Colorado Senate Republicans on Wednesday announced the creation of a select committee to tackle energy and environmental issues during the coming legislative session

The move signals that the topic will be a top priority in Colorado as Republicans expect President-elect Donald Trump to put into motion reforms that will allow more domestic energy development, particularly on federal land.

The Select Committee on Energy and the Environment will not be able to pass bills as a standing committee would. Instead, it will send any potential legislation to the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee — a decision made so that agriculture and water issues linked so closely with energy development will not be separated in discussions from them, said Sen. Ray Scott, the Grand Junction Republican who will serve as chairman of the select committee.

Senate President-elect Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, appointed three strident supporters of oil and gas exploration to the committee — Scott, Republican Sen. John Cooke of Greeley and GOP Sen.-elect Kevin Priola of Henderson.

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