We are just past the halfway point of the legislative session here in the Capitol, and I am proud of our many accomplishments this year. One of my bills, which deals with tax issues in urban renewal authority areas, passed both houses unanimously and was already signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper.
I was also proud to vote for a bill that unanimously passed the House which clarifies that designation as an organ and tissue donor by an applicant for a driver's license or permit remains in effect until revoked by the applicant. This will streamline the process for registering as an organ donor. I also supported legislation that would ban the use of “conversion therapy” on LGBTQ minors. While this bill would protect our LGBTQ youth from this dangerous and discredited practice, it faces an uphill battle in the Senate.
Additionally, my democratic colleagues and I introduced the Ralph Carr Freedom Defense Act, inspired by Colorado Governor Ralph Carr who opposed the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. The bill would make it illegal for the State of Colorado to disclose to the federal government the race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, or religious affiliation of any Colorado resident without determining it is for a legal and constitutional purpose, as well as outlawing registries for those identities.
I would like to recognize two incredible groups of young adults. A few weeks ago, the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented brought students to the Capitol to shadow legislators. Additionally, the Broomfield Teen Council came to spend time with me on the House floor. I enjoyed sharing with both groups our process and a taste of life as a public servant. I was impressed with the intelligence and maturity of my Gifted and Talented shadow Dayana and the Broomfield Teen Council members. I'd bet that at least one of you will be a future State Representative.
Thank you to everyone who came out to my town hall in Superior. Meeting with my constituents and hearing their concerns is one of the most important aspects of my job as your State Representative. Please join me, the Colorado Health Institute, and the Colorado Center on Law and Policy for a town hall discussion regarding the future of healthcare in our state. In addition to a presentation, the experts will be available to answer your questions. I hope to see you March 23rd, from 6pm-8pm, in the Broomfield City Council Chambers (1 Descombes Drive).
As always, please reach out to me with any suggestions, concerns or questions. My office line is 303-866-4667.