New legislator recounts inspiring first session

Rep. Brittany Pettersen, Guest column

The session has ended and it has been my honor and pleasure to serve as your state representative.

This was an incredibly busy session, and we accomplished many important things for the people of Colorado, including investing in economic development programs that work, reinvesting in education, reforming our mental health and child welfare programs and furthering equality in Colorado by passing civil unions and ASSET.

We also passed a balanced budget, worked on improving Colorado’s school finance system, and passed legislation that will save counties money while making it easier to vote and protecting against voter fraud.

I focused my efforts on legislation to grow and support Colorado’s small businesses, improve access to education and increase transparency in government.

Colorado’s economy has improved, but there are still things we can do to help foster that growth.

That is why I sponsored bills to help industries grow and improve Colorado’s economic environment.

Senate Bill 186 addresses an outdated certification process for installing solar panels, which will reduce costs to families in Lakewood and across the state and create more good paying jobs in the solar industry.

This bill cuts red tape, helps ensure Colorado continues to be a place where small businesses and entrepreneurs thrive and guarantees that Colorado will continue to lead in renewable technology and green jobs.

I also sponsored House Bill 1167 to improve reporting to the Secretary of State to help with economic development and business support.

The public data this legislation will provide gives us one more tool to look at our economic landscape in Colorado as a whole, and gives us a clearer picture of the businesses that are coming to Colorado and what types of businesses we can do better in attracting to this great state.

I was happy to serve on the House Education Committee, as improving our education system is a priority of mine. Among the education bills I sponsored this session were Senate Bill 031, helping at-risk Colorado students gain access to higher education, and Senate Bill 206, making it easier for Coloradans to plan for the future by investing in college savings plans. We know education is the key to opportunity, and these bills increase access to education for Colorado kids.

These are just a few highlights of the 11 bills I carried, and I’m happy to say all of them passed with bipartisan support and were signed into law. It’s been an honor to serve you, and I look forward to continuing my work representing the great people of Lakewood to ensure that Colorado continues to be a great place to work and live. Please continue to join me at my town hall meetings and feel free to contact me anytime with any concerns.

State Rep. Brittany Pettersen’s House District 28 includes most of Lakewood. She served on the House Education and Judiciary committees. You can reach her by phone at 303.866.2939 or by e-mail at For more information about Brittany, please visit

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