I cannot believe it is already February. As work at the Capitol picks up, I have been busy in meetings, drafting bills, and meeting with constituents. I have already introduced seven bills on a range of issues from livestock to healthcare, stay tuned for updates as they move through the legislative process.
I am also working hard to stand up for Pueblo, and all of Colorado’s consumers but I need your help. Some people in Denver can’t believe how much we all pay for electricity, so I need you to send me in a picture of your energy bill, leaving off any identifying information. I am compiling the pictures you send me to show just how much our community pays. Reply to this email or comment on my facebook page to share your photo!
I hope that you will 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.
Pueblo Chile is one step closer to hitting the roads!
Thursday, the House Transportation and Energy Committee approved the license plates to move on to Appropriations. This exciting first step was the result of the work of so many people. Thank you to the Pueblo Chile Growers Association and to the witnesses to testified in favor of the bill: Stephanie Vigil of Vigil Farms and Chris Markuson. Continue to sign the petition, we are only 150 signatures away from hitting the 3,000 mark!
Meeting with Constituents
I have had the pleasure of seeing some familiar faces around the Capitol this past week. As various groups grace the capitol for lobby days and receptions many community members have gotten involved. Just this week I saw Alvin as he came to support the University of Colorado and I met with Susan and Laurel about the importance of preserving Pueblo’s history. If you find yourself at the Colorado State Capitol, make sure you stop by my office, room 223!
Military Appreciation Day at the Capitol
Last week we were joined by armed service members from all over the state to showcase the value that Colorado has for those who have answered the call to serve our country. We had a delegation from the Pueblo Chemical Depot in attendance and the Pueblo Delegation joined together to sponsor a resolution calling for North Korea to return of the U.S.S. Pueblo to the United States.
Getting to work
I never say no to a challenge. This ambitious outlook leads to a lot of work and I have been settling into my increasingly busy schedule. During my second term representing House District 46, I will be serving as the Democratic Majority Caucus Chair. I am the only member of the Democratic leadership team from Southern Colorado. I am also honored to have been selected by the committee to serve as Chair of the Capital Development Committee. I have also been appointed by the Speaker to serve on three committees of reference this year: Transportation and Energy, Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources, and as the Vice Chair of Health, Insurance, and Environment.
As we pass the three-week mark of this year’s session I am actively working on legislation that will be introduced in the next few months. I hope you will continue to follow my social media and newsletters to learn about my legislation as it is introduced.
Marching with Millions
I am so proud of Colorado’s history of advancing the rights of women, our state was the first to vote to enfranchise female voters and we are tied for first in rankings of the most female lawmakers. Since the session began I have had the opportunity to celebrate the advancement of women in our state and encourage further progress. I was one of the more than 100,000 women who came together for the Women’s March in Denver. It was moving to be part of an event sent a message of unity from Colorado to men and women across the country and the globe.
I have also had the opportunity to speak at many events that center on supporting the women and families of Colorado. In January I was able to join many of my colleagues to gear up for our support and defend women’s access to a spectrum of resources from reproductive health care to paid family leave. This message was furthered this week as we stood together on the inaugural Women and Family Wednesday at the Capitol. Policy has the effect to change lives and we aim to ensure that the laws we pass actively support all women in our state regardless of their political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender expression, socio-economic class, or age.