|Colorado State Senate, District 16|
| Assumed office|
January 12, 2011
| Current term ends|
January 12, 2015
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Nicholson has been appointed to these committees:
- Appropriations Committee, Colorado State Senate
- Education Committee, Colorado State Senate
- Judiciary Committee, Colorado State Senate
- Legislative Council Committee, Colorado General Assembly
- Local Government Committee, Colorado State Senate, Vice Chair
Jerry's Kids bill
Nicholson sponsored a bill in the 2011 session to give right of way throughout Colorado to police officers and firefighters who approach passing motorists for Jerry's Kids on Labor Day weekend.
Senate bill 270, approved by the Senate Local Government Committee, clarifies when and where public-safety personnel, such as firefighters, can solicit funds from motorists. Local governments would be required to approve permit applications submitted by firefighters to do their fundraising on roadways.
Nicholson contends her bill is really about public safety.
“As long as we can say when and where—this bill protects firefighters and others by law,” said Nicholson. “Because they are professionals, they are aware of the public-safety of the situation.”
The measure overrules local laws and authority in this matter.
Sen. Ellen Roberts said passage of the proposed measure would “open a Pandora’s Box.” Sen. Irene Aguilar, who is also concerned, said she would support SB270 for the time being but would seek additional input.
“I am voting yes because I came in here today saying I would but will need to talk more with (legislative staff),” said Aguilar.
Sen. Bill Cadman opposed the bill and said the measure raised a question of local control—and a constitutional one.
“(SB-270) is a total usurpation of local control. It tries to carve out an exemption from local laws, for a specific group, raising serious constitutional issues,” said Cadman. “It’s a good public service but bad public policy…the ends don’t justify the means.”
- See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2010
Nicholson ran uncontested in the August 10 primary. She then defeated Timothy J. Leonard (R) in the November 2 general election.
|Colorado State Senate, District 16 General election (2010)|
|Jeanne Nicholson (D)||30,882|
|Timothy J. Leonard (R)||30,224|
- Unofficial list of primary candidates
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Jeanne Nicholson campaign website
- Jeanne Nicholson facebook page
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