Monday, February 11, 2008


DENVER— Early Tuesday the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Reform will convene its first meeting to begin a substantive legislative discussion on untangling contradictory provisions in Colorado’s State Constitution.

Chaired by Senate President Pro-Tem Abel Tapia (D-Pueblo), the committee will also include Senator Brandon Shaffer (D-Longmont), Senator Shawn Mitchell (R-Broomfield), Representative Andy Kerr (D-Lakewood), Representative Ellen Roberts (R-Durango) and Representative Al White (R-Hayden).

The Committee will meet at 8 a.m. in the Senate Committee Room 353 to begin their work.

The Select Committee will work with former legislators who have a unique understanding of Colorado’s constitutional quagmire, including former U.S. Senator and CU President Hank Brown, former Senate President Stan Matsunaka, former Senate Majority Leader Norma Anderson, former Senator and JBC member Penfield Tate.

The Select Committee will also review the recent constitutional study and 12 recommendations proposed by the University of Denver’s constitutional panel.