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!
I hope you can join us for our next town hall meeting in Boulder. For the details:
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10:00 a.m. until noon
WHERE: Boulder Chautauqua, 900 Baseline Road, in the Community House
WHAT: Town Hall Meeting covering relevant state issues from the 2014 legislative session
It's been an interesting session so far, so we should have a lot to talk about Saturday. All of our town hall meetings are free, nonpartisan, and open to the public.
We had a wonderful turnout of about 75 people for our first town hall meeting of the 2014 legislative session, held Jan. 25 at the Dairy Center for the Arts, with House Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst and Rep. KC Becker joining me. Between the three legislators and our constituents, we held a lively and informative discussion, demonstrating once again that people living in or near Senate District 18 care deeply about the issues.
The three legislators opened the meeting with brief speeches about key issues facing us in 2014, along with new bills being proposed or pondered. For example, Boulder County residents know all too well that we faced devastating flooding in September, and the state put together a Flood Disaster Study Committee to discuss the issues and propose legislation. This year, our first six House bills (HBs 1001-1006) came from Flood Committee members, along with Senate Bill 14-007. We supplied a handout describing each bill, but in brief, many of the bills are geared toward helping individuals, utilities and local governments repair damaged property or infrastructure.
The legislators spoke for about 30 minutes, leaving the rest of the two-hour meeting for questions and comments from our constituents, including several questions about environmental issues.