You may have heard about the 2016 State Legislative session - what got done, what didn't, or if people even cared. So from the inside, here's what I can tell you.
At least we're not Congress! …
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At least we're not Congress! Although we had our share of partisan obstacle courses, hold-ups and dead ends, I'm proud to say there were some successful pieces of legislation that will directly improve Coloradans' lives. And at the state level, we're required to arrive at a balanced budget, which we did, although not perfectly.
Rather than covering what you might have read already, I thought you might prefer to know a bit of what I got through (and didn't).
My bills that passed with bipartisan support:
Some of mine that were killed on a party-line vote:
Failed, then passed:
My bill with Rep. Daniel Kagan, creating penalties for a person intentionally falsely claiming that a pet is a service animal in order to gain disability access or services, passed the House 65-0 only to be killed in Senate committee on a party-line vote. But bipartisan sponsors on another assistance animal bill amended our bill onto theirs and it passed again in the House 65-0. Without our names on it, it passed in the Senate and is ready for the governor's signature. (In essence, I'll sure miss the policy, but not the politics.)
For more detail on any of my bills, you can go to senlindanewell.com or email me.
Linda Newell is the state senator for District 26, which includes Littleton, Englewood, Sheridan, Cherry Hills Village, Greenwood Village, west Centennial and parts of Aurora. She can be reached at 303- 866-4846 or Linda.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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