May 5, 2017
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,

I cannot believe the end of session is right around the corner. It's been a pleasure chairing the Agriculture Committee and I look forward to next year's bills.  
  
(Bill signing with some hardworking legislators.)
Two more of my water bills were signed this week. HB17-1219 extends by five years the deadlines for the existing leasing and fallowing program and increases the total number of allowed pilot programs from 10 to 15. The additional time is necessary to allow new applicants to apply and work through the approval process as well as implement the pilots.

HB17-1233 amplifies the work of Rep. Randy Fischer. This bill takes his good work and makes statewide a provision in water law stating that participation in a water conservation program will not diminish the historical consumptive use by which a water right is measured. Thank you to everyone who was a part of passing these two bills.

(Rep. Pabon and I testifying on on HB17-1367.)
One of the last bills I am working on passed second reading in the House this morning. HB17-1367 creates a marijuana research license. This bill is important to both our medical and agriculture communities. Colorado is on the forefront in implementing innovative laws around marijuana. And, 1367 allows researchers to experiment on cultivation of medical marijuana. 
 
(Rep. Ginal and I with CSU's EcoCar team.)
On Wednesday, I had some special guests on the floor from CSU's EcoCar team. This group of engineering students were tasked with the challenge of turning a Camaro into a hybrid-electric vehicle without compromising its robust performance. They did so by inserting a high powered electric battery into the car to improve fuel economy while reducing tailpipe emissions. Great job on all of your hard work and innovative ideas! 

(Rep. Winter and I speaking on the floor about HB17-1366.)
Our state's Climate Action Plan has no actual measurable goals in it, but Rep. Winter and I want to change that. HB17-1366 will help combat climate change and better prepare for the challenges we will face in our future. Fort Collins has clear goals on reducing emissions and I believe the rest of the state should, too! Stay tuned on how this bill fairs in the Senate...
You are all invited to join me at Avogadro's Number on May 11th at 6pm for an end of session wrap-up. This is a chance to ask any questions you have while also grabbing a brew!

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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End of Session Happy Hour
Avogadro's Number 
605 S Mason St,
Ft Collins, CO, 80524
Thursday, May 11th
6pm-7:30pm