The 2017 Legislative Session is now underway with bills being introduced in the Senate and House, and committees of reference are hearing bills. With various legislative deadlines upon us, the multi-tasking is picking up speed and intensity. As always, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you - the people of Fort Collins at the State Capitol, and I am working hard to represent the public interest.
There are now NINE bills that I'm sponsoring that have been introduced so far...
SB-040: Public Access to Government Files <http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb17-040>; concerning public access to files maintained by governmental bodies. Sponsors: Kefalas, Gardner/Pabon; introduced 1/11; assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Comm. Will be heard in SMVA 2/6.
SB-064: License Freestanding Emergency Departments <http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb17-064>; concerning the licensing of freestanding emergency departments that provide emergency care outside a hospital setting. Sponsors: Kefalas/Lontine; introduced 1/13; assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Comm.Will be heard in SMVA 2/8.
SB-098: Mobile Home Parks <http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb17-098>; concerning mobile home parks, and, in connection therewith, promoting home ownership, protecting property rights, and providing incentives to local governments to preserve and develop mobile home park communities. Sponsors: Kefalas/ Ginal; introduced 1/27; assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Comm.
SB-110: Accessibility of Exempt Family Child Care <http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb17-110>; concerning expanding the number of unrelated children to no more than four to qualify for license-exempt family child care. Sponsors: Kefalas & Crowder; introduced 1/27; assigned to Health and Human Services Comm. Will be heard in HHS 2/8.
HB-1002: Child Care Expenses Income Tax Credit Extension <http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1002>; concerning the extension of the income tax credit for child care expenses paid by a resident individual with a federal adjusted gross income of twenty-five thousand dollars or less. Sponsors: Kefalas/ Petterson & Exum; introduced 1/11; assigned to Finance & Appropriations Comm.
HB-1056: Criminal Sentencing Community Service Veterans Organizations <http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1056>; concerning the eligibility of a veterans' service organization to accept public service assignments offered in connection with misdemeanor sentencing. Sponsors: Kefalas/ Weissman; introduced 1/11; passed through House Judiciary Comm and House 2nd and third readings; introduced to Senate 2/3 and assigned to Senate Judiciary Comm.
HB-1090: Advanced Industry Investment Tax Credit Extension <http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1090>; concerning the extension of an income tax credit for investors who make a quality investment into a qualified small business from an advanced industry equal to a percentage of the investment. Sponsors: Kefalas & Gardner/ Kraft-Tharp & Wilson; introduced 1/19; assigned to Appropriations Comm.
HB-1098: Damages For Loss Of Use Of Rental Motor Vehicles <http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1098>; concerning damages for loss of use of a rental motor vehicle. Sponsors: Kefalas & Lunberg/ Pabon & Liston; introduced 1/19: Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor Comm.
HB-1139: Medicaid Provider Compliance Billing Safety Rules <http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1139>; concerning improving medicaid client protections through effective enforcement of medicaid provider requirements. Sponsors: Kefalas & Humenik/ Michaelson Jenet & Landgraf; introduced 2/1; assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services Comm.
Stay tuned for updates!
About the 2017 General Assembly
The 71st General Assembly begins Wednesday, January 11, and for the next 120 days we state legislators (35 in the Senate, and 65 in the House) will be doing the people’s work to the best of our abilities. I am working on various bills dealing with health care, government transparency, affordable housing, early childhood, transportation and other important issues. As always, the Legislature will be tackling tough issues and I will be working hard during this time to make my constituents voices heard. If you have time, please visit the General Assembly's new website at http://leg.colorado.gov to see day to day update on legislative activities. Live streaming for hearings can still currently be heard online on the General Assembly's old website at http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/cslFrontPages.nsf/HomeSplash?OpenForm.
"The cornerstone of deomocracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate"- Thomas Jefferson
Legislative Awards & Recognitions
Champion for Economic Justice, Colorado Center on Law and Policy (2014)
Colorado Women’s Lobby, 100% Legislative Score (2016)
Legislative Advocate of the Year, Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (2015)
Legislative Recognition Award, Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Larimer County (2015)
Legislator of the Year, Colorado Association of People Supporting Employment First (2016)
Legislator of the Year, Colorado Nonprofit Association (2016)
Legislator of the Year, Mental Health Colorado (2016)
Special Recognition Award-Service to Colorado's Seniors, Colorado Senior Lobby (2016)
About Senator John Kefalas
Senator John Kefalas serves the people of Senate District 14, which spans Fort Collins. He is the ranking member of the Local Government Committee, serves as a new member of the Health and Human Services Committee, and a member of the Capital Development Committee. In addition, John serves on the Health Insurance Exchange Oversight Committee, Behavioral Health Transformation Council and the All Payer Claims Database Advisory Committee. From 2009 – 2014 John led the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force, and served on the Flood Disaster Recovery Committee and the Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative Commission in 2013 and 2014 respectively. He teaches public policy graduate courses at Colorado State University as an adjunct faculty member. For more information please visit www.johnkefalas.org/biography.
State Senator (SD-14)
Fort Collins, Colorado