Scott Franz: Southwest Colorado Legislators Speak Up on Sex Ed, Popular Vote Bills

Feb 27, 2019

Colorado state lawmakers are in the middle of a busy legislative session, working on bills ranging from minimum wage flexibility to cutting regulations for kids running businesses. 

Southwest Colorado’s lawmakers are making their voices heard during bills drawing headlines in recent weeks.

 

Sen. Don Coram, R-Montrose, sponsored a bill to expand sex education to include topics like LGBT relationships and birth control methods. The controversial bill has drawn criticism from opponents who say it’s government overreach. Coram, seeing a positive for reducing bullying through improved education, remains a prominent Republican voice in favor of the bill.

 

Elsewhere, Rep. Marc Catlin, R-Montrose, spoke against the bill to join the National Popular Vote Compact. Catlin joined Republicans and some rural Democrats in opposing the bill, which ultimately passed the state legislature and waits at the governor’s desk for an expected signature.

 

KSJD Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz stays on top of the latest in state government from Denver. He joined KSJD’s Daniel Rayzel to explore noteworthy bills and how southwest Colorado’s legislators are reacting.

 

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