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To contact me, during the 2017 General Session, with constituent or legislative matters or just to say "Hello!" please call me at the office (303) 866-4841 or at 970-221-1135 (home) or email me at john.kefalas.senate@state.co.us. I have a team of individuals to help me respond to requests quickly and look forward to talking with you. 

 

  • commented 2017-02-22 17:01:07 -0700
    Dear Senator Kefalas, several bills have been introduced into the legislature this session that I believe negatively impact the Public Employees Retirement Association. Those bills are: Senate Bill 17-158, Senate Bill 17-113, House Bill 17-1114,and House Bill 17-1176. Please oppose all four pieces of legislation. Thank you.
  • commented 2017-02-22 16:10:24 -0700
    I am writing to ask you to support the National Popular Vote law (SB17-099). The candidate who gets the most votes should become president. Electing the President by popular vote is the right way to do it.


    Colorado should take a leadership role in bringing fairness to our Presidential elections.


    Thank you.
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  • commented 2017-02-21 19:45:08 -0700
    Mr Kefalas—-I have worked 18 years in public schools as both a teacher and school nurse, and I believe that Senate Bill 17-061 is a bad idea for public schools as a whole. Please consider the will of the voters when you cast your vote, and vote no on this bill.
  • commented 2017-02-17 23:34:30 -0700
    Hi John,


    I’d like to understand your position on I25?


    Can you describe please?


    Thanks,

    Mark Thronley

    3515 Long Creek Dr.

    Fort Collins, Co
  • commented 2017-02-16 11:25:22 -0700
    Please vote against SB17-006.

    There is no reason to have more

    guns on the streets of Colorado.
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  • commented 2017-02-15 10:34:35 -0700
    Dear Senator Kefalas,


    My name is Toni Theisen and I am a world language teacher in Loveland, but I live in your district in Fort Collins.. I am asking to support and vote YES on SB17-123 sponsored by Senator(s) Priola and Zenzinger;-The Seal of Biliteracy.


    The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, school district, charter school, etc. or county office of education in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation (English and one other language). A Seal of Biliteracy is granted to all students who meet the criteria for the award. For each level, criteria are set for students whose first language is English who are learning a second language and for English Learners who are developing academic proficiency in their home language while mastering English.


    The Seal of Biliteracy takes the form of a seal that appears on the transcript or diploma of the graduating senior and is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions.


    The purpose of the Seal of Biliteracy is an award made by a state department of education or local district to recognize a student who has attained proficiency in English and one or more other world languages by high school graduation. The recognition of attaining biliteracy becomes part of the high school transcript and diploma for these students. The Seal serves to certify attainment of biliteracy for students, employers, and universities. It is a statement of accomplishment that helps to signal evidence of a student’s readiness for career and college, and for engagement as a global citizen.


    As you can see from the bill, there are a series of standards that students must reach to have this seal. These standards are national and all the states use these high standards to obtain this recognition. They are standards align to language proficiency from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), The National Council of State Supervisors for Langages (NCSSFL), National Association for Bilingual Educators (NABE) and Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL). All of this organizations have state organizations and connections. Also this Seal is not required, but is a choice of the district to award it.


    We could become the 23rd state to have this Seal of Biliteracy for our students. This Seal offers another form of choice for our students and another way to access the workforce in a global economy.


    In Colorado, Denver Public Schools, Adams County-Commerce City and Eagle County Schools have been piloting this seal. Last year DPS awarded 147 seals in many languages.


    Currently universities around the country are also awards credits-similar to AP and IB credits, UNC in Greeley is working on this right now and is thinking of awards 2 years of credit.


    Here is a link to an article about the increase need for those who are literate n more than one language in the Colorado economy: http://www.renewoureconomy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/NAE-CO-Biliteracy-Brief_FINAL.pdf


    Here is more information about the Seal of Biliteracy: http://sealofbiliteracy.org/


    This is a very important bill for our students in Colorado.


    Thank you for your consideration.


    Toni Theisen

    ACTFL National President 2013

    ACTFL National World Language Teacher of the Year 2009

    World Language Coordinator-Thompson School District

    Fort Collins, CO 80525
  • commented 2017-02-14 16:40:21 -0700
    Please vote NO on SB 158 that would change PERA board to more politically appointed directors. As a member of PERA—and no matter what my political affiliation—I don’t want my pension to be at the whim of politicians.


    Proponents claim more impartiality with political appointments. Maybe that would have been true in years past, but in the current climate, impartiality in politics is almost non-existent. Financial investment returns for pension funds are best achieved with a consistent long term investment management plan, something far less likely in a management structure that can change drastically with varying political party fortunes in the governorship and the Senate. Our members are Republicans and Democrats. Please don’t mess up the Board with politics.


    Research indicates that pension Boards comprised of Directors who have a personal stake in the outcome of retirement investments produce better returns than Boards comprised of Directors with no personal stake in fund performance.


    The PERA Board cannot “feather its own retirement nests,” as submitters of the bill have sometimes charged. The PERA Board has absolutely no power to change benefit payments to retirees or payments into PERA from employers. Only the legislature can make such changes. The PERA Board cannot even submit legislation for a vote; only legislators can do that.


    I don’t understand why this issue comes up year after year. The PERA Board has a proven, successful history. It is strictly politics that drive the proponents to “fix something that ain’t broke”!


    Thank you, Mary Lacock
  • commented 2017-02-09 10:50:25 -0700
    I strongly urge you to support SB 99 so that Colorado can join the coalition of states that want a fair voting system.
  • commented 2017-02-08 20:16:16 -0700
    Sen Kefalas,

    Please consider passing a legislation that allows for tiny towns and incentives for cities to work with organizations to allow for veterans to have Tiny Homes. There is no legislation that allows for these type of dwellings to be placed within city limits and the services that could be provided to our vets that are out there homeless or struggling just to keep a roof over their heads that are single. Women and Men that have served deserve to not to have to live in the cold or in a tent or shelter. We can do better for them by starting the process here in Colorado and in areas that would not make them second class citizens when property values are extreme, and services can be provided in Fort Collins for their needs. Thank you. Helping a Veteran Colorado.
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  • commented 2017-02-08 20:07:22 -0700
    Would you consider sponsoring a bill statewide limiting the background checks by an individual or corporate land lord by implementing a county one stop background check that can be used in Colorado for citizens hunting for housing, thus illuminating the fraud of those that collect check after check, and never provide proof that they even ran a back ground check for the housing you apply for? This type of fraud is not spoken to by the city counsel nor county and I would like to see a state program for housing background checks that make it illegal to either collet this fee from people or implement accountability and taxes upon the landlord for collecting these fees. Clarity of what is required should be uniform.
  • commented 2017-02-08 08:23:12 -0700
    Hello,

    I heard from CBS4 that a senate subcomitte is considering eliminating Daylight Saving Time.


    I support eliminating Daylight Saving Time for Colorado and ask that you support this as well.


    Thank You.
  • commented 2017-02-03 09:49:25 -0700
    Please support the stop as yield law on behalf of Colorado bicyclists. Thank you. Sue Hoenig
  • commented 2017-02-03 08:19:09 -0700
    Please oppose SB55-017, the Right to Exploit Workers bill. Our country needs to fight income inequality. We need to oppose this bill to keep wages up for middle and lower class workers.
  • commented 2017-02-01 23:03:07 -0700
    Please vote yes on SB17-065.
  • commented 2017-01-31 08:08:04 -0700
    Dear Senator Kefalas,


    I am writing to ask for your help. I am a long-time resident of Fort Collins, Colorado and vote in every election. I am employed, married and have 6 children. This is the first time I have written my congressman for many years.

    I realize you are a state senator, but wanted to send this letter to you so you have support for what you can do from the state senate. I have sent this same/similar letter to Senators Bennett and Gardner. I appreciate all the work you have done over the years on behalf of the people in our region.


    The direction our country is headed is concerning and frightening to me, my family and practically everyone I talk to in my neighborhood and my workplace. Please help get our country back in alignment with American values and principles.

    1. First, please do what you can to prevent further actions to discriminate against people based on their religion, race or country of origin as they immigrate to the US. America is a country of immigrants and I am proud that we are a beacon of freedom and choice. My ancestors immigrated early on in this country from Northern Europe, but I do not assume that only people like me should be able to come to America. Encourage the Senate to look at how Canada handles immigration. It seems to work and allows for immigration and effective assimilation of immigrants into the society. And, please help us improve our relationship with Mexico, our neighbor and largest immigrant base.

    2. Do not support building a wall. Our immigration policies need to be improved (see Canada) but building a wall will cost a lot of money and will only antagonize our neighbor and make our country look foolish in the eyes of the world. And I don’t care what the president says, the American people will end up paying for it in the end – and I don’t want to spend our money on that when we have so many other needs to meet.

    3. Do not allow policies that are in denial of Climate Change. We must protect our planet and environment for future generations and for other species. It’s crazy that we can allow policies and actions that damage our environment when we have scientific evidence that we our destroying our own habitat. I think of my grandchildren and great, great , great grand children who may not be able to survive or live with any semblance of health due to the actions (and in-actions) we are taking today. I was proud of our country as we stepped forward to take some leadership on climate action and promised to the world that we would be part of the solution and not a leader of environmental destruction. Now it looks as if we will be changing course. Please do not support withdrawing from our agreement to reduce our impact on the environment. Please for our descendants and all other living beings on this planet.

    4. Please do not support the appointment or the direction (if appointed) of Betsy DeVoss to lead the Department of Education. One of the things our country can be most proud of is the fact that we have free public education and children not only have access but are required to get an education. This woman supports privatizing education through vouchers and charters and allowing families who choose to opt out of public education to take their dollars with them. If implemented on a large scale this will essentially destroy our public education system or at the very least create a class structure within education – if you have a lot of money your children can get a good education, if not, too bad for you. This is bad for our children and families, and bad for our future. Please support fixing/improving our public education system, not destroying it.

    5. Please do not approve the appointment or the direction of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. He has a history of working against civil rights in the country. To put him in a position of power like this would surely set our country back many decades in terms of civil rights.

    6. As a member of the middle class, I can tell you, the loss of health insurance is the one thing (other than unemployment) that will take a middle class family into poverty very quickly, even if you have worked your whole life and saved for retirement. Please do not support the dismantling of the AFA. Having insurance has given so many people hope that they can make it in this life. If the AFA has to be repealed, do not replace it with privatized insurance. We saw what happened there. Many people were not covered and we all end up paying for it. Meanwhile millions of families sink into poverty due to medical issues, and again, we end up paying for that. Please take a longer view, and support affordable healthcare for all citizens.

    My husband and I have 6 children (blended family) and one has a serious medical condition. I am thankful everyday that we have good heath insurance. I know for families without it who have a family member like ours, they would likely sink into poverty trying to pay the medical bills and would probably lose their child too because they could not pay for all necessary medical treatment. Also, the AFA allowed us to help some of our adult children keep insurance while they struggled to find employment and a way to afford their own insurance. We are grateful for that small blessing.

    Five of our six children are over 18 and they all vote here in our region. We have family meetings to review the ballots and issues prior to every election so when I write, I represent at least six people, including our youngest, 14, a future voter.


    Senator Kefalas, please work against the tide of changes this new administration is bringing to our country, which will not make America great again, but will make America small, non-inclusive and no longer a leader in the world. This path will also have dramatic negative affects on our middle class, which is the backbone of our country.

    Thank you for your attention to this letter. Please feel free to contact me should you wish to follow up on my letter.


    Perrie A. McMillen

    970-443-3341
  • commented 2017-01-26 09:18:14 -0700
    Dear Mr. Kefalas:

    Two issues / inquiries

    1. - if Rep. Van Winkle’s editorial piece is accurate in the Coloradoan regarding the 2010 HB 10-1194, it seems like a sensible and correct thing to do is to support and then enact HB 17-1009 which Mr. van Winkle has proprosed. I trust you will support the elimination of this obsolete “Hidden tax.”

    2. - I am very much concerned about undocumented (illegal) immigrants receiving drivers licences, ss#, and virtual citizenship without being citizens. The Garage Logic, common sense question for me is- why does this class of immigrants who are here and apparently want to be here not go through the process of becoming citizens? – Also, regardless of the responsibility for entering and subsequently being in America illegally there must be procedures along the pipeline to earn as opposed to deserve citizenship. If they are unable to do that because of government mumbo jumbo; that is the place to address this issue – not by creating a quasi class of citizenship that is confusing and ultimately divisive.

      Thank you for your time.

  • commented 2017-01-25 21:57:11 -0700
    Dear Sen. Kefalas,

    I wanted to write to urge you to reject Senate Bill 5, “Handgun Safety Training for School Employees”. This bill allows for school employees, with the permission of district and building leadership, to receive training and carry a concealed weapon into an elementary, middle, or high school.


    Our schools do not need more guns. As a schoolteacher, I make a hundred decisions every minute. I wonder which students already understand what I am teaching, and which are struggling. How many hands are raised? Who’s not raising his or her hand, that should? Why is the computer not working? Is it urgent that you use the restroom right now? Where are all of the pencils? Is that movement in my peripheral vision just a little horseplay, or a fight? Are voices raised in heated discussion or is that harassment? Was that a bubble that popped, a bag, or the snap of binder rings? How many minutes are left in the class? Is this student bored, restless, hungry or tired? Is this student shy or confused? Did I meet my legal obligations in this child’s IEP? Did everyone turn their work in? Is trash picked up? Is the room clean?


    The question I don’t want in my head 100 times a minute is: should I shoot?


    If employees have guns, it’s a question of which we need to be mindful every second. Is my gun still there? Should I use it?


    A child is screaming and angry.

    A child threw a punch.

    A child threw a desk.

    Should I shoot?


    I live in a world of constant sensory overload. I am sleep-deprived, overworked, underpaid and living sometimes with a lot of mental stress that comes with being a public educator.


    Regardless of the training I might get, do you want me also wondering, 100 times a minute: should I shoot?


    This law will eventually result in the death of someone’s precious baby. The more school employees have concealed weapons, the higher the probability that a student will be shot by one. The presence of a gun can turn a stressful situation into a deadly one. When a child is shot by a school employee with a concealed weapon, who is responsible? School leadership? The school board?


    I urge you and your colleagues to vote NO on SB5.
  • commented 2017-01-23 23:31:41 -0700
    I’m writing to ask you to co-sponsor Rep. Joe Salazar’s proposed amendment to make Colorado a sanctuary state. In light of the new administration in Washington and the promises by president Trump to deport millions of immigrants, I think it is vitally important to provide as much protection as possible for families and individuals who are living in a great deal of fear and apprehension.


    Thank you for your time and service,


    Zach Heath

    Fort Collins Resident

    80521
  • commented 2017-01-20 14:08:05 -0700
    There are many things we fundamentally disagree about and that’s okay, that’s the nature of American Democracy. I do want to thank you though, from the bottom of my heart, for standing up for the rights of the mentally ill on Thursday. I read how you championed the cause of suicide proofing the bathrooms in Colorado mental health facilities. I have serious Bipolar I with halicunations along with Borderline Personality Disorder. Had I not had well timed psyciatric intervention when I was younger I could have very easily been in one of those facilities under the care of the state. It really means a lot to me that there are people in government like you. Thank you for your service in this issue. God Bless America.
  • commented 2017-01-08 18:02:45 -0700
    Check out: www.bridgealliance.us/membership_news.


    Read: Reunited States of America, by Mark Gerzon


    Saw and heard about this after Sat. (Jan07)


    Bright Blessings – Collea-Devi Goetz Will write more soon.
  • commented 2017-01-07 22:02:23 -0700
    Hi, I was at the Ft Collins Library this morning for the town meeting.

    I was the one asking you to do something to revived Colorado Single payer, And, 69. I am currently retired and using ACA. I can afford the premiums because of the discounts offered. When the gop repeals ACA, I will be left out because I am only 60 years old and Medicare will probably not be available when I an 66.

    I was upset because I feel Democratic senators and congressman play nice while the gop is raping the american people. I think that we have an opportunity in Colorado to advance the system by figuring out how to better serve our state. We must think anew. The old ways are obsolete, we need new tricks, and a more progressive way of finding loopholes and getting around obstacles.

    Some of the thing you are working for the next agenda are good, but we are at war with the republican machine. Women are being pushed down, our rights taken away, and it is time to fight. The republican regime must be abolish. The Democratic party must re invent itself. No more nice, we need to push forward.

    What I heard this morning is “we are rolling over”. It is time to fight

    the oppressive agenda of Trump, and show the american people that we are not going to take it.

    Sincerely

    Irma Albinana

    970 690-6105
  • commented 2016-12-29 10:34:36 -0700
    Sen. Kefalas,


    Greetings sir, and I hope today finds you well. My name is Christopher Billman and the group of which I am part is attempting to spread knowledge and perhaps implementation of IRV/RCV style voting statewide. We have reviewed your 2008 bill and have spoken with Rep. Singer who spoke highly of your work. He is attempting to pass an Approval Voting bill similar to yours currently, and as we are a group promoting IRV statewide, we decided sharing knowledge would be beneficial.


    Sir, I would personally like to ask if you would be willing to meet with us for a short conversation and gain some of your insight and experience as we gear up to continue this work. If you are willing, please feel free to contact me directly at STVforcolorado@gmail.com or at RCVinfo@rcvfor.co


    Your experience, thoughts, and time would be greatly appreciated if you are willing.


    Thank you.


    Christopher Billman
  • commented 2016-12-22 11:40:12 -0700
    A few other comments while I am on your site.

    1. My rent has gone up $300 in the last 2 years. My disability SSI has obviously not kept pace. Why can’t the cost of living be adjusted based on local cost of living?

    2. Why does medicare not cover hearing? Many retired people have this issue. If it comes out of SS income it further puts people toward poverty level.

    3.My vision and dental insurance costs further push me towards poverty.

    4. Why can’t I have a health account that is pre-tax? Another item to push me toward poverty.

    5.Why can’t acupuncture costs be covered? It was the only thing that helped my shoulder heal.

    6.Why should I have to pay a 50% tax on earnings over the stated amount? Who else is taxed at this level? I have 40 years experience and while physically disabled I can set behind a desk and do some work. If I was to earn more than 75% of previous wages I could see forfeiting my SSI. But trying to live on $25,000 a year just doesn’t work. As more people enter the retirement age, this situation is only going to get worse. I would hope there can be an alignment with medicare and SSI as they are stepchildren to each other. One represents income and the other costs to the same segment of the population.

    6. I would be happy to receive my mail at home on Monday, Wednesday and Friday if it helps the USPO get in the black. I have spoken to a few other people and they concur with this logic. How much of the mail can be converted to email? Will another private company take over the USPO? USPS or FEDX?


    Best wishes
  • commented 2016-12-22 11:25:10 -0700
    I would like to request that you look into a schedule 2 medicine issue that I have been unable to resolve. After the federal government put into law that these medicines could not be mailed, I believe they overLooked a practical issue. How can people who travel get these medicines? States did not want responsibility so they required in state prescriptions. However as my travels quickly taught me was this was impossible. Pharmacies in Texas refused to fill an out of state prescription and Dr. would not see me for a prescription.

    After talking to Dr. pharmacies and fellow travelers, I was left with the only answer was to have someone pick up the prescription for you and have them mail it to you.

    What alternative does the law provide?

    What can you do to help people use these medicines legally?
  • commented 2016-12-21 19:31:15 -0700
    Dear Senator,

    I am writing to let you know that our State Wildlife Commission and CPW have failed to do their job representing our State. They have not listened to the Public or the Scientific community. What is even more concerning is that Dean from the Commission let me know they do not have a count on lions or bears in the State. He said that is why the study is needed.

    Why would we allow Public spending on killing a species we do not have a count on? As a tax payor I am extremely upset with money being used for the CPW or this study.

    Why are they being allowed to not answer questions and yet proceed with this $4.5 million dollar study.

    I am reaching to you because they are not addressing the Public’s concerns.

    Please help

    Sincerely,

    Kimberly Geist
  • commented 2016-12-02 15:58:53 -0700
    I’ve had reasonable health and never needed a primary doctor. I’m finding out that I need a doctors orders in order to get blood test. I don’t know if it’s a legal thing or not, but I think I would have the right to request certain tests be done without doctor approval. I can understand major things but simple lab test should be allowed for the individual to request without doctors approval. If needed, labs can encourage individuals to go to doctors for advise on lab results as a disclaimer and labs are not responsible for interpretation.


    Basically, I hope that blood test can be allowed to be requested by the individual without doctors approval.

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