First Summer Community Conversation!
Please join me for my first Summer Community Conversation on the patio. Let's catch up on the highlights of the last session and what's next. I'd like to know what's on your mind.
Saturday, June 18th, 9:00-10:30 AM, Dazbog Coffee Shop, 401 Mason Ct, Fort Collins, CO 80524
May 11th is the end of the the 2016 Legislative Session. Nine of my bills have been signed into law or will be signed into law. The nine bills include:
SB-077: Increases employment first opportunities for persons with disabilities by developing best practices.
SB-178: Transitions individuals receiving care and services at the Grand Junction Regional Center (GJRC) to community-based settings of their choosing while preparing to vacate the GJRC and listing the campus for sale by July 1, 2018.
HB-1033: Allows members of the Human Trafficking Council to be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties on the council; this helps human trafficking survivors to participate on the council.
HB-1148: Provides greater legislative and public oversight of Connect for Health Colorado, the state's health insurance exchange especially in matters that impact consumers.
HB-1277: Simplifies the Medicaid Appeals Process for persons who receive a notice prior to suspending, terminating, or modifying their medical assistance benefits (intended action); due process for people at risk of losing Medicaid.
HB-1287: Advances pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs into Colorado businesses (workforce development).
HB-1444: Modifies the definition of "Qualifying Disabled Veteran" for the Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption. The bill expands the definition to include veterans with a full medical retirement.
HB-1448: Makes several changes to the Relative Guardianship Assistance Program (RGAP) to clarify the qualifying legal relationships and situations that are eligible for the program; bill clarifies that relatives, kin and other persons with a family-like relationship, including foster parents, are eligible for RGAP in certain when a child cannot be returned to the custody of parents or legal guardians and adoption/reunification is either unavailable or not appropriate; more resources for child.
HB-1459: Capital Development Committee bill promotes cost containment and efficiency for higher education by increasing the threshold for cash-funded projects reviewed through two-year cash lists from $2 million to $10 million for everything but acquisitions, new construction, and projects financed using the state's credit rating.
ABOUT SENATOR JOHN KEFALAS
I serve the people of Senate District 14, which spans Fort Collins. I am the ranking member of the Local Government Committee, and a member of the Capitol Development Committee. In addition, I serve on the Health Insurance Exchange Oversight Committee, Behavioral Health Transformation Council and the All Payer Claims Database Advisory Committee. From 2009 – 2014 I led the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force, and I served on the Flood Disaster Recovery Committee and the Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative Commission in 2013 and 2014 respectively. I teach public policy graduate courses at Colorado State University as an adjunct faculty member. For more information please visit www.johnkefalas.org.
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State Senator (SD-14)
Fort Collins, Colorado