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 have hosted several “town halls” in my district meeting many interesting and engaged constituents. Currently, I have scheduled a town hall meeting for Saturday, March 15, 10:00am-12:00pm at the Boulder City Council Chambers in Boulder. This town hall meeting will be held jointly with Senators Rollie Heath and Dickey Lee Hullinghorst. 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 2014 session are to help the members of the General Assembly address several key priorities: enhancing the economic security of all Coloradans, continuing recovery efforts from last year’s flood and fire disasters, and improving K-12 education as well as access to higher education in our state.
More than 400 bills have been introduced in the Colorado State Senate and House of Representatives, including one of my bills, HB 14-1047. This bill requires a person who publishes booking photographs or other basic identification information on a publicly available commercial web site remove (upon request and without compensation) the booking photograph and basic identification information of a person who is not charged, whose charges are dismissed, or who is acquitted of the charges.
Another one of my bills, HB 14-1146 involves permanently prohibiting greyhound racing but still maintaining the practice of parimutuel wagering on greyhound races held at live race tracks in other states and simultaneously broadcast at certain horse race tracks in Colorado. In June 2008, the last remaining greyhound race track in Colorado ceased operations. The number of live greyhound racing events had been in steady decline in Colorado since at least 1999. For example, total dollars wagered on live greyhound racing was almost $250 million in 1999, but declined to just over $15 million by the end of 2008. This bill has moved through both chambers and is already on the Governor’s desk awaiting approval!
In addition, I have been assigned (by House Speaker Mark Ferrandino) 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 318 at the State Capitol.