Rayback
An enormous thank you to the over 400 people who came out to our Town Hall last week at the Rayback Collective! The huge turnout was electrifying and revitalizing, and I can’t wait to continue working with all of you so Colorado can be a progressive leader in our country. If you missed it, don’t worry, we have a few more upcoming in March and April. Stay tuned for those details.

My First Bill Passed Committee!

I’m proud to report that my first bill passed unanimously out of committee yesterday! Much thanks to the Colorado Sheriffs Association, especially Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, for helping me standardize how Good Time sentence reductions are assessed across the state so all inmates are treated justly and humanely. Next stop: Second Reading in front of the whole House of Representatives.

A Glance at Bills

The Good

HB 17-1026  Reverse Mortgages Repayment When Home Uninhabitable: The bill extends the amount of time a homeowner with a reverse mortgage can be absent from the property without the home being foreclosed, up from 60 days to 5 years if the home is uninhabitable due to a natural disaster.
Sponsors: Rep. Jonathan Singer (D) and Sen. Matt Jones (D)
To be heard by House Local Government Committee Feb. 15

SB17-099  National Popular Vote Agreement: The bill joins Colorado to an agreement among states to elect the president of the United States by national popular vote.
Sponsors: Sen. Andy Kerr (D) and Rep. Paul Rosenthal (D)
To be heard by Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee Feb. 15

HB 17-1127  Exempt Feminine Hygiene Products from Sales Tax
The bill creates a state sales tax exemption, commencing January 1, 2018, for all sales, storage, and use of feminine hygiene products.
Sponsors: Rep. Susan Lontine (D) & Sen. Beth Humenik (R)
To be heard by House Finance Committee Feb.13

The Bad

HB 17-1099  No Funding Trafficking Aborted Human Body Parts: This bill withholds state funding for higher education institutions that directly or indirectly used aborted tissue, usually for stem cell research.
Sponsors: Rep. Timothy Leonard (R)
To be heard by House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee Feb. 15

& The Ugly

SB17-003  Repeal Colorado Health Benefit Exchange: The bill repeals the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act passed in 2010.
Sponsors: Sen. Jim Smallwood (R) and Rep. Patrick Neville (R)
Passed the Senate Finance Committee on a 3-2 party line vote

I am proud to serve you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at edie.hooton.house@state.co.us if you ever have any questions, concerns, or ideas on how to move Colorado forward.

All the best,

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