Busy session closes with positive results

I have had an exciting first year as your state representative. Several of my bills passed through the gantlet of the House, Senate and governor, all with bipartisan support. I am doing my best for...

DATE: May 13, 2017 | COLUMN: From the State House

State’s teacher shortage needs an effective plan for action

A superintendent from rural Colorado testified in the House a few weeks ago. She told a story of advertising for a math teacher for 18 months, without one applicant. Another woman told me she is an...

DATE: April 29, 2017 | COLUMN: From the State House

2017 brings new notices of property valuations

As an odd-numbered year, 2017 means that Colorado’s assessors report to property owners the value of all individual real estate properties in each county. Some time this month, the La Plata County...

DATE: April 29, 2017 | COLUMN: From the State House

Children should expect to have clean water at school

Lead can seriously change the trajectory of a child’s life. Studies show that lead is never safe in a child’s body. Exposure can seriously affect a child’s IQ, attention span and create numerous...

DATE: April 15, 2017 | COLUMN: From the State House

Keeping water policy flowing the right way

When it comes to the water battle in Colorado, the divide is much stronger between urban and rural than Democrat and Republican. We continually encourage urban areas to start conserving more and...

DATE: April 1, 2017 | COLUMN: From the State House

Hospital provider fee benefits

When my son accidentally punctured his eardrum years ago, we rushed him to Mercy Hospital. The doctors’ offices were closed, and Durango didn’t have any urgent care clinics at the time. He was...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | COLUMN: From the State House

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