Accomplishments

Committees, Associations, and Major Legislation

 

Committee Assignments

  • Ranking member Public Health and Environment Committee
  • Member Health, Insurance and Environment
  • Colorado Health Exchange
  • Crisis Response System Executive Steering Committee
  • Regional Center Task Force
  • 72 Hour hold task force

 

  • Minority Caucus Chair 2015-2017

Associations

  • Council of State Governments Legislative Academy
  • Council of State Governments Henry Toll Fellow
  • Harvard Kennedy School-
    • Senior Executives in State and Local Government
  • Women in Government State Director
  • Women in Government Co-Chair National Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
  • National Federation of Women Legislators State Director

 

“Most Effective Legislator” Colorado Statesman

 

¨ SB 13-227 Protect Rape Victim From Contact With Father– Protects children who were conceived as a result of sexual assault from the parent who committed the assault. Signed by the Governor.

 

¨ SB SB13-058 Permanent Disability Parking Privileges—Streamlines and simplifies the process for submit-ting a verification form for individuals with a permanent disability. Signed by the Governor. 

 

¨ HB HB13-1187 No New Federal Firearm Laws– Makes any federal rules or regulations addressing gun con-trol enacted after January 1, 2013 unenforceable within Colorado if it does not exist under state law. Killed by Democrats in House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee. 

 

¨ HB 14-1162 Protect Rape Victim Where Child Conceived – Implements additional recommendations from the task force created to study issues concerning children conceived through sexual assault.  Signed by the Governor

 

¨ HB 14-1037 Enforcing Laws Against Designer Drugs – Creates civil penalties to distribute, dispense, manufacture, or sell a product containing any amount of synthetic cannabinoid (also known as Spice). Signed by the Governor. 

(This bill was picked up and run in at least 8 other states and it was mentioned in Time magazine in an article titled The Rise of Fake Pot by Eliza Gray / Amarillo, Texas Apr 09, 2014)

¨ HB15-1359 Savings Program For Persons With Disabilities—Establishes Colorado’s “Achieve A Better Life Experience” program, which is modeled after the 529 education savings account program, to make it easier for individuals with disabilities to establish savings for their unique needs. Signed by the Governor. 

 

¨ SB16-001 Unlimited Military Retirement Benefit Tax Deduction—Eliminates the current tax deduction limit for military retirement benefits of individuals over the age of 55. Postponed indefi-nitely in House Finance. 

 

¨ SB16-001 Unlimited Military Retirement Benefit Tax Deduction—Eliminates the current tax deduction limit for military retirement benefits of individuals over the age of 55. Postponed indefi-nitely in House Finance. 

 

¨ SB16-196 Inclusive Higher Education Pilot Program—Creates a college path for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Awaiting final action by the Governor. 

 

¨ HB16-1112 Training Vets to Train Service Dogs Pilot Program—Establishes two pilot pro-grams which will teach veterans how to train service dogs. Research indicates that working with service animal helps veterans who suffer from PTSD. Signed by the Governor. 

 

¨ SB16-196 Inclusive Higher Education Pilot Program—Creates a college path for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Signed by the Governor. 

 

¨ HB16-1303 Regional Transp Auth Annexed Vacant Land Sales Tax—Prohibits a regional transportation authority from imposing sales tax on vacant land that is annexed by a nonmember jurisdiction. This bill embodies the concept of “no taxation without representation”. Postponed indefinitely in House Judiciary. 

 

¨ SB16-001 Unlimited Military Retirement Benefit Tax Deduction—Eliminates the current tax deduction limit for military retirement benefits of individuals over the age of 55. Postponed indefinitely in House Finance. 

¨ HB17-1329 Reform Division of Youth Corrections—Aims to reform the Division of Youth Corrections by requiring the division to begin working to implement a pilot program to aid in the creation of a division-wide therapeutic and rehabilitative culture.  Signed by the Governor. 

¨ HB17-1072 Human Trafficking Sexual Servitude—Amends the language defining the crime of human trafficking for sexual servitude to include that a person who knowingly advertises, offers to sell, or sells travel services that facilitate activities defined as human trafficking for sexual servitude.  Signed by the Governor. 

 

¨ HB17-1228 Pet Animal Care Technology Platform Regulation—Exempt neighborhood dog walkers and pet sitters from regulations under the Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act.  Signed by the Governor. (Written up in New York and San Franscisco newspapers)

 

¨ HB17-1186 Health Coverage Prescription Contraceptives Supply—Requires health insurance plans to cover a multi-month supply of contraceptives.  Signed by the Governor. 

 

¨ HB17-1322 Domestic Violence Reports by Medical Professionals—Creates an exception to domestic violence related reporting requirements for licensed physicians, physician assistants, and anesthesiologist assistants.  Signed by the Governor.