In the House, I have championed bills to address a wide array of constituent needs. If elected to the Senate, I will continue to work on the hard problems, build coalitions, and advance good legislation that the Governor will sign in to law.
HB23-1007 Higher Education Crisis & Suicide Prevention
Requires all public and private post-secondary schools to print on student ID cards the phone and text numbers for Colorado Crisis Services, the new 988 crisis number, and optionally other local resources or campus numbers.
HB23-1013 Use of Restrictive Practices in Prison
Places basic guardrails around the use of restraints in state-run correctional facilities to ensure more humane practices and bring Colorado in line with modern standards of care.
HB23-1071 Licensed Psychologist Prescriptive Authority
Establishes rigorous standards and education requirements to give specially trained psychologists the ability to prescribe mental health medication to streamline access to mental health treatment without burdensome delays and wait times.
HB23-1133 No Cost Phone Calls in Prisons
Allows Colorado residents to communicate by phone with their incarcerated loved ones in state prisons and privately contracted prisons at no cost (phased in over three years).
HB23-1153 Pathways to Behavioral Health Care
Compels a study to determine the feasibility of providing better systems of support for individuals with serious mental illness through a collaboration of Colorado’s behavioral health and judicial systems.
HB23-1165 Granting Counties Authority to Regulate Firearms Discharge
Provides Boards of Colorado County Commissioners with the ability to regulate shooting on private property in unincorporated areas, where the population is more dense, defined in the bill as 30 or more residential dwellings within one square mile.
HB23-1174 Under Insurance in Homeowner Policies
A response to the Marshall Fire disaster, this bill requires insurance companies to offer a variety of coverage options that cover the repair or replacement of a damaged or destroyed structure, enabling more transparency and greater consumer peace of mind.
HB23-1187 Criminal Justice Alternatives for Pregnant Persons
Ensures that pregnant and postpartum people have better access to alternative sentencing so they can give birth, recover from pregnancy, and care for their newborn in community, regardless of their incarceration status.
HB23-1219 Waiting Period to Deliver a Firearm
Establishes a three-day waiting period to obtain a firearm. Delaying immediate access to firearms is proven to help prevent impulsive acts of violence, including suicides, homicides and assaults.
HB23-1240 Sales & Use Tax Exemption - Wildfire Disaster Construction
Creates a retroactive state sales tax exemption for construction and building materials for homeowners who are rebuilding or repairing their home after a declared wildfire disaster between 2020 and 2022.
HB23-1288 FAIR Access to Insurance Requirements Plan
Establishes a quasi-governmental entity, governed by a Board and supervised by the Division, to run a program that provides access to property and commercial insurance for individuals and businesses having difficulty finding insurance coverage
SB23-039 Reduce Child and Incarcerated Parent Separation
Requires the Colorado Department of Corrections to create policies and programs to improve the placement, services, and visitation options available to parents who are incarcerated, strengthening family bonds and leading to better outcomes for children.
SB23-048 Non Tenure Track Employment Contracts
Extends the maximum length of an employment contract between a state system of higher education and a non-tenure-track teacher or librarian from 3 years to 5 years, increasing job security for instructional, research, and clinical faculty.
SB23-082 Colorado Fostering Success Voucher Program
Tackles barriers to stable housing by establishing a former foster youth-specific housing voucher program, expands case management and provides $1.4 million to county departments of human/social services to provide youth housing vouchers.
SB23-096 In-State Tuition for Returning Peace Corps Volunteers
Grants all returning Peace Corps volunteers, regardless of where they lived prior to their service, to receive in-state tuition in Colorado public institutions of higher education.
HB22-1061 Modifications to Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity
Updates Colorado's laws related to people found not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) to ensure we prioritize mental health resources for people in need, while protecting civil rights and public safety.
HB22-1074 Traffic Violations On Interstate 70 Shoulder Lanes
Allows CDOT to use existing tolling technology to enforce the I-70 Peak Period Shoulder Lanes (PPSL) on east and westbound I-70 to enhance public safety.
HB22-1111 Consumer Protections for Fire and Casualty Insurance
Makes the insurance claims process more fair, equitable, and straightforward for people who have experienced a total loss in a declared wildfire disaster.
HB22-1256 Modifications to Involuntary Civil Commitment
Strengthens and streamlines the state’s involuntary civil commitment system to protect patients and providers, reduce recidivism, and improve mental health care and outcomes.
HB22-1268 Medicaid Mental Health Reimbursement Rates Report
Creates transparency in Medicaid reimbursement rate reporting, enabling greater equity among Independent Providers and Community Mental Health Centers, to help our state attract more medical providers and mitigate our mental health crisis.
HB22-1303 Increase Residential Behavioral Treatment Beds
Allocates $65 million in Federal dollars to add 16 adult residential behavioral health care beds at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, and 125 beds in smaller facilities located across the state.
HB22-1386 Competency To Proceed & Restoration To Competency
Provides a variety of remedies to reduce Colorado's competency backlog, process people who are accused of low level crimes more quickly, and connect people with the medical care they need.
SB22-010 Pretrial Diversion For Person With Behavioral Health Disorders
Expands pretrial diversion programs for eligible individuals with behavioral health disorders, and diverts these individuals into community treatment programs, therby reducing inappropriate jail time, saving money, improving efficiency, and promoting positive outcomes for participants.
SB22-021 Treatment of Behavioral Health Disorders in the Criminal Justice System
Renews the Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning the Treatment of Persons with Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems.
SB22-149 Improve Marijuana Industry Regulation
Would have required the state licensing authority to produce an annual report regarding its enforcement activities to ensure retail industry compliance with age restrictions.
SB22-156 Medicaid Prior Authorization and Recovery of Payment
Reduces the administrative burden on providers to help recruit and retain Colorado’s mental health provider workforce, while ensuring clients in need receive care without undue interruption.