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A pledge from Schwartz

Dear Editor:On Jan. 10, 2007, the first session of the 66th General Assembly commenced. On that same day, I was sworn in as the new state senator from Senate District 5. After an 11-month campaign, I feel committed and ready to tackle the important issues facing our state. It has been an honor to be appointed to two leadership positions in my first year, serving as vice-chair on both the Local Government Committee and the Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee. I will also serve on the Business, Labor, and Technology Committee. My committee appointments will allow me to work on the diverse issues that affect people throughout the 11 counties of Senate District 5: Alamosa, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mineral, Pitkin, Rio Grande, and Saguache.From the Roaring Fork Valley to the San Luis Valley, our district has tremendous resources. These resources will enrich and sustain our rural communities as we cultivate and develop them thoughtfully. As pledged during the campaign, I will work hard on legislation to jumpstart rural economic development, improve the public schools and higher education systems, increase heritage tourism, protect our water resources, and expand health care coverage for our most vulnerable citizens.In full collaboration with Gov. Ritter, we will work on legislation on all of these issues at the State Capitol. The first bill I introduced will begin to address the inequities and identify the needs of our public school facilities across the state. The Senate has already begun work on a package of bills to take Colorado into the New Energy Future. I will carry two bills that are important pieces of this renewable energy package. Legislation has been introduced to reduce the price of prescription drugs. We will work to make sure that teachers and students have the resources they need to allow every child in our state to receive a quality education. I am also the Senate sponsor of a bill that will protect our water and its quality.I plan to be a different kind of senator for my district and will listen to the people and work on the issues that are important to you. If you travel to Denver please stop by and consider our office in State Capitol, room 338, your home away from home. Please contact me by phone at 303-866-4871 or by e-mail at gail.schwartz.senate@state.co.us with any questions or concerns. I am honored to serve the citizens of Senate District 5.Sen. Gail SchwartzSenate District 5

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