Legislators learn committee assignments

Wright to serve on House Judiciary Committee, Scott on House Transportation Committee

Ray Scott



Jared Wright



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Rep.-elect Jared Wright will serve on the House Judiciary Committee and Rep. Ray Scott will become the ranking Republican on the House Transportation Committee.

Those are only a few of the appointments Republicans received Friday from their new leader, Rep. Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs.

But because the GOP is in the minority in the Colorado House, there’s isn’t much they and other Republicans can do to control what gets passed and what doesn’t.

“If the Democrats want to get a bill passed, they’re send it to a committee that will pass it,” Waller said. “I can’t control that. All I can do is appoint people to committees where I think they best fit.”

For Wright, that means judiciary and the House Local Government Committee.

For Scott, he’ll serve on transportation and the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee.

Other local lawmakers and the committees they will serve on include:

■  Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose: agriculture and state affairs.

■  Rep.-elect Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale: local government and agriculture.

Scott also was listed as the “ranking Republican” on the transportation committee, but that title has no power or authority. Each committee has one ranking Republican.

Because the Democrats have an eight-vote lead in the 65-member House, to get enough Republicans to fill all the seats on the 11 standing House committees requires some to serve on more than the normal two panels.

Some of those six lawmakers, however, might feel a little jealous when they learn that former House Speaker Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, was only assigned to a single panel, House Agriculture.

Waller said he did that “to give deference” to the former speaker in honor of his experience in the Legislature.

Meanwhile in the Senate, newly named Senate Majority Leader Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, has renamed Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, as chair of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy Committee.


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