May 4th, 2018
Capitol Update
Representative Jeni Arndt- HD 53
Assistant Caucus Chair; Chair of Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee; 
Member of Business Affairs and Labor Committee

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Teachers March last Friday.

Last week, thousands of teachers took to the Capitol steps to demand proper funding for public education.  In 2018 we're making a serious investment in education by boosting the average statewide per-pupil spending by $469. We know it's not enough. Colorado still ranks 46th in teacher pay. We must do more to help students and teachers succeed. We need a long-term solution for education with new, dedicated funding for K-12 students.
SB18-108 committee hearing.

Bill Update:

SB18-066 was signed into law this week. The bill provides stable funding for our parks, trails, rivers, wildlife, and open space. In 1992, voters created the Great Outdoors Colorado program, which has invested more than $1.1 billion in more than 5,000 projects throughout all 64 Colorado counties. GOCO funding supports state parks, conserves critical wildlife habitat, and helps local economies thrive. This bill is a huge win for the public lands we all love. 

A bill I have worked on the last two sessions is finally headed to the Governor's desk. SB18-108 is a driver's license bill that ensures that everyone has equal access to obtaining a license renewal online. This bill has bipartisan support and is necessary for keeping employees in the agriculture industry and providing equal access in our state.

Last week, my resolution to end Citizen's United failed in the House State Affairs Committee. I have spent the last two sessions working on this, but the votes did not fall in my favor. The resolution would aims to end corporate personhood and protect our democracy. We need fair and free elections in America.
FLTI at the Capitol.

Last Monday, I had the honor of hosting the Family Leadership Training Institute of Colorado (FLTI) at the Capitol. They learned how to effectively communicate with their elected officials. FLTI is a wonderful organization that works hard to represent diversity by celebrating and working with different cultures and age groups. They do important work for our communities and I am always happy to host them on the House floor.
Celebrating NORAD and our strong relationship with Canada. 

Monday, I had the honor of running a tribute to celebrate the long held and essential relationship between the nation of Canada and the state of Colorado. Bilateral trade between our state and Canada totals $4.1 billion and employs over 141,000 Coloradans, making Canada the top export destination for Colorado. In addition, Colorado and Canada have been working side by side for sixty years defending both of our nations at the North American Aerospace Defense Command located in Colorado Springs. This partnership between the two countries is critical for our security and is an indispensable resource we are proud to have in our State.
Rep. Becker chairing the Ag Committee.

On Rep Jon Becker's final day in Ag, I turned the gavel over to him so that he could be the Chair. Rep Becker (R) Fort Morgan, is one of my best colleagues in agriculture and water issues. I often consult him for all his expertise, experience and legislative knowledge. I sure will miss him next year.
 
You are all invited to join Rep. Joann Ginal, and Sen. John Kefalas for a Town Hall  at Council Tree Library on Saturday, May 12th from 10am-11:30am. The address is 2733 Council Tree Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525. I am not able to attend the discussion because that weekend I am hosting the National Agriculture Task Force in Denver. I plan to hold a separate session wrap-up at a later date so stay tuned.   
As always, feel free to call me anytime at 970-231-5090 or email me at jeniarndt53@gmail.com.
Jeni

970-231-5090



Representative Jeni Arndt | (303) 866-2917 | jeniarndt53@gmail.com |


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Town Hall
Council Tree Library

Saturday, May 12th
10am-11:30am

2733 Council Tree Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525