I am honored to have been re-elected by the voters of House District 36 to represent East Aurora and incorporated Arapahoe County at our state capitol for the 72nd Colorado General Assembly.
In the 2019 legislative session that ended May 3, I worked on the following issues. All of these have either been signed into law by the governor or are pending signature into law:
- increasing funding for affordable housing by closing tax loopholes; will generate approximately $18M over the next 2 years and $50M/annually thereafter (HB19-1245)
- improving Colorado’s “warranty of habitability” for renters’ rights; this law has not been updated in over 10 years (HB19-1170)
- strengthening the Colorado Consumer Protection Act, the state’s foundational consumer protection law, which is currently one of the weakest in the nation (HB19-1289)
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM & GOVERNMENT ETHICS
- increasing transparency for “mystery money” independent expenditure committees + additional disclaimers on campaign communications (HB19-1318)
- increasing disclosure and disclaimer for “electioneering communications” so voters don’t have to wait until the election is near to get more information about who is spending money (SB19-068)
- creating a new campaign finance enforcement system with robust enforcement for evasion of the law while screening out “gotcha” complaints or honest mistakes (SB19-232)
- requiring more frequent reporting by lobbyists at our state capitol; will require reporting every 72 hours during legislative session, instead of monthly which is current law (HB19-1248)
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
- extending justice reinvestment programs that reduce recidivism and support victims of crimes (SB19-064)
- expanding eligibility for record sealing, upon judicial approval and subject to limitations (HB19-1275)
- enhancing data collection about our county jail populations, to enable informed decision making (HB19-1297)
- reforming how we address evaluation of competency to proceed in our criminal justice system (SB19-223)
You can read about bills I previously sponsored in 2017 and 2018 on my legislation page.
Regardless of party affiliation, I believe we all aspire to some of the same basic things: the opportunity to get a good education; the opportunity to earn a living wage for an honest week’s work; the opportunity to provide for your family today and save a little bit for tomorrow; the opportunity to be judged solely on the content of your character, free from discrimination; the opportunity to be safe in your own community; and the opportunity to live and raise a family in a clean and healthy environment.
“Life is action and passion. It is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Those words hung on the wall in my grandmother’s house, and I looked at them often growing up. They made an impact at an early age, and I have spent most of my adult life trying to participate in the action and passion of our times in the best way I know how, and I continue to strive to do so as state representative for House District 36.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 720-432-3850 if you ever have any questions. You can also follow me on Facebook at facebook.com/mike4rep.