House also gives preliminary approval to Galindo bill to protect Colorado call center jobs
(Apr. 18) – The House gave preliminary approval to Rep. Rochelle Galindo and Rep. Jonathan Singer’s bipartisan bill to reauthorize funding for the Colorado Resiliency Office. Over five years ago, Lyons, Evans, Greeley and other areas of Northern Colorado were hit hard by floods that damaged homes, destroyed two parks and left eight dead. Democrats have been working on disaster relief issues for the past several sessions.
“After the floods hit our community, we stuck together and we rebuilt because that’s how we do things,”said Rep. Galindo. “We must continue to work together to help Colorado communities effectively prepare for the next natural disaster or the next flood.”
“There are no Democratic or Republican floods, tornadoes or natural disasters. Parts of my district includes Longmont, Lyons and eastern Boulder County and was among the hardest hit areas in the state by the flood and I continue to be proud of the resiliency of our community,” said Rep. Singer. “I’m appreciative of the collaborative, bipartisan approach across the state to make this is reality. This bill will help make our state’s disaster response quicker and recovery more effective.”
Rep. Singer is a co-prime sponsor of HB18-1394 which was signed into law last year. The bill created a policy group to help coordinate the state’s response in the immediate aftermath of a disaster and continued the Colorado Resiliency Office, which helps direct long-term rebuilding efforts and community recovery.
In 2013, then-Speaker Mark Ferrandino and other lawmakers formed a bipartisan committee to address flood issues. Current State Treasurer and former Rep. Dave Young of Greeley served as co-chair of the committee. This Fall, Rep. Galindo succeeded Treasurer Young as a representative for HD-50 and parts of the district in Evans and Greeley were damaged by the floods.
Earlier this month HB19-1292 passed a House committee 8-2 with Republican Rep. Lois Landgraf joining Democrats in support.
The House approved HB19-1292l on voice-vote and a recorded vote will be taken at a later date.