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House Bill Provides Easier Way to Testify in Legislative Sessions

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Updated: Thu, 15 May 2014 07:37:53 MST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - This legislative session is complete and lawmakers and many organizations from the Western Slope met to discuss the season and what bills did and did not pass.

 

House Bill 1303 will allow organizations and residents to call in and provide their opinions in legislative sessions if they can’t make it to the capitol in Denver.

 

Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce officials say this bill was their number-one priority this year.

 

They also say that 39 other states have confirmed to have some sort of remote testimony.

 

In addition, Representative Ray Scott and State Senator Steve King agree. 

 

“The Western Slope deserves it; we deserve to have a voice as much as a voice as the eastern slope people does at the state capitol,” said Colorado State senator Steve King.

 

"Hundreds and hundreds and literally thousands of people want to be able to weigh in on something that's going on now they have the chance before alls you can do look at the TV and holler and scream now you can be involved in the process," said Colorado State representative Ray Scott.

 

Officials say this will relieve a lot of stress because the commute to Denver is hazardous during the winter season.

 

The remote testimony sessions will be held at different universities across the state.

 

Officials say the bill will be effective July 1, 2015.

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