Colorado representatives fight to set a minimum legal age to marry in the state after study reveals 12-year-olds applied for marriage licenses

COLORADO, April 6, 2019 – State representatives in Colorado are fighting to set a minimum legal age for marriage in the state where none currently exists, following the release of a troubling study.

A review of marriage license applications filed in the state over the past two decades showed that an alarming number of minor applicants, some of whom were under the age of 13, according to a memo from research analyst Vanessa Conway. 

Read more at the DailyMail.

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Republican lawmakers hold town hall to address red flag law

FOUNTAIN, April 13, 2019 – Less than 24 hours after Governor Jared Polis signed the Red Flag bill into law, Republican lawmakers are addressing the concerns their constituents have.

A town hall held in Fountain this morning drew a lot of people wondering, what happens next?
The meeting was hosted by Senator Dennis Hisey who represents parts of El Paso, Teller and Fremont County. He was joined by Representative Lois Landgraf. They both voted against the bill. 

Read more at KRDO.

State bill would ban toxic chemicals in firefighting foam

COLORADO SPRINGS, April 10, 2019 – A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has introduced a bill to ban firefighting foam that contains certain toxic, man-made chemicals: those classified as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS.

El Paso County Democrats Rep. Tony Exum and Sen. Pete Lee joined forces with their Republican counterparts, Rep. Lois Landgraf and Sen. Dennis Hisey, on House Bill 1279, which was introduced March 27. It would prohibit the sale of firefighting foam that contains PFAS for use in Colorado.

Read more at Colorado Springs Independent.

Legislation Would Help Address Colorado’s Mental Health Crisis

DENVER April 2, 2019 – Mental Health Colorado has endorsed legislation that would alleviate the strain on jails and other institutions by ensuring the state’s community behavioral health safety net system adequately serves the needs of all Coloradans. SB19-222 would establish safeguards so that those with serious mental health and substance use disorders, including co-occurring conditions, cannot be refused care.

The bill represents a critical step in addressing Colorado’s longstanding competency restoration crisis, which may cost state taxpayers millions of dollars in fines. 

Read more at Pagosa Daily Post.

El Paso County lawmakers sponsor bill to ban firefighting foam

DENVER April 2, 2019 – If the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency won’t act, a bipartisan group of El Paso County legislators will.

This week, the foursome introduced House Bill 1279, which would ban the kind of firefighting foam found in water supplies of Fountain, Security and Widefield.

The two Republican sponsors are Sen. Dennis Hisey of Fountain and Rep. Lois Landgraf of Colorado Springs, and the two Democrats are Sen. Pete Lee and Rep. Tony Exum, both of Colorado Springs.

Read more at The Gazette.

Springs lawmakers to introduce bipartisan mental health bills

DENVER, March 25, 2019 – There have been some polarizing votes on bills in the state capitol this session, in particular over the so-called red flag bill. This week, two lawmakers from Colorado Springs are putting aside their party differences to work together one of the big issues to come out of that debate: the need for better access to mental healthcare.

Read more at KOAA News5.

New GOP Group Thinks Moderate Rebranding Is Key To Beat Back Colorado’s Blue Wave

DENVER, March 14, 2019 – Rep. Lois Landgraf of Colorado Springs and former state lawmakers Dan Thurlow and Polly Lawrence are behind the new independent expenditure committee, Friends for the Future, which they formed in December.

Read more at Colorado Public Radio News.

Colorado workers would get 12 weeks’ paid family leave under new bill — but they have to pay, too

DENVER March 07, 2019 – Democrats are introducing a bill Thursday that would give working Coloradans 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn, receive treatment for a major illness or help a family member who is sick or dying.

Read more at Reporter-Herald NEWS.

Colorado Legislature Will Consider Wide Range of Employment Bills

DENVER, January 28, 2019 – Employment-related issues are a big priority for the Colorado Legislature this session. Specifically, lawmakers are poised to consider bills addressing paid family leave, state-supported retirement plans, gender pay equity and ban the box. With the Democrats in control of both legislative chambers and the governor’s office, some changes are likely. However, some bills will fail, particularly those with Republican-only sponsorship.

Read more at JDSUPRA

Guest Commentary: Solving the heartbreaking mystery of Colorado’s growing maternal mortality

DENVER, February 15, 2019 – Four days after the birth of my first child, I waited in a hospital ER for seven hours with soaring blood pressure readings.

State Reps. Janet Buckner, D-Aurora, and Lois Landgraf, R-Fountain, have introduced House Bill 1122 to strengthen the Maternal Mortality Review Committee in Colorado. The bill passed unanimously out of the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee on Wednesday.

Read more at The Denver Post