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 Desk
I 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. Please let Governor Polis know you support this bill. Email him here: Governorpolis@state.co.us

HB21-1317  | Passes the House 
My gratitude to Speaker Alec Garnett, Rep. Dr. Yadira Caraveo and Boulder’s Blue Rising Pac for this remarkable bipartisan bill that passed 56-8 (1 excused) in the House and is on to the Senate. The bill was carefully crafted to strike a balance between setting guardrails to protect Colorado’s young people, and ensuring those who use high-potency marijuana as medicine face no barriers. As an impacted parent, for me this bill is personal. My statement on the House floor:

SB21-261  | Passed House Energy & Environment Committee
I am a House co-prime sponsor on this bill brought by Majority Leader Steve Fenberg and Senator Kevin Priola. Colorado has set climate goals to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next three decades. If we’re going to achieve them, we must generate more energy from renewable sources. Our homeowners with rooftop solar panels have been limited in the amount of solar energy they can produce to 120% of the previous year. The bill removes this arbitrary and unrealistic barrier. It empowers Coloradans to address their electricity and energy storage needs with clean energy.

SB21-200 | Rally Tomorrow
This bill holds key industries accountable to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and strives for environmental justice. Indivisible Colorado Environment is holding a rally in Boulder tomorrow to urge support of this bill. (I will try to attend but will probably be working in the legislature; schedule pending as of this writing). 

HB21-1298 Expanded Background Checks | The gun violence prevention bill I’m sponsoring with Rep. Steve Woodrow passed the House and Senate committee hearings. I expect it to be considered on the Senate floor soon.

HB21-1299 Office of Gun Violence Prevention | The bill establishes a state Office of Gun Violence Prevention to coordinate and promote effective efforts to reduce gun violence. It has passed the House and is under consideration in the Senate. 

SB21-256 Local Regulation of Firearms | The bill declares that the regulation of firearms is a matter of state and local concern. It has passed the Senate and is under consideration in the House.  

Late Bills

I’m a proud to have co-sponsored three additional worthwhile bills this session:

SB21-229 Rural Jump Start  Activates a $3 million cash infusion to provide grants to businesses in economically distressed rural areas of Colorado. 

SB21-239 2-1-1 Mental Health Hotline  The 2-1-1 hotline already helps Coloradans access state services. This bill adds behavioral health referrals so people are connected to providers and the services they need. 

HB21-1323 Teri Leiker Act  The bill creates a Special Olympics license plate, and honors beloved Boulder Special Olympian Teri Leiker