Colorado legislature takes first steps to defend lawsuit filed by own members

Colorado Politics: After two lawmakers alleged in a lawsuit Colorado’s legislature habitually violates the state’s open meetings law, the General Assembly’s Committee on Legal Services on Friday took the first steps to figuring out how to respond legally.

Members of the committee opted to hire two attorneys well known in political circles to represent those named defendants in a lawsuit. Defendants include the entire Colorado House, Speaker Julie McCluskie, House Majority Leader Monica Duran, House Minority Leader Mike Lynch and the House Republican and Democratic caucuses. 

Among the panel’s duties is to select attorneys to represent the General Assembly in litigation. The 10-member committee is made up of five House members and five Senate members. The five House members are technically also defendants in the lawsuit, as members of their respective caucuses and as members of the House. 

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