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April 13, 2018

Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting:
The next videoconference with Western Slope lawmakers is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00 AM, in the Lower Level Briefing Room of the Chamber. Thank you to videoconference sponsor: Xcel Energy. To register for the conference online, click here

Drainage District Election May 8th:
The next election for the Grand Valley Drainage District board is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8th, 2018. Candidates Mary Brophy and Dave Edwards are seeking to replace Richard Bowman on the three-member board. The major issue of the election will be the monthly charge for stormwater improvements that was put in place three years ago. Candidate Dave Edwards supports maintaining the stormwater charge, whereas Mary Brophy says she is a skeptic. Only residents of the drainage district’s Division 3 will be eligible to vote in the upcoming election. To read more, click here.

Party Assemblies Meet this Weekend to Determine Primary Ballot:
This Saturday, April 14th, both the Democrat and Republican state assemblies will be convening to determine which candidates will appear on the primary ballot this June. At both assemblies, party delegates will vote for candidates for governor, treasurer, secretary of state, attorney general and a CU Board of Regents seat. Each candidate needs the support of 30 percent of the voting delegates to appear on the primary ballot. Gubernatorial candidates can skip the state assembly process entirely by petitioning, in which they need to collect 1,500 valid signatures from registered party members in each of the state's seven congressional districts. For more information, click here.

$28.9 Billion State Budget Passes Conference Committee:
On Wednesday, a $28.9 billion state budget proposal made its way through a conference committee. The budget was previously passed through the House and Senate, but with some discrepancies between the two chamber’s approved amendments. The six-member conference committee voted unanimously to send the bill back to the full legislature. The conference committee rejected numerous amendments that were added by both the House and the Senate, including $8 million for rural broadband that was proposed by the Senate. To read more, click here.

2018 Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast: 
On Tuesday, May 22nd the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the annual Legislative Wrap-up Breakfast. The breakfast will feature Western Slope lawmakers, including Senator Ray Scott, Senator Don Coram, Representative Dan Thurlow, and Representative Yeulin Willett, who will be discussing what happened throughout the legislative session, the outcomes, and how it will all impact businesses in the Grand Valley. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 AM at the Clarion, 755 Horizon Dr. To register online, click here

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