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Debt-free schools act passes Colorado House

The Colorado House of Representatives gave final approval Friday to the Debt-Free Schools Act, sponsored by Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, and Rep. Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan.

State Rep. Mitsch Bush talks to constituents in Steamboat Springs about health insurance costs

State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, voted among the majority on the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee on Thursday in a 7-6 vote to kill a bill that would have repealed Connect for Health.

Mitsch Bush appointed as chairwoman of House Transportation and Energy Committee

Diane Mitsch Bush is getting a more prominent spot on one of the state Legislature’s most impactful committees. Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, has been appointed vice-chairwoman of the House Transportation and Energy Committee.

Election Guide 2014: Diane Mitsch Bush

Diane Mitsch Bush is running against Chuck McConnell for the Colorado House District 26 seat.

Fundraising totals lopsided in local county commissioner and state House races

The latest campaign finance reports filed by local candidates running for treasurer, state representative and county commissioner reveal half of the candidates are raking in much more campaign cash than their opponents.

McConnell sweeps past Moloney in Republican state House primary with 60 percent of vote in Routt, Eagle counties

McConnell said Tuesday night he looks forward to debating state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush on gun control issues and educational standards initiatives like Common Core.

State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush discusses water, transportation at town hall

About 25 people attended a town hall meeting with state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, on Thursday in the Board of County Commissioners' Hearing Room where water and transportation issues dominated the discussion.

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State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush pushing to keep Safe Routes to School grants alive

Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, is working to keep the Safe Routes to School program intact by bringing a bill to the House and Senate floors.

Small-scale hydro bill passes state House

The Colorado House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, that seeks to streamline the process for small-scale hydroelectric operations.

Colorado Legislative Rural Caucus meets for 1st time

The Colorado Legislative Rural Caucus met for the first time Monday, hosting a panel discussion about rural telecom issues.

State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush has high hopes in new session

More than halfway through her first term as representative in the Colorado Legislature, one thing was clear Sunday when Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush met with the public Sunday: She's happy with her job.

Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush: All set for 2014 session

The 2014 legislative session began officially at 10 a.m. Jan. 8. Prior to the session opening, I traveled all over our beautiful House District 26 (all of Eagle County and all of Routt County), meeting with and listening to residents at town halls, local governments, nonprofits and businesses.

State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush seeks to reduce red tape for small businesses in Colorado

As a member of the house committee that oversees natural resource issues, state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush said, she’s interested in what the legislature can do to facilitate the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s task of developing a new long-term state water plan.

Diane Mitsch Bush: Support Amendment 66

The first question I ask on any bill that comes before the Colorado House of Representatives is: How will it affect my constituents in Routt and Eagle counties? I get answers by carefully reviewing all materials presented by both sides and asking questions of proponents and opponents. Then I request more data from staff.

Steamboat briefs: Grand Futures Prevention Coalition receives $30K Daniels Fund grant

The grant will be used for general operating expenses at the nonprofit organization, which serves the 14th Judicial District with offices in Grand, Routt and Moffat counties. Its mission is to create and support healthy, positive lifestyle choices as alternatives to substance abuse for youths in our community.

Mitsch Bush to visit with constituents Sunday in Steamboat Springs

Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, is happy to be home during a break in a hectic schedule, and she wants to catch up her local constituents.

Rep. Mitsch Bush has efficient 1st term representing House District 26

Of the four bills Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush sponsored, all passed and were signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper, prompting politics website Colorado Capitol Watch to name her among the most efficient legislators of the session.

Diane Mitsch Bush: A productive legislative session

I am proud to have served you in the Colorado House of Representatives in the 2013 General Assembly, one of the most productive legislative sessions in recent memory.

Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush: Clearing up Senate Bill 252

There is misinformation about the amended, final Senate Bill 252. Let me share what I know from my research and outreach, which led me to demand changes to the bill.

Colorado House passes controversial renewable energy mandate bill

A controversial bill that increases renewable energy mandates for rural electricity cooperatives was approved by the Colorado House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Talk by legislators of repealing Amendment 64

State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, said Friday that she would not support a measure that could result in recreational marijuana once again being criminalized.

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State Rep. Mitsch Bush insists on changes to renewable energy bill

State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush said she told her fellow Transportation and Energy Committee members she wanted to see changes to Senate Bill 13-252 because she is concerned about the impact on rural households, schools and businesses.

Mitsch Bush bill would require Colorado energy companies to report smaller oil spills

In addition to requiring earlier reporting of spills leading to faster response times, Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush said, the bill would establish a track record for operators.

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Routt and Moffat county sheriffs say they won't, and can't, enforce new Colorado gun laws

Wiggins and Jantz maintain the legislation passed by Colorado's House and Senate won't keep guns out of the hands of criminals and instead will punish law-abiding citizens. Both sheriffs said Tuesday that gun control has been the No. 1 concern of their constituents in recent months, and that every email, phone call and comment they have heard is from residents who oppose gun control legislation.

Mitsch Bush, state Democrats approve gun control legislation

Yampa Valley gun enthusiasts may have a few new hoops to jump through after legislators in the Colorado House of Representatives passed four new gun control bills Monday. It went down almost exactly as one local lawmaker predicted.

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State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush holds first town hall with Routt County constituents

There was no shortage of hot topics to discuss Sunday during freshman State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush's first town hall meeting Sunday with her constituents here in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat briefs: Crash still being investigated that closed US Highway 40

A car crash Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 40 between Steamboat Springs and Hayden still is under investigation by the Colorado State Patrol this week.

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State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush sponsors bill to keep Colorado avalanche center where it belongs

When freshman State Rep. Mitsch Bush stood up to testify before the Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee, she came with props — her own avalanche transceiver and shovel.

Colorado House Dems plan to introduce bills to improve economy

New House Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst told the Steamboat Today on Thursday that tackling economic issues is her party's top priority for the upcoming legislative session.

Steamboat Springs lawmaker Diane Mitsch Bush gets committee assignments

The freshman lawmaker will serve on the Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee as well as the Transportation and Energy Committee at the Capitol in Denver.

Routt County Democrats start search for new county commissioner

The Routt County Democratic Party on Sunday officially started its search to find a county commissioner candidate to replace Diane Mitsch Busch, the representative-elect for House District 26.

Former Steamboat councilmen Ivancie, Brenner eyeing open District 3 commissioner spot

Routt Democratic Chairwoman Catherine Carson says “There are absolutely zero favorites and zero frontrunners” for the Board of Commissioners' District 3 seat being vacated by House District 26 representative-elect Diane Mitsch Buh.

Democratic state legislators rare in Northwest Colorado

When Dick Soash was elected state senator in 1976, it was the first time a local Democrat held the seat since Republican rancher Charlie Murphy wrestled the seat away from Steamboat’s "Preachin’" Bob Norvell in 1928.

Mitsch Bush wins Colorado House seat

Mitsch Bush beat Republican opponent Chuck McConnell with 55 percent of the vote.

Steamboat residents campaign for legislature in Eagle County

Diane Mitsch Bush and Chuck McConnell are from Steamboat Springs, which raises the question of how well they are coming across in Eagle County, the only other county besides Routt in House District 26.

Diane Mitsch Bush: Working across the partisan divide

I will cultivate our common ground, ditch the partisan bickering and heated ideological rhetoric and work earnestly across the partisan divide and the Continental Divide to make a better Colorado.

Election Guide 2012: Diane Mitsch Bush

Diane Mitsch Bush is running for the Colorado House District 26 seat

Routt County candidates speak out about business issues

Business issues from the need to support lone eagles to the role of government in economic development got a close look Wednesday when the Steamboat Pilot & Today hosted local candidates.

House District 26 candidates spar over importance of oil and gas to economy

Chuck McConnell says "Oil and gas creates jobs today — these are high-paying jobs," while Diane Mitsch Bush counters that "Research and experience show small businesses are the job creators."


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