The legislative session has just begun, but Jeffco’s reps are already hard at work. About 30 people attended a town hall meeting with Rep. Monica Duran, D-Wheat Ridge, Sen. Tammy Story, D-Jefferson …
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The legislative session has just begun, but Jeffco’s reps are already hard at work.
About 30 people attended a town hall meeting with Rep. Monica Duran, D-Wheat Ridge, Sen. Tammy Story, D-Jefferson County, and Jefferson County Commissioner Casey Tighe on Jan. 26 at Golden’s city hall.
Tighe discussed some of the budget challenges the county faces, and Duran and Story introduced attendees to some of their upcoming bills.
Story pointed out that in Jefferson County, education seems to be the No. 1 concern for residents, followed by transportation. The environment — protecting open space and public lands — also ranks high, she said.
“We’re in the beginning stages of our bills and committees,” Duran said. And “we’re working on a lot of things.”
Both Duran and Story said they’re always wanting to talk with constituents.
“Emails are great, and so are phone calls,” Duran said. “Any way that works best for you.”
Here is a rundown of the bills Story and Duran are currently working on:
Sen. Tammy Story
Story’s committees: Education; Business, Labor, & Technology; Capital Development Committee
SB 19-039: Interdistrict transportation of students. This is a “fix” to a previous bill concerning transportation to-and-from school for foster care students, Story said.
SB 19-063: Infant and family child care action plan. This bill addresses a strategic action plan for infant and family child care home shortages in Colorado.
SB 19-057: Employee information student loan repayment programs. This bill concerns federal student loan forgiveness for student loans for people who are employed by the state.
SB 19-097: Area technology college grant program. This bill addresses grant requests for area technical colleges for funding.
Rep. Monica Duran
Duran’s committees: Business Affairs and Labor; State, Veterans, and Military Affairs; Legislative Council
HB 19-1038: Dental services for pregnant women on children’s basic health plan plus
This bill recently passed in committee unanimously, Duran said and addresses dental services for pregnant women on CHP+.
HB 19-1086: Plumbing inspections ensure compliance. This bill concerns the conduct of plumbing inspections to ensure compliance with the plumbing law.
Remote notary bill. Aimed at people purchasing a home, this upcoming bill would help protect consumer protection.
Paid family leave. This bill expected to come sometime in February.
Conversion therapy ban. Another upcoming bill, this concerns minors and would ban the practice on changing those who identify as LGBTQ+.
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