Happy Friday! Winter sure made its presence felt this week, but the snow didn’t slow us down. I hope you stayed safe and warm, or enjoyed snowshoeing or skiing. If you did, send your pics so I can live vicariously.
Two bills I am excited about passed through the Education Committee this week. The first is HB19-1153: Colorado Mountain College And Direct Grants Annexation, by Representative McCluskie. This bill would bring more bachelor's degrees to rural communities in Colorado. The second bill I’d highlight is HB19-1055: Public School Cap Construction Financial Assistance, by Representative Bird. This would strengthen the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program, one of the only sustainable pools of funding available for Colorado school districts to construct safe and adequate classroom space. It is so encouraging to see strong steps being made toward strengthening our public schools.
My Media Literacy Bill was passed out of the Education Committee on Thursday. The bill was first discussed on Tuesday, where it met much more debate than I expected. My bill would create a committee to study how media literacy curriculum could be implemented in Colorado schools that would include issue experts like educators and media professionals. My Republican colleagues were concerned that the language of my bill might exclude educators who were not union members. This was not my intent. We postponed further discussion until Thursday, so that I could work to address the concerns of my Republican colleagues. The bill did pass out of committee Thursday, but unfortunately we still had some disagreements about the committee composition. I will continue trying to work with my colleagues to resolve these disagreements so I can earn their support.
There were some exciting guests at the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee meeting this week. A bill regarding the licensing of registered athletic trainers was passed in this committee on Wednesday, and representatives were thrilled to see some of our very own Denver Broncos show up for the hearing!
I’ll be partnering with Commissioners Dahlkemper and Tighe, and Senator Story to conduct ttown halls every other month in Evergreen. We’ll plan a rotating coffee or happy hour in the off months. This month, we’re excited that nearly all of our county offices will be represented. Our format will be casual and we’ll take questions after providing brief updates.
Please invite your friends and neighbors to join us at the Town Hall, and encourage them to sign up here to receive the newsletter if they’re not already receiving it.
Representative Lisa Cutter