NEWSLETTER

Diane Mitsch Bush

House Representative

District 26:
EAGLE & ROUTT

 

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February Greetings to Everyone in Eagle County and Routt County!

As I left home very early this morning to drive back to Denver, the crescent moon was shining and the first dawn light on the snow covered mountains was spectacular! I am proud and honored to represent our beautiful headwaters district.



I had the chance to meet some of Routt County's hardest working 4-H students on February 2 which is CO 4-H Day!

 

Since I last wrote to you in January, the pace of the session of the Colorado General Assembly has reached full swing. I will report here on several good, bipartisan bills that are in progress in the House or Senate, some bills that you have asked about that have died, and finally, a progress report on some of my bills. I will also briefly cover two issues that you have told me you are concerned about: health care and transportation.

Here are some bills that improve economic and educational opportunities, or ensure certain health benefits or protect civil rights that I have supported:

HR17-1005: A Resolution supporting Reproductive Health Care Access. -Rep. Leslie Herod and Rep. Joe Salazar

HB17-1001: Parental Involvement in Academic Activities. -Rep. Janet Buckner

HB17-1021: Wage Theft Transparency Act. -Rep. Jessie Danielson

HB17-1003: Strategic Plan to Address Teacher Shortages in Rural Colorado. -Rep. Barbara McLaughlin

HB17-1035: A bill to allow survivors of sexual assault or stalking to break their lease. -Rep. Dominique Jackson

HB17-1090: Advanced Industry Tax Credit Extension. -Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp and Rep. Jim Wilson

HB17-1094: Telehealth Benefits Under Health Plans. -Rep. Donald Valdez, Rep. Perry Buck and Senator Larry Crowder and Sen. Kerry Donovan

HB17-1116: A bill to continue low income energy assistance. -Rep. Millie Hamner and Rep. Tony Exum

HB17-1151: Clarifying definitions and regulations for electric bicycles. -Rep. Chris Hansen and Rep. Yeulin Willett

HB17-1184: Concerning developing additional resources for modern technology education in public schools. -House Speaker Crisanta Duran and President of the Senate Kevin Grantham

 

Bills that you have asked about, which have died in the House or in the Senate:

Having the House Majority means that we were able to defeat three bills that would have endangered a woman's reproductive health and choices in the House, Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee!

Many of you wrote me about SB17-099, which would have added Colorado to the states already members of the National Popular Vote Compact. The bill died in a Senate committee on a party line vote, so it did not reach the Senate floor for a vote.


An announcement...
A new for you way to track CO House Bills:

I'm pleased to announce that as a result of folks asking me the best way to stay in the know on what bills are in the House, I'm starting a weekly email with a no-frills list of the bills that will be heard on the House floor each week sent out every Monday. It's an easy way for you to know what the House of Representatives is working on!

If you're interested in signing up for weekly updates, email my Aide Selina, and we will add you to the list!

Diane speaking to Club 20, Action 15, Progressive 22, and students from Colorado Mesa University.

 

My Bills are in Various Stages:
Adopted resolution:

HJR17-1004: My resolution asking the Federal government for help in  funding to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic nuisance species--particularly the Zebra Mussel--in Colorado passed out of both chambers and was signed by the Speaker of the House & President of the Senate.

HB17-1018: My bill with Rep. Larry Liston (R-Colorado Springs) to help Regional Transportation Authorities, such as RFTA ( Roaring Fork Transportation Authority) just passed on third and final reading in the Senate on Feb 21! I owe a big thank you to Basalt Mayor Jacque Whitsitt and RFTA Director Dan Blankenship for coming down to testify on Jan 25 in the House Transportation and Energy Committee. They were wonderful!

 

HB17-1031: My bill with Rep. Terri Carver ( R-Colorado Springs) concerning requirements that the transportation legislation review committee (TLRC) conduct hearings throughout the state regarding state transportation commission districts passed the House Transportation and Energy Committee and is in line to be heard by the House Appropriations Committee.

 

HB17-1044: A bill clarifying definitions of a new type of motor vehicle passed the House and will soon be in Committee in the Senate.

 

HB17-1152: My bill with Rep. Willett (R-Mesa County) concerning federal mineral lease district investment authority is up for its second reading in the House on Feb 21, having already passed the House Transportation and Energy Committee unanimously

 

SB17-090: I am the House sponsor for a bill concerning how to measure the level of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol in industrial hemp, requested by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. It will be heard soon in the House Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Committee.

 

Diane presenting her bill HB17-1018 with Rep. Larry Liston.

 

 Transportation Funding Negotiations

 The Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran and the President of the Senate Kevin Grantham have been meeting frequently to try and hammer out an agreement. After many years of inaction on our Transportation Funding Crisis, we are finally focused on bipartisan efforts to establish a reliable, predictable, sustainable source of funding so that we can build a 21st Century multi-modal, interconnected infrastructure that allows Coloradans real mobility choices.

I am encouraged by the general agreement among the people of Colorado and among legislators that we must find a solution. I have been speaking to various groups on why we are so far behind in funding and how we might solve this problem. The problem is deeply intertwined with our budget, especially with the projected shortfall for FY17-18 of at least $200 million. We need to work together to raise much needed new revenue for transportation.

 

Some of the groups I have spoken with and listened to include:

  • Colorado Rural Electric Association--In the audience at the Capitol were folks from the two co-ops I represent, Holy Cross Energy and Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA)
  • Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry
  • A group of business and government officials visiting the Capitol from Club 20, Action 15, Progressive 22, and Colorado Mesa University's Political Science Club
  • Colorado Water Congress State Legislative Breakfast at the Tech Center. We focused on much needed water infrastructure as described in our Colorado Water Plan of 2015, but the parallels to our long standing funding shortfall for transportation are concerning.
  • I also met with Housing Colorado, but was not a speaker.


Health Care and High Health Insurance Premiums in our Region 9

Potential Help for Constituents Cost-Burdened by High Health Insurance Premiums

As you may recall, I have been working with other Western Slope legislators on solutions to the outrageously high cost of health insurance premiums in our region. We asked the Division of Insurance (DOI) to convene stakeholder meetings, which were held from August-November. Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne Chaired these meetings, and by late November some bill ideas emerged.

My bill to provide temporary, short term (2017-2019) financial relief to Coloradans who are cost-burdened by high premiums until we find structural solutions is now in final draft. Please do stay tuned!

I look foward to hearing from you at my upcoming Town Halls!

Feb. 26th--Avon Town Hall at the Avon Public Library in the Beaver Creek Room at 3:30pm

Mar. 3rd--Steamboat Springs Town Hall at the Steamboat Springs Bud Werner Memorial Library at 4:30pm

Basalt Town Hall details to come!

 

Contact information for your Congressional Representatives:

Senator Cory Gardner (R):

354 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5941

@SenCoryGardner

 

Senator Michael Bennet (D):

261 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5852

@SenBennetCO

 

For those who live in the 3rd Congressional District (CD 3) all of Routt County or West of Edwards in Eagle County:

 

Representative Scott Tipton (R):

218 Cannon HOB

Washington, DC 20515

(202) 225-4761

@RepTipton

 

For those who live in the 2nd Congressional (CD 2) East of Edwards in Eagle County:

 

Representative Jared Polis (D):

1727 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

(202) 225-2161

@JaredPolis

 

Yours for a just, equitable, sustainable, and prosperous Colorado for all.  Diane Mitsch BushRepresentativeColorado State House of Representatives,District 26-Eagle County and Routt CountyP.O. Box 770535Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

Check out the latest articles about my work:

 

On the Senate Vote to Kill HB17-1242:
Steamboat Today
The Denverite
The Aurora Sentinel
 
On the Senate Vote to Kill HB17-1235:
The Vail Daily
The Summit Daily
 

 

Have a question for me?

Please do not hesitate to contact me:  repdianehd26@gmail.com

or at (970) 291-1572

 

 

I am on the floor of the House or in Committee meetings most of the time Monday-Friday, but my wonderful Legislative Aide Selina Najar can help you.

 

 

On Tuesday's and Thursday's, Julianna Smolka, our CSU Legislative Intern will be in our office as well.

 

 

Join my CO House of Representatives Weekly Bill Tracking Mailing List to stay up to date with what bills will be heard each week!

Email my Aide Selina

 to be added!

 

 

Mark Your Calendars!

Saturday, April 22--Basalt Town Hall with Rep. Millie Hamner (D-Summit/Pitkin Counties) at the

Basalt Regional Library at 11am

 

Thursday, May 11--Eagle Town Hall in the Eagle County Building's County Room at 5pm

 

Friday, May 12--Steamboat Springs Town Hall at the Bud Werner Memorial Library at 5pm

 

 

 

Paid for by Citizens to Elect Diane Mitsch Bush for Colorado HD 26  •  Tessa Kirchner, Treasurer  •  ©2012-2016 Diane For Colorado