May 11, 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,

That's a wrap! It's been an eventful 120 days and I am so proud of the work my 99 colleagues accomplished. Working with the members of the 71st General Assembly has been an honor and each one of them inspires me to do better everyday. 
(Join me at Avo's this evening!)
You are all invited to join me at Avogadro's Number TONIGHT, Thursday, May 11th at 6pm for an end of session wrap-up! If the weather is nice, I plan on sitting on their back porch . This is a chance to ask any questions you have about this session and what next year might look like. 

(The Ag Committee after our last meeting of the session.)
This year, I ran 39 bills. 33 were passed and only 6 were postponed indefinitely. The Colorado General Assembly has a long history of working across the aisle, so 31 of my bills passed were bipartisan.  Sadly, my climate goals bill did not make it through the Senate and I was never able to introduce my campaign finance reform resolution, but I plan on trying again next year. This was my first year being an elected member of the leadership team and the Chair of the Agriculture Committee. I look forward to continuing in these roles next session. 

(The long awaited passage of the hospital provider fee.)
Colorado is in a little bit of a bind when it comes to funding public goods for rural parts of the state. But last night, one of the biggest bills of the session passed to help with exactly that. HB17-267 moves the hospital provider fee into an enterprise fund-it no longer counts toward the general fund's TABOR cap. The bill specifically allocates money to keep hospitals open in parts of the state that are sometimes left behind. There are entire counties without a single hospital. So when the one in the county over is under threat of closing, it is crucial everything is done to keep its doors open.  

(I'll be back at the Capitol this summer for my interim committees.)
We are in session at the Capitol for 120 days. But my work as a representative is year round. I serve on three interim committees. The Statutory Revision Committee looks at obsolete and conflicting laws that need to be removed from the books. The Water Resources Review Committee studies the conservation, use, development, and financing of water resources in Colorado. And the Colorado Commission on Higher Education meets year round  to discuss ways to make sure all Coloradans have access to affordable and quality higher education.  
As always, feel free to call me anytime at 970-231-5090 or email me at


Representative Jeni Arndt | (303) 866-2917 | |

End of Session Happy Hour **TONIGHT**
Avogadro's Number 
605 S Mason St,
Ft Collins, CO, 80524
Thursday, May 11th