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Praise and Accolades to Our Water Districts

Over the last several weeks I have received many phone calls, emails, and social media messages with the same question: "How is the water and should I buy a house here? I have read many things about...

 

State Officials Thanked for Supporting Bill to Ban Toxic Firefighting Foam Use in Training

Members of the Fountain Valley Clean Water Coalition are shown with two of the elected officials who helped sponsor and pass a bill banning PFAS AFFF toxic firefighting foam use in training, in...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    May 15, 2019

Apprenticeship Bill

Now that things are not moving quite so fast, we have time to do a little deeper dive in to a bill that passed and was sent to the Governor. First let me say I support apprenticeship programs, there i...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    May 8, 2019

2019 Wrap Up

In broad strokes here's what the First Session of the 72 General Assembly looked like. Democrats held a majority in both chambers, the Governor's Office and all of the statewide offices. They took...

 

Year Two Blood Draw and Residential Histories

At its April meeting Fountain Valley Clean Water Coalition hosted the PFAS AWARE Study Team of: Adgate, Barton, Higgins, Mass, McDonough and Starling, who presented the next phase of the health...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    May 1, 2019

Election and Voter Bills

As this is being written we have five days left in the session, when the Constitution says 120 days it means 120 days. The final gavel on the first session of the 72nd General Assembly will come down...

 

Progress in the Senate this Week

The end of last week and into this week, our HB 1279 to ban toxic firefighting foam has worked its way through the Senate. On Thursday, April 25, local community members were able to testify to the...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    April 24, 2019

Up This Week

Mixed bag of bills coming up early in the week, I have a few on third reading that I would expect to pass with little discussion. One, a transparency bill, requiring a referral agency make...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    April 17, 2019

Bill Signings and Rule Changes

As we enter the final weeks of the session the flurry of bill signings will only intensify. Some bills are signed into law amid much fanfare and hoopla, others quietly in the governor's office with...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    April 10, 2019

Fire Fighting Foam and Equal Pay for Equal Work

As the only legislator drinking from the aquifer contaminated by PFAS it seemed fitting that I'd be part of HB19-1259, the bill trying to bring some transparency to their use. PFAS is shorthand for a...

 

Families First

We have officially completed 93 days in the legislature and have 27 to go, 549 bills have been introduced. This week we addressed the only activity we are statutorily required to do; we passed the bud...

 

Fire Season is Here

Good morning.  I hope all are well and enjoyed the lovely weather the previous week.  With the warm weather let us not forget that fire season is upon us.  We were reminded of that by...

 

Fountain Valley Clean Water Coalition Update

This just in as of Tuesday 4/9/19 our house bill 1279 has been bumped forward to Thursday 4/11/19. I will be sending out emails and doing phone calls like crazy to get as many of you involved and up i...

 

House Bill 19-1279 is here!

Happy news this week folks! We have an official bill number to ban toxic firefighting foam in the state of Colorado to protect all of the citizens and firefighters. House Bill 19-1279 's primary...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    April 3, 2019

Budget and ERPO Passed

The Senate passed the budget this past week - the one thing we are required to do by law. This was the most collegial process the Senate has enjoyed on any major piece of legislation this year.  The...

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    April 3, 2019

Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are

We hear it over and over, it's not guns, it's mental health. And the Republicans, including this Republican, vote against any and all gun regulation. Because we know one thing; people kill people,...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    March 27, 2019

Judge's Ruling and Red Flag

To set the first issue up – all bills are to be read in their entirety twice in each chamber, unless "by unanimous consent" they may be read by title only. This has become the common practice and...

 

Topic: Nevertheless We Are Persisting!

Our monthly Fountain Valley Clean Water Coalition meeting last week on Thursday had to be adjusted a bit because the ATSDR guest speaker had to reschedule with our community to another date. So, we...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    March 20, 2019

Bills on Our Calendar:

While the marquee (controversial) bills get the attention, the majority of the bills going through the Legislature focus more on some detail or clarification that should or perhaps should not be...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    March 13, 2019

Repeal the Death Penalty, Paid Family Leave, Oil & Gas

SB-182 - Repeal of the Death Penalty has been introduced, it appears to be pretty straight forward. Colorado has been back and forth on this issue. In 1859 we had the first legal execution, in 1897...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    March 6, 2019

The Oil and Gas Bill  

We heard it was coming and with the Oil and Gas bill - SB 181, having been introduced late Friday and already scheduled for a committee hearing four days later it's pretty obvious Leadership has...

 

Popular Vote, Sex Ed, Red Flag and Holidays

Starting to see a few more controversial bills making their way through the labyrinth called the Legislature. I'm not complaining, more testimony and discussion should make for a better bill and a...

 

Education Bills Abound

The Governor, the Senate, the House and even the sidewalks around the capital overflow with ideas on how to improve education but it seems like some good ones are getting nowhere. The sidewalks had...

 

Moving to the Transportation and Energy Committee

The first several weeks of the session saw vacancies occurring in the Senate mainly caused by senators leaving to assume other elected and appointed positions. New faces appeared as those positions...

 

One Month In

A quarter of the way through my first legislative session and I've had a bill killed in committee, one pass unanimously out of a committee, led the Pledge of Allegiance for a week and offered an...

 

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