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Maternal Mortality and other Issues

One of the questions around the Capitol this week is "Where are all the bills?" We are 1/3 of the way through the 120-day session and only 325 bills have been introduced. I say only because last...

 

Only 31 New Bills This Week

As far as new bills go, this has been a slow week. Only 31 new bills were introduced in both the House and Senate. We now have 175 bills in the House and 135 in the Senate. For those of you who say...

 

You Knew It Was Coming

So far this year, as of the 21st day of the legislature, 278 bills have been introduced, with 168 House bills and 110 Senate bills. Despite Democratic control of both chambers, 110 bills have...

 

16 Days, But Who's Counting?

We have now completed 16 out of 120 days. As of Friday afternoon, a total of 244 bills have been introduced, 138 in the House, 106 in the Senate. De-Brucing On Thursday, Speaker Becker requested a...

 

Week 2...

By the end of week two, 124 bills had been introduced in the House and 82 in the Senate. And they are moving through quickly. During the first meeting of the Energy and Environment Committee I was...

 

The Legislative Session is Off and Running

The first week of the First Regular Session of the 72nd General Assembly has come and gone amongst much pomp and circumstance. We had opening day where 65 State Representatives were sworn into...

 

Fountain Valley Water Concerns

I want to thank everyone in this community who has been so vigilant and concerned about the state of water in the Fountain Valley. We all know that in October 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency...

 

Time to Do What's Best for Colorado

In November I was fortunate to win my fourth, and last, election to the Colorado State Legislature. This was possible due to the hours and hours of support and help I received from a core of 12...

 

Mental Health Treatment Improvements

The election is over and I want to thank everyone who voted for me. I also want to assure those of you who didn't that I will continue to represent each and every one of you to the best of my...

 

A Day to Honor Our Veterans

On May 13, 1938, Congress, commemorating the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany, passed an Act, (52 Stat. 351, 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a), recognizing the 11th of November as a legal...

 

Health

As the ranking member of the Colorado State House Committee on Public Health and Human Services, I frequently attend meetings and seminars on related topics. Recently I was at the El Paso County...

 

Amendments Y and Z

Both of these amendments are designed to do away with the partisan re-arrangement of voting districts we experience every 10 years. You may have heard the term "gerrymandering." Gerrymandering refers...

 

Vets and Votes- Why It's Important

In the next few weeks two important events will take place. Ballots and Veteran's Day! You should know by now how much work I've done to help our Vets. I honor, respect, and APPRECIATE them every day....

 

Funding Education and Paying Teachers in Colorado

The state of Colorado, through your senators and representatives, allocates money on a per-pupil basis and sends that money to the local school districts. Seems fair, but it may not be. A large...

 

Pushing People Over the Cliff

As a fiscal conservative, I am very aware of the impact I have if I vote for something that spends YOUR money. And this certainly applies to any expansion of benefits. However, there are cases where...

 

Family Medical Leave... is Colorado ready?

Many people believe that the job of a legislator is part time. Nothing could be further from the truth. During our "break" we spend hours developing legislation for the upcoming session. Working with...

 

Medicine, Why Does It Cost So Much?

Both candidates for governor of Colorado have indicated their plans for providing healthcare to Coloradans. In essence, Mr. Polis wants a big government approach with health decisions made by...

 

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES

During the last couple of months, so many people in the Fountain Valley have been affected by ice, fire, wind, flooding and contaminated water that it could have overwhelmed the service people respons...

 

Interim? What's That?

Daniel Webster defines the term interim as "a period of time between events." And supposedly your state legislators are in session 120 days, from the beginning of January to early May. Then they have...

 

Iran Treaty and the Paris Accords----Why?

Most nations have a goal of creating the best environment to insure a high standard of living for its citizens. Some attempt to level the trade playing field by providing tax breaks and subsidies for...

 

Executive Orders and DACA

Why would President Trump suspend the DACA program and allow children to be separated from their parents at the U.S. border? Because he wants to stop the dictatorship of the Executive Branch and...

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    July 25, 2018

George- Where Are You When We Need You?

Almost every year between Flag Day and the 4th of July our family watches an old black and white movie made in 1942. It's called "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and it stars Jimmy Cagney in a Hollywood...

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    July 11, 2018

Why?

We just completed the voting in the Colorado primary and the statistics are worrisome. Only 36% of those registered to vote in El Paso County voted. I know it was "only" a primary but it was really...

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    June 27, 2018

Why Unaffiliated Voters Had Two Ballots

I recently received the following text message from a constituent. "I will not return my ballot because my ballot will not count. I am non-affiliated. Therefore, I get two ballots. But I can't select...

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    June 20, 2018

Juneteenth

June the 19th marks a special page in our country's history. It is the end of one chapter and the beginning of another in our continuing efforts to see justice fully realized in the world we live in...

 

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