120 Days Later
120 days, a lot of late nights, and 721 bills later, the Spring 2018 Legislative Session has come to a close. It had its fair share of success and disappointments, but I’m proud of what we accomplished and it’s an honor to represent all of you while doing it.
This week we reached bipartisan compromises on bills that will direct millions of dollars to fix Colorado’s transportation infrastructure, continue the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and shore up PERA. I was a yes vote on the first two, but ultimately a no on SB18-200, the PERA bill. There were parts of the bill that I liked but felt that an extra 2% employee contribution was too high of a burden, especially for our teachers.
In regards to bills I sponsored, 19 of the 22 bills that I sponsored this session have either already been signed into law or are on their way to the Governor’s desk to be signed. Among them are a bill to help people who are “force pooled” by the oil and gas industry, one that creates a tax credit to help seniors and those with disabilities who need to modify their homes so they can continue living there, and a bill to extend the civil statute of limitations for domestic violence so that survivors have more time to recover and prepare their case.
Unfortunately, the FAMLI Act, which would have provided paid family leave to thousands of Colorado workers, as well as a bill to extend the distance an oil and gas facility has to be from a school both failed in the Senate. However, the progress that we did make on oil and gas issues this session makes me hopeful.
Of course, this isn’t everything we accomplished up at the Capitol this session. I’ll be hosting a legislative wrap-up town hall next Thursday and I look forward to discussing all of this and more with you.
Thank you to everyone who has been engaged this session, whether it was emailing, calling, coming to town halls, or testifying in committee. I look forward to continuing to work with you all and encourage you to stay in touch with your thoughts, concerns, and ideas about our community over the summer and fall.