|Below is a list of some of the bills I have sponsored in my tenure as a legislator. When I ran for office it was on the principle of changing our state for the better, not to maintain the status quo. Many candidates run on the republican platform, however many do not follow through with a conservative agenda. I have been true to myself and rural Coloradoans who count on common sense legislation. I have not carried many 65-0 vote bills. I am not afraid to take on the controversial issues that others will not touch. Yet I have been effective in many of my pursuits of these controversial bills.
Please scan over the list below. There you will see that I sponsored much needed tort reform, water legislation, and pro life issues. I can promise you much more as your next senator. I will work to keep our conservative values on the forefront of the Senate agenda.
Below you will find the year introduced, bill number, title, and in blue a very brief explanation of the intent of the bill. To see a full list of sponsored bills please visit www.leg.state.co.us.
2011 Sponsored Bills:
HB11-1262 Electric Utility PUC Transparency In Bidding makes electric utilities more accountable to rate-payers and investors
HB11-1231 S Platte River Alluvial Aquifer Study authorizes a study to ensure we are using our water efficiently
HB11-1205 Concealed Handgun Exception protects the right of CO citizens to defend themselves
HB11-1192 Longer Vehicle Combinations Highways modernizes the freight system in CO
HB11-1187 Northeastern Jr College Club Employees exempts NJC golf course and restaurant employees from the state personnel system
HB11-1005 Reinstate Tax Exemption for Ag Products repeals the dirty dozen tax increase that hit rural areas the hardest
HB11-1010 Incidental Use of Tax-Exempt Property makes it easier for charitable organizations to share their facilities and host public events
HB11-1092 Local Streets and Highways Available Bike Route prevents local authorities from prohibiting bike riders from using public roads
SB11-036 Inherent Risk Mountain Biking Liability limits the risk exposure of mountain bike providers and instructors by acknowledging the inherent dangers of the activity
SB11-022 Year-Round Daylight Savings Time gives Colorado more evening light during the winter by staying on daylight savings time throughout the year
SB11-012 Student Possession Prescription Drugs allows students to keep life saving medications with them at school w/o excessive rules and regs
2010 Sponsored bills
SB10-052 Alter Designated Ground Water Basin protecting water rights for farmers
SB10-069 Plus One for Transportation providing money for transportation w/o raising taxes
SB10-134 Electric Utility RPS more credit for Distributed Generation promoting affordable renewable energy w/o raising rates
SCR10-008 Clarification of Taxes and Fees in TABOR amendment to end taxes masquerading as fees
HB10-1006 Fund Water Resources Tier 1 prioritizing water storage in tough economic times
HB10-1007 County Clerk & Recorder Filing Fees limits fee increases and forces efficiency
HB10-1039 Enactment of 2009 CRS just a nuts and bolts we have to pass it bill
HB10-1126 Priority Based Budgeting for Colorado no more business as usual
HB10-1235 APA Incorporation by Reference in Rules creates more efficient government
HB10-1254 Assessment High School Graduation Requirement real grad requirements, no more social promotion
HB10-1422 Revisor’s bill clean up of statutes
2009 Sponsored bills
SB09-004 Moratorium on Oil & Gas Commission rules saving Colorado jobs from Ritter’s job killing rules and regs
SB09-063 Limit Eminent Domain Railroads protecting property rights
SB09-74 Firearms ban safe storage intrastate sales protecting the Second Amendment
SB09-102 Medical benefits if employer provides insurance limit the slide to Obamacare
SB09-113 Sunset Measurement Standards Dept of Ag continues and improves important govt standards for agriculture
SB09-115 Sunset Livestock Market Regulation continues and improves important govt standards for agriculture so it harder to rustle cattle
SB09-148 Bicycle Road Riding Lanes Passing Vehicle safety measures for cyclists
SB09-292 Revisor’s bill clean up of statutes
HB09-1098 Streamline clean coal PUC Enviro Regs cutting red tape and making energy affordable
HB09-1180 Firearm Transfer Background Check promoting the Second Amendment
HB09-1195 Private School Tuition Tax Credit real school choice and reform that also saves money
HB09-1318 Overweight Vehicle Permits modernizing freight rules to benefit farmers and ranchers. It took me eight years to win this battle; never give up.
2008 Sponsored Bills
SB08-028 Reduce Bonnie Reservoir evaporation loss Preserving water rights for rural Colorado
SB08-053 Include 100-year Wells Designated Basins Preserving water rights for rural Colorado
SB08-068 Telemedicine Medicaid For Mental Health More effective / efficient health care
SB08-111 Permits Issued By State Agencies Simplifying the State permit system
SB08-115 Civil Action Gun-free Zone Protects the Second Amendment
SB08-247 Water Supply Plans Pre-2003 Depletions Preserving water right for rural Colorado
HB08-1030 Exempt Pre-1974 Well Depletions Preserving water right for rural Colorado
2007 Sponsored Bills
SB07-245 Commercial Vehicle School Bus Capacity Concerning the C.D.L. process
SB07-067 Share Road Bicycle Special License Plate Promotes Bicycle Safety
SB07-033 Adoption Of High-risk Children Creates a way to keep these Children with their families
SB07-039 Protect Landowner Salvage Pipeline Protects property owner
HB07-1110 Land Use Regul & Private Real Prop Protects property owners from eminent domain
HB07-1240 Supermajority For Revenue Increases Protects the taxpayers
HB07-1264 Annexation Of Entire Right-Of-Way Protects property rights
2006 Sponsored Bills
SB06-026 – CO Commission on Higher Education Protects rural schools from needless bureaucracy.
SB06-098 – Workers’ Comp Exclude Undocumented Alien Crack down on illegal aliens.
SB06-132 – Wastewater Treatment Grants Continues rural wastewater treatment grants.
SB06-139 – Labor Union Participation Stops employer discrimination of union requirements.
SB06-147 – Vehicle Weight Limits Grace to overweight trucks hauling grain during harvest.
HB06-1032 – Irrigation Inflation Adjustment Adjusted monetary amount in statute for inflation.
HB06-1099 – Limit Eminent Domain by Public Entities Limits use of eminent domain.
HB06-1114 – Create Revenue Shortfall Relief Fund Creates rainy day fund.
HB06-1156 – Prohibit Disclosure of Social Security Number Prohibits displaying social security number.
HB06-1275 – Value of Wind Energy Facilities Determine property tax value of wind generation property.
HCR06-1007 – Preservation of Religious Freedom Protects freedom of religion
HJR06-1037 – Special Session on Immigration Called for special session on immigration.
2005 Sponsored Bills
SB05-069 – County Employee Salary Publication Gave privacy to county employees.
HJR05-1020 – Kit Carson County Carousel Promoted tourism in Eastern Colorado.
HB05-1218 – Bicycle Traffic Rules Made cyclists safer.
HB05-1185 – Operate Temp Water Changes For 5 Years Gave Important water flexibility to agriculture.
HB05-1160 – Unlawful Recording Of A Live Performance Protected intellectual property rights.
HB05-1106 – Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act Promoted life.
HB05-1075 – Non-driving Alcohol Violation Records Kept kids’ records private.
HB05-1155 – Definition of Pregnancy Promoted life.
HB05-1260 – No Post-Viability Abortions Promoted life.
HB05-1271 – Services for Legal Residents of US No welfare for illegal immigrants.
SB05-191 – Rural Teacher Recruitment Supported rural schools.
SJM05-007 – Amend US Const To Balance Fed Budget Requested U.S. Congress to balance budget.
2004 Sponsored Bills
HB04-1054 – Occupants of Vehicle in Accidents Promoted personal responsibility.
HB04-1130 – Health Ins for Valid Multi-state Associations Help to lower health insurance costs.
HB04-1198 – Telecommunications Authority Law Promoted Internet access.
HB04-1269 – Criminal Operation of Device in Movies Protected intellectual property rights.
HB04-1281 – Authority to Carry Concealed Firearms Promoted the Second Amendment.
HB04-1309 – Safe Routes to School Increased safety for our kids.
HB04-1349 – Actions Professionals Cert of Review Tort reform.
HB04-1439 – Multi-State Assoc & Individual Health Plans Helped lower health insurance costs.
HR04-1007 – Impeachment of Judge Coughlin Took a real stand against judicial activism and for religious liberty.
SB04-018 – Local Gov Retirement Plan Contribution Limit Much needed privacy for county employees.
SB04-134 – Judicial Funding Districts Helped our rural District Attorneys.
SB04-143 – Construction Contracts for Public Projects Streamlined government.
SB04-165 – Analysis of PERA Contribution Changes Streamlined government.
SB04-235 – Republican River Water Conservation Dist Critical water legislation for Eastern Colorado.
SJR04-011 – Fair Tax Tax simplification.
SJR04-032 – Designation of Certain Highways Promoted Ports to Plains.
2003 Sponsored Bills
HB03-1003 – Inherent Risk Agricultural Activities Tort reform and relief for agriculture.
HB03-1099 – Liquefied Petroleum Gas Regulation More protection against trial lawyers.
HB03-1185 – Gross Weight of Electric Utility Vehicle Help for Rural Electric Associations.
HB03-1199 – Deregulate Taxi Jitney Passenger Transportation Smaller government.
HB03-1201 – Vehicle Weight Limits on State Highways Modernized freight hauling in Colorado.
HB03-1238 – Accrual Accounting for Gen Fund Surplus Stopped the shell games with our refunds.
SB03-062 – Warrants Subject to Unclaimed Prop Law
SB03-068 – Health Insurance Mandates Commission Lowered health insurance costs.
SB03-167 – Valuation Possessory Interest State Land Tax relief for agriculture.