Fight to Protect Public Safety on Federal Lands

As the legislative session winds down we continue to advocate for Smaller Government, Freer People! Thank you for your continued engagement.

Local Access, Local Authority--Federal Lands

We, as individuals within this state, have a right to equal participation in the conversation when federal, state and local officials discuss what happens on the lands that might be owned and titled to the federal government, but lived on by the people of Colorado.

Vermillion Basin, CO

Vermillion Basin, CO

We continued to fight to restrain federal overreach this past week. A bill we sponsored in the House, with Sen. Kent Lambert in the Senate, SB16-160, would have balanced the conversation between local and federal authorities regarding land within the boundaries of Colorado that is titled to the federal government.

The bill, killed by the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on Monday of last week, would have given County Sheriffs and local Fire Chiefs the ability to protect public safety on federal lands when public safety issues, like wildfires, crop up.

Jerry Schnabel, who lost his home in the Waldo Canyon Fire on account of federal restrictions on local involvement, and Rep. Lundeen before the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee. 

Jerry Schnabel, who lost his home in the Waldo Canyon Fire on account of federal restrictions on local involvement, and Rep. Lundeen before the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee. 

Recently, federal officials of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and United States Forest Service (USFS) have “bullied” County Sheriffs and Fire Chiefs, according to testimony presented by Fremont County Sheriff Jim Beicker (also representing the County Sheriffs of Colorado).

The Durango Herald filed this report Monday, covering part of the conversation.

Important Information About El Paso County Voter Registration

You may find the following important upcoming election dates and deadlines useful. 

May 27 - Last day for voters who are affiliated with a political party to change or withdraw their affiliation if they wish to vote in a different party’s Primary Election.

June 20 - Last day to make a change to your residential or mailing address and be mailed a ballot. 

June 28 - Primary Election

As an El Paso County voter you will automatically receive a mail ballot in the upcoming Primary Election only if you are in an "Active" status and affiliated with a political party participating in the Primary Election. 

If you personal information needs to be updated, the change must be completed through one of the processes listed below. Please be aware that mail ballots cannot be forwarded under Colorado law. 

If you need to update your information and have a valid Colorado driver license or identification number please go to www.GoVoteColorado.com, click on the 'Find my registration' link under the 'Manage my registration' header, and complete the online form. If you do not have a Colorado driver license or identification number, or would rather complete a paper form, you will find El Paso County forms at www.GoVoteColorado.com. You are also welcome to stop by any one of the El Paso County Clerk and Recording offices located at: 

Main: Citizens Service Center, 1675 West Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 2202, Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Downtown: Corner of Vermijo and Cascade, Centennial Hall, 200 South Cascade, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

North: Corner of Union and Research, 8830 North Union Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Southeast: Corner of Powers Boulevard and Airport Road, 5650 Industrial Place, Colorado Springs, CO 80916

Please note that Colorado does not conduct a Presidential Primary Election. Consequently, the June 28th Primary Election ballot will not include Presidential candidates. 

If you have any questions do not hesitate to call (719) 575-VOTE (8683) or email the El Paso County Elections Department at elections@elpasoco.com. 

As always, thanks for staying engaged. 

Posted on April 24, 2016 .