Summer Greetings to Everyone in Eagle County and Routt County!
Since the 2015 Legislative Session ended on May 6, I have been traveling around our beautiful district, attending community events, meeting with individual constituents, businesses, non profits, groups of constituents, community groups, and holding Town Halls in Basalt, Eagle, and Steamboat Springs. Please visit my website for previous newsletters that detail the 2015 legislature and my bills on the Newsletters tab at www.dianeforcolorado.com
I am proud that the Colorado Statesman named me as one of the four most effective legislators of 2015 for my bipartisan work in a split chamber.
Here are some of the events I have attended to listen to you and learn from you.
May 7 and May 8. Thanks to everyone who attended my Eagle Valley and Yampa Valley legislative wrap ups on May 7 and May 8. We had great discussions and I learned from you.
May 20. Along with Rep. Millie Hamner (D-Dillon) and Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry, I helped to honor Senior Citizens and Friends of the Seniors who volunteer their time and talents to make a difference in their communities (Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Pitkin, and Summit) at the Northwest Council of Governments 27th Annual Senior Awards Ceremony in Frisco. I was proud to speak in thanks for my Roaring Fork Valley/ Basalt and El Jebel senior award winners who spend their time and energy helping others!
May 25, attended the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Steamboat Springs Cemetery. It is always a beautiful tribute to those brave women and men who have fought for our country.
May 26, Talking Green Update on the Colorado Water Plan , McKnights Irish Pub, 5:30 pm, Steamboat Springs. Excellent discussion on water issues and the Water Plan Draft from our local Yampa Basin experts who serve on the Basin Roundtable. Great turnout!
June 4 Holy Cross Energy Association Annual meeting in Gypsum, 5:30 pm. Huge thanks to all the folks at Holy Cross who work so hard for sustainable, clean energy at a reasonable price. I was proud that Kent Singer of CREA also recognized my legislative efforts for coops in his speech.
June 8, Eagle County Family Leadership Training Institute Class of 2015 Graduation in Edwards at CMC, 5:30 pm. Once again, this year's graduates inspired us all. Their projects will improve peoples' lives and build a brighter future for all in the Eagle Valley.
June 17, Joint Conference of Colorado Cattlemen's Association and Colorado Livestock Association, Steamboat Springs. I was so honored to receive an award for my support of Agriculture as your representative. Steve Holdren, who lobbies for the CLA down at the Capitol, presented the award plaque to me and said “In the legislature there are statesmen and there are politicians. Rep. Mitsch Bush is a true statesman. She looks to Colorado’s
future, not just her next election. She always does her homework and asks
tough questions in committee.”
I am proud to represent two rural, Western Slope headwaters counties where agriculture is integral to our economy, our heritage and our future.
June 20, Roaring Fork Valley State Legislative Wrap Up and Town Hall, in Basalt with Rep. Millie Hamner, who also represents Basalt, the Pitkin County portion. Thanks to all for great discussion and questions on early childhood education, k-12 education, higher education, job skills and training, the budget and TABOR refunds, jobs and the economy , water quality and quantity, our draft Colorado Water Plan, mental health, veterans assistance, especially mental health, and sustainability. We heard about several innovative local efforts to integrate parents into pre school and elementary school programs and improve outcomes.
June 24, met with Vail Valley Partnership, the Valley-wide Chamber Resort Association in Avon. As always, Chris Romer and Jennifer Weintraub had useful information and insights on our local economy.
June 24, Tri Club Rotary dinner meeting, including Eagle, Edwards, and Vail Rotary Clubs in Eagle. We heard about the earthquake relief efforts in Nepal, got to see an actual shelter box (Rotary raised funds to purchase these and sent them to Nepal), and had a fascinating presentation on the earthquakes effects on Everest Base Camp and rural villages. Huge kudos to Rotary for mobilizing rescue/ relief efforts so quickly and effectively.
June 25, annual membership meeting of Yampa Electric Association, YVEA, in Hayden. It was great to see everyone, learn about successes ranging from the community solar garden to the grants to community organizations from YVEA Round Up (formerly known as Caring Consumers).
I was proud to co sponsor several bills (SB046, HB 1377) to make it easier for rural electric coops to use renewables as part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy. My HB1364, co prime sponsored with Rep. Don Coram(R-Montrose) removed bureaucratic obstacles for micro hydro electric projects. We worked closely with a diverse group of stakeholders, including state agencies, the Governors Office, small hydro industry, electricians, agriculture, CREA( Colorado Rural Electric Association) and DMEA (Delta Montrose Electric Association)
June 27, Flight Days, Eagle. What a great community celebration!
From July-November, I will again represent you on two Interim, Joint House/Senate Committees: Water Resources Review and Transportation Legislation Review. Both deal with critical issues for our District. Please see dates and times in this newsletter
The Interim Joint House/Senate Water Resources Review Committee (WRRC) will be traveling around the state to each river basin for regular Committee meetings/hearings and for the required SB14-115 hearings on the draft Colorado Water Plan. Please the right hand panel "Upcoming Events" in this newsletter and subsequent newsletters. For more information, p,ease visit the WRRC website at: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cga-legislativecouncil/2015-water-resources-review-committee
The Interim Joint House/ Senate Transportation Legislation Review Committee will begin meeting at the Capitol on July 7 and July 8. Please visit our committee website for more details at
Also, I will be visiting with local governments, businesses, and constituents throughout the summer and fall. Please do email me with your questions, concerns and ideas at: email@example.com
I will continue to work across the aisle and with all stakeholders for practical, evidence based policies that build a better future for ALL! I am honored and humbled to represent our beautiful, headwaters district!
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
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