February Greetings to Everyone on Eagle County and Routt County!
The 2016 Session of the Colorado General Assembly is more than a third of the 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.
My Bills are in Various Stages
HB1018 with Rep. Terri Carver(R-Colorado Springs) enables improved communication between the Statewide Transportation Committee and the Colorado Transportation Commission. It has passed both Houses and is on the way to the Governors desk.
HB1039 with Rep. Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale) will help to reduce road closures and delays on the mountain corridor of Interstate 70 by requiring passenger vehicles to have adequate tires or
chains or alternate traction devices on their vehicles from Oct. 1-May 15 between Dotsero and Morrison on I-70. It passed the House 46-18 with strong support from the I-70 Coalition, CDOT, Colorado State Patrol, truckers, and many businesses and business groups from all over the state.Police chiefs and paramedics emphasized how this bill would increase public safety for all drivers and for peace officers and all first responders on the I70 Mountain Corridor. It will soon be heard in the Senate Transportation Committee. The Club20 Transportation Committee voted to support HB1039 on Feb.12.
HB1091 with Rep. Dan Thurlow ( R-Grand Junction) streamlines the filing process for statutory transmission line plans by removing duplicative date requirements with the PUC - Public Utilities Commission. This change will reduce red tape while keeping community safeguards and publicly noticed opportunities for public comment. It passed unanimously out of the House and will soon be heard In Senate Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee.
HB1067 to extend the ability of Regional Transportation Authorities such as the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority to go to their voters from 2019 to 2029 passed out of the House and will be heard by the Senate Transportation Committee.
HB1194 with Rep. Jon Becker (R-Ft. Morgan) to help remove financial obstacles for beginning farmers/ranchers by a tax deduction for older farmers who lease land to younger ag producers will be heard in the House Agriculture,Livestock, and Natural Resources on February 22.
HB1259 with Rep. Jim Wilson (R-Salida) cleans up outdated statute wording for CMC and clarifies Board Membership. It will be heard in House Education Committee on March 7.
SB021. I will be the House sponsor for Senator Donovan's bill to establish a day to recognize our public lands when it gets over to the House.
I will be introducing a bill to help school districts lower debt service payments and create a capital fund by going to the voters. No bill number yet.
Other bills I supported include a bill to allow parents unpaid leave for to attend their children's school activities and parent teacher conferences, and a bill to expand the availability of child care assistance for working families to cushion the "Cliff Effect". I supported HB1253, a JBC budget bill true-up for this fiscal year, FY15-16 to lessen the "negative factor" and increase per pupil expenditures
I voted no on SB011 which would have eliminated funding for public transit throughout the state. Funding for transit is critical for all of Colorado, but especially for our mountain communities. All our local transit agencies depend on this funding to operate. Bustang is essential for adding choices and reducing congestion on the Mountain Corridor of I70, as well as on I 25.
I look forward to seeing you at Town Halls. Please see the right hand panel for information.
Thanks to all those who braved the blizzard in the Valley on January 31 to join in the discussion at our Avon Town Hall!
Please do contact me with your ideas, concerns, and issues at firstname.lastname@example.org or at my Capitol office at 303-866-2923. My Legislative Aide, Kira Mazzola, or my intern, Ryan Patrick 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.
Yours for a just, equitable, sustainable, and prosperous Colorado for all.
Diane Mitsch Bush
Colorado State House of Representatives,
District 26-Eagle County and Routt County
P.O. Box 770535
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Paid for by Citizens to Elect Diane Mitsch Bush for Colorado HD 26 • Tessa Kirchner, Treasurer • ©2012-2017 Diane For Colorado