An update on bills as of May 3:

    

— HB-1032 (School Sex-Ed) was basically brought back to it’s previous form and just about the only difference is for those schools that want to participate in this, there is additional grant monies available who did not participate in this subject. 1032 was an over-reach and was brought down to earth. Opt-out as well as opt-in are choices that the current school board can decide on their own. The progressives did not like the outcome, but all Republicans and a few moderate Democrats seen this issue differently.

— HB-1312 (Vaccination Bill) This bill will die on the senate floor today and remain the same as it was. There cannot be 2nd and 3rd reading of a bill on the same day so therefore when 1312 did not advance to 3rd reading, it will die on the senate floor. With 500 people showing up for committee testimony on Wed evening and the committee chair limited testimony to 4 hours, there was a public outcry for the unfairness of this and Democrats relented to the pressure. They came to realize what parental rights meant.

— HB-1333 (Tobacco Tax) was killed on senate floor vote. All tax increases have to go to the vote of the people, but this aggressive tax increase on a legal product was an overreach and therefore will not advance. Vaping of teens brought this on, but the reality is that to purchase, there are age restrictions of 18 years old. Current laws and parenting skills should be the path taken.

— HB-1168 (Re-insurance on health care premiums bill) a bill that I supported, has the opportunity to reduce premium costs for private payer. This is broken down by health care districts and southern Colorado’s savings are targeted for a 25 percent reduction in premiums. This will not affect those who have health care insurance with employer or Medicare recipients. This is for the 6-8 percent of the people who are self employed and those that are not subsidized on Obama Care. There is a federal waiver to apply for and also the funding mechanism needs to happen, but I believe this is the right direction to reduce health care costs.

Since this is the last day of session there are still 55 bills to process. There have been good and bad bills that do effect all Coloradans. Our rural values are somewhat different than our metro area values, but as a state we need to work together to make sure that all voices are heard.

The following are the bills that I ran this year. HB19-1304 ran out of time and did not make it. All others either passed or was killed in committee. Spent most of the time fighting against legislation, which I felt, was harmful to rural Colorado. I was not impressed by the progressive takeover. When agendas are more important than people, then problems arise.

Bills run by Senator Crowder

 

HB19-1029 Republican River Water Conservation District

LAST ACTION: Governor Signed

SPONSORS: Rep. Arndt, Sen. Crowder

HB19-1147 Revise Traumatic Brain Injury Program

LAST ACTION: Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

SPONSORS: Rep. Snyder, Sen. Lee and Crowder

HB19-1215 Child Support Commission Recommendations

LAST ACTION: Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

NEXT ACTION: THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE - CONSENT CALENDAR - Senate Floor 05/03/2019

SPONSORS: Rep. Singer, Sen. Crowder

HB19-1219 Child Welfare Permanency Planning

LAST ACTION: Sent to the Governor

SPONSORS: Rep. Gonzales-Gutierrez, Sen. Crowder

HB19-1288 Foster Youth Sibling Bill Of Rights

LAST ACTION: Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

SPONSORS: Rep. Singer and Duran, Sen. Fields and Crowder

HB19-1304 Final Disposition Reimbursement Payment

LAST ACTION: House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations

SPONSORS: Rep. Valdez D. and Will, Sen. Winter and Crowder

HJR19-1009 Honoring Coloradans Who Served In Vietnam War

LAST ACTION: Signed by the Speaker of the House

SPONSORS: Rep. Weissman & Landgraf, Sen. Court and Crowder

SB19-027 County Authority Unclaimed Body Final Disposition

LAST ACTION: House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely

SPONSORS: Rep. Valdez D., Sen. Crowder and Winter

SB19-029 Income Tax Residency Presumption For Military

LAST ACTION: Governor Signed

SPONSORS: Rep. Landgraf and Sullivan, Sen. Crowder

SB19-054 Military Vehicle Motor Vehicle Regulation

LAST ACTION: Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass

SPONSORS: Rep. Valdez D. and Humphrey, Sen. Crowder

SB19-098 Cost-based Reimbursement For Rural Hospitals

LAST ACTION: Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely

SPONSORS: Sen. Crowder

SB19-110 Licensing Regulation Ambulatory Surgical Centers

LAST ACTION: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

SPONSORS: Rep. Pelton, Sen. Crowder

SB19-137 Extend The Colorado Student Leaders Institute

LAST ACTION: Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass

SPONSORS: Rep. Hansen and Wilson, Sen. Todd and Crowder

SB19-164 Sunset In-home Support Services Program

LAST ACTION: House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

SPONSORS: Rep. Mullica, Sen. Todd and Crowder

SJM19-001 Memorial For Arkansas Valley Conduit

LAST ACTION: Signed by the Speaker of the House

SPONSORS: Rep. Esgar, Sen. Crowder

SJM19-002 Corps Of Engineers To Dredge Lower Arkansas River

LAST ACTION: Signed by the Speaker of the House

SPONSORS: Rep. Esgar and Catlin, Sen. Crowder and Coram

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