Colorado Community Media asked the following questions of state Rep. Mark Baisley, R- Roxborough Park, ahead of the 2020 legislative session, which began Jan. 8. Baisley represents District 39, …
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Colorado Community Media asked the following questions of state Rep. Mark Baisley, R- Roxborough Park, ahead of the 2020 legislative session, which began Jan. 8. Baisley represents District 39, encompassing portions of Douglas and Teller counties.
What can be learned from the 2019 session?
The harsh realization for me in my freshman year is how eager legislators are to solve every matter of life with the force of government. For example, it is now illegal for school bus drivers to drive their bus into a neighboring school district without the permission of that district’s superintendent. The Democratic Party wishes to micromanage every aspect of our lives. Several starkly unconstitutional bills were passed in deliberate violation of legislators’ oath of office. The strongest lesson learned from the 2019 session is to never again vote control of the House, the Senate and governor’s office to statists.
What bill or bills are you most looking forward to working on in the 2020 session?
Transparency in state government regulations, parental sovereignty regarding vaccines and college credit for work experience.
In light of Proposition CC’s failure in November, what steps should be taken for transportation and education funding?
The people of Colorado exercised great wisdom in defeating Proposition CC which was an attempt by statists to cripple our Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. All that must happen for transportation and education to be sufficiently funded is for the legislators to drastically reduce the state’s overreaching involvement in human services and health care, which takes up 34% of discretionary spending.
What do you envision as the most daunting challenge this session?
National political forces are seizing the opportunity to turn Colorado into California by finding cooperative members of the House and Senate to carry their micromanagement plans into law. And because they control the House, the Senate and governor’s office, nothing can stop the Democrats from imposing these new controls on Colorado citizens, their businesses and their children.
Describe a successful 2020 session.
A successful 2020 session would be one where the Legislature focuses on reducing its social footprint, effectively providing essential government services, and where Gov. Jared Polis vetoes every unconstitutional bill.
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