We have another victory on the way for residents in Southwest Colorado. After a long and involved process that included stakeholders from HD59 and across the state, HB16-1030 finally has a real chance of passing! This marks the first time in nearly a decade that legislation to allow off-road vehicles onto limited public roads has finally been sent to final reading with a favorable recommendation.
While many counties in Southwest Colorado have already enacted local ordinances to allow off-road vehicles on limited public roads, this form of local jurisdiction has put our friends and neighbors in opposition to an antiquated state law that limited it. With this bill, we can finally reconcile the differences in these jurisdictions while repealing a piece of over-reaching state law. This is another big win for HD59!
Now my bill has cleared the Senate Finance Committee, and will now travel to the Senate floor for a vote on final passage. If this bill passes, it will go to the Governor, who will sign it into law, allowing off-road vehicles to access more public roads for all of Colorado.
I am proud to say that by cutting unnecessary red tape and restoring freedoms to our citizens, my peers and I have begun the important process of de-regulating much of our state's government. I have run a campaign based on values that we in HD59 all share, and I promise to continue my mission of representing my friends and neighbors in the best way possible. With your continued support, we can ensure that HD59 has a strong voice that is committed to our rights, freedoms and shared values. Can I count on you to donate $5 towards this cause? I am continually grateful for those of you who find value in my work, and I hope you will consider donating today!
In my last email, I spoke about carrying the torch forward on issues that are important to Colorado, specifically water storage. I have introduced a bill, HB16-1256, which commissions the Colorado Water Conservation Board to study water storage on the South Platte River. Late last week, that bill passed the Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee unanimously.
Last year, over 2 Million gallons of water hemorrhaged out of our state through the South Platte River with no way to stop it. This water traveled to the Midwest instead of being stored, where it could have been used to supply the Front Range and prevent the transfer of Western Slope water over the Continental Divide.
In a recent article in the Denver Post, my bill was praised as having bipartisan support. My colleague, Rep. Brian DelGrosso called this bill "a huge win for (Brown). We're excited to see that, and it's important to his folks on the West Slope." You can read the rest of the article by clicking this link.
Clearly, legislators and their constituents from all across Colorado are recognizing that saving more water for Coloradans equals more water for the Front Range, and in turn, for the Western Slope. I am proud to say that my campaign has made water rights a central tenet of my work as a legislator. I believe that we can provide a better tomorrow for our children on the Western Slope through the continued creation of water storage, which will help our agriculture and tourism industries flourish for years to come.
November is coming quickly, and I am seeking re-election to continue shepherding this important work. I can't do this alone, and I am asking for your support to continue the fight. Will you consider donating $25, $50, $100 or even $400 to my campaign to keep our water -and future- secure? Please join me now! And for those of you who have given in the past, thank you for your generous investment in our future.
This new year has been full of trials, in Colorado and our Nation. As we prepare to go into early spring, we will remember several influential leaders whose legacies we must now carry with us.
The passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan came as a blow to us. She lived a full and joyful life devoted to the betterment of our nation and our conservative cause. Even after her husband's passing, she continued to be a joy and an inspiration to our nation's families, acting as an advocate for families dealing with Alzheimer's disease. She will truly be missed.
In Colorado, we have also seen our share of loss. It was with great sadness that I was informed of the passing of former State Senator of the 6th District, Jim Isgar. He had a reputation for being able to bring Republicans and Democrats together. Jim famously worked with Republican Representative Diane Hoppe (who also, sadly, passed away this year) of Northern Colorado on water and agriculture legislation that improved our State's industry. Although Senator Isgar was a Democrat, he endorsed me in my first run for office because we shared common values about water and property rights for Southwest Colorado.
These great leaders and legislators have left us with the task of continuing the work that they began so many years ago. The lessons that we can take from Mrs. Reagan are plenty, and I have done my best this session to make sure that Colorado's water and agriculture remains protected on my watch. I have introduced a new bill, HB16-1256, which introduces water storage on the South Platte River to save our natural resources. With it, I hope to build on the improvements left to us by Sen. Isgar and Rep. Hoppe.
Carrying the torch of those before us is never an easy task, and we must make sure that we have elected leaders we can trust to continue their work. I am seeking re-election in the fall, and I hope that I can continue this important work. My campaign is dedicated to standing for our neighbors, friends and families in HD59. I would be very grateful if you would consider supporting my campaign. You can support me by donating $25, $50, $100 or even $400 here. And to those who have already donated, I want to express my gratitude in helping our cause. Thank you!