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.
The 2014 legislative session is well underway, and it's time for our first town hall meeting of the session. I am pleased to announce that Colorado Representative KC Becker and Colorado House Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, pictured below, will join me as featured speakers.
For the details on this free meeting:
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 25, 10:00 a.m. until noon
WHERE: Dairy Center for the Arts, East Theater, 2590 Walnut St. in Boulder
WHO: Senate Majority Leader Rollie Heath, House Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, and Representative KC Becker.
In October 2013, I received the tremendous honor of being elected Senate Majority Leader for the upcoming legislative session. Sen. Morgan Carroll (pictured at left) was elected the new President-elect of the Senate on the same day. I look forward to working with Pres. Carroll on the many issues we will face in 2014, and hopefully for the next several years to come.
My responsibilities in the Senate have changed as a result of accepting the new leadership position. The Majority Leader is responsible for tasks such as determining the numbers of senators on each committee of reference, assigning members from the majority party to the most appropriate committees, making Senate bill and calendar management decisions, approving certain expenses and more. This year, I will not serve on the topical committees I have served on in the past, such as Education or Transportation, and I will not carry nearly as many bills as I have during each of my last five sessions.
The other Senate Majority leadership positions will stay the same in 2014 as they were in 2013. Sen. Lucia Guzman will remain Senate President Pro Tempore, Sen. Irene Aguilar will remain Assistant Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Jeanne Nicholson will remain Senate Majority Caucus Chair, and Sen. Gail Schwartz will remain Senate Majority Whip. I believe we have assembled a tremendous leadership team with a wide range of skill sets, and we will do our best for the people of Colorado in the upcoming session.