Legislative preview 2019

Q&A with Tom Sullivan, state representative for District 37

Posted 1/7/19

Tom Sullivan, D-Centennial, serves state House District 37, including central and east Centennial, nearby unincorporated Arapahoe County areas and the Town of Foxfield. The retired Air Force veteran …

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Legislative preview 2019

Q&A with Tom Sullivan, state representative for District 37

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Tom Sullivan, D-Centennial, serves state House District 37, including central and east Centennial, nearby unincorporated Arapahoe County areas and the Town of Foxfield. The retired Air Force veteran and former postal worker was elected to the office in November.

Colorado Community Media did a brief Q&A with Sullivan ahead of the opening of the 2019 legislative session, which began Jan. 4.

What is the most important issue for the Legislature to tackle this session, and what needs to be done?

Transparency is a concern I heard while I knocked doors this past year. The voters want to know that we hear their concerns and what we are doing about it. The curtain must be pulled back to expose what is happening in the Land of Oz.

Tell us about two pieces of legislation that you plan to sponsor.

I will be a prime sponsor on the Extreme Risk Protection Order bill (also known as a “red flag” bill) that will keep firearms out of the hands of those who are deemed to want to do harm to themselves or others. I will be working with Rep. Alec Garnett to pass this bill that failed last session.

I will also be introducing a bill that lets victims of crime opt-out of notification of their perpetrators' movements rather than opt-in as it is now.

What must be accomplished for this session to be deemed a success?

I believe that we must have involvement from the public. People marched in droves this past year, and they voted again in record numbers. We as elected officials must find ways to include this community in everything we do and we must stay engaged with them. If the voters don't feel that they too are part of the process, we will not have been as successful as we could be.

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