Two Colorado lawmakers want to simplify the legislature’s ability to wield its rarely used subpoena power

The Colorado Sun: Two Colorado lawmakers want to streamline the legislature’s rarely used investigative power to compel witnesses to testify about issues and tragedies across the state, including the 2021 Marshall fire.

House Bill 1248, introduced Wednesday, would allow leaders of the state legislature to quickly form special investigative committees of lawmakers and experts and establish a clearer path for those panels to issue subpoenas.

“There’s so many things that happen (where) there’s zero accountability because it hasn’t met the threshold of a criminal act,” said Rep. Lorena Garcia, one of the prime sponsors of the bill. “But there’s still wrongdoing.”

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