13 Mar Week 7
March 10th, 2017
It’s Time to Ban “Gay Conversion” Therapy
I’m excited to announce the passage of HB17-1156 through the House and that it’s now headed to the Senate! The bill prohibits licensed medical physicians from subjecting children and young adults to the harmful practice of “gay conversion” therapy. In order for the bill to come to a full vote on the Senate floor, it must pass through Senate committee first. The Senate President decides which committee each bill goes to, and in doing so, has the power to determine its fate. I hope you’ll email President Grantham and ask him to give HB17-1156 a fair committee hearing and to put it up for a full vote on the Senate floor. You can email him asking for a fair hearing here. For more actions on this bill and others, sign up for texts from my team!
Early Voting Rollback? No Thanks.
This week, Senate Bill 17-071 came before me on the State Affairs Committee. This bill significantly rolls back early voting options for voters across the state. Although reallocating resources to better serve voters is a reasonable idea, I will always oppose any efforts that reduce access for voters overall, which I believe this bill does. That’s why I introduced seven different amendments to ensure that adequate services would still be accessible to voters. Unfortunately, each one of these amendments died on a party-line vote. If the bill continues in its current form, I will oppose it and continue to work toward getting it to a good place. Democracy works better when we all show up and we need to focus on improving our elections rather than making it more difficult to vote.
Joined by Moms Demand Action at the Capitol this week.
Reforming the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights
This week a bipartisan bill that will reform aspects of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) advanced out of the House. HB17-1187 will change the state tax revenue cap growth calculation. Basically, the current way we calculate our state’s revenue cap under TABOR has created a massive budget shortfall and has caused devastating cuts to schools, hospitals, roads, and other important programs. The bill changes the formula in TABOR to more accurately reflect the economic situation of Colorado residents, which will result in better investment in state services that fits our population’s needs. It sounds wonky, but it’s a big deal if we can get it passed!
Fourth Town Hall
On Wednesday, March 15th, I’m hosting my fourth town hall with Majority Leader KC Becker and Representative Edie Hooton.
Join us as we enter the 2nd half of the legislative session.
Sanitas Brewing Co.
3550 Frontier Ave, Boulder CO
Doors open @ 5:00 PM
Program begins @ 6:00 PM
Next week, HB17-1001, which provides work leave for parents to attend their child’s school activities, comes up in the Senate State Affairs committee.
Parents shouldn’t fear the oss of their jobs if they attend parent-teacher meetings and other school-related activities for their child.
I strongly support this bill and hope that it will pass committee.
P.S. Thank you to everyone who attended the forums this past weekend with the League of Women Voters and at Frasier Meadows Retirement Community!