GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT News)-- Republican women are banding together this weekend to talk legislation in the state.
“Those other jobs will not be paying the wages that oil and gas industry pay,” says Rep. Janice Rich (R-CO) District 55.
Representative Rich isn’t completely on board with the oil and gas bill recently signed by Governor Polis.
“I’ve always been supportive of all of the above energy. I don’t have a problem at all with wind and solar. But I do believe that we are not ready to completely do away with the oil and gas industry,” says Rich.
Proponents of more regulation say Colorado is heading in the right direction: “I think that Colorado in general is pushing for a lot more energy solutions, which is fantastic for economic development as well as for our environment and well-being,” says Arielle Braxtan with Mesa County Democrats.
Also supposedly on the agenda, the national popular vote law, also supported by Democratic Governor Polis.
“This is one of the first opportunities that I’ve seen where our voice will actually matter in a direct way,” says Braxtan.
Back in early August the Coloradans Vote campaign collected enough signatures to give voters the option to repeal the law come November 2020.
“We are trying to give the people of Colorado a voice. The legislature had no right to take their votes away,” said Mesa County Commissioner, Rose Pugliese.
“I was really happy to see that the voters are going to get to decide how the electoral votes should be handled,” says Rich.
This year’s theme is "Women in Action”. Saturday's keynote speaker will be Fox News Contributor Lisa Booth.