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Statement from Rep. Richard Holtorf about what occured on the House floor

This week an unfortunate situation occurred on the house floor caused by the lack of decorum in the chamber of the Colorado House of Representatives. This situation involved three or more members violating rules of decorum in the chamber, including certain individuals that are crying foul the most.

I own my part of the incident steeped in misunderstanding.
These cultural differences continue to divide us. I do not appreciate the lack of professionalism and verbal attacks against me on that day. I am sure no apology will be offered to me from those who also violated the rules of decorum.

The bigger person is the one who steps up and admits fault and apologies. I have offered my apology on two occasions.

I fully support the expert leadership of House Speaker Garnett in his demand to reestablish decorum and raise the modicum of respect for each of us in the chamber. I plan to fully participate in his guidance and his plan to super elevate the decorum in the house chamber to the highest level.

There is nothing more to discuss about this unfortunate incident today. We all in this nation need to begin a positive and productive dialogue to move forward in a manner to heal our communities, our state, and our country. We must not continue to shout at each other, divide, denigrate each other and attack each other in the public space.

I have felt the hatred and anger of so many citizens across the nation this week and it saddens me. The compilation of vile rhetoric that I have read this week exceeds by a large magnitude one word.

I forgive all of you for your expressions of extreme hatred targeted at myself and my family.
I ask we all try to move to a place that sheds a positive light on our community. Help to heal our differences.

Let us go to a better place and find the light in each other. We can use this and other moments to change the trajectory of this issue in a positive way and bring our nation together.

Rejection of the PAUSE Initiative by the Colorado Supreme Court

Denver, CO – Colorado House Agriculture Committee Vice-Chair Marc Catlin released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s rejection of the PAUSE Initiative.

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Public Comment on Colorado Redistricting

The Colorado Independent Redistricting Commissions Staff are currently taking public comment for consideration in the development of their preliminary plans.

Carlos Perez, chair of the Colorado Independent Legislative Commission and an unaffiliated voter from Colorado Springs, notes the importance of public participation. “Redistricting occurs once every decade. The state has changed over the last ten years and so hearing from the public is an essential part of the process for creating fair maps that reflect those changes. The legislative commission is made up of ordinary voters and we are here to listen. We encourage everyone to let us know how the district lines should be drawn to best represent your community.”

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Last Friday, Colorado House Republicans fought long into the night to defend the agricultural industry against SB21-087, a bill brought forth by metro Democrats.

The legislation seeks to impose new restrictions and regulations on ag workers and their employees, resulting in much higher costs. One thing about this bill is clear, it will do irreparable damage to Colorado’s agriculture industry.

Public Comment on Colorado Redistricting

The Colorado Independent Redistricting Commissions Staff are currently taking public comment for consideration in the development of their preliminary plans.

Carlos Perez, chair of the Colorado Independent Legislative Commission and an unaffiliated voter from Colorado Springs, notes the importance of public participation. “Redistricting occurs once every decade. The state has changed over the last ten years and so hearing from the public is an essential part of the process for creating fair maps that reflect those changes. The legislative commission is made up of ordinary voters and we are here to listen. We encourage everyone to let us know how the district lines should be drawn to best represent your community.”