Session summary

Yesterday marked the end of the 2021 Colorado legislative session. It was an historic session that saw the passage of landmark legislation to improve the lives of Coloradans. Together, we injected billions of dollars into the Colorado economy to aid in the recovery from COVID-19. Protected immigrants from extortion.  Enhanced the safe storage of firearms.  Reformed marijuana regulations to better protect Colorado kids.  Improved the care of dogs and cats.  Safeguarded our air, land, …

Legislative Update

We’ve seen some late nights in the House chamber lately. As the session begins to wind down, our work is increasing, with many important bills still to consider. An update:  HB21-1211  | On The Governor’s DeskI sponsored this bill to stop the inhumane practice of putting people with serious mental illness in solitary confinement in our large county jails. The bill passed the General Assembly by wide margins in both chambers. …

New gun violence prevention bills

When 10 people were killed in our community just over a month ago, I said I didn’t want moments of silence, I wanted moments of action. Late last week, House and Senate Democrats acted. We introduced a package of three bills designed to curb the gun violence epidemic in our state. These bills will save lives by expanding background checks and closing loopholes in the system, giving local governments the …

Happy Hour and Legislative Update

Our office has been barraged with messages from ardent supporters of three Republican-sponsored “election reform” bills (1053, 1086 and 1088). I have read these bills. Each aims to reshape Colorado’s elections, including diminishing our gold standard mail-in balloting system. It’s deeply disturbing that so many people believe there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. Study after study, including by the former administration’s own Justice Department, simply do not bear that out. …

Ranked Choice Voting & Immigration Town Hall

This week a bill that would allow “ranked choice voting” in nonpartisan Colorado municipal elections passed the State Affairs Committee, of which I am a member. I voted in favor of this bill, HB21-1071, and it is now on to a second reading in the Assembly. With ranked choice voting, voters can rank the candidates they like rather than choosing only one. The rules can vary but a simple example, as …

Quick Update & Town Hall Invitation

Colorado’s 2021 legislative session picked up again this week. Alongside Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, I introduced my first bill, HB21-1064, which reforms the Colorado juvenile sex offender registry to improve outcomes for youth in the justice system without compromising public safety. This is a difficult issue, and it’s so important to reform the rules governing the registry. For more background, read the bill fact sheet, and New York Magazine article The List. I welcome your …

Legislative Update, State Unemployment, and Vaccines

A few updates on our efforts at the Capitol, by the numbers: 2  Top concerns of the 50 constituents who contacted us this month – Vaccines for COVID-19 (read more), and Unemployment system issues (read more) 5 Virtual Town Halls held in Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand and Jackson Counties. I appreciate everyone who joined us to share concerns and ideas. Many Zoom meetings with constituents, state and city staffers, public health officials, non-profits, lobbyists, …

It’s Official

Colorado’s 2021 Legislative Session gaveled in at 10 o’clock this morning. I was officially sworn in to represent the people of Colorado House District 13. Working inside the Capitol for the first time, I am more aware than ever of the awesome responsibility and privilege of serving the people of Colorado. Thank you to my campaign team, and all of the volunteers, donors, and thought leaders who helped us get …

Accessing pandemic relief

New State Resources for COVID Relief In a special legislative session, Colorado lawmakers passed 10 bills providing $300 million for COVID-19 relief. The bills cover several interest areas that may affect you. This website lists the aid resources currently available, and gives information on how to apply. Some processes are still developing (see notes below). For instance, small business aid is being administered locally. If you run into any problems finding help or …