Colorado legislature convenes Friday

Published: Jan. 4, 2019 at 3:49 AM MST
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DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers are convening their new session, with Democrats firmly in control of the House, Senate and governor's office.

The session beginning Friday marks the first time Democrats control both chambers since 2014.

Republicans lost control of the state Senate in the November election, which also saw U.S. Rep. Jared Polis easily become the nation's first openly gay governor.

There are limits, however, to Democrats' power.

Constitutional controls on taxes and spending could curb their ambitions to bolster educational spending and fix aging roads.

Minority Republicans vow to oppose legislation they say will increase the cost of living for families.

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