This session at the Capitol was the busiest and most
productive I’ve had in my three years at the legislature so far. In
addition to the various bills I worked on, I took on the new roles of
serving as a member of the Joint Budget Committee and as the Chair of the House Appropriations Committee.
Overall, there were a total of 598 bills introduced and by the end of the
session on May 3rd, we were able to successfully pass 462 of them. I am proud to report that we delivered significant progress in clean energy, protecting the environment, reforming our judicial system,
investing in vital transportation projects, improving our education system,
ensuring free and fair elections, and reducing the costs of our
I introduced 26 different bills and 23 of them passed through both chambers and will become law by next week. Below, I’ve included some of the
highlights–check out what we were able to get done this year:
HB19-1003: Community Solar Gardens Modernization Act
This bill modernizes the Colorado community solar statues by increasing the capacity and scope of community solar garden projects.
SB19-096: Collect Long-term Climate Change Data
This bill requires the Air Quality Control Commission in the Dept. of Public Health and Environment to collect greenhouse gas emissions data, report on the data, including a forecast of future emissions, and propose rules to address the emissions to meet our state environmental goals.
SB19-236: Sunset Public Utilities Commission
This historic bill provides for a robust and innovative modernization of the Public Utilities Commission. The bill requires the PUC to account for the cost of carbon emissions in utilities’ electric resource planning and put Colorado on a path to a carbon-free electricity sector; request and review workforce transition plans when utilities close a facility; maintain and strengthen ratepayer protections; issue financing orders for utilities to securitize stranded assets for quicker and more efficient cost recovery; research and investigate various forms of grid interconnection; and prioritize public benefit goals including safety, reliability, cost efficiency, emissions.
SB19-095: Five-year Review Of Higher Education Funding Formula
This bill requires the Colorado Commission on Higher Education to conduct a review of the funding formula for higher ed institutions every five years to ensure implementation of state higher education goals.
SB19-137: Extend The Colorado Student Leaders Institute
This bill extends funding for the Colorado Student Leaders Institute program until 2024. COSLI is a summer residential program that prepares students for college by fostering leadership, independence, innovativeness, initiative, critical thinking, and creativity.
SB19-077: Electric Motor Vehicles Public Utility Services
This bill expands electric motor vehicle infrastructure by allowing public utilities to apply to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to build facilities to support electric vehicles.
SB19-263: Referral Of TRANs Transportation Revenue Anticipation Notes Ballot Issue To 2020
This bill sets a ballot question seeking approval for the issuance of transportation revenue anticipation notes to the November 2020 election and appropriates additional funds for transportation projects.
SB19-078: Open Internet Customer Protections In Colorado
After the repeal of federal net neutrality rules in 2017, internet services providers (ISPs) were left unregulated in their ability to throttle bandwidth, engage in paid prioritization, and block content. This bill mandates that any ISP in Colorado that receives state funding is prohibited from throttling, blocking, and paid prioritization and must ensure a free and open internet.
HB19-1332: Telephone Users Disabilities Fund Talking Book Library
This bill authorizes the use of money in the Colorado telephone users with disabilities fund to support talking book library services for persons who are blind and physically disabled.
HB19-1316: Modernizing Marriage Laws For Minors
This bill establishes a minimum age of marriage in Colorado at age 18, and creates a judicial review process for 16-17 year olds seeking to get married by ensuring it is in their best interest, and provides rights for married minors.
SB19-165: Increase Parole Board Membership
This bill adds two members to the 7-person State Parole Board to facilitate a more just and efficient judicial system.
SB19-173: Colorado Secure Savings Plan Board
This bill creates the Colorado Secure Savings Plan Board to study appropriate approaches to increase the amount of retirement savings by Colorado’s private sector workers.