I would like to wish everyone a belated but very Happy New Year!
Thank you for your support. I am excited to again be representing House District 33! We are off to a very busy start with Colorado’s 69th General Assembly. It was very humbling to be sworn in on Jan. 9with all of the elected representatives, and I am looking forward to working together with my new colleagues to create jobs and help pull Colorado out of the great recession.
This year, I will be working hard serving as the chairwoman of one committee and a member of two more. I am honored to be taking on the role of Chair of the House Public Health and Human Services Committee, and I also look forward to working on the Health, Insurance & Environment and Transportation & Energy committees. Our focus this legislative session will be on jobs and the economy. The first bills introduced by the House Democrats will help Colorado businesses grow and will help Colorado workers gain the skills that they need to succeed in a 21st-century economy.
Our jobs package will boost funding for Colorado’s Small Business Development Centers, support Colorado’s second-stage companies, provide skills training programs for the jobs that are available today, and connect underemployed and unemployed Coloradans to technical careers. And this is just the beginning!
The legislature is responsible for developing the legislative framework and regulatory structure for Amendment 64, approved by the voters last November. A task force has been established by Gov. Hickenlooper to study the many complex issues surrounding the implementation of this amendment to Colorado’s constitution. The Department of Revenue has a schedule of the task force meetings on their Website. Public input is welcome at these hearings.
As the Chairwoman of the Public Health Care & Human Services Committee, I will focus on protecting our most vulnerable citizens and our children. We have had many meetings already with state agencies and not-for-profit organizations to discuss new laws to protect our children from neglect and abuse.
If you are interested in listening to any committee hearings on the internet, you can find a list of committee meetings on the state webpage. You can also watch House of Representatives on Channel 162.
If you would like to get in touch with me, I can be reached at the Capitol at 303-866-4667 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The State Capitol is a beautiful building, and you are always welcome to visit. Tours are every hour on the hour, Monday through Friday. You can call 303-866-2604 if you would like to schedule a tour. Did you know that Henry C. Brown donated a 10 acre tract in Denver which is the site for the Capitol building?
I am in the process of setting up my Town Hall Meeting schedule and I will keep you posted.
I look forward to an exciting session!