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Just because the legislative session is on break doesn’t mean that I am…

It has been a busy few months since the Speaker of the House adjourned the 2017 legislative session May 10th. Now that it is over, I have some time to reflect on what happened, meet with stakeholders about future legislation, and take an in-depth look at serious policy issues on my interim committees until the start of the 2018 session next January.

I am thankful for the opportunity to represent House District 59 and am enjoying my time on several interim committees and commissions. This interim I will serve as the Vice-chair of the Young and Beginning Farmers Interim Study Committee, a member of the Transportation Legislation Review Committee (TLRC), a substitute member of the Water Resources Review Committee, and a member of both the Colorado Tourism Board and the Scenic Highways and Byways Commission.

Most of the interim committees are still finalizing their schedules; I am looking forward to sharing some of the transportation needs of HD59 during the first of four field trips around the state with TLRC in Southwest Colorado at the end of this month. I want to hear your thoughts on how we can improve our transportation system in this area. Let me know your ideas by filling out this form!

I am running for reelection in 2018 so I can continue the work I started this year, bringing my vision of great education, a sustainable future, and equal economic opportunity to the 59th district. Part of the work of accomplishing that vision includes being accountable to my constituents’ needs and is the reason why I hold town halls and attend community events; I want to see and hear from you.

Can you contribute just $10, $50, or $100 to help me host my next town hall?

In between interim committees and other legislative business, I’ve been working my way around the district at community events, 4th of July parades, taking meetings, and hosting town halls. I love our district and I want to keep representing you to the best of my ability. During session I heard from hundreds of you about the policies and issues you care about. Please continue to reach out to me with your ideas, questions and concerns. Hearing from my constituents helps me be a better legislator.

My Legislation at Work

I have experienced first hand and have heard from rural school districts in the state that they are having a hard time recruiting and retaining their teachers. I passed a bipartisan bill this year to study the reasons why rural schools are facing these challenges and how we can help mitigate the contributing factors so that we are recruiting quality teachers and giving our kids a higher quality education.

The study is now underway and there are a host of listening tour meetings by the Colorado Departments of Education and the Department of Higher Education being held throughout the end of August. You can also contribute your thoughts to the study by taking a quick survey or by sending an e-mail to educators@dhe.state.co.us. I am looking forward to the results of the listening tour and study to see how we can better support our teachers in all corners of the state to ensure our kiddos are getting the highest quality education no matter where they live.

Once again, I am so thankful and humbled that I get to represent the most beautiful district in Colorado. Enjoy the summer!

All the best,

-Barbara