Curry brings capitol to town |

Curry brings capitol to town

Citizens will get a chance to testify on a bill that would protect surface-owner rights in oil and gas operations when the House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources committee comes to Glenwood Springs on Feb. 14.Rep. Kathleen Curry, D-Gunnison, is sponsoring House Bill 1219.The meeting will be from 3:30-6 p.m. in the Garfield County commissioners meeting room at Courthouse Plaza, 108 Eighth St.Curry said she pushed to have the meeting moved to Glenwood Springs so that people who live in a county with some of the highest oil and gas activity in the state would get a chance to testify.”If passed, this legislation would have a direct impact on the people of rural Colorado,” Curry said. “I feel it is important to make participation in the legislative process more accessible to those that are directly affected.”Curry has come under fire from house Republicans for taking the Ag Committee on the road. Rep. Keith King, R-Colorado Springs, has said it sets a bad precedent and puts a burden on people from the Front Range who would have to make a long drive to attend. curry: see page A2curry: from page 1Committee meetings should stay in the Capitol because it is on neutral ground, said House Minority Leader Joe Stengel, R-Littleton.”The House rules allow for it,” Curry countered. She also said she received permission from House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, D-Denver.The committee will reconvene at the capitol on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 16, to continue taking testimony, Curry said.On Monday, anyone wanting to give testimony will be asked to sign up to speak. “I’m hoping to have one spokesperson for an organization,” she added. “It doesn’t matter if you’re pro or con, come and offer your thoughts.”- The Associated Press contributed to this story.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 510dgray@postindependent.comHouse Bill 1219 is on the state legislature Web site, comments on the bill can be sent to Rep. Kathleen Curry, State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax, Room 271, Denver, CO 80203.

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