It has been an extremely productive and successful week here at the Capitol  for Representative Holtorf. Three bills that were prime co-sponsored by Rep. Holtorf, all passed committee this week, completing the trifecta. 

Those three bills include; HB21-1215 (Expansion of Justice Crime Prevention Initiative), SB21-008 (Remove Junior From Certain College Names), and HB21-1279 (Occupational Therapy Interstate Compact). 

We want to thank Reps. Ortiz, D. Valdez, and Young for their willingness to work on these important bills in a bi-partisan manner.

The justice reinvestment crime prevention initiative (initiative), administered by the Colorado department of local affairs in the division of local government (department), incorporates programs that expand small business lending and provide grants aimed at reducing crime and promoting community development in certain target communities. Effective October 1, 2021, the bill:

  • Expands the initiative to a statewide program; and
  • Adds a small business grant program for formerly incarcerated persons (program) to the initiative.

The bill requires the department to work with the Colorado department of corrections and the Colorado office of economic development in developing and implementing the program. The program shall include:

  • A training program in business, finance, and entrepreneurship for formerly incarcerated persons;
  • A small business grant for formerly incarcerated persons who have completed the training program and are selected by the department through a rigorous application process; and
  • An ongoing consulting program in business, finance, and entrepreneurship for the selected grant recipients.

Selected grant recipients are eligible for the consulting program for at least one year from selection. The grants are funded from the general fund and are limited to no more than $50,000 per selected grant recipient per year.

The bill changes the names of the following colleges:

  • Trinidad state junior college to Trinidad state college;
  • Otero junior college to Otero college

The bill enacts the “Occupational Therapy Licensure Interstate Compact” (compact), allowing occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants who are licensed in any state that is a member of the compact to provide occupational therapy services in other member states.

The director of the division of professions and occupations in the department of regulatory agencies is authorized to issue provisional occupational therapy licenses and provisional occupational therapy assistant licenses to certain qualified individuals and to implement the compact.

Rep. Richard Holtorf seeks Smart Program to fund Agriculture in Colorado

One example is Senate Bill 21-248. Representative Holtorf was proudly the House Co- Prime sponsor of this Bipartisan Bill, which addresses the loan and or grant program for Colorado Agriculture. This transfers money to programs like the Farm-to-Market infrastructure. This provides eligible applicants with low interest rates for farms and ranches in Colorado. The fund has thirty million dollars allocated and is suggested to be divided up with twenty million for loans and ten million for grants. This has been presented as a legislative intent; the Governor of Colorado has this bill before him at this time to be considered and signed.  This will also be a good place for the smaller micro beef processing plants to look at for assistance

National Purple Heart Day

National purple heart day is August 7. Rep. Holtorf worked hard on getting HB21-1116 passed so Purple Heart recipients are allowed free access to Colorado’s National Parks.

Representatives Janice Rich, Matt Soper and Richard Holtorf celebrate the termination of Initiative 16

State House of Representatives, Janice Rich & Matt Soper and Richard Holtorf. State Supreme Court announces termination of Initiative 16!

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.

SB21-234 was signed into law by Governor Polis

Yesterday, SB21-234 was signed into law by Governor Polis. Another strong bill for Colorado Agriculture I am honored to be apart of.Rep. Richard Holtorf [video width="720" height="1270"...

Democrats Impose Irreparable Damage on Colorado’s Agriculture Industry

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.”

Colorado Agriculture Bills Pass 3rd Reading and Head to the Governor’s Desk

Today was a BIG day for Colorado agriculture. SB21-248— Loan Program for Colorado Agriculture and SB21-234— General Fund Transfer Agriculture Drought & Resiliency passed the State House on 3rd reading. These 2 bills co prime-sponsored by Representative Holtorf are...

House GOP statement on Colorado Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission:

House GOP Statement "We are grateful that the Colorado Supreme Court has upheld the independence of Colorado Independent Redistricting Commissions, and we are pleased that the Court has cleared the way for the Commissions to use preliminary population data to begin...

Memorial Day Speech from Rep. Richard Holtorf

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National Purple Heart Day

National purple heart day is August 7. Rep. Holtorf worked hard on getting HB21-1116 passed so Purple Heart recipients are allowed free access to Colorado’s National Parks.

Democrats Impose Irreparable Damage on Colorado’s Agriculture Industry

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

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.”