September Newsletter

With August now behind us and the leaves beginning to change here in the mountains, fall is right around the corner!

As you may know, I was recently appointed to serve on the Education Leadership Council, which Governor Hickenlooper established to examine our state’s education system. This council has been meeting regularly throughout the interim and will continue into the coming session to discuss strategies that can improve the way our state delivers public education to Colorado students. Between my Education Leadership Council work, interim committee meetings at the Capitol, and traveling the district, I continue to keep very busy!

Standing with gubernatorial candidates Jared Polis, Mike Johnston, Cary Kennedy, and Noel Ginsburg

Meeting with visitors from Iraq who came to learn about Colorado’s budgeting process     with Sen. Lambert and me

Standing with friends and fellow elected officials from Summit County at the One Colorado Awards Ceremony

Meeting with Fred Menzer and Dave Askeland at Colorado Mountain                                         College’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

What’s Happening at the Capitol

In addition to attending regular meetings with the School Finance Interim Committee and the Wildfire Matters Review Committee, my colleagues and I on the Joint Budget Committee will be meeting this coming Wednesday for the state’s quarterly revenue forecast. At these quarterly forecasts, we are briefed on the state’s economic outlook by economists from the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting and the General Assembly’s Legislative Council Staff. These are important sessions that allow us to monitor Colorado’s economic situation and begin developing next year’s state budget accordingly. The Joint Budget Committee will begin meeting to develop the 2018-19 budget in November. 

Over the next few months, I will be working on my legislative priorities for the coming session, which begins in January. As always, please continue to contact my office regarding any legislation that interests you or provide us with your priorities.

Special Session Called

Yesterday, Governor Hickenlooper called a special legislative session to clarify the language of Senate Bill 267, which was passed last session. As he mentioned in his press conference, this decision came in response to a recently discovered issue within the language of the bill surrounding the allocation of marijuana tax revenue to a group of organizations that includes the Regional Transportation District and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. The General Assembly will convene on October 2nd to consider legislation that will clarify this language and ensure that the original intent of the legislation can be properly codified.

Upcoming Events

Lake County Democrats Annual Picnic
Saturday, September 16th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Leadville National Fish Hatchery

Mountain Harvest Festival
Saturday, September 23rd from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Downtown Paonia

Meet and Greet in Crested Butte
Saturday, September 23rd from 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Rumors Coffee and Tea House on Crested Butte

Colorado Dept. of Human Services Behavioral Health Community Forum- Summit County
September 25th from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Summit County Community and Senior Center

The Department of Human Services is hosting local community forums to hear from community members about behavioral health needs in their area. The goals of these forums include:
  • Hear directly from clients and their families, staffs of facilities and service providers about the needs, successes and opportunities in your area.
  • Hold a dialogue with community members to get ideas for next steps, potential legislation and creative solutions.
  • Update attendees about what services are available in your community and connect them with the appropriate pathways to such services.
  • Further efforts to myth-bust and reduce stigma about what mental illness, substance dependency and other behavioral health issues look like and who is affected.

Applefest in Cedaredge
Sunday, October 8th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Town Hall in Aspen
Tuesday, October 24th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Aspen Square Hotel

Please feel free to contact my office with any questions at 970-315-2610