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Sustainable Colorado.

State Representative

Diane Mitsch Bush

 

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March Greetings to everyone in House District 26 - all of Eagle County and all of Routt County!

 

Happy Spring! The 2015 Session of the Colorado General Assembly is more than  half way through our 120 day session. I am excited to continue to work across the aisle with my Republican colleagues and with my Democratic colleagues on practical, evidence based solutions to make life better for all Coloradans. In the Colorado House, we continue to work on strengthening the middle class by expanding economic and educational opportunities for all

Diane Mitsch Bush

House Representative

District 26:
EAGLE & ROUTT

 

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Upcoming Events:

 

The first week in April, the House will deliberate on the 2015-2016 budget bill- the Long Bill. As required by law, we will balance the budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016.

 

Upcoming Town Hall in Steamboat Springs, Friday, April 10, 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

 

I hope you can join us. I look forward to updating you and listening to your ideas, questions and concerns.

 

Diane listening to constituents at Yetis Grind in Eagle on March 15

Thanks to everyone who joined me for coffee and conversation at Yetis Grind in Eagle on Sunday morning, March 15! It was great to see you and listen to your issues, including water, 911 emergency dispatch, I-70 alternatives, local foods, and sustainability.

 

Thanks to Representative Millie Hamner and all our constituents in the Roaring  Fork Valley who participated in our joint HD26-HD61(Eagle, Pitkin)Town Hall at the Basalt Library on Sunday afternoon, March 15. Thanks for a lively discussion on water quantity and quality, k-12 and higher education, fiscal issues, the state budget, and sustainability.

 

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supporting small businesses and agriculture, helping rebuild and enhance transportation infrastructure, reducing unnecessary red tape, and protecting Colorado’s water, air quality, and wildlife habitat for future generations.

 

 

The 2015-2016 Budget comes before us in early April

 

The JBC - Joint Budget Committee will send the 2015-2016 Budget, known annually as  the Long Bill ( No, it is not named after a person or a mountain. It is a very long bill, usually over 200 pages), to the Senate March 30. The House will consider it in April. It is the most important bill that we vote on, and it must be balanced. I will keep you informed as we progress towards balancing the 2015-2016 budget.

 

My bills are in various stages.

 

  • HB15-1173, co prime sponsored with Representative Bob Rankin(R-Carbondale), aims at  improving safety and reducing closures and back-ups on the I-70 Mountain Corridor by clarifying the chain law for passenger vehicles. It  passed out of the House on third reading on March 6 with a 43-21 bipartisan vote. It was finally introduced in the Senate on March 24 and assigned to the Senate Transportation Committee. This bill is the product of a 7 month stakeholder process. I believe in bringing together representatives of all the groups that will be affected by any issue that I’m working on.  This is my stakeholder process, which enables us to find practical, evidence-based solutions that work for everyone.

  • HB15-1228 co prime sponsored with Republican Representative Jon Becker, to fix an error in statute resulting in all propane sales being charged an excise tax meant only for propane used as a " special fuel" to power cars and trucks. It passed out of House Transportation Committee unanimously on March 4. It will be heard in the Finance Committee on March 25.

  • HB15-1234 a tax deduction to help beginning farmers and ranchers passed 12-1 out of the House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee on March 9. It is to be heard in Finance on April 1

  • HB 15-1224 to clarify funding and accounting rules and remove red tape for Colorado Mountain College, passed out of both the House Education Committee and the Appropriations Committee with a unanimous vote. This bipartisan bill with  Republican co sponsors passed 65-0 out of the full House on March 17. It was assigned to the Senate Education Committee.

  • HB1252, my bill to renew the Healthy Rivers voluntary tax check- off will be heard in Finance on March 25

This session I serve on three House Committees:

Committees are the first step a bill goes through in the House. We hold hearings with detailed witness testimony and questions for witnesses from Committee Members. Amendments may be added at this step.

 

  • Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources- this Committee hears bills concerning water supply/quantity, watersheds, wildlife, wild land fire, public lands, agriculture, and mining

  • Transportation and Energy- I am honored to be the Vice Chair. We hear bills on transportation, energy efficiency, renewables, and air/water quality

  • Health, Insurance, and Environment- this is an additional committee for me in 2015. We hear all types of insurance bills, air quality and public health, healthcare, hospitals, and all healthcare professions.

 

To Reach Me:

Please do contact me with your ideas, concerns, and issues at repdianehd26@gmail.com or at my Capitol office at 303-866-2923. My Legislative Aide, Sam DeWitt, or my intern, Kira Mazzola, will help you. I will get back to you as soon as possible. I look forward to working with you and for you and everyone in our beautiful, headwaters district!

 

I am honored and humbled to represent you in the Colorado House of Representatives.

 

You can count on me to continue to be effective, diligent, transparent, accountable, and bipartisan, firm in our shared conviction that by working together we can build a better future for ALL Coloradans.

Yours for a just, equitable, sustainable, and prosperous Colorado for all.

 

 

Diane Mitsch Bush

Representative

Colorado State House of Representatives,

District 26-Eagle County and Routt County

P.O. Box 770535

Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

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