Hickenlooper will not call special legislative session due to floods


Gov. John Hickenlooper talking about flood recovery efforts at the State Capitol Sept. 19, 2013.

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DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has decided not to call a special legislative session to deal with issues arising from last month’s devastating floods, FOX31 Denver is first to report.

Hickenlooper made the decision Wednesday after consulting with members of his cabinet for several days.

“After a thorough review by cabinet members and state agencies, and after discussion with bipartisan legislative leadership, we see no need for a special session at this time,” Hickenlooper’s spokesman, Eric Brown, said in a statement.

“We will continue to work with our cabinet and leadership in the General Assembly on any of the issues going forward that might be a barrier to a speedy recovery.”

Hickenlooper first broached the possibility of a special session last week, but sources tell FOX31 Denver it was never a strong possibility.

A special session, which would cost the state between $60-70,000, would only have been necessary if there was a need for immediate changes in state laws.

So far, Hickenlooper has signed three executive orders, freeing up $91.5 million for flood recovery efforts.

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