Former state lawmaker makes a behind-the-scenes documentary on her last year in office

DENVER -- During her last year in office, former state Sen. Linda Newell was doing more than just representing the people of her district. She was making a documentary.

"Over the years I have had so many questions from constituents 'how does a bill become a law,' 'what is it like down at the capitol? I have to work. I can’t get there.' So I decided why not take the capitol to the people?" Newell told Anne Trujillo on this week’s Politics Unplugged.

The Last Bill, A Senator’s Story was meant to give viewers a behind the scenes look at how the Legislature operates by following two bills Newell sponsored in her last session.

"One is a suicide prevention bill. Another is the misrepresentation of service animals, you might remember that in the news," Newell said. "It follows the bill through the process of how we do not work well sometimes… and how do we work together sometimes in a bipartisan way so it shows both Republicans and Democrats alike."

Producing a documentary wasn’t new to Newell. She worked in theater and produced television shows in California before moving to Colorado.

The Last Bill, A Senator’s Story premieres Saturday, March 18 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton. Newell and other members of the production team will answer questions from the audience after the film’s 12:15 p.m. and 2 p.m. showings.

Politics Unplugged airs Sundays at 4 p.m. on Denver7.

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