2021 State Legislative Session: What to Expect

The 2021 Colorado Legislative session was scheduled to start this Wednesday, January 13 but it’s been announced that the full return won’t happen until at least mid-February due to the coronavirus pandemic. The five-week delay means the General Assembly will “gavel in” on Wednesday, then return on Tuesday, February 16. KGNU’s Roz Brown spoke to Colorado political reporter Sandra Fish about what this year’s session might look like.

Most work for the legislature will be on hold for at least a month, but the Democratic leaders – who control the process – say they need to pass a handful of time-sensitive bills to address mistakes from prior terms.

The usual ceremonies and opening speeches on the first few days of the session will be postponed until February.

Security at the Capitol is expected to be enhanced because of an FBI warning about the nationwide threat of armed protests at state capitols ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, and the attack on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.