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Colorado legislator joins pro-Palestinian protesters in House gallery as drama cast shadow over special session

On Monday, Rep. Elisabeth Epps used time in the special session to speak on Palestine before joining pro-Palestinian protestors in the House gallery.

DENVER — A special session meant to provide property tax relief saw more than its fair share of drama at Colorado's state Capitol, topped by pro-Palestinian protests that shut down the House multiple times and drew the support of two Democratic legislators. 

The two Democrats raised eyebrows for backing the protesters, who waved Palestinian flags and shouted in the House gallery both on Saturday and on Monday, when lawmakers hunkered down to pass legislation that reduced the assessment ratio and increased the amount homeowners can claim for exemption when calculating tax liability.  

The actions of Rep. Elisabeth Epps, a Democrat from Denver, drew the most attention.

On Sunday, as the day's work in the House approached the midnight hour, Epps attempted an amendment to the Senate bill on a federal food and nutrition program that sought to ban the state from purchasing food made in "occupied territories." 

>Read the full story on Colorado Politics.

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