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

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


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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