The 2014 legislative session ended May 7, although Governor John Hickenlooper still has until June 6 to sign bills into law or veto them. As of May 28, 10 of the bills I sponsored during the session had been signed into law, with five other bills still on the Governor's desk for his consideration. The following newsletter went out in mid-May, and it's got a lot of information about some of the key bills and topics we worked on in 2014. Also, you can read any bill that was introduced this year on the General Assembly Web site, www.leg.state.co.us.
A DOWN-TO-BUSINESS SESSION
It's hard to believe, but our 2014 regular legislative session is nearly over. On April 26, we held our last town hall meeting of the session at the Boulder Chamber of Commerce (pictured above), with Chamber President/CEO John Tayer facilitating an informative discussion with me and Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Rep. KC Becker and about 50 attendees.
The actual session must end by May 7, and we will spend our last week hustling to get as much work on legislation done as possible. This year, I am the prime Senate sponsor of 17 bills, and as of April 29 nine of them have been signed into law or have passed both the House and Senate.
From last year's town hall meeting at the Boulder Chamber of Commerce
With the 2014 legislative session coming to a close, we will hold our final town hall of the session this Saturday, April 26. For the details:
WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. until noon
WHERE: Boulder Chamber of Commerce, 2440 Pearl Street (SW corner of Pearl and Folsom), Boulder, CO 80302
WHO: Senator Rollie Heath, Representative Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Representative KC Becker
After speaking to a group of International Business students from Colorado Heights University, March 2014
As of Wednesday, April 2, the Colorado Senate was in the middle of "budget week." During this week, we evaluate and possibly offer amendments to the "Long Bill," (HB 14-1336) which will outline our state budget for FY 2014-15 when it is signed into law. Once the budget bill is complete and we have a clearer picture of which budget items can receive funding, we will then go to work on a list of bills that are still on the table.
To date, two bills that I am the prime Senate sponsor of have been signed into law. They are:
* HB 14-1293, which appropriates payments for expenses of the Colorado legislative department and the youth advisory council cash fund.
* HB 14-1163, which clarifies rules surrounding a $750,000 cap on enterprise zone tax credits that we adopted in 2013.
A busy week awaits, as we are basically at the midway point of our 2014 legislative session, and we have two town hall meetings scheduled.
The first meeting will be held March 11, and it should be an interesting political evening for the people of Lyons. Rep. Jonathan Singer and I will start the evening by talking about state issues, and our segment will be followed by a forum with Town of Lyons mayoral and Board of Trustees candidates. For the details:
WHEN: Tuesday, March 11, 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30)
WHERE: Lyons High School Cafetorium, 100 McConnell Drive, Lyons, CO
The second meeting will be held March 15. Representatives Dickey Lee Hullinghorst and KC Becker will join me, so the people of Boulder will have the opportunity to meet with all legislators who represent parts or all of the City of Boulder. For the details:
WHEN: Saturday, March 15, 10:00 a.m. until noon
WHERE: Boulder City Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway, Boulder, CO
All of our town hall meetings are free and open to the public. Questions and comments from attendees are encouraged, and I hope to see you there!