Police reforms, hard budget choices mark the end of Colorado lawmakers’ strange year

Members of the Colorado House of Representatives toil as lawmakers try to wrap up the 2020 session in the State Capitol Monday, June 15, 2020, in Denver.
Members of the Colorado House of Representatives toil as lawmakers try to wrap up the 2020 session in the Capitol Monday, June 15, 2020, in Denver. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Colorado lawmakers have finished their work, bringing an end to one of the most unorthodox legislative sessions in recent memory. Possibly even the most unusual in state history.

Legislators dealt with an unprecedented global pandemic, unexpected multi-billion dollar budget cuts and met at the state capitol as protests galvanized by the death of George Floyd gathered daily to call for an end to police brutality and for more support of the Black Lives Matter movement. While the session had its usual partisan differences and disagreements, lawmakers did come together to pass a sweeping law enforcement accountability measure, among the first of its kind in the nation.

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Bente is an award-winning journalist who joined Colorado Public Radio in August 2018 after a decade of reporting on the Colorado state capitol for the Rocky Mountain Community Radio collaborative and KUNC. In 2017, Bente was named Colorado Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and she was awarded with a National Investigative Reporting Award by SPJ a year later.

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