Getting to yes, just saying no: Lawmakers Everett, Hansen and Kennedy talk session votes (Colorado Statesman)

Getting to yes, just saying no: Lawmakers Everett, Hansen and Kennedy talk session votes (Colorado Statesman)

by Ernest Luning (May 25, 2017)

State Reps. Chris Kennedy, D-Lakewood, and Chris Hansen, D-Denver, stand in the nearly empty House chambers at the state Capitol in Denver on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, a week after the regular session adjourned Sine Die. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

…Hansen and Kennedy, in turn, say they didn’t set out to vote ‘yes’ on every bill but, because of their own approach all session long, they wound up with bills they could get behind by the time they made it to final votes.

“We tried to work really hard in committees to improve bills before they got to the floor, so by the time we were here on third readings, we would have had a chance to amend pre-introduction, a chance to amend in committee — perhaps two committees — and make second-reading amendments,” Hansen says. “So, we tried to really put in a lot of work at the early part of the process so, by the time we got to thirds, we had something we could support.”

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