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Guest column

An inside look at this session's legislation


During this session, Colorado's legislature will consider a variety of bills that will impact every citizen of this great state. Below is a short list of my proposed legislation as well as a few others. For a complete list and to track legislation log on to www.leg.state.co.us. Regardless of party affiliation, we all want to see Colorado's economy improve and create new opportunities.
Colorado faces many challenges in the coming years, and I will propose legislation designed to meet these challenges. Specifically, I will propose legislation to ensure the safety and welfare of citizens while ensuring that tax dollars are spent efficiently and government intrusions are kept to a minimum.
My proposed bill (HB 1149) will stem the rise of human trafficking within the state by prohibiting the informal adoption process known as “private re-homing,” in which children are advertised for adoption on Internet chat rooms and placed without judicial oversight or protections.
I will also sponsor a bill to extend Medina Alert warnings to cover victims of serious hit and run accidents. Further, I will propose a revision of the target date set to achieve renewable energy standards by Colorado's cooperative electric associations (HB 1067). And lastly, I will seek to extend protections to citizens of Colorado whose personal information has been compromised by state agencies by mandating that the state pay for credit monitoring services in the event of a breach of confidential, identifying information.
Other notable bills include Rep. Kevin Priola's bill (HB 1139), which will ensure precision in the way our schools count students, thereby safeguarding a more equitable allocation of dollars. Also, Rep. Libby Szabo's bill (HB 1147) will increase charter school capital construction funding, ensuring that charter schools are able to provide safe and equitable facilities to their students.
While many of these bills have bipartisan support, the session will not be without its controversy. Other bills include a repeal of the Ammunition Magazine Prohibition (HB 1151), which has been directly responsible for at least one company leaving the state — along with its jobs and tax revenue. Lastly, a bill that seeks to curb habitual DUI offenders by providing prosecutors with a felony sentence option for multiple convictions for driving under the influence (HB 1036).
Those bills all have special merit, and I welcome the coming debate for the chance to represent your views and interests in the legislature. I think these bills represent important discussions that are worth having in our state.
I will be available to discuss these and other issues at my next town hall meeting featuring a comparative look at The Common Core debate. The meeting will be held 7:00 p.m. Feb. 26 at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St. in Littleton. Please visit www.contiforcolorado.com for more details. I welcome the opportunity to listen and ensure your voice is heard.

State Rep. Kathleen Conti serves House District 38, which includes all or parts of Littleton, Greenwood Village, Englewood, Centennial, Bow Mar and Columbine Valley. She can be reached at 303-866-2953 or at kathleen.conti.house@state.co.us


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