State Representative Terri Carver
2017 Legislative Agenda
Overview of priority bills I am running in 2017:
Child Sexual Assault and Sex Trafficking: I’m carrying two bills in this area. HB17-1109 allows a district attorney to combine the charges of sex assault on a child from multiple jurisdictions into one jurisdiction—so that the child victim does not have to go through numerous separate trials. HB17-1172 requires a mandatory jail sentence for a person convicted of human sex trafficking of a minor.
Transportation: I am the sponsor with Rep. Perry Buck to fund needed transportation projects (including widening I-25 from Monument to Castle Rock) with a transportation bond issue (subject to voter approval). My bill also designates that 10% of current state sales and use taxes must be used for transportation funding. This restores designated funding in the state budget for transportation, which was eliminated in 2009.
Transportation funding is a priority—let’s make it a priority in the state budget!
Regulatory Reform for Small Businesses: The bill requires state agencies to reduce regulatory burdens on small businesses, including small business exemptions and least cost alternatives. We must do what we can to help small businesses, as they are the engine that drives our economy and provides jobs.
Data Privacy: HB17-1069 requires a comprehensive review of government databases to determine:
- What personal data is the government collecting that is beyond what is needed to do the government function,
- Who the government is sharing the data with, and
- Is the government doing sufficient cybersecurity to protect our data.
This bill is a first step to systematically restore data privacy and individual control over personal information.
Education: For the 3rd year, I have run legislation to get Colorado out of PARCC testing. As you may know, PARCC testing is aligned with Common Core academic standards. My bill allows local school districts to give a college entrance exam preparation test (PSAT) in 9th grade—a more useful test than PARCC. I strongly support local school district flexibility on student assessments.