Late February Greetings to Everyone in House District 26!
We are now on day 50 of the 120 day 2014 Colorado General Assembly. I am pleased to report that we have passed many common sense, bipartisan bills to make Colorado better for all. Some of our bipartisan bills passed in the Colorado House of Representatives include:
- Health and educational opportunities for veterans
- Extension of small business job creation tax credits
- Flood relief
- High tech job acceleration and internships to boost high tech job training opportunities
- Adult literacy programs
- Water efficiency bills
- Incentives for turning waste into biogas
- Grant opportunities for water and waste water plant upgrades for small communities
- Forest health project grants,
- A tax credit for agriculture producers who donate crops or livestock to food banks or hunger relief nonprofits.
All of my bills have had broad bipartisan support. I continue to bring people together to build consensus on solutions.
I am especially pleased that my small hydroelectric bill with Rep Don Coram ( R-Montrose) passed the Colorado House 62-3. House Bill 1030 stimulates creation of small hydroelectric businesses and projects by removing red tape and streamlining the permit process. It will create rural jobs. The bill was the result of a broad and inclusive stakeholder process that included utilities, conservation groups, small hydroelectric producers and electric contractors. It is now in the Senate.
HB14-1174 passed 54-10. The bill will continue the all volunteer Natural Areas Council that partners with landowners to preserve and monitor natural areas throughout the state. It is now in the Senate.
HB14-1060, which passed the House on a bipartisan 41-22 vote, will allow a statutory municipality to compensate members of its local planning commission.
Now, under current law, home-rule municipalities are able to decide whether to compensate their planning commissioners. My bill gives statutory towns, often small rural communities, more flexibility to attract and retain well qualified individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds to serve on their planning commissions.
A few minutes later HB14-1125 was approved unanimously by the Colorado House. This bill provides home owners associations the ability to share a resident’s contact information with other members of the HOA if the resident has given written consent. I heard from many constituents about fixing this glitch from a 2012 bill. My bill makes it easier for neighbors to get to know each other, stay in touch and be involved in their HOAs. It is especially important in mountain resort areas where many members of HOAs are from all over the country.
I will introduce a bill to fully fund the Colorado Safe Routes to School program this week.
Representative Diane Mitsch Bush with Horizons staff visiting from Routt County in the House Chamber at the Capitol in February. Cathryn Marie, center in white, later in the day received the statewide award for Support Staff of the Year from the Alliance for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for her outstanding work with and for the Developmentally Disabled
Representative Diane Mitsch Bush with Grant Janka of Steamboat Springs and former US Senator and former Secretary of US a Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar just after Representative Mitsch Bush presented Grant with his award for being Youth Corps member of the year on February 3 at the Capitol.
Representative Diane Mitsch Bush and Representative Don Coram( R-Montrose) presenting their bipartisan small hydropower bill, HB14-1030 to the Colorado State House of Representatives. The bill passed unanimously.
Representative Diane Mitsch Bush with Eagle County Constituents at her Eagle Town Hall on February 7
Representative Diane Mitsch Bush skiing down Steamboat's main street and laughing it up in the 2014 Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival Parade, February 9
I am honored to represent you in the Colorado House. You can count on me to continue to be a strong mountain community voice for you! I am excited to be running for reelection to keep working for you!
During the session, please do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or my Capitol Office at 303-866-2923 with your concerns, questions, and ideas.
Yours for a just, equitable, sustainable, and prosperous Colorado for all,
Diane Mitsch Bush
Colorado State House of Representatives,
District 26-Eagle County and Routt County
P.O. Box 770535
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477