We are working hard at the Capitol to make sure our state continues to be the best place possible to live, work, and thrive! We face many challenges and tough choices but I am inspired everyday by the progress we're making and am thrilled to work with so many devoted public servants.
I am so honored to have the privilege of representing the fine people of House District 24! Although I have decided to not to run for another term this election year, I remain committed to serving on behalf of the communities of Edgewater, Wheat Ridge, Golden, and unincorporated Jefferson County through January 7, 2015. Thank you all for your support and engagement!
My priorites for this session include:
Creating jobs and economic security
Improved K-12 education and higher education funding for students of all ages
Relief from the recent wildfires and floods
Supporting and protecting vulnerable populations
2013 Session - Day One
These are bills I am prime-sponsor of this session:
Improved Access to Care for Developmentally Disabled (HB-1051)
This bill, already signed into law by the Governor, requires the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) to develop a strategic plan to enroll all eligible persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities into home and community-based services, reducing long waiting lists for those people in need.
This commission, operating out of the Department of Public Health and Environment (DPHE), will bring together professionals and experts in maternal and child health in order to develop strategies that the state can use to help reduce premature births.
Building on already highly successful legislation, this bill extends the length of time an employer may receive the tax credits from 5 years to 8 years; this bill will continue this effective, evidence based policy to ensure Colorado is able to attract quality companies and the high paying jobs they provide.
HB 1015 extends the ReHire Colorado program for two years. ReHire Colorado was created in 2013 to provide on-the-job skills, training and experience to low-income, low-skill Colorado workers who are unemployed or underemployed and are at the greatest risk of seeing the economic rebound pass them by.
Income Tax Credit for Child Care Expenses (HB-1072)
Many families currently do not qualify for the state Child Care tax credit because those credits are tied to federal income taxes. This bill will create fairness in our tax system by allowing working families who make less than $25,000 and who do not pay federal income tax access to the same tax credits that middle-class families receive.
Expand Availability of Affordable Housing (HB-1017)
This bill addresses an ongoing shortage of affordable housing that has only been made worse by recent fires and floods by giving property owners affected by disasters priority for loans from the Housing Investment Trust Fund and grants from the Housing Development Grant Fund.
This annual school finance bill funds an additional 5,000 pre-school seats, provides more capacity for local bonding in the event of increased enrollment, and increases funding to BOCES by $2 million to assist in meeting state education priorities.
Recent studies show that more than 70 percent of all jobs in Colorado will require some form of post-secondary credential from a college or trade school by the end of the decade. The College Affordability Act will invest an extra $101.3 million in higher education and cap tuition increases at six percent for in-state undergrad students, making higher education more affordable into the future.
Under HB 1085, all institutions applying to receive funding must participate in workforce development partnerships that will lead to employment opportunities for students who receive training. The department of education will administer the grant program and is required to evaluate the effectiveness of the program annually.
Disaster Prevention & Relief
Immunity for Public Agencies in Fire Mitigation (SB-097)
This bill stipulates public agencies will not be held liable for the actions that a private insurance company or insurance agent takes to prevent damage to private property during an emergency. The bill will coordinate response efforts by private insurance companies and local firefighters and increase public safety.
CDPS Emergency Management Entities and Disaster Assistance (HB-1004)
HB 1004 authorizes the Governor to provide financial assistance to individuals and families upon a gubernatorial declaration rather than requiring a presidential declaration of a disaster emergency. It also eliminates the Colorado emergency planning commission and transfers the functions and duties to the department of public safety (individual duties are allocated to the division of fire prevention and control).
HB-1131 makes bullying of a minor by a minor through electronic means a class-2 misdemeanor punishable by up to three months in jail. The penalty could double if the harassment is based on a hate crime: race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation or physical or mental disability. Cyber bullying means a minor putting another minor in reasonable fear of death, serious bodily injury or serious emotional distress.
“Jessica’s Law” Penalties for Sex Offenses Against a Child Under Age 12 (HB-1260)
This bill creates strict mandatory minimum sentences for crimes of sexual intrusion or penetration against children under the age of 12, making such crimes class-2 (minimum sentence of 10 years), class-3 (minimum of 18 years), and class-4 (minimum of 24 years) felonies.
Civil Unions Bill Signing - March 21, 2013
Sue co-chairs the Bipartisan Economic Vitality Caucus, a gathering of legislators from both parties and leaders in the business community that explores policy ideas for improving Colorado's economic environment. In the 2013 session, Sue served on the House Public Health Care & Human Services committee in addition to being named co-chair of the House Health, Insurance & Environment Committee.
Sue has earned support and accolades from groups as diverse as the Colorado Economic Development Council, the AFL-CIO, CO Conservation Voters, the CO Women's Bar Association, Jeffco Public Health, NARAL Pro-Choice, and One Colorado. Click to see a full list of Sue's honors andendorsements.
Sue pledges to continue working on solutions to reduce unemployment and promote the creation of good-paying jobs. She believes strongly in the need to provide for a stable funding stream for K-12 and higher education to support learning at all ages and stages in life. She is committed to moving forward with initiatives like the Colorado Healthcare Benefit Exchange to ensure access to quality and affordable health care for all Coloradans. Seniors and elders in House District 24 have an advocate and champion with Sue's knowledge of seniors' needs.
Sue's Priorities as State Representative
Creating good jobs to put Coloradans to work and strengthen the economy
Improving the funding and quality of public education
Increasing access to quality health care and preventative services
Promoting the use of renewable energy and a multi-model transportation system
Ensuring equal opportunity and civil rights for all people
Promoting gun safety while respecting Second Amendment rights
Sue strives to address the everyday issues impacting her constituents. In order to better serve House District 24, she welcomes your feedback. Contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-866-5522.
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