Honor Our Veterans

Honor Our Veterans

Today, this Veterans Day, I say Thank you!  Thank you to all the Veterans that have served our country selflessly and with dignity and honor. Our Veterans have served our country with the strong belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world. Our Veterans are symbols

Announcing 2016 Re-election Run

Announcing 2016 Re-election Run

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO July 27, 2015 State Representative for House District 17 Kit Roupé has filed paperwork with the Colorado Secretary of State to run for reelection in 2016. In November 2014, Rep. Roupé, a Republican, beat the incumbent to win the seat in an upset. Her campaign platform focused

Public Records and Data Privacy Town hall

Public Records and Data Privacy Town hall

County Treasurer Mark Lowderman and County Assessor Steve Schleiker to Join State Representatives Kit Roupe and Terri Carver at Town Hall County Treasurer Mark Lowderman and County Assessor Steve Schleiker will join State Representatives Kit Roupe (House District-17) and Terri Carver (House District-20) at a town hall meeting on Wednesday,

Limit Proxy Marriage bill

Limit Proxy Marriage bill

Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 15-1327, Limit Proxy Marriages to Military & Contractors, into law today, May 28 at 3:20 p.m.  The signing ceremony took place at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Visitor Center in Colorado Springs, CO 80926. Representative Kit Roupe, El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman and

2015 Bills signed by the Governor

2015 Bills signed by the Governor

I can only say that I am grateful and fortunate to have three bills signed by Governor Hickenlooper into law this year: HB 1284, the Expand Scope Shared Photovoltaic Facilities bill was signed on May 8, 2015. Just as a reminder, this bill deletes the population requirements for community solar

It’s a Wrap! Summary of the 2015 Session

It’s a Wrap! Summary of the 2015 Session

The 2015 Legislation Session opened with 27 new faces in the House and Senate as a result of the 2014 mid-term election. Additionally, the split chambers created a new dynamic ensuring that only bills approved by both the Republican-led Senate and the Democrat-led House reached the Governor’s desk. In the

Presumed guilty is a slippery slope indeed

Presumed guilty is a slippery slope indeed

Yesterday and today we debated HB15-1346, Taxation of Corporate Income Sheltered in Tax Havens.  The bill passed the House today on a Party line vote. Democrats claim they are against evil corporations, well so are Republicans, but we aren’t going to support legislation that unjustly vilifies all corporations on a

Preventing Human Trafficking and Protecting the Homeland

Preventing Human Trafficking and Protecting the Homeland

I am pleased to be working on a bill for our El Paso County Clerk and Recorder, Chuck Broerman. This is a bi-partisan bill.  I am happy to say that I am working with State Representative Joann Ginal (D-54) on this bill. Chuck Broerman and former Secretary of State Donetta

HB 15-1026, Reserved Parking Disabled Military License Plates

HB 15-1026, Reserved Parking Disabled Military License Plates

UPDATE!  The bill is off to the Colorado Senate! Greetings!  I am honored to serve our Veteran community by sponsoring HB15-1026.  I’ve had a few questions about what the difference is between the Disabled Veteran Handicapped plate (blue background) and our proposed new plate (tan background).  Those qualifying for the

A boost for Seniors in HB15-1100, Older Coloradans Cash Fund

A boost for Seniors in HB15-1100, Older Coloradans Cash Fund

A busy week my friends! This week our bill was voted upon by the House Finance Committee.  Now it is relevant to note that as a member of this Committee, our Chair has placed a special emphasis on living within the means of TABOR and what the consequences of that

Fighting for Seniors and Veterans

Fighting for Seniors and Veterans

  Today we fought a great fight for our Seniors and Veterans.  In House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee, our reserved parking license plates for disabled veterans (HB 15-1026) passed unanimously.  Disabled veterans should not have to choose between disabled license plates and displaying their military distinction.  I am

My first bill dies on a Party-line vote

My first bill dies on a Party-line vote

Today I presented HB15-1096, Definition of a Small Business.  The testimony from the Colorado Springs Business Alliance, NFIB, and a representative for Jefferson County chambers, and a Latino chamber supporting our bill fell on deaf ears.  In a party-line vote, our bill died in the Business Affairs and Labor committee.

My Bills

My Bills

What a process!  We began working on our bills back in November and December, right after Election Day.  Our entire efforts are done on a very tight schedule. We have all the bills to heard and discussed before the second Tuesday in May. I have four bills. Initially I had

What is a Day at the Capital like?

What is a Day at the Capital like?

Our members come in from all over the state, so Monday mornings we begin our formal day at 10:00 a.m. in the House of Representatives.  The rest of the week the Assembly begins at 9:00 a.m.  There are 65 representatives and some must fly in to be present for the

Committee Assignments

Committee Assignments

I think I was fortunate to be assigned to two committees, but I understand these committees are pretty darn busy though as we progress through the session.  In addition to the bills assigned by the Speaker, Rep Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Boulder), we also have executive departments and offices that we