March 6th, 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,

On Friday, I took a historic YES vote-the question was whether we expel a member of the General Assembly. I took this responsibility very, very seriously. This hadn't happened in over 100 years in our state.  To be clear-I advocated for a fair process and an independent investigation. I'm satisfied those were carried out.   There was some discussion about whether investigation and process have been too long or too short. I now need to state that this isn't about the last day/month/year/--sexual harassment and abuse of power is about the last HUNDREDS of years.

Friday we voted to make it stop. When one suffers, we all suffer. Make it stop for everyone. The vote was 52-9, overwhelmingly in favor of expelling the representative. 
  
Bill Update:

Last Thursday, I had my first bill of the session signed into law.   SB18-019  is a simple bill that trues up loans for financing wastewater infrastructure with the Clean Water Act. The length of the loans were expanded from 20 years to 30 years, giving local governments more flexibility.

This week, I had two bills pass the House--now on to the Senate! Both bills aim to conserve more of our state's scarce water supply. HB18-1093 passed on a 58-5 vote. This was the first of three reclaimed water bills I am sponsoring. It permits the use of non-potable water on edible crops. Water reuse is in the Colorado Water Plan and my goal is to make it a reality. All but one of our surrounding states allow recycled water to be used on edible crops, so it is time for Colorado to catch up. HB18-1151 passed on a 39-24 vote. It expands the types of lease fallowing pilot projects to include deficit irrigation projects. This is another way to reduce agricultural water use while leaving farmers' and ranchers' historical consumptive use untouched. 

Below you will find information about tonight's caucus for the primary ballot. Caucuses will begin at 7pm sharp. Please arrive to your caucus location by 6:30pm.

You must be registered to vote with a party affiliation of either Democrat or Republican to participate in the caucus system. Delegates chosen on the precinct level at the local caucuses will pick delegates to attend the parties' April conventions. That's where party honchos will chose candidates for the races. Those candidates will then appear on the June 26 primary ballots.

Find your caucus location:
Democratic Party
Go to the   Colorado Democrats Caucus Locations page. You will be directed to enter your address information. Once all of your information is entered, your precinct caucus information will be displayed.

Republican Party
Go to the  Colorado Republican Precinct Caucus page. You will be directed to enter your address information. Once all of your information is entered, your precinct caucus information will be displayed. You can also pre-register for your caucus on this website, which will allow you to skip the registration line on caucus night.If you need more information or are unable to find your precinct location online, contact your party.  Contact information for each party  can be found on the SOS website.

From the Colorado Secretary of State Office:
Participation rules:
You can participate in your caucus if you have been registered as a Republican or Democrat since January 8, and have been a resident of the precinct that you will caucus in since February 5. If you were registered, but moved between February 6 and March 6, you can still participate in the caucus held at your former address, but you cannot be elected to serve as a delegate or committee person.
If you are not sure of your registration status, you can check your voter registration information by visiting  www.govotecolorado.com and clicking on "Find my registration".
If you became a U.S. citizen or turned 18 after January 8, you can still participate in your precinct caucus even though you didn't meet the deadline - but you still need to be registered and a member of the Democratic or Republican Party to participate.

If you are a member of a minor party, or are not a member of any party, then you are not eligible to participate in the Democratic or Republican caucuses.

Information for unaffiliated voters
In 2016, voters passed Propositions 107 and 108, which allowed voters who are not members of any party (unaffiliated voters) to vote in primary elections. However, unaffiliated voters still cannot participate in precinct caucuses.
If you are unaffiliated you will be allowed to vote in the primary election in June, but you will not be allowed to participate in either the Democratic or Republican caucuses this March.

  
Last week our office had a very special guest last week--Mr. Leopold Arndt! He spent most of his days napping under my desk. The marble floors spooked him at first, but after a few days in the Capitol he had the hang of it. 
   
You are all invited to join me, Rep. Joann Ginal, and Sen. John Kefalas for a Community Forum at Council Tree Library on Saturday, March 10th from 10:00am-11:30am. The address is 2733 Council Tree Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525. We will be taking questions. Please join us! 
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 |


,
Town Hall
Council Tree Library

Saturday, March 10th
10:00am-11:30am

2733 Council Tree Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525