House District 1 March Newsletter

We are officially halfway through the legislative session and spring is just around the corner.

 On Friday, March 1st, the House debated HB19-1177, the Deputy Zackari Parrish III Violence Prevention Act. This bill is a protection order known as an extreme risk protection order and would allow people who pose an immediate threat to themselves or others to have their guns temporarily removed. It must be proven in court that the person poses a threat before a judge can order a warrant for the removal of firearms for up to 364 days. The person can petition to get their guns back at any time during the year, as long as they prove that they are no longer a threat. The bill’s namesake, Zackari Parrish III, died in January 2018 after a man struggling with mental illness shot him and another Deputy as they responded to a call to his home. The man involved in that shooting was well known to law enforcement as someone struggling with mental illness who had guns and had displayed threatening behavior. The shooter’s mother had previously pleaded with law enforcement to help her son and take his guns away. House Bill 1177 addresses situations like this tragedy and the thousands of others we hear about across this country, doing something before tragedy strikes will save lives. If enacted the law will go into effect beginning January 1, 2020. The bill passed the House on final vote on Monday, March 4th. It will next be heard in the Senate. I expect that the next big issue before the House to be the State budget and it is scheduled to heard
in the House the first week of April. Stay tuned, I’m sure there will be lots of news around that!



Information and Upcoming Events

Meeting with Constituents 

High Schoolers from my district were in the Capitol drumming up support for a possible bill. 
Micah, a fourth-grade student from my district, got to see what a normal Friday looks like for me and the rest of the House and learned the process for enacting a bill.

in House District 1

Free tax assistance is available this tax season!
Anyone who earned $55,000 or less can receive free in-person help from IRS-certified volunteers at 
Abraham Lincoln High School.
Visit or call 2-1-1 to find this site’s open dates and times, and for more information about free tax help in Colorado.

Address: 2285 S Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80219

Open Dates: Saturdays, 9 am - 2 pm, February 9 - March 30

Town Hall
I will be hosting a town hall on March 25th at the Harvey Park Rec Center from 6 PM- 7:30 PM.

Hearing from my constituents

As always, I love to hear from you! If you're unable to attend any of the meetings this month, there will always be more in the future. Please feel free to reply to this email, or to call me at 303-866-2966. If you have any questions, concerns or even a simple idea on how I can better serve our district, please reach out to me.
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