February Newsletter

It is just over a month into the 2017 Legislative Session and things are picking up here at the Capitol. Despite the hectic pace of work this past month, I was able to get back to the district and visit with constituents in Leadville and Gunnison. 

 Taking Part in the Inside Scoop: Conservation Priorities in 2017 Panel in Gunnison

Meeting with my constituents, Ramón & Patrice Reed, in the deep snow of Crested Butte

  I was honored to be the keynote speaker for the annual Alliance Day at the Capitol

Meeting with the Lake County Family and Intercultural Resource Center during their visit to the Capitol

Rep. Hamner Bill Update:
I am a primary sponsor of the following bills that have been introduced so far this session. 

HB17-1116: Continue Low Income Housing Energy Assistance

  • This bill reauthorizes a series of programs that help low income families and individuals pay their energy bills and heat and insulate their homes.
  • Status: Passed through the House Committee on Transportation and Energy and referred to the House Appropriations Committee. 

HB17-1160: Kindergarten Through Third Grade English Learner Reading Assessment Language

  • This bill authorizes a local education provider to determine the language in which a student who is an English language learner takes reading assessments in kindergarten through third grade.
  • Status: Introduced in the House and assigned to the House Education Committee. It is scheduled to be heard on February 27th.

HB17-1128: Salary Adjustment For Lake County Officials

  • This bill, requested by Lake County addresses a technical correction in the salary categorization of locally elected officials in Lake County and will save taxpayer dollars.
  • Status: Passed through the House and up for final passage in the Senate.

SB17-123: Seal of Biliteracy For High School Diplomas

  • This bill authorizes a school district, BOCES, or institute charter high school to grant a diploma endorsement in biliteracy to a student who demonstrates proficiency in English and at least one foreign language.
  • Status: Introduced in the House and assigned to the House Education Committee. It is scheduled to be heard on February 27th.

SB17-126: Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board

  • To help reduce domestic violence in Colorado, this bill creates a statewide Domestic Violence Review Board which will:
    • Coordinate with local and regional domestic violence review teams (review teams) to collect data;
    • Review and analyze the data; and
    • Prepare recommendations for the General Assembly.
    • For a more detailed description, a summary of the bill can be found here.
  • Status: Passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and referred amended to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

SJM17-001: Memorialize Congress To Fund Wildfire Response

  • This joint memorial calls on Congress to fund catastrophic wildfire response costs outside of federal forest management agencies’ normal budgets in order to ensure we fund mitigation and prevention.
  • Status: Passed both the House and Senate.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, March 4, 2017; 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
Après-Ski with Millie

Please join State Representative Millie Hamner for an après-ski event with friends and constituents on March 4th at the Aspen Square Hotel. Rep. Hamner will give a brief update on the legislative session and answer your questions. The event is open to the public. Please contact Phil at phil.robinson.house@gmail.com or 303-866-2952 with any questions.

Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon

Aspen Square Condominium Hotel
Conference Room
617 E Cooper Ave
Aspen, CO 81611

WHEN: Saturday, March 4 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We are currently working on scheduling upcoming town halls in Delta and Summit counties.

I70 Update: 
Click here to read the Department of Transportation’s monthly Interchange Newsletter.

I hope you have a wonderful month!