The 2019 Legislative Session Begins Tomorrow!

Tomorrow at 10am, I will be sworn-in to begin my second term as your State Representative. I am deeply honored to serve Eagle County and Routt County and am very excited for the work ahead of us this year to make Colorado an even better place. I hope you enjoy my first monthly newsletter of the year!

Committee Assignments & Chairmanships

I have been assigned to three committees and have been chosen to be the Chair of two of them. 

Rural Affairs Committee - Chair: The Rural Affairs Committee is comprised of legislators from all parts of rural Colorado and we will focus on bills relating to agriculture, water, rural health care, broadband deployment, and more. Read more about this committee in my 
op-ed in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Capital Development Committee - Chair: this is a year-round joint committee — senators and representatives — that reviews all capital construction and maintenance projects and makes recommendations to the Joint Budget Committee. As the only Western Slope member of the committee, I look forward to being a strong advocate for the universities and facilities in our region. Related article: "Western Sloper on Panel with Heft"

Judiciary Committee - Member: The House Judiciary Committee is considered one of the most important and scrupulous committees at the Capitol.
My First Bills
State-Backed Health Insurance Option: On day one, I will be introducing a bill that will be co-sponsored with Sen. Kerry Donovan to create a state-backed health insurance option. A state-backed insurance option will bring competition to the very limited market, especially in the mountains, and give you an affordable choice. 
Check out the Denver Post's preview of this legislation here:
"Two Colorado Lawmakers aim to reduce health care costs by creating a public insurance option not available anywhere else."

Prescription Drug Price Transparency: As you know, this is a deeply personal issue to me and one that I am looking forward to getting to the Governor's desk in the coming year. Too many Coloradans are being subjected to massive price increases for the medication they need to stay alive and healthy, like insulin. This bill will bring much-needed transparency to the entire supply chain of prescription drugs from manufacturers to pharmacies, and everyone in between. Without transparency and action by the US Congress, patients deserve transparency so they know why their medication costs are going up. I was pleased to join FOX31 to discuss this bill: Watch Here

Youth Suicide Prevention Act of 2019: Any discussion of health care must include mental health treatment. That is why I am thrilled to be co-sponsoring this bill with Rep. Michaelson Jenet and to be working with amazing young advocates like Saphira Klearman from Eagle County who brought forward several ideas that we are incorporating into this legislation. This comprehensive bill will create statewide trainings and campaigns for mental health treatment and suicide prevention as well as get more mental health education into our schools, among other initiatives. Read more about how this legislation fits into already existing efforts in this great piece: "A silent sorrow: How a 12-year-old's death launched a suicide-prevention campaign in Eagle County"

Protecting Colorado's Clean Water: Our water is our most precious resource and we must be doing everything we can to protect and conserve this resource. I will be bringing forward a bill that passed the House last year (and was defeated in a Senate committee on a party-line vote) to protect water from hard-rock mining spills and ensure that taxpayers are never on the hook for cleaning up spills. Read more here

Other Legislation I'm Crafting
I am also working hard on several other bills that are still in the drafting phase and I look forward to updating you on them very soon. These will be bills related to: 
  • Water conservation
  • Making the state a better partner on affordable housing
  • Strengthening driving under the influence of drugs laws
  • Deploying more automated external defibrillators across the state 
  • Making our roads safer during winter driving conditions
  • Supporting Colorado Mountain College
  • and more!
General Assembly Priorities

I am just one of 100 legislators at the Capitol and there are going to be a lot of new faces and of course, a new Governor as well. You can expect us to be working hard to preserve what we love about the Colorado way of life and taking steps to make life here more affordable. I look forward to working on and supporting my colleagues on many different issues like: 
  • Protecting our environment
  • Promoting small businesses, particularly in rural Colorado
  • Better supporting our public school teachers and students 
  • Reforming the Gallagher Amendment 
  • Finding ways to invest in our transportation and broadband infrastructure 
  • and much, much more!
Welcome back, Logan Dunning! 

I am thrilled that my legislative aide from last year's session, Logan Dunning, will be returning to my office as my Chief of Staff for 2019. Many of you have probably already interacted with him and know his excellent work ethic and commitment to serving the people of House District 26. He just graduated from CU Denver with his Masters of Public Administration and is excited to get back to work!

Phone: 303-866-2923

How to stay in touch 
Stay tuned for information about town hall and coffee meetings which I will be starting up in a few weeks in all corners of House District 26. 

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

Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates! 
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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