Four Corners legislators cheered by session

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Four Corners legislators cheered by session

Funding for rural broadband, Fort Lewis science building highlight session
Rep. Mike McLachlan, D-Durango, and Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, experienced success during the 2014 Legislative session. Roberts’ bills on emergency radios and health care passed, while McLachlan says additional funding for Fort Lewis College was a significant achievement.
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Notable local bills

A few of the bills passed by Southwest Colorado legislators:
Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango
Emergency radios: The bill requires a business plan for fixing the digital radio network, which often doesn’t work in the mountains. Another bill provides funding.
Water politics: Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Colorado Water Plan will need public hearings around the state before the Legislature’s water committee.
Health care: Her bill creates the Colorado Commission on Affordable Health Care to recommend ways to reduce costs.
Rep. Mike McLachlan, D-Durango
Food donations: Farmers can get a tax credit for donating surplus crops to food banks.
College funding: Senate Bill 1 adds an extra $100 million for colleges and limits tuition increases to 6 percent.
Aerial fleet: McLachlan was House sponsor of a Senate bill to rent or buy several firefighting aircraft.
Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose
Broadband: The bill provides grants to build high-speed Internet lines.
Hemp: New regulations aim to make it easier for hemp farmers, and allow for universities to study the crop.
Hydropower: The bill provides incentives for small hydroelectricity projects in streams and irrigation ditches.

Four Corners legislators cheered by session

Rep. Mike McLachlan, D-Durango, and Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, experienced success during the 2014 Legislative session. Roberts’ bills on emergency radios and health care passed, while McLachlan says additional funding for Fort Lewis College was a significant achievement.
Roberts
McLachlan
Coram
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