December 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,

Thanksgiving 2018
 
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends. Our annual Turkey Trot run with the family was a ball.
Colorado State Capitol

Each session, legislators introduce five bills (and typically a few extra late bills). Here is a sneak peak into the five bills I'm introducing day one:

1. Repeal the death penalty in Colorado.  I believe in abolishing the death penalty with my whole being and for my entire life. I'm bringing this bill to the legislature this year-building on the work of Senator Lucia Guzman and others. Here is a news article how I plan to get this done: https://www.coloradoindependent.com/2018/11/26/death-penalty-abolition-legislature/

2.   Require Colorado's electoral votes to be awarded on the basis of the popular vote. In two of the last five presidential elections, the candidate who won the popular vote lost the election. It's clear something needs to change so everyone's vote is truly counted. 

3. Change the formula in TABOR to account for a growing state.

4. Allow school psychologists eligibility for National Board Certification stipend.

5. Clarify mental health hold procedures.
Leaders at the NASC Summit

Last week, I spent time in New Hampshire at the 15th  National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) Annual Sportsman-Legislator Summit . This was my first time attending the summit and it won't be my last. It was a great opportunity to  strategize with  lawmakers, conservationists, and outfitters on legislation to introduce in 2019. Last session, I sponsored the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Future Generations Act , which was a huge win for sportsmen and women in our state.
Lower Colorado River Basin Tour
 
This week, I'm touring the Lower Basin of the Colorado River to learn about the drought in the southwest. The tour started at Lake Mead and from there, myself and a group of western water leaders traveled to Lake Havasu. After that, we drove to the  Imperial Valley, making a stop at the Salton Sea, then through the Coachella Valley. The tour ends south of Los Angeles, just outside Long Beach. This experience has provided me with a new look on how issues in the Lower Basin impact the Upper Basin and our state. One of my takeaways is tackling the over-allocation of the Colorado River must be multifaceted and collaborative. 

You are all invited to the first Town Hall of the 2019 legislative session at Old Town Library on Saturday, January 12th from 10am-11:30m . The address is 201 Peterson St, Fort Collins, CO 80524. I will be taking questions. Please join! 

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
Where: 
Old Town Library
201 Peterson St,
Fort Collins, CO 80524

When
Saturday, January 12th
10-11:30am