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Policy Positions

Pro 15, through its membership, takes positions and stands on various issues that affect Northeast Colorado. Pro 15 also takes positions on various state and federal amendments up for a vote. Pro 15 does not take positions or support individual candidates. Pro 15 is a nonpartisan organization, and all are welcome at the table that supports the organization’s mission. The following are positions our membership has taken to date.

Policy Committee Meetings 2024

April 15, 2024

2nd Wednesday Only

–  Ag, Bus, Energy at 10 am

Ed, Trans and HHS  at 12 noon is:


April 3, 2024

1st Wednesday Only

10 am  Ag, Business, Energy:

12 Noon   HHS, Education, Transportation

Bill List:   Policy Meeting April 3 2024


March 20th

2nd Wednesday Only

10 am      Ag, Business, Energy

12 noon    HHS, Education, Transportation



Back up materials:

AHCA Issue Brief unfunded staffing mandate.pdf

March 6th, 2024

1st Wednesday Only

10 am  –    Ag, Bus, Energy 

12 Noon –  HHS, Ed, Trans


Bills List  3-1-24  Policy Committee Bills for Mar 6 1924

Backup Materials:


The aviation bill I mentioned to you is going to a hearing in House Transportation starting at 1:30 pm on March 6:  Transportation, Housing & Local Government | Colorado General Assembly

Here’s a link to this bill:  Reduce Aviation Impacts on Communities | Colorado General Assembly

This bill would be terrible for aviation and terrible for airports that are such critical resources for rural Colorado.  Please contact your representatives and senators and urge them to oppose this bill.

Some specific concerns include:

  • Pivots the composition of the Colorado Aeronautical Board (CAB) and focus of the Division away from a statewide perspective to one that’s highly localized on front range general aviation (GA) airports, notably Centennial Airport and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (RMMA) by indirect definition.
  • It would force the Division of Aeronautics to completely change the way it currently prioritizes statewide airport grant funding and prioritize essentially front range general aviation airports with noise/land use issues.
  • Does not appear to recognize that the two airports that account for 1/3 of all of the aviation gasoline sold in the state (Centennial and RMMA) either already have unleaded fuel infrastructure in place (Centennial) or have federal funds programmed to add the infrastructure in 2024 (RMMA).
  • It would require the Division to develop standards for “voluntary” airport noise mitigation programs for airports that want our funding, which must be “enforced”. Voluntary programs by definition cannot be “enforced”, either by airports or state agencies , and  airport noise issues are local issues for local jurisdictions.
  • Proposed new non-aviation CAB members are still structured to only represent a very specific set of local front range area airports.
  • Adds language that existing CAB members be appointed to be representative of communities that are disproportionately impacted by GA traffic, diluting the CAB’s statewide representation and focus.
  • Requires the installation of costly  noise monitoring systems and lead level testing of  individuals by the Division at certain airports.
  • Creates a very small new enterprise within the Division and levies up to a $0.50 per gallon fee on leaded avgas with a focus on unleaded avgas infrastructure and incentives.
  • There currently is no approved unleaded avgas that works safely in all piston powered aircraft. Several are in development, but they are not yet approved nor in production at this time.

Thank you!


Kent Holsinger

Holsinger Law, LLC
lands, wildlife and water law
1800 Glenarm Place, Suite 500 | Denver, Colorado 80202
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HB 1172    CRA_FactSheet_FIN

CML Feedback Requested_12.11

HB 1129  One Pager_ Colorado HB 1129 (2024).pdfFebruary 7, 2024

Policy Committee Meetings 2023



1st Wednesday of the Month starting February 1st and ending May 3rd

10:30 – 11:30 am          Ag, Energy, Transportation

11:30 am – 12:30 pm    Health/Human Services, Education, Business –

3rd Wednesday of the Month starting January 18th and ending April 19th

Pro 15 April 19, 2023, Policy Committee Bills

10:30 – 11:30 am          Ag, Energy, Transportation   –

11:30 am – 12:30 pm    Health/Human Services, Education, Business –

Prop 110 – Let’s Go Colorado

One Page Information Sheet

Proposed City and County Revenue Distribution (3)

Transportation Projects List

Resolution for Cities, Counties, Organizations

Supporters of Prop 110:  Don Ament, Jack Keever; Mayor Orville Tonsing, Holyoke; Maggie Metzler; Yuma County EDC; Cheyenne County BOCC; Town of Julesburg; Cathy Shull; Randy Grauberger; Joe Kiely; Barry Gore; Terry Hofmeister; Julie Wiebke; Linda L. Statz; Doug Kamery; Dean Michael; Joshua Young; Steve Young; Kayla Kafta; Milton Hunholz; Mayor BobLeGare, Aurora; Mayor Royce Pindell, Bennett; Senator Dominick Moreno; Senator Kevin Priola; Senator Nancy Todd; Commissioner Steve O’Dorisio, Adams County; Commissioner Bill Holen, Arapahoe County; Commissioner Nancy Jackson, Arapahoe County; Commissioner Rod Pelton, Cheyenne County (Candidate HD65); Bethleen McCall, City County, Yuma (Candidate HD65); Deb Gustafson (candidate SD1); Town of Limon; Ports to Plains; Colorado Municipal League; North Area Transit Alliance; Move Colorado; Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association; Colorado Association of Wheat Growers; Colorado Cattlemen’s Association; Colorado Dairy Farmers; Colorado Farm Bureau; Adams County Economic Development; Lincoln County Economic Development; Sage Strategies; Discover Northeast Colorado; Morgan County Democrats; Gerry Horak, Mayor ProTem Fort Collins; Colorado Corn Growers; Mountain View Electric

2018 Colorado Ballot

All six citizen-led initiatives have made the ballot. Four are statutory changes —
  • A setback measure for oil and gas would mandate that new oil and gas development, including fracking, be a minimum distance of 2,500 feet from occupied buildings and other areas designated as “vulnerable.” Pro 15 opposes
  • Payday loans would restrict the charges on payday loans to a yearly rate of 36 percent and would eliminate all other finance charges and fees associated with payday lending.
  • A transportation measure that would increase sales tax, and Pro 15 supports
  • Another transportation measure that would authorize bonds. Pro 15 opposes
  • changes campaign-finance limitations Pro 15 supports
Two are constitutional amendments —
  • One amendment requires that property owners be compensated for any reduction in property value caused by state laws or regulations.
  • The other amendment boosts income taxes to raise money for education. Pro 15 supports
Also on the ballot are six measures referred by the Colorado General Assembly:
  • Amendment V, age requirement for legislators,
  • Amendment W, election ballot format for judicial retention elections,
  • Amendment X, industrial hemp definition,
  • Amendment Y, congressional redistricting, Pro 15 supports
  • Amendment Z, legislative redistricting, and Pro 15 supports
  • Amendment A, prohibiting slavery and involuntary servitude

General Positions & Letters of Support

Pro 15 Resolutions, Policy Statements & Principles

Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources



Policy Statements


Progressive 15 urges the Governor and the Commissioner of Agriculture to be actively involved in promoting and defending Colorado’s agriculture interest in international trade negotiations and engage Colorado’s agriculture organizations in developing a strategy to this end.


Progressive 15 believes that agriculture is an integral part of its economic base and urges the Governor to convene a task force to assess the future of agriculture in Colorado and make appropriate recommendations as to what the State of Colorado can do to ensure a viable future for this important industry.


Progressive 15 urges any changes in policies or laws on use of chemicals in agriculture, mining, etc. are based on sound scientific evidence.


Progressive 15 supports protection of personal property rights


Progressive 15 believes agriculture land condemnation for economic development should not be allowed


Business and Labor


Policy Statements


Progressive 15 urges the Colorado Tourism Office and the Colorado Tourism Board to promote agri-tourism, agriculture, cultural tourism, by-ways, heritage tourism, the Eastern Plains and the entire State of Colorado in its photography and marketing.


Progressive 15 believes water impacts economic development




Health & Human Services



Local Government


Policy Statements


Progressive 15 believes that fiscal limits should be statutory in nature and opposes the placement of additional fiscal limitations within the state constitution.


Progressive 15 supports retaining the opportunity for voters to approve proposed tax increases

Transportation & Energy



Rural Freight Cooridors

Transportation Bonding Guidelines

Policy Statements


Progressive 15 requests CDOT to adopt rules (consistent with USDOT) which provide year around opportunity for ag producers to advertise on-farm products                           


Progressive 15 supports a comprehensive study of existing regulations and associated impacts to

state and local roadways and movement of goods within, to from and through Colorado

regarding vehicle weights and configuration including those affecting agriculture commodities


Progressive 15 supports efforts to fund and develop the federally designated North / South Trade

corridors affecting Colorado; Ports to Plains and Heartland Express


Progressive 15 supports efforts to fund and develop North / South Trade Corridor High

Plains Highway 385


Progressive 15 urges, encourages and support efforts within Northeast Colorado to direct the

State of Colorado to secure additional funding through innovative and creative methods to

address the maintenance and repair of the transportation infrastructure of the region.


Progressive 15 urges collaborative efforts to expand federal and state funding options to improve

the state wide transportation system.




2016 Ballot Positions




Health Care Oppose Amendment 69
Oil & Gas Oppose Initiative 78 Setback
Oil & Gas Oppose Initiative 75 local gvt control
Raise The Bar Support Initiative 96 More difficult to amend constitution
Let Colorado Vote Support Initiative 98 Primaries
Raising Min Wage Oppose Initiative 101 State Minimum Wage
Presidential Primary – 1st in West Support Initiative 140 Presidential Primaries
No Position Initiative 143 Tobacco Tax
No Position Initiative 145 Medical Aid in Dying

Policy Committee Meetings August 20-21, 2020 Study Materials

Log In for Thursday, August 20th

Cathy Shull is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Pro 15 Policy Committee Meetings – Education, Business, Energy
Time: Aug 20, 2020 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 823 2158 8224

Log In for Friday, August 21st




Cathy Shull is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Pro 15 Policy Committee Meetings – Transportation – HHS – Agriculture
Time: Aug 21, 2020 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 853 8131 1204







Need decision on Extend for 5 years, Archive or Revise RESOLUTION REGARDING Oil & Gas Regulatory Framework

2020 Ballot:

76Final Citizenship Qualifications

107Final Grey Wolves

283Final Family Leave

295OriginalFinal fee based enterprises

306Final Reduce Income Tax

2020a_1427_rer Tobacco Tax

2020a_scr001_enr Property Tax

SB19-042FinalBill National Popular Vote



Outside Resources Pro/Con:

YONPV info flyer – NE


Pro Gallagher Amendment

Understanding the Gallagher Amendment

a 20-minute video explanation of Gallagher and the next likely adjustment of the Residential Assessment Rate in 2021

summary of Gallagher Repeal ballot proposal and impacts, 2020

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