Assistant Caucus Chair; Chair of Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee;
Member of Business Affairs and Labor Committee
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The Mussel-free Colorado Act passed its second committee and is on to the Appropriations Committee. This bill ensures an effective Aquatic Nuisance Species program. Boat owners will purchase a stamp when renewing their registration as a way to more provide more stable funding for the state's Invasive Species Program. Zebra and quagga mussels are native to eastern Europe and in the 1980s they came across the Atlantic in ballast tanks that were emptied into the Great Lakes. From there, mussels hitchhiked on boats around the country and now a majority of states are infested with these destructive pests. Colorado was proactive in keeping invasive mussels out of our waters by implementing a boat inspection program in 2009. It is crucial we keep this program well-funded as a way to protect one of our state's most precious natural resources.
All three of my reclaimed water bills (HB18-1053, HB18-1069, and HB18-1093) passed out of the Ag Committee Monday evening with bipartisan support. Reclaimed water is treated wastewater. The three bills add toilet use, edible crops, and marijuana as permissible uses of reclaimed water. It is a sustainable way to conserve drinking water. Enhanced water conservation is an important part of Colorado's water future and my goal is to make that a reality.
A bill I am sponsoring with Rep Terri Carver made it out of the Education Committee with wide support. HB18-1095 makes is easier for our military spouses to seamlessly obtain a Colorado teaching license if they have been a successful teacher in their past stations.
This week, I had the honor of presenting the Colorado Youth Corps' 2017 Corpsmember of the Year Award to Allison Jonas.The corpsmember position was a perfect fit for Allison, allowing her to take forestry and wildlife classes at Front Range Community College in the fall as a high school senior. Her fellow crew members described her as professional and having outstanding work ethic. Allison always saw the best in her crew members and did a great job highlighting everyone's strengths. Congratulations Allison!
Last week, I had the chance to meet students that are a part of the University of Colorado's Rural Track. This impressive program was founded in 2005 to increase the number of physicians who practice medicine in rural Colorado. Students take extra classes to prepare for a medical career in rural areas. Many of the students I met grew up in rural areas and cannot wait to give back to their communities.
You are all invited to join me, Rep. Joann Ginal, and Sen. John Kefalas for a Town Hall at Old Town Library on Saturday, February 10th from 10:00am-11:30am. The address is 201 Peterson St, Fort Collins, CO 80524. We will be taking questions. Please join us!
As always, feel free to call me anytime at 970-231-5090 or email me at email@example.com.