23 Feb Updates from the Capitol and a Town Hall
Session is starting to feel real – partially because these updates are actuallycoming from the Capitol! We’re back working in person and have eight days under our belt. And we’ve been busy. There have already been over 100 bills introduced in the Senate alone.
A few worth keeping an eye on…
- SB21-072: Public Utilities Commission Modernize Electric Transmission Infrastructure. Senator Hansen’s bill would create a state transmission authority, an essential upgrade to Colorado’s energy policy. This bill would lead to more renewable energy use on the grid, and would help future-proof Colorado from a crisis like we just saw in Texas.
- SB21-026: The Restoration of Honor Act. Senator Moreno is sponsoring this bill that establishes the status of “discharged LGBT veteran” for the purposes of Colorado law, which will ensure that no veteran is denied benefits – regardless of their sexual orientation.
- Bills to undermine Colorado’s gold-standard voting process. Republicans in the House and Senate have put forward a number of bills designed to sow distrust in our safe and secure electoral process. Efforts like these only add fuel to the “big lie” of widespread election fraud and are harmful to our democracy. I oppose these attempts, and any attempt to undermine Colorado’s tried and true voting process.
In addition to those, my bill providing in-state tuition to American Indian students whose tribes have historical tribes to Colorado, passed the Senate Education Committee on a unanimous vote. This puts us one step closer to making sure educational opportunities are accessible to everyone who calls Colorado home. Next up, SB21-029 moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.
SB21-029 being heard in Senate Education Committee.
UPCOMING TOWN HALL: Tomorrow at 5:30 PM I’m joining Representatives Amabile and Hooton for a virtual town hall. We’ll provide updates from the first days of the 2021 session and answer any questions you might have. I encourage you to submit your questions ahead of time using this form. Register for the town hall here.
Be sure to keep an eye on my weekly newsletter and my social media channels to stay updated. And as always, please feel free to reach out with any comments, questions or ideas you may have. You can always call me at 303-866-4872 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.