Hello! I hope you are doing well. A few updates on my end:
Our next townhall (Thurs. Sept. 20, 2012, 7:00 - 8:00PM) will be a public safety event to meet as a community in the wake of the July 20 movie theatre shootings. We will be honoring our 1st responders and have booths with public safety information from the following organizations:
- Aurora Fire Department
- Aurora Police Department School Resource Officers
- Aurora Public Schools
- Rural/Metro Ambulance
- Denver Regional Council of Governments and the Area Agency on Aging
- Children’s Hospital Colorado
- Safe Kids Metro Denver
- Aurora Mental Health Center
- Philips 66 Pipeline safety
Come find out more about the more common public safety challenges and what we can do about it. These organizations will have resources and information to help you and your family. Last year Forbes ranked Aurora the 9th safest city in the U.S. for a city of its size.
This will be held at the Community College of Aurora, 16000 E. Centretech Pkwy, Aurora in the Rotunda Room, Student Services Building.
This event is being hosted by myself, Rep. Su Ryden, Rep. Rhonda Fields and Rep. Nancy Todd. All are welcome. Please bring others. We hold these evening townhalls on the 3rd Thursday of every month unless it falls on a holiday.
Monday Coffee Oct. 1, 2012
7:15 - 8:30AM
Mimi's Cafe, 205 S. Abilene St, Aurora
All Welcome - Open Forum - Any Topic You Want to Discuss
*We hold these coffee events on the 1st Monday of every month unless it falls on a holiday.
There has been a lot of activity and confusion surrounding the status of voters. Please take a moment and make sure that you are properly registered (even if you think you are), that your address is current and correct and that you are properly signed up to receive a mail ballot. You can do this by visiting: http://www.govotecolorado.com.
SHAPING FUTURE LEGISLATION
Each legislator gets 5 bills per session unless granted special permission from leadership. We have a deadline of December 1 before the session to get those bill requests submitted. That means if you have an idea that you want to see pursued for legislation in the 2013 session, you should seek to have a legislative sponsor before December 1, 2012 or else you may have to wait until the 2014 session.
Anyone can make or change law in Colorado. All you need is 1 (of the 100) legislators to agree to be your sponsor and he or she can walk you through the process.
TAKE BACK YOUR GOVERNMENT: A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO GRASSROOTS CHANGE
Because I feel like there is a lot information we can better share about how people can effectively participate in the legislative process, I wrote the book, "Take Back Your Government: A Citizen's Guide to Grassroots Change". I am pleased to report that it made a local best seller's list. If you have not yet received a copy but want to you can get one at Tattered Cover, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and most local independent booksellers.