This is a heap of bills that got passed

Legislators passed many great bills this session, and I am proud to add several from my own list of accomplishments to that lineup, all of which passed with bipartisan support. Some of these bills...

DATE: May 11, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

We must do better on school lunch

We need to work together to stop school lunch shaming. At a Durango middle school last week, a hand-written sign in the cafeteria that troubled me said “Kiddos – partial lunch will be given to you...

DATE: April 26, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

Many health care bills on the move

The multi-faceted issue of health care in Colorado is questioned frequently as I tour District 59, repeated often in the calls and letters I receive. I am the first to admit it is not my specialty...

DATE: April 20, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

I fought for the college – and lost

I had to put up a fight this week. Some might say it was a David and Goliath attempt, or a blood from a turnip attempt. Whatever it was called, my attempt failed, but not for lack of trying. Every...

DATE: April 13, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

Oil and gas bill meets all our needs

I voted against Proposition 112 in the last election, a sweeping regulation on all oil and gas drilling in Colorado. It would have hurt the industry. But I did vote for Senate Bill 19-181. It has...

DATE: April 6, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

Everyone wins with full-day K

Full-day kindergarten may now become a reality in Colorado. The bill I am running with Rep. Jim Wilson and Sen. Jeff Bridges fulfills a promise Colorado made to voters more than 10 years ago,...

DATE: March 30, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

These bills aid education, communities

The House Education Committee has heard a wide variety of bills this year, with many more on the horizon. As the chair, I am avoiding unfunded mandates, excessive red tape or bills that are simply...

DATE: March 16, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

Why I was a no vote on that bill

It was the unintended consequences question that affected my vote this week. As one of the most difficult, but researched, votes I have taken this year, I voted no on the National Popular Vote...

DATE: March 2, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

Our bill will keep Colorado waters clean

Growing up, I learned quickly to clean up my room. Or else. It wasn’t always easy. Or pleasant. But I’d made a promise to my parents, and I begrudgingly kept it. And that is what I expect from...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

Let’s clear up some confusion over sex ed bill

There has been lots of conversation on House Bill 19-1032, Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education. I have been asked, why in the world would you sponsor such a bill? The answer is simple math: 33,...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

Shutdown’s effects hit too close to home

I met a woman from Durango last week whose story said a lot about how the federal shutdown affected the people in District 59. She was serving hors d’oeuvres at a party. A federal employee with a...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

Rest of state must see our region’s needs

One of the first things I learned when joining the Legislature in 2017 was that the two committees I was most passionate to join, Education and Agriculture, met at the same time. Though I chose...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

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