Chris Holbert, R-Parker, serves state Senate District 30, which in addition to unincorporated areas near Parker, includes Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Roxborough Park and Sedalia. The business …
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Chris Holbert, R-Parker, serves state Senate District 30, which in addition to unincorporated areas near Parker, includes Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Roxborough Park and Sedalia. The business consultant was elected to his first term in the state Senate in 2014 and re-elected last year. Previously, he served in the state House.
Colorado Community Media did a brief Q&A with Holbert ahead of the opening of the 2019 legislative session, which began Jan. 4.
What is the most important issue for the Legislature to tackle this session, and what needs to be done?
Revenue projections indicate that Colorado taxpayers will send over one billion more dollars over-and-above a previously projected increase in revenues. That's not a one billion dollar increase over last year's revenues — it's one billion dollars more than the expected increase for this year. Within TABOR limits and after honoring any required refunds to taxpayers, the General Assembly should allocate a significant portion of that “new revenue” to roads and bridges. Taxpayers are right to refuse tax increases unless and until the government is more accountable for the already increasing tax revenues they send to us.
Tell us about two pieces of legislation that you plan to sponsor.
After working through the past 32 months since the passage of Senate Bill 16-197, Colorado grocery and convenience stores are now selling full-strength beer. Last year, we addressed several unanswered questions regarding that conversion. In 2019, I will address an unintended consequence of those prior legislative efforts. That is, to allow several rural small businesses, some of which have existed for nearly a century, from having to conform to policies that work in urban settings where choice and competition prevail. I'll also be working to establish a bill of rights for persons protected through a guardianship.
What must be accomplished for this session to be deemed a success?
It is important for constituents to keep in mind that our state constitution defines a legislative process that is based on the rule of simple majority. With one party in control of our state House, Senate and governor's office, there is no motion, rule, tactic or strategy that can be used within that process to stop that majority. Thus, a successful session would involve House and Senate Democrats legislating with an even hand. Short of that, it would involve constituents making their voices heard to the one party that holds complete control over that process for the next two years.
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