Schools, city and county offices and the Colorado House closed Wednesday because of the "bomb cyclone" snowstorm. But state senators reported for work.

"It's a firm belief of mine --  I spent six years in the Marine Corps -- that we have to get the job done. That's a Marine spirit," Senate President Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, told Next with Kyle Clark. "It's extremely important that with a 120-day legislative session that we have that taxpayers are utilizing us to the best of their ability."

On Wednesday, the Senate gave its final approval to Senate Bill 181, a highly controversial oil and gas measure, sending it to the House, and a committee advanced a paid-employee-leave bill, also controversial.

In a statement Wednesday, the Colorado Republican Party slammed Garcia for keeping open the Senate.

"Passing SB 181 in the midst of today's Bomb Cyclone shows just how much Senate Democrats really care about putting 'public health and safety first,” said Chairman Jeff Hays, echoing the energy measure's language.

Garcia told Next that remaining open had nothing to do with Senate Republicans calling for bills to be read at length earlier in the week, delaying votes by hours.

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