May Greetings to Everyone in our Beautiful Headwaters House District 26: Eagle County and Routt County!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Eagle County Building
Eagle, Colorado 81631
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
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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!
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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
EAGLE & ROUTT
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