Friday, May 3rd was the final day of the 2019 legislative session. The Democrats set out with an ambitious agenda and accomplished for Coloradans over the 120 days of the session. It’s impossible to adequately summarize the session’s accomplishments, but here are a few of the greatest hits. Over 400 bills passed this year and 95% of them had bi-partisan support.
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Energy & Climate
- We passed the largest reforms to oil and gas regulation in over 60 years.
- We put Colorado on a path to reduce carbon emissions by 90% by 2050.
- We’ve required state agencies to collect comprehensive climate change data.
- We’re dramatically expanding the use of renewable energy and accounting for the cost of carbon in utility planning.
- We’re making it more economical for utilities to retire their carbon plants.
- We extended the electric vehicle tax credit and expanded infrastructure for electric vehicles.
- We passed stricter water quality standards to protect against the impacts of mining.
Civil & Human Rights
- We restored the right to vote to thousands of Coloradans on parole.
- We FINALLY put an end to gay conversion therapy for minors.
- We created a method to temporarily remove guns from those deemed at risk to themselves or others through Extreme Risk Protection Orders.
- We eliminated barriers to mental health services for youth to reduce suicide rates.
- We created automatic voter registration and the increased access to our elections.
- We “banned the box” on college and job applications (institutions can no longer ask about criminal history).
- We made it easier for transgender Coloradans to get a new birth certificate.
- We strengthened protections for undocumented immigrants against deportation.
- We strengthened provisions in the Colorado Consumer Protection Act.
- We added Colorado to the National Popular Vote Compact to ensure that every American has an equal voice in our presidential elections.
- We eliminated monetary bail requirements for petty offenses.
- We reduced the penalties for possession of drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor.
- We enacted a reinsurance bill which will assist health insurers in paying high-cost insurance claims. By reducing system-wide costs and paying for a portion of high-cost claims, we can reduce premiums for all Coloradans.
- We’ve increased transparency regarding medical billing to protect consumers from things like surprise bills from out of network providers.
- We increased access to programs and services for those in need of treatment for opioid and substance use disorders.
- We expanded dental services to pregnant women covered under the children’s basic health plan.
- We’ve authorized the state to investigate a public health care option for all Coloradans.
- We’ve authorized a pilot program for cooperative medical insurance programs in rural areas.
- We created the Office of Saving People Money on Healthcare.
- We’ve authorized the state to import prescription drugs from Canada, which will increase cost savings for Colorado consumers.
- We created free, full-day kindergarten for every family in Colorado.
- All sex-ed classes taught in Colorado will be comprehensive and include teaching consent.
- We’re creating a college savings account with $100 for every child born in Colorado.
- We’re cracking down on predatory student loan servicers.
- We increased awareness of public student loan forgiveness programs.
- We kept tuition stable for Colorado universities next year.
- We took meaningful steps to lower instances of sexual assault on college campuses and support victims.
- We’ve increased the number of stipends available to teachers who choose to teach in rural school districts, where there is a teacher shortage.
- Students will have the opportunity to learn more about the history, culture, and social contributions of American minorities as part of their civil government education.
- We’ve made improvements to the READ Act, which will help schools improve teaching methods and increase the number of students reading at grade level.
- We implemented a plan to create paid family leave for all Colorado workers.
- We’re helping ensure all women receive equal pay for equal work.
- We’re investigating how to expand access to retirement options for all Coloradans.
- We are allowing local governments to increase their minimum wage, if they choose.
- We passed a much-needed enforcement mechanism for violations of the Mobile Home Park Act, protecting mobile home owners from abuses by park owners.
- We’re developing a strategic action plan to address the child care shortage in Colorado.
- We expanded penalties for employers who fail to pay proper wages.
- We strengthened protections for renters and created an eviction legal defense fund.
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Governor John Hickenlooper
136 State Capitol, Denver, CO 80203-1792
THESE STATE LEGISLATORS REPRESENT BOULDER COUNTY:
Sen. Tim Neville – Senate District 16
Senator Matt Jones – Senate District 17
Senator Stephen Fenberg – Senate District 18
Representative Edie Hooton – House District 10
Representative Jonathan Singer – House District 11
Representative Mike Foote – House District 12
Representative KC Becker – House District 13
Representative Matt Gray – House District 33
COUNTIES AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Boulder County Boulder, CO 80306-0471
Commissioners’ Phone: 303.441.3500
Clerk’s Phone: 303.413.7700
Main Information Phone: 303.441.3131
Boulder Valley RE 2 Board of Education
6500 Arapahoe Rd Boulder CO 80303-1407
District Main Phone: 303.447.1010
St. Vrain Valley Board of Education
395 S Pratt Pkwy Longmont CO 80501-6436
District Main Phone: 303.776.6200
City of Boulder Council 1777 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80306-0791
Council Phone: 303.441.3002
Municipal Phone: 303.441.3388
Town of Erie Board of Trustees
645 Holbrook Erie, Colorado 80516-0750
Clerk’s Phone: 303.926.2731
Main Information Phone: 303.926.2700
City of Lafayette Council
1290 South Public Road Lafayette, Colorado 80026-2706
303.665.5588, Council ext. 3340
City of Longmont Council
350 Kimbark Street Longmont, CO 80501-5500
City Main Phone: 303.776.6050
Clerk’s Phone: 303.651.8649
City of Louisville Council
749 Main Street Louisville, CO 80027-1829
City Main Phone: 303 666-6565
Clerk’s Phone: 303.335.4571
Town of Lyons Board of Trustees
432 5th Avenue Lyons, CO 80540-0049
Town Main Phone: 303.823.6622
Town of Nederland Board of Trustees
45 West First Street Nederland, CO 80466-0396
Town Main Phone: 303.258.3266
Town of Superior Board of Trustees
124 E Coal Creek Dr Superior, CO 80027-9626
Town Main Phone: 303.499.3675