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Capitol Update: 2014 Water Legislation

March 3rd, 2014

Dear Friends, As you may have learned from my communication statewide this summer, the state is developing the Colorado Water Plan that focuses on how to address long-term water needs. In the headwaters region, stream flows and the environment are two critical elements that influence our economy. You can just ask our fishing, rafting, and…Read More »


Capitol Update: January 2014

February 25th, 2014

Dear Friends, The 2014 Legislative Session is now underway. It is hard to believe that we are already two weeks through this year’s process. Once again, I look forward to representing the citizens of District 5 as we work on legislation to improve the lives of all Coloradans. Stay in touch and follow the progress…Read More »


Holiday Greetings and Best Wishes for a Safe and Prosperous 2014

February 25th, 2014

      Our service men and women decorating the Capitol Christmas tree During this special time of year, my thoughts are filled with family, friends, the citizens of my district, and those who have faced significant tragedy or loss during 2013. This year,  floods, drought, fires, and violence have ravaged many Colorado communities, yet we…Read More »


July Update: Fire & Water

July 29th, 2013

July Update: Fire & Water Drought has been and will continue to be a perennial threat to Colorado that impacts not only our economy, but also public health and safety.  It has been a leading cause of the wildfires Colorado has experienced this summer as the moisture content in our air and forests is extremely…Read More »


Sine Die 2013

May 29th, 2013

Dear Friends, This year’s legislative session has come to a close, officially ending on May 8th. I would like to sincerely thank all of my constituents who took the time to participate in the democratic process by voicing their opinions. I truly value their input when deciding how to best serve SD5. While State Senators…Read More »


Capitol Update: April 2013 Newsletter

May 2nd, 2013

Dear Friends, April is child abuse prevention month, and it reminds me that our communities are next in line after families in protecting children and ensuring they have the best start in life.  The 2013 report called Kids Count in Colorado provides vital statistics regarding the well-being of our children.  This type of data is…Read More »


Capitol Update: March 2013

March 25th, 2013

Dear Friends, This past month, the Senate passed many of my bills focused on Colorado’s natural resources and our sportsmen’s heritage.  They are critical drivers for local economic development, attracting tourists, and enriching our families. Activities like hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, and hiking contribute significantly to Colorado’s economy through direct sales, associated jobs, and fees.…Read More »


Capitol Update: February 2013

February 14th, 2013

Dear Friends, We are hard at work as the General Assembly enters the second month of the 2013 regular session; already over 350 bills have been introduced. Among them are a number of high profile bills garnering attention. Many of you have already contacted my office to express your views on various pieces of legislation,…Read More »


Sine Die! 2012 Legislative Session Ends

May 23rd, 2012

Dear Friends, This year’s legislative session has come to an end…again! Although the last day of the 2012 session was May 9th, with the extra three days of the “special session” the legislatureofficially adjourned this past Wednesday, May 16th.  We all welcomed the end of session and the Senate Democrats were proud to look back on…Read More »


Sine Die! 2012 Legislative Session Ends

May 23rd, 2012

Dear Friends, This year’s legislative session has come to an end…again! Although the last day of the 2012 session was May 9th, with the extra three days of the “special session” the legislatureofficially adjourned this past Wednesday, May 16th.  We all welcomed the end of session and the Senate Democrats were proud to look back on…Read More »