My Media Literacy bill is progressing. I want to make my bill as easy as possible for the Department of Education to implement, and have been working to address their concerns and those of a few Republican colleagues. As I’ve learned, nothing is as simple or straightforward as you might think! The bill will be heard in the Appropriations Committee in a few weeks, then on second reading on the House floor.
HB19-1095, Physician Assistants Supervision and Liability, passed the Health and Insurance Committee unanimously this week. This is a bipartisan bill I worked on with Representative Lois Landgraf. It will modernize supervision and licensing rules for PAs with the goal of making healthcare more accessible, especially in rural areas. This bill involved an intensive stakeholder outreach process, and we made some compromises to get it to the finish line. We hope to continue working on this issue next year.
I have another bill up next week regarding electioneering communications, SB19-068. I am thrilled to be working with Representative Mike Weissman on this bill, which will close some loopholes in campaign disclosures. Like my Media Literacy bill, this will help ensure the transparent, ethical communications people need to make good decisions.
Finally, I am getting close to introducing two bills, both connected to behavioral health. The first, titled Streamline Behavioral Health Licensing, would make it easier to get licensing and make requirements more consistent, ultimately increasing access to behavioral health care. The second will address mental health parity. Mental health parity describes the equal treatment of mental health conditions in insurance plans. I’m very excited about these bills and the opportunity to make mental health care a priority in Colorado.
This week SB19-042, the National Popular Vote Bill, was passed in the House. The National Popular Vote Bill enters Colorado into a compact which would require the state to allocate electoral college electors according to the results of the national popular vote. Colorado joins multiple other states which have already joined the compact, and it will go into effect when the member states represent a minimum total of 270 electoral college votes. I listened to your thoughts and concerns (on both side of this issue) and considered this bill very carefully. I ultimately decided to vote in favor of it because I believe that every Coloradan’s vote should count. When this compact goes into effect, Presidential candidates will be compelled to visit and listen to voices in every state- not just battleground states.
HB19-1032, The Youth Wellness Act, passed the House this week after rigorous debate. The next step for the bill is to move through the Senate process. I was really surprised at the degree of misinformation around this bill. The bill requires that if a school teaches human sexuality education, it must be comprehensive. It also forbids public schools from using shame-based or stigmatizing language or instructional tools, employing gender norms or gender stereotypes, or excluding the relational or sexual experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individual. And please know that parents can always opt their children out of human sexuality education.￼
Representative Lisa Cutter
I have two joint town halls planned with Senator Tammy Story and Commissioners Dahlkemper and Tighe in the coming months at the Buchanan Recreation Center in Evergreen. Those will take place on April 13 and June 8. I will share additional information and reminders in coming weeks.