Dear Friends,

Hard to believe but this year’s session has only a few weeks left. Some of the bills gaining attention concerns testing in public schools; I recommend you read the guest commentary that appeared in The Denver Post.

The State Budget was also passed by the House last week. This year the state’s general fund increased by 6.3% and with the additional funds we were able to increase transportation funding for much needed repairs to our roads and bridges. Additionally, we were able to increase funding for high education to help keep college tuition affordable. While the budget does address some necessary concerns for all Coloradoans, there is still work to do. We need to work on controlling Medicaid spending; it increased by $153 million dollars which is not a sustainable pace.

Town Hall Meeting April 25
Starbucks
530 E. Bromley Lane
Brighton, CO
10:00am – 12:00pm

Below is a quick update on some of the bills I have been working on

• HB1215 Would grant resident tuition classification to a dependent of an active duty member of the armed forces. To qualify, a dependent must enroll in an institution within five years of graduating from high school, and have previously completed six years of school in Colorado in any grades one through twelve. Military families move frequently and these moves can add unique challenges for their children seeking higher education opportunities. The bill passed the House and will now be heard by the Senate.
• HB1200 Regarding getting highly effective teachers into schools that are low performing was heard before the House Education Committee and ultimately was set aside for possible discussion at a later date. Creating an opportunity for every child in Colorado to receive a quality education is a high priority of mine and my fellow Republicans. Creating an incentive for effective teachers to teach in at risk or failing school is a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, the bill had too many additional amendments added by Democrats on the committee that significantly decreased the impact of the bill so I choose to table the bill instead of moving forward with a weakened bill.
• SB051 Was passed by both houses and signed by the Governor. The bill pertains to legal recourses for students who are sanctioned or found ineligible to participate in an extracurricular activity. It removed the arbitration provision originally adopted by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) after data was reviewed and it revealed that the option does not lower costs and actually set up two standards for determining whether a CHSAA decision had conformed to the CHSAA by-laws. See photo below.
• HB1296 Would create a higher education sexual assault task force. The task force would include students, administrators, victim advocates, and higher education law enforcement officers. The purpose for the task force is to study affirmative consent and other sexual assault policies among all Colorado intuitions of higher learning. The task force will submit a report to the department of higher education and the general assembly by July 1, 2016.

I will keep fighting for the common sense values that I share with most of my constituents and I greatly appreciate your support. I want to hear from you and would appreciate any feedback on the issues that concern you the most, send me an email at kpriola@gmail.com. Just a reminder that you are receiving the newsletter because we were contacted by you or you signed up to receive them at an event. If you no longer want to receive them please unsubscribe below.

Governor Hickenlooper signing Senate Bill 051 into law

Important Dates
• The 9 Health Fair started on April 17th. Find a location near you today! Anyone 18 and older can participate in a 9Health Fair. There are over 25 screenings that are available.
• April 25 Free Day at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
• April 25 – Brighton Town Hall Meeting
• May 2 Free Day at the Denver Art Museum
• May 31 – Free Day at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Notable Legislation
• The House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 065, sponsored by Representative Dan Nordberg (R-Colorado Springs), with broad bipartisan support. Senate Bill 065 prohibits recipients of public benefits from using their electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards at ATMs in marijuana and adult-oriented businesses.
• The House Finance Committee passed House Bill 1043, which establishes a felony sentence for habitual drunk drivers. The bill, sponsored by Representative Lori Saine (R-Firestone), gives district attorneys the option to prosecute a fourth DUI in a lifetime as a Class 4 felony. The bill moves forward to the House Appropriations Committee

Fun Facts
University of Colorado
Colorado State University

University of Colorado
• CU – doctors performed the first liver transplant as well as developed the first Shingles Vaccine
• $5.3 billion – the economic impact the University of Colorado provides to the State of Colorado
• CU created more than 80 companies in the past 8 years
• CU has 5 Nobel Laureates, 19 Rhodes Scholars and 18 Astronauts
• The buffalo first appeared in 1934, after a contest by the newspaper Silver & Gold was held. At the end of the football season in 1934 a group of students rented a buffalo calf and cowboy to have on the sidelines during the game on Thanksgiving Day.
• 44 students were in the first class at CU
• CU offers more than 200 outreach programs serving Colorado communities
Colorado State University
• In 2013 CSU created a new program – the Fermentation Science and Technology Program, New Belgium, Anheuser-Busch and Odell Brewing have made significant donations to the program.
• Colorado State University’s Board of Governors approved building of a on-campus stadium. The ground breaking is tentatively scheduled for August 2015
• CSU was one of 68 land-grant colleges established under the Morrill Act of 1862 and the doors opened to a freshman class of 20 students in 1879.
• The student body in 1945 voted to have the ram as the official school mascot and a live ram first appeared at basketball game in 1946.
• CSU ranks 60th among public universities nation-wide, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 “Best Colleges.”
• The Professional Veterinary Medicine program at CSU is tied for 3rd in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and they have held a spot among the top three vet schools in the country for at least two decades.
• CSU’s 5.3 megawatt, 30 acre solar plant, is one of the largest at a U.S. college or university

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