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Senate passes bill allowing counties to elect commissioners by district vote

I am working my bills through committees and the Senate floor now. The final Senate vote on the bill allowing smaller population counties to choose to elect its commissioners by…

Bills focus on county districting, charter schools, communications

Besides my lawn irrigation bill that I adressed last week, I am working on other bills, some of which I will discuss in this column. One of these bills establishes…

New bill addresses lawn irrigation in new subdivisions

The legislative session has started and I’m settled into an apartment in Denver. My husband is a huge help in getting my stuff and me up here and dealing with…

Colorado’s future is burning as we fiddle

Legislative session 2014 is less than two weeks away and it’ll be an interesting time in the Colorado Senate. The recall and resignation of three Democratic senators since we adjourned…

Learning experiences help do the job better

Colorado’s legislators work, theoretically, part-time, so while juggling meetings and constituent work, I try to fit in other learning experiences that expand my knowledge and abilities as a legislator. I…

Expand wildfire mitigation and funding

Christmas candy now sits on the store shelves instead of Halloween treats, so that tells me winter is on its way. My hope is that we have snow and plenty…

Colorado water, wildfires and recalls

Colorado water, wildfires and recalls

With Labor Day behind us, I begin preparing for legislative session 2014. I sit on two legislative interim committees, one on water and one on wildfires. These committees start meeting…

Keep Colorado a land of opportunity

Summer’s winding up with the start of back-to-school sales. Delicious Western Slope produce is showing up at the grocery stores and roadside stands. The last wave of summer visitors is…

Time in Washington, D.C. was well spent

Time in Washington, D.C. was well spent

It’s great to be back home and I’m settling into the interim schedule, catching up with constituents in person and attending meetings on all sorts of topics around my senate…

Work to regain and maintain our values

Work to regain and maintain our values

With the end of the legislative session in early May, I now write new columns monthly rather than the session’s weekly efforts. One constituent thanked me for my “letters from…

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