Colorado legislature won’t allow testimony by phone or video

The Denver Post: If you want to speak to Colorado lawmakers over the next few weeks, you’ll have to do it in person.

Leaders in the House and Senate — Democrats, in each case — confirmed Tuesday, as the General Assembly convened for the first time since coronavirus forced a closure in March, that legislative committees will not accept witness testimony by video or telephone.

This will become more relevant in a couple weeks, when the legislature is expected to dig into a couple dozen new bills related to coronavirus response. Their legislative work this week primarily involves killing bills that were left on the calendar when the Capitol closed 11 weeks ago, either because the bills cost more than the state budget can now afford, or because Democratic lawmakers don’t believe the bills are priorities for their time.

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