Vail Valley Voices: Still your state rep awhile longer |

Vail Valley Voices: Still your state rep awhile longer

Now that the Colorado Supreme Court has approved the revised maps for Colorado’s House Districts, the work related to bidding farewell to current constituents and embracing new constituents can begin.

I appreciate the hard work of the Reapportionment Commission and don’t envy their formidable task of redoing the boundaries of our 100 House and Senate districts per state law following census years.

House District 56 currently includes all of Lake and Summit counties and most of Eagle County. I will continue to represent the people living in this district through 2012.

The newly formed House District 61 includes Lake, Pitkin and Summit counties, northern Gunnison County and eastern Delta County. If I am successful in the November 2012 election, I’ll have the opportunity to represent this new group of constituents.

I will certainly miss my Eagle County friends, but look forward to reaching out to House District 61.

Having spent the last several months meeting with and listening to my constituents, I know that there are many areas of concern among residents of House District 56.

I recognize that our local economy has not quite rebounded, and I plan to carry legislation that supports Gov. John Hickenlooper’s next steps to build on last year’s bottom-up economic development discussions that took place throughout the state.

Our enterprise zone system, in which we grant tax credits for job creation, has become inefficient and needs an overhaul. My colleagues and I will support measures to make sure our investment in job creation produces better returns. I anticipate that many other bills will be introduced to promote job creation and I will work collaboratively with all of my fellow representatives throughout the state to help connect Coloradans to good jobs.

Collaborative teams such as the Forest Health Task Force in Summit County have been successful local tools for dealing with the bark beetle crisis and the resultant concern about wildfires. I am carrying legislation this year that will allow these collaborative efforts to continue through the continuation of the Forest Health Restoration Pilot Program.

Maintaining a strong public education system remains a top priority for my constituents and for me as a longtime educator. I am co-sponsoring legislation to revise Colorado’s Basic Literacy Act and will continue to work hard to preserve and improve funding for K-12 and higher education.

As I prepare to head to the capitol from January through May, I look forward to staying in touch with my current and new constituents. So that I can do my best work in representing your interests, please stay in touch with me via phone or email. Better yet, come down to the capitol to see me. It’s always good to see familiar and friendly faces from home!

Millie Hamner is the state representative for District 56 in Summit, Lake and Eagle counties. She can be reached at (303) 866-2952 and

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