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Opioid treatment program bill advances

Pueblo Chieftain - March 16, 2019

Senate President Leroy Garcia’s bill to expand the medication-assisted treatment pilot program that’s currently offered in Pueblo and Routt counties was passed unanimously by the Senate this week.

Colorado legislature passes half way mark

KOAA News 5 - March 6, 2019 

COLORADO- The Colorado legislature is passing the halfway mark for this legislative session, and there’s still plenty of bills making their way through the house and the Senate.


Senate President Garcia to introduce bill creating competitive utility market

KOAA News 5 - March 2, 2019 

COLORADO-  The Colorado Senate’s top leader plans to introduce legislation taking away power from investor-owned utility companies such as Black Hills Energy and Xcel.

Garcia: State needs to reopen Canon City area prison


Pueblo Chieftain - February 28, 2019

Senate President Leroy Garcia hopes to persuade his fellow lawmakers that this is the year to reopen the closed Colorado State Penitentiary 2 near Canon City.

Polis to attend Pueblo town hall Saturday

Pueblo Chieftain - February 14, 2019

New Gov. Jared Polis will take part in a town hall meeting hosted by Senate President Leroy Garcia and state Rep. Daneya Esgar at Pueblo Community College at noon Saturday. [...] Garcia is the new leader of the Democratic majority in the state Senate.

2019-2020 Legislative Session Will Have the Largest Number of Latinos in Colorado History

Latin Life Denver 

The 2019-2020 session will have the largest number of Latinos in Colorado history serving at the same time with 10 Latinos in the State House and 4 Latinos in the State Senate. A total of 154 Latinos have served in Colorado’s legislative bodies including the territorial legislature.

‘Kill Committees’ Aren’t Expected To Be Their Usual Graveyards Under New Dem Majority

Colorado Public Radio - January 30, 2019

With Colorado Democrats in solid control of the House and the Senate, it’s on party leaders to manage all of the different bills coming through their chambers – both from Republicans and their own members. Unlike Congress, where a bill can be introduced and then languish without a hearing, every piece of legislation at the Colorado statehouse requires a public hearing and at least one recorded vote.

State looks to expand opioid treatment centers, but not in Southwest Colorado 

The Journal - January 29, 2019 

Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, wants to expand a network of centers dedicated to treating opioid addiction in southern Colorado as the state’s overdose deaths have risen to an all-time high. [...] Garcia hopes to put millions of dollars into several outpatient treatment centers that offer medication and therapy in the San Luis Valley, an 8,000-square-mile region that spans six central counties – Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache. Some of the funds will also go to centers in two additional counties yet to be determined.

Garcia aims to expand opioid treatment program 

Pueblo Chieftain - January 26, 2019 

Nearly 700 Pueblo County residents dealing with opioid addiction got help last year through a pilot-program that state lawmakers authorized here and intend to share with 10 more counties this year. Senate President Leroy Garcia and state Rep. Daneya Esgar, both Pueblo Democrats, were original sponsors of the 2017 legislation that authorized pilot treatment programs for Pueblo and Routt counties.

Co. Senate President Leroy Garcia says bipartisanship is his goal

Fox 21 News - January 21, 2019 

As Colorado lawmakers begin the week when bills for the house and senate are due, Colorado State Senate President Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo) says bipartisanship is one of his goals, even as his party controls both chambers and the governor's office. "Our goal is always to work across the aisle," said Garcia, a Democrat. "You'll find that at the end of this session many, many that we work on are together." Garcia represents areas of Pueblo and is the first-ever Latino president of the chamber. He says his appointment to lead the Senate speaks to the bridging of another divide. 

Health care, environment, gun control on Colorado legislative agenda 

Pueblo Chieftain - January 4, 2019 

It’s become a buzz phrase of American politics — “Elections have consequences.” The Colorado Legislature gets down to business on Monday and the Democratic surge that won so many offices on Nov. 6 will start to make its power felt as Democrats use their new majorities in the House, Senate and governor’s office to write new laws. [...] After the new senators were sworn in Friday, new Senate President Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, said he was not looking for a partisan struggle this session, but for results.

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