Fiscal Year 2014-15 Budget Hearings Begin

The Joint Budget Committee is back at work, getting staff briefings and holding hearings with cabinet directors from all the Departments of state government.  The Attorney General, the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, the Adjutant General of the Colorado National Guard and the Secretary of State – just to name a few of […]


Vote YES on Proposition AA

This November, Colorado voters will see two tax-related questions on the general election ballot.  I’m campaigning in favor of Proposition AA and I hope you’ll join me in supporting this referred measure. Prop AA contains the proposed excise tax for legal, regulated sales of marijuana as contemplated by voters with passage of Amendment 64 in […]

The Real Story Behind HB 13-1166

One of the smallest bills I passed this year was HB 1166, but because of the subject matter it garnered a fair amount of attention from the news media.  The bill repealed the defunct criminal prohibition against adultery and another criminal statute punishing sexual immorality.  Now you can see why the media took an interest… […]


Harvey Milk Champion of Change

On May 22, 2013, I was honored by the White House as one of ten elected and appointed officials across the country to receive the Harvey Milk Champion of Change Award.  We were invited to the White House to meet one another and share our experiences working to advance LGBT equality.  Stuart Milk, Harvey’s nephew and […]


Eleven of the Best Bills I Sponsored This Year

I sponsored too many bills this year.  I worked myself very hard, and I have a lot to show for it.  I sponsored 64 bills, and 61 of them passed.  More than half of those were JBC bills.  Of the losses, one was a House bill that died in its first committee hearing, so I […]