In the News - 2020

Colorado Senate Democrats roll out their first five bills for 2020
Colorado Politics - January 7, 2020

Senate Democrats on Tuesday announced their top-of-the-agenda bills for the 2020 session that begins Wednesday. The measure that begins the 2020 session — often an indication of what leads the majority caucus' priorities — is on K-12 behavioral health. Garcia pledged a kinder, gentler 2020 session in his remarks to reporters the day before legislators convene.

"There can be disagreements," he said. "That's acceptable...you can have various viewpoints." But for Republicans to resort to some of the tactics they employed in 2019 is unacceptable, he insisted.

Colo. Sen. Leroy Garcia opens 2020 legislative session

Pueblo Chieftain - January 8, 2020

In his opening address to the Senate to mark the start of the second session of the 72nd Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, Democratic state Senate President Leroy Garcia challenged his fellow lawmakers to diligently look out for the everyday people of Colorado.

Pueblo legislators champion collective bargaining

Pueblo Chieftain - January 11, 2020

Garcia emphasized the legacy of the Labor Movement in Pueblo in his address Saturday.“We know the vast history of the Labor Movement here in Pueblo and appreciate it,” Garcia said. “Pueblo is proud to be one of the fiercest union towns in the American West and we intend to continue that rich tradition of our community by advancing this legislation.”

Latino Caucus numbers, influence growing at Colorado Capitol

KOAA - January 18, 2020

The Colorado General Assembly’s Latino Caucus is the largest in state history, and its members have ambitious plans for the 2020 session.There are now 13 members in the group that’s only open to Democrats. Their growing influence was illustrated by last year’s election of Leroy Garcia as Senate president, the first Latino to serve in that position.

Garcia’s stand on PUC pick

Pueblo Chieftain - January 20, 2020

The definition of political courage is taking a stand based on principles when some other course of action would be more popular and less likely to run into resistance. Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia showed his political courage recently by raising questions about Gov. Jared Polis’ pick to fill a seat on the Public Utilities Commission.

Let's keep Pueblo's artistic tradition alive and well

Pueblo Chieftain - February 9, 2020

"I’m proud to sponsor this legislation — the Conservancy District Boards Art and Beautification Projects Bill, which passed the Colorado Senate a few days ago with bipartisan support. It would authorize existing funds to be used for beautification projects to reinvigorate that cultural energy. We can continue to create beautiful pieces of artwork that represent who we are and bring our communities together." 

Pueblo helps Democratic Latino Caucus shape goals

Pueblo Chieftain - February 29, 2020

Senate President Garcia championed the addition of Fisher’s Peak in Trinidad to Colorado’s list of 42 State Parks through Senate Bill 3. "That bill will bring in on its conservative numbers, $1.2 billion of economic investment to Trinidad and surrounding areas, which includes Southern Colorado for those of us here in Pueblo,” Sen. Garcia said. “Obviously, it’s in line with our traditions of preserving private lands and increasing access for people to go out and recreate and enjoy Colorado outdoors.”

The multifaceted benefits of naturalization

The Hill - April 1, 2020

“Citizenship is the foundation of opportunity in America. When lawful permanent residents become naturalized citizens, they join a culturally rich and diverse population united by the rights, responsibilities, and endless possibilities that come with U.S. citizenship. The hope for this new beginning has inspired millions of people across the world for many years, marking naturalization as an integral part of the American story.”

Colorado resilience means putting politics aside

Pueblo Chieftain - May 23, 2020

“The road going forward will undoubtedly be long and painful – marred with difficult decisions and disappointment, but if we can come together, we will emerge from this crisis stronger and more resilient.”

Colorado among first in U.S. to pass historic police reforms following protests

Denver Post - June 13, 2020

"Colorado passed one of the most comprehensive police reform packages in the country Saturday, setting limits on police use of force and mandating data collection to make sure cops who are fired from one agency don’t get rehired by another. Gov. Jared Polis has said he will sign the historic bill into law once it reaches his desk."

After pandemic and protests, Colorado lawmakers close the books on 2020 session

Denver Post - June 15, 2020

"This session was nothing any of us could’ve predicted,” said Senate President Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo. “Despite our challenges, I’m extremely proud of the work we were able to accomplish together.”

State employees now have right to collectively bargain

Pueblo Chieftain - June 17, 2020

"Many of our state employees were overworked and under-compensated. But now, as we face unprecedented unemployment and an increasing need for public services, state workers are bearing an even bigger burden. This law will support those who keep Colorado running everyday and provide them a platform to have their voices heard. I am incredibly proud to be a part of such transformational legislation, and I look forward to seeing the impact it will have on our communities.”

Polis signs police accountability bill

Pueblo Chieftain - June 19, 2020

"Less than four weeks after the tragic murder of George Floyd, Colorado has passed one of the most comprehensive police accountability laws in the country. I am overwhelmingly proud of how we were able to bring everyone to the table and unite them around a common call for justice. Police violence and department complacency have eroded trust within the community and needs to be confronted head-on."

Polis signs bills in Pueblo

Pueblo Chieftain - June 29, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis was a busy man Monday as he traversed across Southern Colorado for several bill signing ceremonies that saw over a dozen various pieces of legislation in total get signed into law. The governor’s journey took him to two different spots in Pueblo.

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