February 28, 2011
1. Colorado’s Sesquicentennial
2. Emissions Testing for Larimer and Weld County
3. My Bills
1. 150 years ago, on February 28, President James Buchanan signed the bill, passed by Congress, to create the Colorado Territory. Reallocated from of portions of the Utah, Kansas, Nebraska and New Mexico territories, the boarders are identical to the state of Colorado, which began in 1876. Today I introduced SJR-19, recognizing this sesquicentennial for Colorado. The text of the resolution can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/4juhnym. My presentation of this resolution to the Senate can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbtn3adwmgI.
2. Nearly everyone is painfully aware of the new emissions testing now required in Larimer and Weld counties. HB-1082 would remove those counties from the test and set up a scientific criteria to determine if the counties ever needed to be put into the testing system. Senator Renfroe is the senate sponsor, with my strong support. I am happy to report that the Larimer County Board of Commissioners recently adopted a resolution in support of HB-1082. The bill has passed the House but has not yet been introduced in the Senate.
3. I am waiting for SB-055 to come up on the Senate floor for second reading. This bill will require information to be posted at all electronic security scanning concerning the radiation exposure, privacy policies of any images that might be created and the options a citizen has if they choose not to submit to the electronic security scanning system.
House bills that I am sponsoring in the Senate include HB-1095, requiring the Secretary of State to password protect all online changes to public business records, HB-1003, requiring a photo ID to vote, and HB-1048, creating educational tax credits for students who transfer from a public school to a private or home school, potentially saving the general fund millions of dollars each year. All of these bills have yet to be introduced in the Senate.