Our Domestic Violence Law affects all of Colorado!

Our Domestic Violence Law affects all of Colorado!

It was striking to see this Denver Post article with no reference to who and where this law came from.  But, knowing that this was the only domestic violence bill that was passed this past session makes it clear, our law, our idea, benefited victims throughout the state.  That makes me

Colorado Springs THRIVE Graduation

Colorado Springs THRIVE Graduation

What a fantastic program! The second graduating class of the Colorado Springs THRIVE. Mentored by business people who started small business, the folks at the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center, and resources from the Colorado Springs Library District, this class showed great promise. I joined the graduation celebration because

Caribbean Heritage party

Caribbean Heritage party

What a great time to mix, mingle, and see the many great leaders in the African American Community.  The food was great and the company was better! It was great to sit with School Dist 11 Director Theresa Null and former Director Bob Null. Then Ferdale Huey from SCLC was

Fountain-Chelton Partnership Fun Event

Fountain-Chelton Partnership Fun Event

What a great time here at Fountain Blvd and Chelton Rd by the 7-11. It was chilly, I admit it but there were lots of warm hearts and smiles. We have the Bookmobile, the CSPD, and the Station 8 Fire Engine. Thank you everyone!

Protecting Small Businesses!

Protecting Small Businesses!

This year there is a ballot initiative to allow grocery stores to sell wine and beer. Big deal, you say, but Colorado has been working on liquor laws established over 50 years ago. Many liquor store owners are quite happy with the way things are and don’t want the change.

Passage of Buffalo Soldier Memorial Highway resolution

Passage of Buffalo Soldier Memorial Highway resolution

Colorado has a long history with the Buffalo Soldiers and we had a great group of friends pushing for recognition of the Soldiers, particularly in Colorado Springs.  An illustrious group, I can say Mr. Willie Breazell, former School District 11 Director; former State Senator Ed Jones, Pikes Peak SCLC chairman

First Tee opens course at Valley Hi

First Tee opens course at Valley Hi

It was my pleasure to attend the ribbon cutting of the First Tee course at  Colorado Springs Valley Hi Golf Course in our District along with Mayor John Suthers.  Many golf course renovations and details were made to Valley Hi with non-profit contributions.  But this is not an ordinary golf experience.

Veteran Caucus focus on Colorado Guard

Veteran Caucus focus on Colorado Guard

We had a terrific turnout for our Veterans Caucus learning about how our Colorado National Guard responded to the Big Thompson flood, the Waldo Canyon Fire, and the Black Forest Fire. Add to that any natural disaster or emergency and they respond.  How that works is what we covered today

My Medicaid Bill hits the skids…

My Medicaid Bill hits the skids…

Today we had our hearing for our Medicaid bill, “Tax Incentive on the Unreimbursed Portion of Medicaid”. This bill would have reduced the time for government reimbursements to Medicaid providers and offered and incentive for them to keep their Medicaid practice.  We had testimony from dentists and doctors, but the

Simple Law with Great Impact on Veterans!

Simple Law with Great Impact on Veterans!

So many of our veterans are denied state services that would fall into their benefits because our state does not have a definition matching the U.S. definition. This disparity is now in the past with the passage of my bill HB 16-1125, which aligned the definitions in perpetuity. Thank you, Senator

Veteran Caucus focus on Employment

Veteran Caucus focus on Employment

Our March Veteran Caucus focused on jobs and opportunities and we had great panelists and audience participation.  Carol McAllister is a veteran, a national speaker, and has a veteran hiring company. Thank you, Carol, for being there with us. Michael Davis, TREA; Frank McCurdy, UVC; Leanne Wheeler, UVC with David

The 2016 Line-up

The 2016 Line-up

It is my honor to serve our Community at the State Legislature. I had many issues brought to me and few we will continue to work on. I have a philosophy that if the bill isn’t ready, don’t run it. Still, a good issue deserves continued work and I have several

New!  Veterans Caucus

New! Veterans Caucus

In September we had our first Veterans Legislative Summit in Colorado Springs. An outcome of the Summit was the establishment of a Veterans Caucus at the Capital, intended to educate legislators on veterans issues and to allow networking among veterans organizations that did not know they existed.  We set out

2016 Bills Update

2016 Bills Update

Well, the 2016 Session is upon us!  I’ve been visiting around the district and heard plenty of things that need work. Last year I co-sponsored more than ten workforce development bills to address jobs and the economy as well as education.  Several passed and UCCS, PPCC, the Regional Business Alliance, and

What’s in Our Budget?

What’s in Our Budget?

Serving on the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee and the House Finance Committee, I attended several Joint Budget Committee hearings concerning state departments’ budget proposals in December 2015.  Make no mistake, I asked about why they were asking for increases in certain areas of their budgets. What drove their