Denver Post (April 30, 2009)
Stung by criticism over how the Joint Budget Committee attempted to balance the budget this year, two lawmakers on the panel have fired back at their colleagues with a challenge:
Show up, or shut up.
Sen. Moe Keller, D-Wheat Ridge, and Rep. Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, are co-sponsoring a measure that would require all lawmakers who don't sit on the JBC to attend a minimum of five of its meetings in November and December. "Legislators complain that they're not a part of the system and that they are not informed," said Keller, chairwoman of the JBC. "I'm calling them on it."