Thank you for electing me as your Representative in House District 12. The first session of the 69th General Assembly is now behind us and I’m proud of what we accomplished.
Some of the bills we passed included:
- Increasing assistance to small businesses and local job creating industries like bioscience, aerospace, information technology, and aviation
- New job training opportunities in community colleges and vocational schools
- A new School Finance Act that will increase resources for early childhood education if the voter initiative passes this fall
- Restoration of some funding for K-12 and higher education
- Expansion of Medicaid that will enable 200,000 more Coloradans to receive health insurance
- Gun safety legislation that closed background check loopholes and keeps guns from domestic violence offenders
- An elections modernization system that will increase turnout and protect against fraud
- The recognition of civil unions
- Tuition equity (ASSET) for all children who are accepted into in-state colleges
During the last session, I was the prime sponsor of bills that focused on criminal justice and energy matters. I’m particularly proud of the passage of my Crimes Against Pregnant Women Act (HB13-1154) because it finally addressed a glaring gap in the criminal law while preserving a woman’s right to choose. I also sponsored the Energy Efficiency Mortgage Program (HB13-1105) which makes available credits against a homeowner’s mortgage for participating in energy efficiency upgrades. I led an effort for more accountability and public health emphasis from the oil and gas industry that did not result in successful legislation this year but hopefully will lay the foundation for progress in the future.
While we accomplished a lot this year, our work is not done. Please make sure to join me for town halls over the next few months, my Second Saturday coffees, or contact me anytime to let me know about your concerns or suggestions. I appreciate the opportunity to serve and hope to hear from you in the future.