This session, Senator Garcia sponsored and passed legislation that will:
1. Create a Community Paramedic Program to provide innovative and high quality healthcare to citizens across the state.
2. Help Business Districts such as Pueblo West benefit from business development.
3. Support Israel by divesting from companies with prohibitions against Israel.
Read more about these specific bills below:
“Community Paramedic Regulations”
This bill creates a Community Paramedic or “CP” program in Colorado. Community Paramedicine is a proven, innovative, and practical solution to provide high-quality primary care and preventive services. 17 other states across the county have community paramedic programs.
This bill aims to capitalize on these proven benefits by ensuring adequate regulations to ensure competency with education, creating a program for agencies to help patients navigate the 9-1-1 system while ensuring frequent patients can navigate to places to receive care. Additionally, this bill will develop guidelines for medical professionals to foster cooperation and make sure all patients receive the care they need.
The bill successfully passed both chambers and was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper on June 8, 2016.
“Divest from Companies with Prohibitions Against Israel”
This bill requires the Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA) to divest from any company boycotting Israel -- our most crucial democratic ally in the Middle East. Efforts to boycott Israel known as the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Movement and are meant to undermine Israel. For many Coloradans and Americans across the country, the stock of those companies are likely part of their retirement portfolio, and boycotting these companies can hurt their stock.
This bill passed the House 54-10 and the Senate 25-9 with widespread bipartisan support.The Bill was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper on March 18, 2016.
“Metro District Authority to Promote Business Development”
The bill concerns the ability of Metropolitan Business Districts to be able to engage in business recruitment and development. Under current law, only districts with property evaluations above $1.25 billion are able to be involved in these activities. This means that 1,472 districts do not qualify for these incentives. This bill removes the minimum dollar amount for districts to be involved in this action.
Pueblo West is among the Districts that would benefit from this legislation.
This bill passed in the House on Feb 2 with bipartisan support. It also unanimously passed the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee on March 7 and passed a third reading vote in the Senate on March 11. It was signed by Governor Hickenlooper on April 15 2016.
“Fiscal Responsibility for Courthouses”
This bill aims to create a reliable, safe, and effective court system for citizens of Colorado. However, current law places the fiscal burden of courthouses and court facilities on county governments. Today, the financial burdens being placed on county governments are substantial and many courthouses have fallen into disrepair.
This bill works to start a process to rectify the situation by creating a phased-in system wherein the state will pay each county an annual, graduated rental payment for use of the courtroom and court facilities.
The bill passed the Senate Committee on Finance on February 4 but was postponed indefinitely in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
“State Patrol Facility in Pueblo”
This bill require the Colorado State Patrol is to present a plan to the Capital Development Committee by July of 2016 detailing its needs in Pueblo. The current facility at 902 N. Erie Drive in Pueblo is inadequate plumbing and temporary trailers that are far from ideal facilities. The State Patrol must also develop a plan for its headquarters by November 2017. This plan must be for a new headquarters to collocate with CDOT in the new facility.
This bill passed the Senate Committee on Transportation on February 16 ut was postponed indefinitely in the Senate Appropriations Committee.