Gov. John Hickenlooper is considering calling the Colorado Legislature back into a special session to deal with topics that he felt it didn’t address thoroughly enough, particularly transportation funding and the soon-to-be-shuttered Colorado Energy Office.
The Democratic governor said Thursday at a media briefing that he will take the weekend to consider whether to bring legislators back, but that he already has told several members of the House and Senate that they should not plan vacations this month. The announcement comes just one day after the adjournment of the 2017 session.
Hickenlooper has called a special session just once in his seven years in office — in 2012, after the Legislature filibustered to death a civil-unions bill on its penultimate day.
Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Cañon City, immediately questioned the logic of the move, saying it would be pointless to spend taxpayer money to keep lawmakers in Denver unless Hickenlooper has the ability to change liberal House Democrats’ minds over the energy office and unless he has an ability that Grantham did not to push a proposed transportation sales-tax hike through the Republican-majority Senate.