Updates from the State Capitol

We are in the final stretch of the legislative session with just about ten working days to go. I am grateful to have gained bipartisan support on several of my bills, several of which have been sent to the Governor to be signed into law.

 

Quite a few great pieces of legislation are still working their way through the process. A bill to increase the penalty for texting and driving from $50 to $300 passed the House and Senate and awaits action from the Governor. I supported this bill because it will incentivize drivers to keep their eyes off their phones and on the roads, discouraging distracted driving. Additionally, bipartisan leaders unanimously passed through the House a construction defects reform bill years in the making. The bill requires the approval of a majority of members of a homeowners association before the HOA board can initiate legal proceedings against a general contractor. Sponsors of the bill say that this is a step towards encouraging the construction of more condos and affordable housing options. Also, a resolution to change the minimum age from 25 to 21 to run for state office passed the Senate and will be debated in the House. If passed, the measure will go to the ballot in 2018. Colorado is one of three states that has yet to drop its minimum age to 21 or younger.

 

Important legislation for greater oil and gas protections faces an uphill challenge in the Senate. A bill I cosponsored that requires oil and gas operations to be at least 1,000 feet away from school properties passed the House but was defeated by the Senate Ag committee. Another bill to add guardrails to the act of forced pooling in Colorado passed the House but has been assigned to the Senate “kill committee.” The bill would increase notification time and requires oil and gas operators to provide more information to mineral owners about forced pooling.

 

Thank you to everyone who came out to my Erie town hall with Representative Saine! Please join me for a legislative wrap-up on Wednesday, May 17th from 6pm-8pm at the Broomfield City Council Chambers. Until then, if you have any concerns or comments please feel free to reach out to my office at 303-866-4667.

 

Sincerely,

Matt Gray