Jim Cole and Garin Vorthmann
The 2014 election saw changes to our state government. While Governor John Hickenlooper (D) was elected for a second term, there was quite a bit of turn over at the State Legislature, with 27 new members in the House and Senate. Plus, the Republicans took control of the Senate while the Democrats maintained their majority in the House. Most of the 2015 session centered on how to pass a balanced budget as required by the state constitution, while also resolving the political complications of the budget and general business bills. While it was generally quiet regarding oil and gas bills and we were able to talk about the industry as part of the larger business community in Colorado, there were a few bills that caught our interest.