Unaffiliated Legislators

Yesterday’s announcement that a key Democrat in the Colorado House of Representatives switched to Unaffiliated (see Denver Post story) brings up many questions about how to deal with a Representative who is neither Republican or Democrat. According to the Colorado Legislative Council’s Legislator Biographies database, the last time an Unaffiliated member served in the House was in the 1960s, with Reginald L. Howard serving 1963-64. (Another House member, Bud Edmonds, who served 1967-74 as a Republican, lost the 1974 Senate race when he decided to run as an Independent). The Colorado Legislator’s Handbook and the online House and Senate Rules can give some insight into Legislative proceedings when a member is not a part of either party caucus.