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Dear Marilyn,

Yes, this session is quickly coming to a close, and we have so much yet to do! We
have been so busy ... how can there still be so much to accomplish in that last 2.5
weeks? It seems to be the question of the day around here ... and it's the way it
always is, I hear.
Bills continue to come over from the House and move through the Senate. In turn,
we are sending them bills, many of which will die, some of which will be agreed upon
by the House and signed into law.
One of the highlights of my week was having the Yoga Teacher Training bill signed
into law this week. There was supposed to be a bill-signing ceremony, but the
Governor canceled the ceremony and signed the bill into law in private. Regardless
of that, the Yogis are celebrating this evening. If you'd like to read more about it,
here is Lynn Bartel's blog post about it.
http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2015/04/16/gov-hickenlooper-to-sign-yogabill/119005/
Tuesday I was pleased to sign on as a cosponsor on SB15-177, which is the
Construction Defects Reform bill. This is a necessary bill to get through the House if
we want to both re-energize the construction industry and work to provide affordable
housing for both first-time-home-buyers and seniors.
On Wednesday, an amended SB15-184 passed the Senate on Third Reading, and I
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continued to be a strong NO vote. As drafted, SB15-184 was a very good bill that
would have ended the practice of putting kids in detention for truancy. During the
hearing on this bill, we heard testimony that kids as young as third grade, when
truant, are sentenced to detention, which is jail, and they are STRIP SEARCHED.
The Amendment wanted to take into consideration a pilot program that's recently
begun that is making some progress in this area, but they left open as a last resort
the option of detention. For that reason, I was a no vote.
Also Wednesday two of my bills were passed on Second Reading. SB15-181, which
concerns the appointment of receivers in certain cases, and SB15-229, which is the
ALS License Plate bill. Both of these bills passed Third Reading on Thursday, and
are headed for the House.
Thursday we passed good legislation to enforce the prohibited use of electronic
benefits transfer cards at certain types of locations (HB15-1255). This bill calls for
the law to be enforced that prohibits "welfare" or "medicaid" dollars from being spent
in liquor stores, casinos, pot shops, etc.
The "Man Cave Act" of 2015 became law on Thursday also, SB15-227, which really
just allows those who buy residential storage condos to be charged the "residential"
rate for property taxes. These storage condos tend to house the toys a family owns
that HOA rules prevent them from keeping at home. Hence, the "Man Cave"
nickname.
Thursday Senator Kevin Lundberg and I worked very hard to improve HB15-1130,
which concerns internet voting for military and overseas voters. Senator Hill and
Senator Garcia, the sponsors in the Senate, worked with us and allowed some
amendments to be added. However, as we tried their patience, they became less
and less enthused about the number of changes we wanted to make.
Election experts have said the bill is awful. We made it somewhat better, but the
experts are still saying it is unworkable. Marilyn Marks says, in fact, we made the bill
WORSE with our amendments. One of the amendments that was added, the drafter
changed the punctuation in the draft, and presented it to Senator Lundberg right
before we went on the floor. The change in punctuation makes a LOT of difference.
One amendment that wasn't offered, due to the Senate losing patience with the
process, was critical, and now our only hope is a fix back in a House Conference
Committee.

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I know election activists are unhappy, and they will be very vocal. And I don't blame
them. When asked how I could justify my "yes" vote on HB15-1130, the only thing I
can say is, After making all those amendments to the bill, I had promised the
sponsors a "yes." We truly thought we were fixing the bill. By the time we figured
out we weren't fixing the bill, leadership wouldn't lay it over another day to make
third-reading tweaks or amendments, and so we were faced with voting on Third
Reading. It's the honest answer, but even in my mind, it's unsatisfactory.
Friday morning I was visited at the Capitol by Bill and our grandson Jackson, who is
two. Papa had the privilege of babysitting, and he brought Jackson to see where
Nana works. It delighted me to take the chair of Committee of the Whole and to hear
his "Hi, Nana" from the back of the chamber and to hear his giggles when playing
with Papa.
I hope you have a great weekend. If you're not busy on Saturday morning, come to
my Town Hall meeting at 10:30. We'll meet at Tri-City Baptist Church, which is
located at 6953 West 92nd Lane, just north of 92nd and East of Wadsworth
Parkway. Even if you want to come and "yell" at me about the election bill, come on
out!
Until next week!!
For liberty!

Senator Laura Woods


200 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203
303-866-4840
720-588-0522
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/laurawoodsforsenate
To make a donation: http://www.senatorlaurawoods.com/donate/
PS: The democrats are hoping that I fail as a legislator. They are working hard to
prevent my bills from getting good press or ANY press. If you can donate anything
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to my re-election campaign, I'd appreciate anything you can give. $10? $25?
$50 or even $100? Perhaps you can max out and do the whole $400 now? In
truth, anything helps. We had a good first reporting period, but there is much to still
to raise!

Copyright 2015 Senator Laura Woods, All rights reserved.

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