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Vision for 2013


Rep. McCann and Senator Kerr were recognized by the Colorado Women's Lobby for their legislative work on behalf of Colorado's women


Having a great time celebrating Juneteenth in Five Points!


Having a great time celebrating Juneteenth in Five Points!


Rep. McCann with President Obama


Gov. Hickenlooper shakes Rep. McCann's hand after he signed HB 1266, an important bill which moves Colorado forward in health care reform


With Olympic gold medal winner Missy Franklin on the House floor. She is an amazing athlete and so gracious!


Governor Hickenlooper signs a bill sponsored by Rep. McCann that provides local law enforcement personnel investigating financial fraud with assistance from Secret Service agents.


Here, the women of the House are dressed in pink to support Senate Bill 197, which keeps firearms from domestic violence offenders. I am proud to have sponsored this bill with Rep. Fields. Photo by Ray Rodriguez

The Colorado General Assembly is now in Session! With the pounding of his gavel, newly elected Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino, called us to order on Wednesday, January 9! Our opening day speeches encouraged cooperation and consensus. On January 10, Governor Hickenlooper delivered the State of the State address with a message of optimism despite Colorado's year of tragedies including devastating wild fires and the massacre in Aurora. He encouraged us to be a "light in the darkness." Justice Michael Bender delivered the State of the Judiciary speech on Friday, January 11 emphasizing America's commitment to the rule of law.


Photo by Evan Semon

This should be an exciting session. I am honored to have been elected as Majority Whip and have been appointed as Chair of the Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee. We will be working on legislation to continue to improve our economy, create jobs, support education, and lower health care costs. Our primary concern is to help the Colorado economy continue to grow and help get people back to work. We also look forward to passing the civil unions bill and the ASSET bill which will allow the children of undocumented workers to attend our public universities and colleges at the in-state tuition rate. Let me tell you about some of the legislation I am working on this session.

Gun Safety

I, along with all of you, am saddened by the recent rash of shootings, and my heart aches for every victim of gun violence. I am working with Representative Rhonda Fields to explore various options for gun safety measures that would decrease the likelihood of guns falling into the hands of people who should not have them. We are considering what measures will most contribute to keeping our communities safe.

Foreclosure Procedures

I'm bringing this bill back to a Democratic House and am working with lenders and bankers to get their support. The bill will require foreclosing lenders to prove their right to foreclose on someone's home. The bill also protects borrowers from the trap of "Dual Tracking" which occurs when a borrower is attempting to modify a loan but the bank is simultaneously proceeding with foreclosure.

Permanent Maintenance

Currently, there are no guidelines for permanent alimony ordered by the courts in divorce cases. This bill will increase predictability and consistency by providing guidelines for the courts to use in determining the appropriate amount of maintenance to order, if any.

Health Insurance Bills

One bill that I am carrying will align our Colorado health laws with the provisions of the Affordable Care Act so the ACA can be implemented seamlessly in our state. Two bills I will introduce will make the Colorado Health Insurance Exchange, the entity responsible for managing access to subsidized health insurance, self sustaining after federal funding is withdrawn in 2016.

Civil Remedies for Domestic Violence

This bill will give the public more options to seek protective orders in cases of domestic abuse. It creates a simplified civil process and a mandatory criminal process, as well as expands the categories of intimidation and abuse that can trigger a protective order.

Medical Marijuana Enforcement Funds

State enforcement of medical marijuana laws continues to be woefully underfunded. Once again, I will try to move unused moneys from marijuana patient card fees to the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division to fund inspectors. I also hope to use some of these excess funds for substance abuse programs aimed at youth.

Involuntary Civil Commitment

This bill will consolidate various provisions for civil involuntary commitments due to mental illness or substance abuse problems, and broaden the basis for commitments.

I am also the House sponsor for some bills that are starting in the Senate. These include elimination of the waiting period for children's eligibility for coverage under CHP+, renewal of licensing of audiologists, giving firefighters the authority to inspect marijuana grows in private houses, and supporting oral health. I am also working on our review of the child welfare system in Colorado.


Beth McCann
Colorado State Representative
House District 8
beth@bethmccann.org
(303) 866-2959


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Events

Five Points Jazz Festival. Saturday, May 18, 2013, 11am-8pm at 27th and Welton in the Five Points

Park Hill Family Bike Rides, Saturday May 25th

The County Fair at City Park and District 8 Ice Cream Social. Friday, May 31st, 6pm-9pm

The 2013 Park Hill Garden Walk. Saturday, June 8th, 10a-4pm

Endorsements

Rep. McCann's 2012 campaign has been endorsed by:

- Colorado Conservation Voters
- Colorado Education Association, Public Education Committee
- Colorado Association of Realtors
- Colorado CeaseFire
- AFSCME Colorado Council 76
- Colorado Fraternal Order of Police
- Blue Flower Fund
- Colorado AFL-CIO
- Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local #9
- One Colorado
- American Subcontractors Association of Colorado
- Colorado Dental Political Action Committee
- Colorado Chiropractic Association
- NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado
- Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado
- Colorado CeaseFire
- Colorado Voters for Animals
- Colorado Medical Society



NEWS/LINKS

Feb. 28th, 2013 - Human Trafficking Awareness Day at Capitol

Feb. 25th, 2013 - CBS4-State Lawmakers Want Online Weapon Sales Loophole Closed

Feb. 16th, 2013 - NYT-Stronger Gun-Control Measures Clear First Votes in the Colorado House

Jan. 13, 2013 - Colorado May Pass Major Gun Control Legislation

Mar. 13, 2012 - Honor System for Foreclosure Paperwork Has Led to Illegal Colorado Seizures

Mar. 13, 2012 - Law Would Make Foreclosures Fair

Jan. 28, 2012 - The Denver Post endorses Rep. McCann's foreclosure bill

Jan. 28, 2012 - The Denver Post outlines Rep. McCann's foreclosure bill, as well as the history of foreclosure legislation.

Jan. 23, 2012 - Reps. McCann and Duran pitch bills on foreclosure that would assist homeowners (CBS Denver)

Jan. 19, 2012 - Rep. McCann's Campaign Finance Bill for RTD and School Board Faces Committee Hearing (Education News Colorado)




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Gov. Hickenlooper signs Rep. McCann's bill that helps to fight human trafficking in Colorado.

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