Like many states, Colorado has been gearing up for the 2023 Legislative Session that began on Jan. 9. The elections in November resulted in the largest Democratic majorities in the State House and Senate in recent Colorado history.
Here’s what’s going on as we engage in the session:
- Don’t forget to join us for Go Red at the Capitol Day on Feb. 3! You can learn more and sign up here.
- This legislative session, we will be supporting reauthorization of funding to the Food Pantry Assistance Grant Program. Originally funded at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Pantry Assistance Grant Program aids Colorado food pantries and food banks in the purchase of Colorado agricultural products to meet the needs of rural and urban Coloradans.
- In the vein of preparations, organizations working to end tobacco use in Colorado, including American Heart Association came together in December for a full-day, in-person meeting dedicated to local tobacco control policies. We worked together to identify communities across the state for future campaigns focused on flavored tobacco work and tobacco retail licensing, among other things. Stay tuned for new campaigns in the state!
- Sadly, in October, the House Minority Leader, Hugh McKean, passed away suddenly from a heart attack. AHA, in coordination with those that were close to Leader McKean, is exploring ways to remember and honor the dedicated civil servant.