State Democrats roll out first bill for 2012

Lawmakers will introduce proposal when Legislature starts in January

DENVER Legislative Democrats unveiled their first bill for 2012 a requirement to give Colorado companies preference when bidding for state contracts.

Its an idea that has a history at the Capitol. Last year, committees in the Republican-controlled House turned down three local-preference bills.

Senate President Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, unveiled Senate Bill 1 on Wednesday morning, which Democrats will introduce when the Legislature kicks off its yearly session Jan. 11.

Senate Democrats are working on 15 bills that Shaffer said would promote job growth.

Im actually very excited about what this legislative session holds because I know the Republicans are working on the same thing on their side of the aisle, Shaffer said.

But political jockeying is accelerating as the session gets closer. Four legislators, including Shaffer, are either running for Congress or considering it.

And Republicans are smarting from their loss this week in the once-a-decade redistricting process.

Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, mocked the bill in a Twitter post shortly after Democrats finished their news conference.

Thats it?! SB1 is a move to protectionism to solve econ woes, that worked well in G Depression. These CO Dems are so creative, Brophy wrote.

jhanel@durangoherald.com

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