Plant, Smith, Spradley, Taylor, and Webster.

Appropriations:
Eleven members: Rep. Tool, Chairman; Rep. Berry, Vice-Chairman. Members: Allen, Ament, Bacon, McPherson, Saliman, Spence, Tapia, Vigil, and Young.

Business Affairs and Labor:
Thirteen members: Rep. Taylor, Chairman; Rep. T. Williams, Vice-Chairman. Members: Ament, Coleman, Kester, Larson, May, McKay, Miller, Spradley, Takis, Tate, and Zimmerman.

Education:
Eleven members: Rep. Allen, Chairman; Rep. Gotlieb, Vice-Chairman. Members: Bacon, Decker, Keller, King, Lee, Spence, Sullivant, Tupa, and Windels.

Finance:
Thirteen members: Rep. McPherson, Chairman; Rep. Sullivant, Vice-Chairman. Members: Fairbank, Keller, King, McKay, Paschall, Pfiffner, Stengel, Takis, Tapia, Tate, and Vigil.

Health, Environment, Welfare, And Institutions:
Thirteen members: Rep. Morrison, Chairman; Rep. Alexander, Vice-Chairman. Members: Chavez, Clarke, Fairbank, Hagedorn, Hefley, Johnson, Lawrence, Leyba, Mitchell, Tochtrop, and Witwer.

Joint Budget Committee:
Three House members: Steve Tool, Gayle Berry, and Todd Saliman.

Judiciary:
Thirteen members: Rep. Kaufman, Chairman; Rep. Lawrence, Vice-Chairman. Members: Clarke, Decker, Grossman, Hefiey, Leyba, McPherson, Mitchell, Morrison, Spence, Veiga, and S. Williams.

Local Government:
Eleven members: Rep. Smith, Chairman; Sinclair, Vice-Chairman. Members: Clapp, Kester, Mace, Plant, Ragsdale, Swenson, Webster, T. Williams, and Veiga.

State, Veterans, and Military Affairs:
Thirteen members: Rep. McElhany, Chairman; Paschall, Vice-Chairman. Members: Clapp, Gagliardi, Hagedorn, Lee, Nuñez, Pfiffner, Sinclair, Stengel, Tochtrop, Tupa, and Windels.

Transportation:
Eleven members: Rep. Swenson, Chairman; Rep. Larson, Vice-Chairman. Members: Gotlieb, Mace, May, McElhany, Nuñez, Ragsdale, S. Williams, Witwer, and Zimmerman.

SENATE

President: Ray Powers
Majority Leader:
Tom Blickensderfer
Asst. Majority Leader:
Ken Chlouber
Caucus Chair:
Gigi Dennis
Pres. Pro Tem:
Doug Lamborn
Minority Leader:
Mike Feeley
Asst. Minority Leader:
Bill Thiebaut
Caucus Chair:
Pat Pascoe

SENATE COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Agriculture, Natural Resources, And Energy:
Seven members: Sen. Wattenberg, Chairman; Sen. Chlouber, Vice-Chairman. Members: Dennis, Dyer, Hernandez, Hillman, and Phillips.

Appropriations:
Ten members: Sen. Lacy, Chairman; Sen. Owen, Vice-Chairman. Members: Arnold, Chlouber, Grampsas, Lamborn, Phillips, Reeves, Tanner, and Thiebaut.

Business Affairs And Labor:
Nine members: Sen. Anderson, Chairman; Sen. Teck, Vice-Chairman. Members: Chlouber, Grampsas, Hernandez, Matsunaka, Nichol, Phillips, and Wattenberg.

Education:
Seven members: Sen. Arnold, Chairman; Sen. Andrews, Vice-Chairman. Members: Anderson, Matsunaka, Pascoe, Teck, and Thiebaut.

Finance:
Seven members: Sen. Grampsas, Chairman; Sen. Lamborn, Vice-Chairman. Members: Andrews, Linkhart, Pascoe, Perlmutter, and Tebedo.

Health, Environment, Welfare, And Institutions:
Seven members: Sen. Epps, Chairman; Sen. Evans, Vice-Chairman. Members: Linkhart, Musgrave, Reeves, Rupert, and Wham.

Joint Budget Committee:
Three Senate members: Elsie Lacy, Dave Owen, and Gloria Tanner.

Judiciary:
Eight members: Sen. Wham, Chairman; Sen. Arnold, Vice-Chairman. Members: Andrews, Epps, Evans, Perlmutter, Rupert, and Thiebaut.

Local Government:
Seven members: Sen. Congrove, Chairman; Sen. Hillman, Vice-Chairman. Members: Anderson, Reeves, Rupert, Teck, and Weddig.

State, Veterans, and Military Affairs:
Nine members: Sen. Tebedo, Chairman; Sen. Congrove, Vice-Chairman. Members: Dyer, Hillman, Lamborn, Martinez, Musgrave, Pascoe, and Weddig.

Transportation:
Seven members: Sen. Musgrave, Chairman; Sen. Dennis, Vice-Chairman. Members: Dyer, Epps, Evans, Nichol, and Thiebaut.

The legislature has an excellent home page, which can be found at http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/stateleg.html. On the legislature’s home page, you will find the following in electronic form: full text of bills, calendars, journals status sheets, and the "Pink Book" or legislative directory.

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Michael Valdez at the CBA offices: phone, (800) 332-6736 or (303) 824-5309 (direct); e-mail, mavaldez@cobar.org.

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