Ellen Roberts

Email: ellen.roberts.house@state.co.us

Rafting bill heads to Senate

I had a very busy week at the Capital. A number of you contacted me regarding House Bill 1188, which seeks to clarifyriver navigation rights in Colorado.Commercial rafting obviously is an important...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Two tax exemption-removal bills deserved support

Last week, the Senate passed nine bills to remove tax exemptions for certain businesses. Even though the billseliminate only 6 percent of all tax exemptions currently enjoyed by big businesses...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

PERA, rafting rouse district's interest

Judging from the number of calls and e-mails I've received, last week stirred up lots of interest from people in mydistrict. I'll summarize a couple of the bills and where I ended up voting on...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Lawmakers lose with measure's defeat

In an election year, some legislators like to play it safe, meaning not carry any legislation that can raise people'shackles. I don't subscribe to that theory.My job is to represent my district to...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Important bills mark week in Denver

I was accused of trying to break the Senate's gavel last week. I had the honor of presiding over the committee of thewhole for the first time, although I'm unsure if I'll be allowed to be chairman...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Busy week includes work on water, pesticides, PERA

Last week was an extremely busy week. I had the honor of speaking at the Colorado Water Congress annual legislativebreakfast. I joined many representatives from the House but was the only senator...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Panel tackles tax policy in late-night debate

Until last week, it had been a long while since I stayed up until 3 a.m. I rarely make it to midnight on New Year's Eveany more. But I was reminded of my younger days when I thought there was a...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Scrapping of FLC Indian bill a regional victory

House Bill 1067 regarding funding for Fort Lewis College has generated a lot of publicity, and our community isrightfully concerned. The federal government gave the Old Fort Lewis College campus...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Confrontation leads to withdrawal of tuition bill

Politics is a contact sport, and sometimes confrontation is unavoidable. Such confrontation can be healthy and arriveat a better resolution than if conflicting ideas hadn't had a chance to mix and...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

First order: Creating new employment opportunities in state

Already, the work of the Senate is under way as the 67th General Assembly opened Wednesday. I had the distinct honor ofinforming the House of Representatives that the Senate officially “is open for...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

FLC should not take unfair cuts

Week 1 of the 2010 legislative session wrapped up with a fizzle more than a bang.We had the traditional opening ceremonies and heard speeches from the leadership of both parties, as well as from...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Challenges await lawmakers as legislative sessions begins

In just a few days, I'm going to walk through the door of the state Capitol in Denver to begin my first session as yourstate senator.I've entered this historic building many times during the last...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

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