Rep. Lewis sponsors second Eastern Colorado Agriculture Tour

Rep. Kimmi Lewis, Colorado House District 64 and Colorado Land, Water & Food Alliance, sponsored a second Eastern Colorado Agriculture Tour, Saturday, June 1, 2019.

The first eastern Colorado Agriculture tour sponsored by Rep. Lewis took place in the fall of 2017; two legislators, Representatives Edie Hooton, House District 10, Boulder, and Barbara Hall McLachlan, House District 59, Durango, along with former State Senator Greg Brophy participated.

This year seven current and one former legislator participated along with other guests representing organizations involved in agriculture or invested in legislative activities. Initial participants met at the Country Pride Restaurant, TA Travel Center in
Limon, Colo., where Julie Sumpter, contact representative for Rep. Lewis, gave a brief introduction about the tour.

Gathered there were Rep. Susan Beckman, House District (HD) 38, Littleton, Rep. Cathy Kipp, HD 52, Fort Collins, Rep. Kerry Tipper, HD 28, Lakewood, Rep.

Brianna Titone, HD 27, Arvada, and Senator Joann Ginal, Senate Dist. 14, Fort Collins. Lori Greenstone and Roland Halpern representing Colorado Voters for Animals also attended.

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From the Field: Colorado Gains Historic New Investments in Affordable Housing

“Colorado has been one of only ten states without a dedicated mechanism to sustainably fund affordable housing, contributing to the shortage of more than 114,000 affordable and available rental homes for extremely low-income families. In October 2018, State Representatives KC Becker and Jim Wilson and State Senators Don Coram and Dominick Moreno brought together a diverse group of more than 80 affordable housing stakeholders, including NLIHC state partners Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) and Housing Colorado. Together they identified funding solutions that were later passed as HB 19-1228 and HB 19-1322. Another state representative, Mike Weissman, was also working on a funding mechanism for housing with advocates which resulted in HB 19-1245, rounding out the housing bill package with long-term funding. “

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Colorado Passes Jude's Law and Ban on Conversion Therapy

“To see this legislation go through in a session that I’m here is really a great feeling,” said Rep. Brianna Titone, a transgender woman and Arvada Democrat. “But I’ve been testifying on these bills even before became elected. I’ve been fighting for these two issues for quite awhile.”

Polis called the measures “an important step forward … for an inclusive state that recognizes that diversity is a big part of our strength.” He recognized the history of the bills’ signing by pointing out Titone’s election and his partner, Marlon Reis, as being the first first gentleman in Colorado.

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Rep. Brianna Titone speaks at transgender conference a the University of Colorado Boulder

Rep. Brianna Titone recalled her best experience during her 2018 state legislature campaign — knocking on a door in suburban Jefferson County.

Titone, a democrat who represents District 27, which includes parts of Jefferson County and Arvada, is Colorado's first openly transgender elected official and one of the first in the United States.

She spoke to about 100 people at the TRANSforming Gender Conference at the University of Colorado on Saturday and shared how she knocked on the storm door of a house, and the woman who answered was overjoyed because she had heard about Titone.

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Crowds Gather To Hear First Openly Transgender State Rep. Speak

The first openly transgender state legislator in Colorado visited the University of Colorado Boulder campus on Saturday as part of the TRANSforming Gender Conference. The event attracts more than 700 people every year.

This year, one of the most attended speeches was given by Brianna Titone, a state legislator from Arvada.

“It really shows that you can go on, and be successful, and be whoever you want to be,” said Morgan Seamont, Assistant Director for the Center of Inclusion and Social Change at CU.

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Titone, Kraft-Tharp pass bills through the house

The House approved a bill dealing with water conservation Jan. 28. This is the first bill Rep. Brianna Titone (D-Arvada) introduced this session and the first to pass the House.   

“Water takes up a big part of the budget in most homeowners associations,” Titone said.“Our state is facing a drought so it’s critical that we are responsibly managing our water usage — especially in communities on the Front Range and in rural Colorado.”   

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