NEWSLETTER

May Greetings to Everyone in our Beautiful Headwaters House District 26: Eagle County and Routt County!

 
Next Wednesday, May 10 we adjourn sine die this first regular session of the 71st Colorado General Assembly. With many bills to consider on a very tight schedule, this is the most hectic time at the Capitol.

I Look Forward to seeing you at my Town Halls on May 11 in Eagle and May 12 in Steamboat Springs...

I very much look forward to updating you on what we accomplished and listening to you in person at my legislative wrap-up town halls/community discussions in Eagle on May 11 and in Steamboat Springs on May 12--Please see sidebar for details!

Great Town Hall in Basalt on April 22...

A warm thank you to all the folks who attended our Joint Roaring Fork Valley Town Hall at the beautiful Basalt Library on April 22! It was wonderful to see you all and to answer your questions with my colleagues, Representative Millie Hamner who represents the Pitkin County portion of the RF Valley in the House and Senator Kerry Donovan who represents both Eagle and Pitkin Counties in the Senate. We had a lively discussion on the high cost of healthcare (especially insurance premiums), education, childcare, public lands, water, and transportation



Our joint RFV Town Hall had a record-breaking attendance!

 

Ideology and Petty Partisan Politics in the State Senate Kill Bipartisan Transportation Funding Bill and Bipartisan Bill to help Rural People burdened by High Health Insurance Premiums...

 

HB17-1242: Sponsored by our Speaker Duran (D- Denver), Senate President Grantham (R- Parker), Senator Randy Baumgardner (R- Hot Sulfur Springs), and me was a bipartisan bill that would have asked voters to approve a state sales tax increase from 2.9% to 3.4% to fund billions of dollars for much needed statewide transportation projects died (2-3 vote) in the Senate Finance Committee on April 25. Not only was the vote on a straight party line, but the Republican Senators seemed to be acting on ideology more than on evidence and what was actually in the bill. Nearly 100 witnesses traveled from rural, urban, and suburban Colorado to strongly urge a 'yes' vote and many (50+) individual environmental, business, and community organizations statewide wrote in support of HB17-1242. These witnesses were ignored, both in final comments by the Republican Senators and in the vote that killed the bipartisan bill.

 

Similarly, my bipartisan HB17-1235 with Rep. Millie Hamner (D-Dillon) and Senators Don Coram (R-Montrose) and Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa) was killed in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committees on a 2-3 party line vote with no comment or explanation after much supportive witness testimony and no testimony in opposition to the bill. In fact, one of the Senators was out of the room for most of the witness testimony. The bill had passed the House with bipartisan support.

 

On a brighter note, three of my bills have passed the House the last week in April and first week in May in addition to the four bills already signed by the governor...

 

HB17-1285 to refinance the state water pollution control program, with Rep. Polly Lawrence (R-Roxborough Park) passed out of the House 55-10 on May 1, then the Senate Finance Committee (5-0) on May 2.

 


Diane and Rep. Lawrence presenting HB17-1285 in Finance Committee.

 

HB17-1277 a bill to allow drivers' license revocation for those arrested for hit and run passed the House unanimously on third and final reading on May 3. My hope is that this bill will deter hit and runs, which disproportionately injure or kill pedestrians and cyclists.

SB17-229 with Rep. Polly Lawrence (R-Roxborough Park) and Senator Chris Holbert (R- Parker), referred to as the "Move over for Cody" bill, increases penalties for motorists who do not move over or slow down for stationary emergency vehicles, utility vehicles, or maintenance/ construction vehicles that display emergency lights. The bill came about because of the tragic deaths of two Colorado State Patrol officers who were struck while assisting motorists alongside the road by other motorists who failed to obey current law. The bill passed both chambers unanimously on third reading, final passage, and it is now on its way to our Governor.

Our FY17-18 Budget passed both Houses and is on the way to the Governor's desk...

SB17-254: The Long Bill, our State Budget for FY2017-2028 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018) is now on its way to the Governor's desk.

My amendment with Rep. Larry Liston (R-Colorado Springs) was adopted by the first conference committee. Amendment 1 to SB17-254 provides for a targeted provider rate increase for emergency and non-emergency medical transportation services. This amendment helps our ambulance services--EMS--to be able to be more fully reimbursed for transporting Medicaid patients.


Diane looking at the mountains and Denver City Hall from the House chamber on a break during floor votes that went until 10:30pm.

 

I will continue to work for you to Expand Economic and Educational Opportunities for all, Protect our Environment, help our communities thrive, and Stand up for the Rights of All...

 

Please Mark Your Calendars!

  • Thursday, May 11--Eagle Town Hall in the Eagle County Building's County Room at 5pm

Eagle County Building

500 Broadway

Eagle, Colorado 81631

  • Friday, May 12--Steamboat Springs Town Hall at the Bud Werner Memorial Library at 5pm
  • Wednesday, May 24--Conservation Colorado's Rebel with a Cause Gala. I will be honored as Legislator of the Year by Conservation Colorado! Click here for event details & tickets!

 

Here's Conservation Colorado's announcement:

"I am excited to announce this year's Legislator of the Year award will be going to state Representative Diane Mitsch Bush. As a third-term conservation leader, Diane Mitsch Bush has continually stood up for the health of her constituents through her support of pro-environment and anti-pollution legislation. With a 100% score in our Conservation Scorecard, she truly represents the values of her

 

 

 

Yours for a just, equitable, sustainable, and prosperous Colorado for all.  Diane Mitsch BushRepresentativeColorado State House of Representatives,District 26-Eagle County and Routt CountyP.O. Box 770535Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

Check out the latest articles about my work:

 

On the Senate Vote to Kill HB17-1242:
Steamboat Today
The Denverite
The Aurora Sentinel
 
On the Senate Vote to Kill HB17-1235:
The Vail Daily
The Summit Daily
 

 

Have a question for me?

Please do not hesitate to contact me:  repdianehd26@gmail.com

or at (970) 291-1572

 

 

I am on the floor of the House or in Committee meetings most of the time Monday-Friday, but my wonderful Legislative Aide Selina Najar can help you.

 

 

On Tuesday's and Thursday's, Julianna Smolka, our CSU Legislative Intern will be in our office as well.

 

 

Join my CO House of Representatives Weekly Bill Tracking Mailing List to stay up to date with what bills will be heard each week!

Email my Aide Selina

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Mark Your Calendars!

Saturday, April 22--Basalt Town Hall with Rep. Millie Hamner (D-Summit/Pitkin Counties) at the

Basalt Regional Library at 11am

 

Thursday, May 11--Eagle Town Hall in the Eagle County Building's County Room at 5pm

 

Friday, May 12--Steamboat Springs Town Hall at the Bud Werner Memorial Library at 5pm

 

 

 

Diane Mitsch Bush

House Representative

District 26:
EAGLE & ROUTT

 

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