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Topic - Jerry Sonnenberg
They're an endangered species in many state legislatures as more Americans move to urban centers or suburban cities: the rural lawmaker who knows what it's like to care for a herd, plant a crop or drive on gravel roads.
A landmark expansion of background checks on firearm purchases was approved Friday by lawmakers in Colorado, a politically moderate state that was the site of last year's gruesome mass shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater.
Conservatives who say welfare recipients should have to pass a drug test to receive government assistance have momentum on their side.
"I think it is an argument worth having," said Sonnenberg, who represents a sprawling district in the northeastern plains. "But I have no illusions this would ever go into effect."