Legislation Update & Town Hall Calendar!

We are now two weeks in to the 2019 legislative session and a lot has happened already. Please see below for some exciting updates and details on my upcoming town hall and coffee meetings across House District 26. 

Happenings at the Capitol
Clockwise from top left: (1) Being sworn in for my second term as State Representative for House District 26. (2) My family joining me at my desk on the House floor on opening day. (3) Governor Jared Polis takes the oath of office to become Colorado's 43rd Governor. (4) The first meeting of the House Rural Affairs and Agriculture Committee on which I serve as Chair. 
Town Hall & Coffee Meeting Calendar
This Saturday in Avon, I will kick-off my regular check-ins with the people who matter the most in this job: my constituents. I hope you can join me at an event near you. Full details of Avon Coffee Meeting on Saturday: CLICK HERE.

Can't make it but still have a question or concern? Contact me and we can chat over the phone, via e-mail, or I'll schedule a one-on-one meeting with you: 

Cell: (970) 846-3054
Bills Introduced

As bills get finalized, I walk them from my office to the House floor and then they are formally introduced. Here are the House (and Senate) bills I'm sponsoring that have been formally introduced so far: 

Proposal for a Public Health Insurance Option
This bill will set in place the process of instituting a state-backed public health insurance option in Colorado so that people and families purchasing health insurance on the individual market will have choice, competition, and lower prices. Bi-partisan sponsorship: Reps. Marc Catlin (R-Montrose), Rep. Dylan Roberts (D-Avon) and Sen. Kerry Donovan (D-Vail). 

Status: Scheduled for first committee hearing by the House Health and Insurance Committee, January 23rd at 3:30pm. 

Related article:
Lawmakers weigh public insurance option for health via GJ Sentinel

SB004Address High-cost Health Insurance Pilot Program
This bill will implement a state-run pilot program to allow residents of counties facing the highest health care costs, such as Eagle and Routt, to participate in state benefit plans and allow consumers to collectively negotiate rates directly with providers. Sponsorship: Sen. Donovan and Rep. Roberts

Status: Introduced in the Senate and assigned to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee; awaiting a hearing date.

HB1035Remove Fee Cap Electrical Inspection Local Government Higher Education
This bill will afford public inspection entities the flexibility to set fee rates for electrical inspections. Current law forbids local governments and public education institutions from charging more than 15% of the state fee to perform an electrical inspection. This bill removes the existing cap, increasing inspection efficiency. Bi-partisan sponsorship: Reps. Rich and Roberts, Sen. Woodward.

Status: Introduced in the House and assigned to the House Transportation & Local Government Committee; hearing date January 23rd at 1:30pm.

HB1077Pharmacist Dispense Drug Without Prescription In Emergency
This bill will allow Colorado pharmacists to dispense certain prescription drugs to patients in Colorado without a current prescription in limited, emergency circumstances. For example, if a patient is out of town and does not have access to a fast-acting inhaler, insulin, or more, he or she can obtain the required medication from a local pharmacy. Bi-partisan sponsorship: Sens. Tate and Pettersen, Rep. Roberts

Status: Introduced in the House and assigned to the House Health & Insurance Committee; hearing date January 23rd at 4pm

HB1113Protect Water Quality From Adverse Mining Impacts
Water is our state's most precious resource and we should do everything we can to protect it and this bill is aimed at doing just that. The bill is two-fold: it firsts looks to hold new hard-rock mines accountable by prohibiting self-bonding for clean-up costs. Second, the bill requires new hard-rock mines to have an end-date for clean-up, ending perpetual, cyclical water use in clean-up efforts. Sponsorship: Reps. Roberts and McLachlan

Status: Introduced in the House and assigned to the House Rural Affairs & Agriculture Committee; awaiting a hearing date.

HB1120Youth Mental Health Education And Suicide Prevention
This bill will expand access to youth mental health services and encourage additional mental health education and awareness in Colorado schools. This bill is inspired by an Eagle County High School student and is featured in this timely Colorado independent article. Sponsorship: Reps. Michaelson-Jenet and Roberts, Sen. Fenberg.

Status: Introduced in the House and assigned to the House Public Health Care & Human Services and House Appropriations Committees; awaiting hearing.

HB1121Fifth-year High School & ASCENT Program Students
This bill expands opportunities for fifth-year high school students and students enrolled in the ASCENT Program in Colorado schools so that more students can get ahead of their college course work while still in high school at institutions like Colorado Mountain College. Sponsorship: Reps. McCluskie and Roberts.

Status: Introduced in the House and assigned to the House Education and House Appropriations Committees; awaiting hearing. 

SB071Child Hearsay Exception
This bill amends the statutory exception to the hearsay rule allowing a child's out-of-court statement to be admissible in court if: (1) a child under the age of 13 is the alleged victim in a criminal proceeding; or (2) if the child describes all or part of an offense of unlawful sexual behavior in a criminal proceeding. This is a small but important change to ensure that child victims are better represented in criminal proceedings. Sponsorship: Sen. Fields and Rep. Roberts
Status: Introduced in the Senate and assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Hearing scheduled for Wednesday, February 6th at 1:30pm.
Other Topics Still in the Works

Over the next several weeks, I will also be introducing bills and working on topics such as: 
  • Water conservation
  • Affordable Housing
  • Driving Under the Influence Laws
  • Automated External Defibrillators
  • Climate Change
  • Public Education Support
  • and more!
How To Stay In Touch 

I hope to see you at one of my upcoming coffee meetings or Town Halls!

In the meantime, please always feel free to contact me via e-mail, phone, or text: 
Office: 303-866-2923
Cell: 970-846-3054

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Thank you for the privilege to serve this great district and the State of Colorado. 

My best, 
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PO Box 3542
Eagle, CO 81631

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