You're Invited: Bipartisan Erie Town Hall

Please join me and Representative Lori Saine in Erie this weekend for a bipartisan town hall. We would love to hear your thoughts and questions and we will be discussing legislation we're working on at the State House as well.

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And, thank you to everyone who came out to my town hall in Superior! It was great to see all of you. 

Until then, if you have any concerns or comments please feel free to reach out to my office at 303-866-4667 or via email.

See you there,
Matt

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FAMLI First

I'm happy to announce that last night, HB 1001, or the FAMLI Act, passed its first test on its way to becoming a law. After hours of testimony and debate, the FAMLI Act passed out of the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee. It will now head to the House floor for discussion.

 Speaking at the FAMLI Act rally on the West Steps of the Capitol

Speaking at the FAMLI Act rally on the West Steps of the Capitol

If signed into law, the FAMLI Act would create a paid family leave insurance program for Colorado employees. Entirely funded and sustained through employee contributions, the program would allow employees to be paid out of an insurance fund if they needed to take leave for their own serious illness, to take care of an ill family member or a new child, as well as certain military family needs. 

I am proud to be sponsoring this bill with Rep. Faith Winter. She has carried paid family leave bills the past three years and is a constant champion of working families. 

As anyone who has been lucky enough to have access to paid leave knows, its advantages are numerous. Children from families who have access to paid leave are generally healthier, and it can decrease the chances of postpartum depression. It also gives seniors the chance to age in place while being cared for by their family members. 

Colorado’s working families shouldn’t have to make the choice between paying rent and caring for a loved one and this bill would release them from that impossible choice. My wife and I were able to take paid family leave when we had our children and it’s something that everyone should be able to reap the benefits of.

 Presenting HB-1001 with Rep. Faith Winter in front of the House Business Committee

Presenting HB-1001 with Rep. Faith Winter in front of the House Business Committee

Finally, thank you to everyone who attended and spoke at the rally, as well as everyone who testified. We immensely appreciate your support and your time. 

Please continue to reach out to my office if you have any questions or concerns. For information about other legislation I’m sponsoring, please see my website

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Beginning of Session Update and the First Town Hall

Work has begun at the State Capitol!

The year is already off to a good start. I'm happy to announce that I am a co-sponsor of the first House bill of the session with Rep. Faith Winter. House Bill 1001, or the FAMLI Act, would allow employees to enter into an insurance pool that would provide them with income if they were unable to work while caring for a new child or family member with a serious health condition or due to their own serious health issues. I'm honored to be working on such an important bill with Rep. Winter and everyone else who has put so much time and energy into drafting it.  

The legislature has passed its first bill of the session, adding Colorado to a group of states that honor each other's nurses licenses. The bill will expand the nurses hiring pool, helping to ensure that our hospitals remain fully staffed with the best nurses available.

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Meeting with the Broomfield Teen Council in the House Gallery during the first week of the session.

One of the highlights of the first week was meeting with the Broomfield Teen Council during their visit to the Capitol. The Teen Council represents high schools all over the district and they are a talented and inspiring group of young people. 

Finally, my first town hall will be Thursday, February 1st from 6-8 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of the Superior Town Hall.

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I hope to see you all there, and as always, please continue to reach out with your questions and comments. 

See you there,
Matt Gray

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