Legislative News: Political Updates Mid-Session
It’s mid-way through the legislative session, so it’s time to check in with elected officials representing Saguache County and hear what they’ve been up to. The following reports were collected from official social media platforms, links are also provided for readers who wish to continue to follow their representatives throughout the remainder of the 2016 Legislative Session, which for Colorado will adjourn on May 11, 2016.
U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton – Colorado’s 3rd District.
Tipton reported via his official Facebook Page on February 17: This week we have been working in the San Luis Valley where we met with the Alamosa Board of County Commissioners, the President of Adams State University, and the Colorado Potato Growers, held a roundtable discussion with representatives of the local financial services industry focused on identifying opportunities to encourage small business growth, and spoke to the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs in Monte Vista. These meetings are incredibly important and beneficial as we work to solve local challenges and empower Main Street growth—the best ideas are often home grown, and that is especially true in Colorado’s 3rd District.
On February 2, Rep. Vigil reported via his Facebook Page about Chicano History Week which was celebrated February 2-8:
Moving speeches on the floor from Representatives Joseph Salazar, Angela Williams, Daneya Escovar, Max Tyler, Dan Pabon, Paul Rosenthal, Dominick Moreno, Steve Lebsock, Rhonda Fields, and Majority Leader Crisanta Duran in support of House Joint Resolution 1009 recognizing February 2-8 as Chicano History Week.
Today, February 2nd, marks the 168th anniversary of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 and the redrawing the U.S. Mexican border. Before that treaty; the San Luis Valley, and most of southern Colorado, was a part of Mexico.
I am so proud this resolution was adopted by the House today. Thank you Representative Salazar and Representative Ulibarri for introducing this resolution. It is time Colorado honored its rich chicano history and the hardworking chicano families who persevered here including my own.
Via his Facebook Page, the Senator discusses Senate Bill 74 which expands rural voting options and protects the integrity of the voting system. When asked about SB-74, which he sponsored, Senator Crowder remarked:
“This bill is common sense, cost-effective changes in how ballots are handled, which will reduce barriers to rural voting and improve public confidence in how votes are counted. We just want to level the playing field so rural voters get the same level of service as urban voters do.”
As a combat veteran, Colorado State Senator Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa) knows all too well the challenges facing his fellow military veterans. That’s why the first bill he offered in the 2016 legislative session, SB-001 — which is also the first bill being introduced by the Senate — aims at eliminating current caps on how much military retirees are able to deduct from federal taxable income.