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House GOP Newsletter

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

♦House Committee Assignments
♦Employment Opportunities 
♦Recent Press  
♦In the News    ♦Member Tweets   ♦Capitol Pictures
House GOP Committee Assignments

With few exceptions, bills introduced in the state legislature must have a committee hearing which 
provides the public an opportunity to comment on proposed legislation. Elected members are selected for committees based on their background, areas of expertise and legislative interests. In addition to your local representative, ranking members are good resources for information associated with their specific committees. Below are the committee assignments and ranking members for the 71st General Assembly. Please feel free to contact ranking members in addition to the House Republican office with questions during the session. 

Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Committee
Representative Jon Becker, Ranking Member 
Representative Perry Buck
Representative-elect Kimmi Lewis
Representative-elect Hugh McKean
Representative Lori Saine
Representative Yeulin Willett

Appropriations Committee 
Representative Jon Becker
Representative-elect Susan Beckman
Representative Justin Everett
Representative Patrick Neville

Business Affairs & Labor Committee
Representative Clarice Navarro
Representative Lang Sias
Representative Dan Thurlow
Representative Kevin Van Winkle
Representative-elect Dave Williams

Representative Justin Everett
Representative Tim Leonard
Representative Paul Lundeen
Representative Clarice Navarro
Representative Lang Sias

Finance Committee
Representative-elect Susan Beckman
Representative Don Coram
Representative-elect Phil Covarrubias
Representative Polly Lawrence 
Representative Dan Thurlow

Health, Insurance, & Environment Committee
Representative-elect Phil Covarrubias
Representative Stephen Humphrey
Representative Lois Landgraf
Representative Kim Ransom

Judiciary Committee
Representative Terri Carver
Representative Paul Lundeen
Representative Cole Wist

Local Government Committee
Representative-elect Larry Liston
Representative-elect Hugh McKean
Representative Kim Ransom
Representative Dan Thurlow
Representative Jim Wilson

Public Health Care & Human Services Committee
Representative Don Coram
Representative-elect Larry Liston
Representative Justin Everett
Representative-elect Kimmi Lewis
Representative Kim Ransom

State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee
Representative Tim Leonard
Representative-elect Dave Williams

Transportation & Energy Committee
Representative Jon Becker
Representative Perry Buck
Representative Terri Carver
Representative Dan Nordberg

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. Weekly during session and bi-weekly during in the interim, the House GOP newsletter highlights key issues and legislation, important news stories, social media posts from our members, and includes other caucus updates. Please consider following us on  Twitter and Instagram, liking us on Facebook, subscribing to our YouTube channel or visiting COHouseGOP.com for more caucus information. 
Sincerely,  

Patrick Neville
 

“Overall, Colorado’s economy is improving and that is encouraging news, but there are still many regions that are struggling and legislators need to pay close attention to the economic impacts that new legislation could have on Colorado’s small businesses,” said Neville. “The bottom line is our general fund revenue continues to increase and we have the funds to address Colorado’s most pressing needs, lawmakers simply need to begin this session focused on our top priorities and committed to responsible spending.”  

House GOP Employment Opportunities

In The News
  • A rural Colorado school district has decided to allow its teachers and other school staff to carry guns on campus to protect students. The Hanover School District 28 board voted 3-2 Wednesday night to allow school employees to volunteer to be armed on the job after undergoing training. (“Colorado district allows teachers to carry guns ,”Associated Press and KUSA, 12/15/2016) 

  • With fresh political regimes comes a renewed cry from Republicans to curb government regulations. House Minority Leader Patrick Neville of Castle Rock and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner of Yuma both recently called for regulatory reform in respective letters. "When you consider how little time business owners have, expecting them to stay current on new regulations and make the changes necessary to avoid fines and penalties while still operating a successful business is highly impractical," Neville wrote in a House Republican newsletter. (“Colorado Republicans: Stop with the rules and regulations,” Colorado Springs Gazette, 12/08/2016)   

  • Polly Lawrence isn’t backing down from her fight to make members of the judicial branch play by the same rules as everyone else, at least when it comes to open records. “It’s just so interesting that one branch of government thinks they should be held to a different standard,” the Republican state rep from Roxborough Park told the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, according to a blog post by executive director Jeffrey A. Roberts. “We don’t let the executive branch write their own rules.” (“Lawmaker aims to inject a dose of transparency into Colorado courts ,” Colorado Politics, 12/08/2016)   

  • Four D.C. politicians worked together and with other colleagues to secure $252 million in federal money to ensure reconstruction of the highway would be complete in 2019. Earlier this year, a decade-plus delay loomed over the project as the Colorado Department of Transportation tried to find cash to pay for it. "It's an illustration that, when it comes to emergencies, we're all in it together," said U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat who was re-elected in November. Bennet was joined by Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and U.S. Reps. Jared Polis, a Democrat whose district includes Fort Collins and the Loveland-to-Estes Park U.S. 34 corridor, and Ken Buck, a Republican whose district covers Weld County and its portion of U.S. 34. (“No political divide as flood money comes through ,” Fort Collins Coloradoan, 12/15/2016)   

GOP Member Tweets


Dave Williams ‏@RepDaveWilliams

Say hello to the newest member of the CO GOP House Caucus family!
#coleg #copolitics  #ProLife #bundleofjoy



Justin Everett@Everett4Colo

Colorado's importance to the future of energy in our nation continues to be recognized. 
thedenverchannel.com/news/front-ran…

Cole Wist@colewist

Biking infrastructure? No thank you. How about money for roads and bridges? colorado.gov/governor/news/… #coleg #copolitics

Capitol Pictures

Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert and Representative Justin Everett (R- Littleton) giving insight and a few predictions about the upcoming legislative session at an Arapahoe County tea party meeting.
 
 
 
 

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