March 23rd, 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,

A Day in the Life:

I thought it would be fun to give you a glance into my life under the golden dome. It changes everyday, but here is what I was up to Wednesday....

I started the day off at an 8:00am breakfast with a group of environmentalists from Conservation Colorado and a few other organizations.

At 9:00am the House came to order. We got straight to work, debating and voting on a variety of bills. I had a bill up for final passage: we won 47-14. HB18-1069 allows reclaimed water to be used in toilets. Now it's onto the Senate. 

Upon adjournment of the floor, I had a conversation with a Poudre School Board member about funding for public education. That's when I realized I needed to be in the Finance Committee...whoops! So I ran to Finance. 

All four of my bills in Finance passed. Two of the bills where from the Statutory Revision Committee I sit on during the interim. The most important bill was for restorative justice. 

On my way to lunch, I addressed the Senior Lobby. l told the group I have a bit of a skewed view on aging thanks to my mom. 

I attended two lunches. The first was hosted by the Council of State Governments, where I serve on the Executive Committee. The second lunchtime activity was to attend an information session on blockchain technology. 

After lunch, I spoke to the boards of Colorado Weed Control Management Association and the Pest Control Association. 

After that, I met with Common Cause to discuss the resolution I am bringing to overturn Citizens United. 

When I left the Capitol, I stopped by the Weed and Pest Control Reception and then it was onto dinner with a constituent. That's a wrap. 
Yesterday was one of my absolute favorite days at the Capitol--Ag Day! Farmers and ranchers bring in their products and team up with local chefs to celebrate Colorado Agriculture. I had the  privilege  of speaking alongside the Governor to honor our agricultural community. This past year, our ag producers donated over $23 million worth of food to local food banks. The future of ag is bright!

Next week is "Budget Week" for the House. The Joint Budget Committee works tirelessly to write a balanced budget, called the "Long Bill" (pictured above). It's called the Long Bill for a good reason. Starting Monday, the entire House debates and votes on the bill, adding and stripping amendments along the way. I do not usually run an amendment to the budget, but this year I am giving it a go. Each year, the state allocates money to subsidize film makers when they are filming in Colorado. I do not support those subsidies, but it seems like they are here to stay. My amendment requires the state to have an inclusion rider in their contracts, so when Hollywood is here filming, they will be required to hire a diverse cast and crew. 
This weekend I am speaking at the March for Our Lives Rally in Fort Collins. The rally is this Saturday from 3-5pm at Old Town Square. I  support smart gun control. Students around the country are doing incredible work bringing light to the loopholes in background checks and who is allowed to own a gun. I have proposed a bill to finance a gun violence study at the state level since the Dickey Amendment prohibits us from doing this at a federal level. 
You are all invited to join me, Rep. Joann Ginal, and Sen. John Kefalas for a Town Hall at Old Town Library on Saturday, April 7th from 3:30pm-5:00pm. The address is 201 Peterson St, Fort Collins, CO 80524. This is different from our usual time and date because of the County and State Assemblies coming up. We will be taking questions. Please join us! 
As always, feel free to call me anytime at 970-231-5090 or email me at


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

Town Hall
Old Town Library

Saturday, April 7th

201 Peterson St, Fort Collins, CO 80524