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, and water. Increased funding for broadband. Capped prices for insulin. Made the tax code more fair. Reaffirmed our commitment to a just transition away from fossil fuels.Increased access to mental health services.
And so much more.
It was my first year as a state legislator, and I’m proud to have worked closely with colleagues on both sides of the aisle. I was a prime sponsor of 13 bills, all of which passed and have been sent to the Governor:
- HB21-1298 is part of the response to the horrific Boulder King Soopers shooting. It expands background checks and restricts gun sales for individuals with a recent violent misdemeanor conviction. In addition, HB21-1299 establishes the office of gun violence prevention and SB21-256 ends state pre-emption, allowing the local regulation of firearms.
- HB21-1211 restricts the use of solitary confinement in Colorado jails. Too many Coloradans languish in solitary confinement. Many have mental health issues and fail to get much needed care; this bill is a step forward in providing for more humane treatment in our jails.
- HB21-1131 ensures that all Colorado power cooperatives and generation & transmission companies are more transparent and accountable to members. With new voices at the table, this bill puts Colorado on a path to more clean energy, reduced prices, and a more resilient grid.
- SB21-261 vastly expands the ability of individual customers to generate and store their own renewable energy. For the first time, commercial and multi-unit residential buildings will be able to provide clean power to tenants, and generate it both on and off site.
- HB21-1248 expands the Colorado child abuse prevention trust fund. This bill directs resources to reduce child maltreatment and brings people with lived experience to the board.
- SB21-192 increases mentorship opportunities in Colorado’s youth correctional facilities.
- HB21-1064 reforms the juvenile sex offender registry to ease the burden on individuals who do not represent a threat to the community.
- SB21-239 adds mental health referrals to the 2-1-1 social services help line.
- SB21-229 expands the rural jump-start zone grant program to incentivize businesses to grow in Colorado’s rural communities.
- HB21-1323 creates a license plate for the special Olympics. This bill was named the Teri Leiker Act, to honor this incredible person and Special Olympian who was killed in the King Soopers shooting.
- HB21-1292 improves the accuracy of the sports betting taxation formula for Colorado gaming communities.
- HB21-1132 ensures fairness in the allocation of funding to combat the negative impacts of gaming in Colorado.
- SB21-155 allows for local representation on Colorado’s limited gaming control commission.
While I’m immensely proud of what we accomplished, our work is by no means over. We must continue to improve access to mental health care, reduce gun violence, ensure green and sustainable energy, build an equitable economy, and reform the criminal justice system. I promise to continue working my hardest on these goals.
I ran for State Representative in the hope of making Colorado a better place, and the work that my fellow legislators and I have done this session gives me a sense of pride. I am grateful for the opportunities the voters have given me. Now, let’s keep fighting for our future. – Judy
Friday Happy Hour with Judy
Join me on Friday to discuss the legislative session. We’ll explore major accomplishments, unmet needs, and your ideas for the work ahead.
Happy Hour with Judy
Join us on Zoom by clicking this link at 4 o’clock on Friday, June 11:
Please note: You can also join me for a Town Hall on Monday with other General Assembly members from Boulder County (see invitation below). Friday’s session is just me, and more conversational in nature.
Boulder County Delegation Town Hall
Jackson and Grand County Town Halls
I’ll be in Walden and Granby on June 28th, joined by Senator Bob Rankin, to meet the people in Jackson and Grand Counties. Location and times are listed in the graphics below. No need to RSVP – just come as you are! Senator Rankin and I hope to discuss the session, issues you’re concerned about, and stimulus opportunities available to rural Colorado businesses and organizations. Hope to see you there.
Clear Creek and Gilpin Town Halls
I will announce town hall meetings in Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties soon!