Senator Cleave Simpson: Updates from the General Assembly

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Published Wednesday, April 14, 2021
PICT THUMBNAIL Colorado State Senator Cleave Simpson, Senate District 35
by State Senator Cleave Simpson

It has been a busy few months down here at the Capitol in Denver. We are nearing the halfway point with just over 536 bills that have been introduced. A few common hot topics that have sparked debate include storage and handling of firearms, worker discrimination, and a public option form of health insurance. Stimulus bills are starting to get introduced with some common themes of promoting the agriculture industry, infrastructure restoration, and support to rural Colorado. As we move toward the end of session, we will be shifting into budget mode. SB21-205, the 2021-22 Long Appropriations Bill, was passed in the Senate and will be heard in the House on April 14th

Three of my bills have been sent to the Governor for his signature and to become law. They are: SB21-019 Authorize Notices of Valuation on Postcards, SB21-102 Sunset Dental Hygienists Specialized Functions, and SB21-112 General Fund Transfer to Capital Construction Fund State Parks. 

I am also running quite a few water and ag bills. They are: HB21-1181 creation of an Agricultural Soil Health Program, HB21-1260 General Fund Transfer Implement State Water Plan, SB21-240 Watershed Restoration Grant Program Stimulus, and SB21-203 Funding for Colorado Proud. I am also running SB21-154 988 Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network, which should greatly benefit rural areas and the state as a whole. 

These are just a handful of my bills going through the legislative process this spring. I am grateful that most of my bills are navigating through the process with no controversy and little to no amendments during a session that seems to be peppered with controversial bills. 

It is an honor to serve as your Senator for District 35. I will continue to work hard for you. I welcome your thoughts and comments on the happenings at the Capitol.

Colorado State Senator Cleave Simpson represents Senate District 35, which includes Alamosa, Baca, Bent, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Custer, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Mineral, Otero, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Grande and Saguache counties in southern Colorado.

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