During my five minute lunch break today, I’m eating some pizza left over from last night’s nine-hour committee meeting. We heard three bills:
- One that would make it harder for seniors and low-income Coloradans to vote (defeated 3-6)
- One that would allow Colorado businesses to freely discriminate against the LGBTQ community (defeated 3-6)
- One that would join Colorado into the national popular vote interstate compact (passed 6-3)
Colorado law allows every legislator to get a fair hearing on five bills each year, and as you can see from the first two listed above, not all of them are good ideas. With the third, though, I’m very excited that Colorado will soon be joining an interstate compact in which we award our nine electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. The law will go into effect once enough states have joined the compact to make up 270 electoral votes. To be clear, the electoral college will still exist as required by the US Constitution, but Colorado will be exercising our right to award our electoral votes as we see fit. This idea’s time has come and I’m excited we’ll finally be treating every American vote as equal!
In other news, we’ve been incredibly busy working on everything from health care affordability to clean energy to education funding. Here are just a few highlights:
- My hospital cost transparency bill passed the House with bipartisan support and will soon be heard in the Senate. Check out this recent story.
- A bill I sponsored with Rep Kerry Tipper to make it easier for local governments to license tobacco retailers passed the House. With Colorado’s teen vaping rate the highest in the country, we must do a better job preventing retailers from selling to minors. Check out our press release.
- One of the bills from last summer’s opioid study committee will be heard this Friday in the House Public Health and Human Services Committee. This bill, which I’m carrying with Rep Jonathan Singer, will establish tough standards for sober living facilities and increase housing support for people in recovery.
- I’ve been working with Rep Julie McCluskie on a bill to reduce health insurance premiums on the individual market through a reinsurance program. It was introduced last week and will be heard in committee soon. Check out our press release.
That’s only a snapshot of what I’ve been up to, and we’ll have much more to talk about soon. Bring your questions and join us this Saturday at 10:00am for our monthly Lakewood Town Hall meeting.