Welcome! The 2014 legislative session ends on May 7, and so we are in the home stretch. Presently, the State Senate is deliberating on the Long Bill (HB14-1336), which represents state revenue and expenditures. As the Colorado General Assembly, our only requirement according to the state Constitution is to pass a balanced budget that must be signed into law by the Governor.
I continue to work hard as your public servant, and my door is always open to meet in person, talk over the phone or communicate electronically. As you know I continue to have my town hall meetings, community conversations and issue forums because it is important to be accessible and available to you.
My days have been full and meaningful this session, serving on three committees of reference: Health & Human Services, Local Government (vice-chair) and Business, Labor & Technology, as well as the Flood Disaster Recovery Study Committee. In a bipartisan manner, we have passed important legislation and directed funding to help our communities and state move forward from the flood disaster of 2013.
My priorities include economic opportunity and poverty reduction; affordable and quality child care, education and college affordability, flood and wildfire recovery, quality and lower-cost health care; job creation and workforce development, seniors and persons with disabilities and transparency.
To access legislative information and resources, go to the Colorado General Assembly website. Informed and engaged citizens are vital to maintaining a strong and functional representative democracy. Thank you for your support and encouragement, and it is indeed a labor of love to work for the common good. Please keep in touch, be well and have a great Colorado day.
State Senator (SD-14)
Fort Collins, Colorado