I am settling in to my work at the Capitol. Legislative committees began this week, and I sat on the Education Committee for the first time. So far we’ve heard three bills in committee, and have had some interesting discussions.
So far, two of my bills have been introduced. The first is on media literacy, and would encourage media literacy be included in elementary and secondary education based on recommendations provided by an advisory committee. We are working with stakeholders to make sure this is implemented in a way that is not burdensome to educators. It is scheduled to be heard in committee on February 5th.
The second is a bipartisan bill I’m working on with Republican Representative Landgraf on the house side. This bill would address supervisory requirements and related issues for physicians assistants. Look for more information on this soon.
This week I had my aide begin reaching out to set up coffees with my GOP colleagues in the House. I promised to listen to all voices and collaborate across the aisle whenever possible, and knowing everyone as an individual is an important first step.
Government Shutdown: I plan to sign a letter to Senators Bennett and Gardner, urging them to bring up and pass legislation to end the government shutdown. If you are a federal government employee experiencing difficulties making ends meet during the government shutdown, please know that there are resources available:
The Food Bank of the Rockies is distributing food; search for a location here.
The bilingual Food Resource Hotline is open Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm. Call 855-855-4626
Search for information about Jefferson county food banks, food pantries, and other forms of assistance here.
Representative Lisa Cutter
Where to find me: I am participating in the Women's March this Saturday, Jan 19. Being an organizer for the March for the past few years helped inspire me to run for office. You can learn more about the March here.