Senate District 4

This legislative session has been disappointingly different

This legislative session has been disappointingly different

To be very clear, the tone at the state Capitol has dramatically changed compared to my prior two years representing Colorado Senate District 4. I believe the message from the new majority in the state Legislature is no longer about making decisions that reflect the beliefs from voters from across the state, but instead it has become a movement to make Colorado a powerful, progressive stronghold. Having previously served in a split Legislature, I just don’t think that this is what Colorado is about.

Colorado Senate advances public option health insurance bill

Colorado Senate advances public option health insurance bill

Republican Sen. Jim Smallwood, an insurance broker, questioned the wisdom of having government step in as a competitor. He noted that high rural premiums persist and are rising under a state health insurance exchange adopted under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

Colorado lawmakers divided over whether sex education bill should go to voters

Colorado lawmakers divided over whether sex education bill should go to voters

“Using the safety clause blocks people from the petition process and takes citizens’ rights away.”

The “safety clause” can be found at the end of House Bill 19-1032, and it means if the Democrat-led bill passes, the state’s voters don’t get a chance to kill it before it becomes law.

Bill to Require Safe Haven Law Education Sponsored by Sen. Jim Smallwood Faces Political Games

Which is why Sen. Jim Smallwood introduced a bill that requires schools to include the Safe Haven Law as part of sex education. Everyone on the committee said it was a good idea. The bill seemed on track to pass, then came a detour.

Senator Jim Smallwood tells the Denver Post we are coming dangerously close to government overreach

“We’re coming dangerously close to government overreach,” Smallwood said. “The challenge is to strike the right balance. What is the right amount of government intervention to make sure taxpayer dollars are accounted for?”

Senator Jim Smallwood makes case against 'public option' health care plan

Senator Jim Smallwood makes case against 'public option' health care plan

“I think it makes folks nervous,” State Sen. Jim Smallwood (R-Douglas County) said. “Public entities are known for operating in deficits."

Senator Jim Smallwood takes a stand against Colorado single-payer health care

Senator Jim Smallwood takes a stand against Colorado single-payer health care

“It’s very refreshing to me to see Democrats themselves finally admitting publicly that Obamacare is failing them,” said Sen. Jim Smallwood, R-Parker. “If Obamacare was working, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”