We are almost half way through the legislative session and things are getting busy in my office! Whether it is highlighting our beloved Pueblo Chiles, seeking solutions in stakeholder meetings, or voting on policies my colleagues and I are hard at work for the people of Colorado. The input I’ve been getting from community members like you has made a world of difference in my work.
I’m excited to share what I’ve been working on with you and I hope that you will continue to give me your feedback. Be sure to check out some of the upcoming events included below, I would love to have you attend with me.
Please continue to reach out to me as a resource in our community! I look forward to more emails, calls, and meetings about the issues that matter to you. Thank you for all of your support!
Pueblo Chile license plates pass the House
I’ve gotten some pretty spicy opposition from New Mexicans over my sponsorship of the Pueblo Chile license plate bill. Many of our neighbors to the south are sour about the Pueblo Chile’s superiority over the Hatch Chile. Well, we know how great our Chile is and I am thrilled to share that the license plate bill has passed the House! It now heads to the Senate so your continued support is necessary. Help Colorado become the first state with a Chile license plate!
I’m really excited about the legislation I am working on this year. It’s covering a wide spectrum of issues. That’s what is so fun about this job, one day I am presenting a bill on treating ovarian cysts in cattle and the next I am working to clean up funding mechanisms for the Capital Development Committee. In the next few weeks I’ll be proposing policy to change how Colorado does Gender Identification on Birth Certificates and pushing for the creation of the Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission. The Gender Identification bill is a piece of legislation that simplifies the process of correcting the gender on a transgender Coloradan’s birth certificate. The State Department’s already allows individuals to change the gender on a passport in streamlined process so we are working to modernize Colorado’s statute on birth certificates to reflect that. The Southwest Chief bill has already passed the Senate. If it becomes a law it will further efforts to connect southern Colorado to the rest of the country by passenger rail.
Stay tuned for forthcoming legislation that will support survivors of domestic violence and reevaluate the Public Utilities Commission. I am excited to share this work with you.
A full list of my bills and their statuses is available on my website. You can also follow my Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on my bills and how you can support them!
Getting back to my roots
Before I even thought of running for office I would come to the Capitol for LGBT Lobby Day. It was amazing to see that this year’s lobby day was the largest one ever! More than 500 people from all over the state came to lobby their lawmakers on issues affecting the LGBT community. Some of these citizen lobbyists were students from East High School. Having these students with me on the House Floor was the highlight of my day. I also had the honor of sitting on a panel with other members of the LGBT caucus at the Capitol. We answered questions about why we ran for office and how to make your voice heard.
Pueblo in the State House
I feel very lucky that so many friends from Pueblo have come to visit me this year. I love getting to speak and share my work with engaged citizens. A group of TRIO students from Pueblo came to see me last week to partake in the legislature’s recognition of the program’s impact across the state. The mission of TRIO is close to my heart, I had the pleasure of working with TRIO when I worked at the Upward Bound programs at CSU-Pueblo and Pueblo Community College.
Another bright young person, Colton Ortiz, was here last week for Gifted and Talented Day. This scholar from South High School was an absolute joy to have as my shadow. Colton is a great kid, he wants to be a lawyer and he recently interviewed me for a documentary he is making about reproductive rights.
Just yesterday I was joined by the good people of the Arc of Pueblo. They came to Denver to partake in the lunch time celebration of the Arc’s impact in our state. It was wonderful to catch up with them and recognize the work that Arc chapters do in communities all over Colorado.
Having community members with me at the Capitol to lobby, shadow, or observe the legislative process is a delight. If you are ever at the State House be sure to stop in my office, room 223!
Transparent and Affordable Health Care
I am honored that Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran invited me to speak at her town hall on transparent and affordable health care. To be featured with Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and Representatives Janet Buckner and Susan Lontine is a privilege. Although this event is in Denver, I hope that you will tune into social media and my next newsletter to learn more about the important issues we will be discussing.