Hello District 13,
Colorado’s House District 13 area extends from the Wyoming border on the north, to Mount Evans in the south – from Boulder to Kremmling. The district includes Jackson, Grand, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties, as well as the western portions of the City of Boulder and Boulder County. It is geographically larger than most districts; however, I am excited to meet all of HD-13’s residents to ensure that their voices are heard at the Capitol.
Aside from being extremely busy at the Capitol, I host several “town halls” in my district. At past events I have met many interesting and engaged constituents. Currently, I have scheduled a town hall meeting for Saturday, January 23 from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Boulder City Council Chambers. This town hall meeting will be held jointly with Senator Rollie Heath. It is open to the public and I highly encourage those interested in what’s happening at the State Capitol to attend.
My priorities for the 2016 session are to help the members of the General Assembly address several key priorities: enhancing the economic security of all Coloradans, providing incentives for forest health in the urban-wildland interface, and improving K-12 education as well as access to higher education in our state.
Hundreds of bills are introduced in the Colorado State Senate and House of Representatives each year, including one of my bills, HB16-1006. HB 1006 clarifies the tax status of housing authority projects. In 2000, HB 1284 provided a tax exemption for housing projects in which the housing authority took an ownership interest. For thirteen years, the Colorado Department of Revenue (CDOR) interpreted the exemption in CRS 29-4-227 to cover both state and local sales and use tax as well as local property taxes. Recently, CDOR revised its interpretation of statute and concluded that these properties were only exempt from local property taxes. HB 1006 codifies the CDOR’s original interpretation of statute.
In addition, I have been assigned (by House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst) to serve on the House Finance Committee and the House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee.
As always, I appreciate hearing your concerns and issues. Please feel free to call me at (303) 866-2578, or drop by my office in Room 624 at the State Services Building.