Cut statewide Property Taxes by 10% (HB-1349)
Saved Highlands Ranch’s largest employer from leaving Colorado (SB-299)
Protected the Patient Doctor Relationship (SB-88)
Secured $128 Million more for K-12 Education atop other k-12 budget increases
Passed major reforms to the improve the Judicial Performance Committee, a key check and balance on the Judicial Branch
Co-Sponsored long-awaited Construction Defect Reforms
Increased Penalties for multiple DUI’s
Expanded Crackdown on Human Trafficking (HB’s 1035, 1040, 1172)
Protected Stalking Victims
Ended federally mandated PARCC Testing
Equalized Charter School Funding
Realtor® Association “Legislator of the Year” Award Winner
Colorado Medical Society Recognized Champion
American Conservative Union Award for “Conservative Excellence”
Common Sense in the Courtroom Award winner
“A” Rating from Principles of Liberty Colorado
AFP ``Champion of Economic Freedom``
House Bill 1051: Simplified Vehicle Ownership Transfer Process
“This common sense bill will allow Coloradans to name a beneficiary for their vehicles. Not only does it simplify an often confusing process, but grants people more control over their assets by empowering families to avoid costly and difficult probate court hearings,” said Van Winkle.
Even with completed Will documents, Colorado families must still work though Probate court proceedings if the net value of assets to be transferred upon death exceeds $64,000. HB-1051 allows you to remove your vehicle from the equation and simply transfer it directly to a beneficiary. Naming a beneficiary is currently disallowed under Colorado law for vehicles.
House Bill 1028: Modifications to Fire and Police Death and Disability Plans
“I’m running this bill on behalf of the Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension Reform Commission to ensure Firefighters and Police Officers who must take temporary disability continue to receive proper retirement compensation during that time,” said Van Winkle.
HB-1028 now moves to the Senate for further consideration. Former Weld County Sheriff, Senator John Cooke, will be sponsoring the bill in the Senate. Both Sen. Cooke and Rep. Van Winkle are members of the Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension Reform Commission.
House Bill 1235: Judicial Performance Commission Reboot
In short, this bill would give Colorado voters dramatically more information about the judges on their ballots.
Specifically, the bill make three big changes. First, it would require public reports on justices and judges every two years. Second, it would allow more information to flow into, and out of, the commissions that make retention recommendations. And third, would reconfigure the state commission, which makes the rules for all other 22 commissions to follow and makes recommendations regarding appellate judges, to consist of one member of each district performance commission.
House Bill’s 1066 & 1115: Domestic Violence Legislation
HB-1066 (Co-Sponsored by Rep. Van Winkle) Allows for a Judge or Jury to declare that a person who is convicted of three prior misdemeanor domestic violence offenses to be designated as a “habitual domestic violence offender”. Once declared a habitual domestic violence offender, that person can be charged with a felony, instead of a fourth misdemeanor.
HB-1115 Protects Victims of Domestic Violence by closing a dangerous new loophole in State law that allows thousands of the most dangerous Domestic Violence offenders to erase their conviction records each year. Once the DV conviction records are sealed, they are forever hidden from both the public, and victims.
Allow Interstate Medical Licenses
This bill follows up on a very popular 2015 “Tele-Medicine” bill that Rep. Van Winkle helped pass. For the first time, Coloradans can hold doctor visits over the internet (instead of in person). It’s a big step forward for reducing health care costs and making doctors visits, especially for the elderly or injured who may have trouble traveling. This 2016 bill allows out-of-state doctors and specialists to work with Colorado patients without being licensed and regulated by the State of Colorado.
These bills will reduce health care costs, and add convenience for patients.
Student Data Privacy Act
This bill prohibits the selling of student data to marketers (or anyone else). It also requires local districts to adopt enhanced protects for student’s data.
Divest Colorado from Anti-Israeli Companies
In an effort to protect America’s greatest ally in the Middle East, this bill requires the state’s retirement program to divest from companies that publicly boycott Israel.
Repeal Duplicate Reporting Requirements
Far too often, Coloradans and Colorado companies must fill out both Federal and State versions of the same forms. This bill removes the need to file duplicate forms with the state of Colorado, such as the Federal I-9 form.
Increases Transparency and Accountability of the Colorado Department of Transportation. CDOT is entrusted with a tremendous about of taxpayer money, and increased oversight has proved to be necessary to ensure taxpayer money intended for roads and bridges, efficiently gets to put to good use instead of getting lost in bureaucracy.
HB15-1061 No Record Sealing Municipal Domestic Violence
HB15-1098 Ban Red Light Cameras
HB15-1107 Annexation of Business within Large Communities Served By Metro District
HB15-1152 Constitutional Carry
HB15-1156 Higher Ed Performance Funding Resident Students
SB15-041 Local Government Regulation Amateur Radio Antennas
SB15-227 Define for Tax Purposes Residential Storage Condos as Residential
SB15-276 Voter Approval For Use Of Red Light (& Photo Radar) Cameras
For more Information on bills the before the 2015 Legislature, please visit: http://www.leg.state.co.us
Increased Penalties against Human Traffickers
Saved taxpayers money
Passed the Working Families College Savings Act
Passed Multi-Year Priority Budget Forecasting
Successfully passed 15 bills with strong bi-partisan support
Expanded K-12 and Higher Educational Opportunities
New School Security Grant Program to prevent school violence ($30 Million)
Big K-12 Funding increases (+$600 Million)
Tackled PERA’s unfunded liabilities & Saved state from credit rating downgrade
Fought to boost funding for roads and bridges without tax increase