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May Update - We're Done!

The 2019 Legislature Adjourns - Promises Made, Promises Kept
 On Friday, May 3rd, the 2019 Legislative Session came to a close. Over the last 120 days we have worked tirelessly to tackle a wide range of issues. We passed bills that reflected the concerns I heard during the campaign and the pledges I made to you to lower the cost of healthcare premiums, lower the cost of prescription drugs, increase affordable housing opportunities, to have stronger investment in our education system, and protect the natural environment and our precious water supply, among many others. See below for updates on some of my biggest bills, info about upcoming town hall meetings, and other news updates from the Capitol.
"It's a Wrap at the Capitol" - Check out my recap column in the Vail Daily and Steamboat Pilot
Highlights from the Capitol
Passing HB1216, Reduce Insulin Prices, on the House floor.
Top: (1) My testimony on the House floor when passing HB1216, Reduce Insulin Prices.
Left to right: (2) Hosting this year's Eagle County Family Leadership Training Institute class; (3) Hosting a group from High Country Human Resources Association.
Bottom: (4) Accepting the Health Care Champion award from the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative
Post-Session Wrap-Up Town Hall Meetings

Eagle Town Hall
Tuesday, May 7th (It was great!)
Missed it? Here's a video broadcast of the town hall meeting. 


Steamboat Town Hall w/ Sen. Rankin
Monday, May 13th, 5:30-6:30pm
Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill, Steamboat

Full Details

Basalt Town Hall w/ Rep. McCluskie (Pitkin) and Rep. Will (Garfield)
Tuesday, May 14th, 5:30-6:30pm
Basalt Library, 14 Midland Ave, Basalt

Full Details

Edwards Coffee & Town Hall
Monday, May 20th, 5-6pm
Hovey & Harrison, 56 Edwards Village Blvd Unit 120, Edwards

Full Details

All events are free and open to the public.
 
Dylan's Bills

To see all of Rep. Roberts’ 2019 Bills: CLICK HERE 
Bills on which Rep. Roberts is a Co-Sponsor: CLICK HERE

Here are some highlights:
 
HB1004: 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), Rep. Dylan Roberts (D) and Sen. Kerry Donovan (D). 

Status:
PASSED the House and Senate; Awaiting the Governor's signature.
Related Article: Effort to develop Colorado-run health insurance option heads to Gov. Polis' desk via Colorado Sun 
SB004Health Insurance Co-Op Authorization
This bill authorizes health care cooperatives in Colorado to incorporate consumer protections such as offering coverage for preexisting conditions and encourages consumers to join together as co-ops to negotiate directly with private providers for lower health insurance rates. 

Sponsorship: Sen. Donovan and Rep. Roberts, McCluskie

Status: PASSED the Senate and House; Awaiting the Governor's signature.

HB1077Pharmacist Dispense Drug Without Prescription In Emergency
This bill is named “Kevin’s Law” in honor of Kevin Houdeshell, a young man who had Type 1 Diabetes and died because he could not get access to insulin. Five years ago, his prescription had run out and he could not get it renewed over the holidays. If Kevin’s Law is adopted in Colorado, pharmacists would be able to dispense life-saving medication in cases of emergency without a prescription. 

Bi-partisan sponsorship: Rep. Roberts, Sens. Tate (R) and Pettersen (D). 

Status
SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR. 
Related video: Rep. Roberts urges passage of Kevin's Law. 


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, Sen. Donovan. 

Status:
SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR. 
Related article: Our bill will keep Colorado waters clean via Durango Herald. 


HB1216: Reduce Insulin Prices 
Insulin, which people with diabetes require every single day to survive has increased in price by over 700% (accounting for inflation) in the last 20 years for no justifiable reason. My bill will lower insulin prices immediately by capping copays for insulin at $100 per month, and it directs the Colorado Attorney General to investigate insulin pricing in Colorado and make further recommendations to the legislature. 
Bi-partisan sponsorship: Rep. Roberts and Sens. Donovan (D) and Priola (R). 

Status
: PASSED the House and Senate; Awaiting the Governor's signature. 
Related Video: Youth advocate Ian speaks at Governor's press conference about HB1216 

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 - thank you!
Sponsorship: Reps. Michaelson-Jenet and Roberts and Sen. Fenberg

Status:
PASSED the House and Senate; Awaiting Governor's signature.

SB2Regulate Student Education Loan Servicers
This bill requires student loan servicers to be licensed by the Uniform Consumer Credit Code and allows the Colorado Attorney General’s office to enforce violations by servicers against borrowers. 
Sponsorship: Sens. Winter and Fenberg, Reps. Roberts and Jackson.

Status:
PASSED the Senate and House; Awaiting the Governor's signature.

SB107: Broadband Infrastructure Installation
This bill will increase the ability to deploy broadband into rural Colorado by utilizing existing electric infrastructure. This legislation is a huge step forward in increasing rural broadband access. 
Sponsorship: Sen. Donovan and Rep. Roberts

Status:
PASSED the House and Senate; Awaiting Governor's signature. 

HB1322: Expand Supply Affordable Housing
This bill transfers monies from the  reserves of the Unclaimed Property Trust Fund to the Division of Housing to be deposited into the Housing Development Grant Fund that can be accessed by public-private partnerships across the state, particularly in rural and mountain regions of Colorado, that are developing affordable housing.
Bi-partisan Sponsorship: Reps. Roberts Will, Sens. Moreno and Coram.

Status: PASSED the House and Senate; Awaiting Governor's signature.

HB1030: Unlawful Electronic Sexual Communication
This bill creates a criminal penalty for persons in a position of trust who send texts messages to a child describing or including explicit sexual conduct.
Bi-partisan Sponsorship: Reps. Roberts and Soper, Sens. Rankin and Zenzinger

Status:
SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
Related article: Colorado's sexting bill signed into law via Craig Daily Press
Those are just a few of the bills Rep. Roberts carried through the legislature; CLICK HERE for Rep. Dylan Roberts' sponsored bill info sheet. 
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How To Stay In Touch 

Please always feel free to contact me via e-mail, phone, or text: 
E-mail:
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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. 

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