Assistant Caucus Chair; Chair of Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee;
Member of Business Affairs and Labor Committee
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I had a busy July and here are a few highlights:
(Myself and the co-facilitators of the civil discourse workshop.)
I had the opportunity to lead a workshop on civil discourse at the Conference of State Majority Leaders. I am lucky to have such thoughtful and attentive peers in the Colorado General Assembly who are always willing to listen to different perspectives. This attitude made it possible to pass bills to control housing costs in the Construction Defects Bill and fund hospitals in some of the most rural parts of Colorado by moving the Hospital Provider Fee to an enterprise. We cannot let our differences diminish our ability to have important discussions.
(I had a great time at NOCO Pride.)
On July 16th, I spoke at
Northern Colorado Pride, which was hosted at Fossil Creek Park. It's always great to see tolerance and acceptance in our community. Being an ally at pride reminded me just how important it is to show extra love and support to your LGBT* friends and family during worrisome times.
(We took the Maine delegation by Coors Field.)
Rep. Pabon and I hosted a delegation of legislators from Maine to learn about our regulation of the marijuana industry. It has been fascinating seeing this industry take-off in recent years and how states decide to regulate it. Maine recently legalized recreational marijuana and retail sales start in February 2018.
(Former Governor Ritter giving some insight on clean energy.)
Earlier in the month, I headed up to Breckenridge for a three day legislative meeting hosted by CSU's Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE). I increased my knowledge about energy and gained insights for potential legislation for clean energy. Former Governor Bill Ritter founded CNEE as a way to provide policy makers with important information and strategies to create a strong economy that is powered by clean and efficient energy.
(My aide decontaminating a boat that had some standing water inside.)
Ever wonder what my aide does during the interim? Anna's working for Colorado Parks and Wildlife keeping our waters free of
aquatic nuisance species! CPW's
boat inspection program makes sure watercrafts are mussel free before launching. This has helped make Colorado one of the only states without adult zebra/quagga mussels in our waters. Boaters can help prevent the spread of these invasive species by keeping their boats cleaned, drained, and dry.
Water Resource Review Committee meetings are open to the public and I encourage anyone who is interested to please come. The schedule includes meeting times and locations.
As always, feel free to call me anytime at 970-231-5090 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.