Roberts reviews legislative session


It’s been a month since the end of the legislative session and it’s been great to be home more. Driving over Red Mountain pass last week to attend two town hall meetings in Montrose, I stopped frequently to take pictures of the emerald green alpine meadows and the still-snowcapped mountains. We may not be out of our historic drought yet, but the moisture we’ve been getting lately is a welcomed gift.

The governor has finished signing my bills that were before him. I’m pleased to report that I had 14 bills signed this year on a variety of topics important to my district like reducing the tax burden on agricultural land destroyed by natural causes, supporting volunteer fire departments and promoting water conservation in local land-use planning.

Other bills of mine that passed into law included preserving the state’s wildfire risk reduction grant program used heavily in forested parts of my district and establishing funding for a wildfire prediction and decision support system to aid first responders statewide as they step into harm’s way to protect Colorado’s residents.

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