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Colorado's Brittany Pettersen reviews 1st year in Congress, laments 'historic dysfunction'

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Brittany Pettersen's first year in Congress didn't start on time. Like her fellow freshmen House members, the Lakewood Democrat was sworn into office four days late, once the chamber's majority Republicans finally elected a speaker after days of infighting before Kevin McCarthy won the position. The California Republican, who has since resigned from Congress, lost the gavel nearly nine…

Colorado congresswoman introduces street racing prevention bill

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Link to the Original Article In June of 2022, the day before Father's Day, John Jaros was shot and killed while traveling along Interstate 70 in Colorado with his wife and children. "It's almost been two years since we lost John and I'm sure it impacted other people in those two years," John's sister Beckie Jaros said. According to police, her brother was trying to get around street…

Pettersen seeks to ban ‘deadly’ water beads marketed to children

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Link to the Original Article DENVER (KDVR) — U.S. Rep. Brittany Pettersen and two other lawmakers are introducing a bill that would ban the sale of water beads marketed to kids, citing the toy’s danger. These toys are colorful, water-absorbing balls made of super-absorbent polymer, designed to grow in size when introduced to liquid. They can often appear like candy and can also…

Bipartisan bill cracks down on dating app scams that cost victims over $1 billion a year

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Link to the Original Article FIRST ON FOX: House lawmakers are eyeing legislation to make dating app users more aware of potential scammers who tricked victims out of more than $1 billion in a single year.  Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., is reintroducing his Online Dating Safety Act this week alongside Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Colo. If passed the bill would force…

Ale to the chiefs: Bipartisan brew crews face off in congressional beer contest

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Link to the Original Article A serious beer bout will take place in the nation’s capital on Wednesday. That would be the sixth annual Brew Across America Congressional Brewing Competition, set to take place at a spacious spot not that far from the Capitol itself.   Six bipartisan “brewing teams” made up of 12 members of Congress will go head-to-head for the coveted…

Colorado lawmakers ask TSA for answers on long security wait times

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Link to the Original Article DENVER (KDVR) — Colorado lawmakers are joining the chorus of complaints about long lines at Denver International Airport security checkpoints, sending a letter Monday about their concerns. Most of Colorado’s congressional delegation is pushing the Transportation Security Administration to do something about the wait times. U.S. Reps. Ken Buck,…

Pettersen, Hickenlooper, Bennet, Neguse Introduce Bill to Rename Mount Evans Wilderness

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Link to the Original Article Today, U.S. Representative Brittany Pettersen joined Senators John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet, and Representative Joe Neguse to introduce legislation to change the name of Colorado’s Mount Evans Wilderness to the Mount Blue Sky Wilderness. The change aligns with the U.S. Board of Geographic Names’ recent decision to officially rename Mount Evans to…

Reps. Pettersen, Duarte Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Permanently Authorize the PILT Program

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Link to the Original Article  Today, U.S. Representatives Brittany Pettersen (D-CO) and John Duarte (R-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation to permanently authorize Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding; being called the Permanently Authorizing PILT Act of 202. PILT provides payments across U.S. counties (including 56 of Colorado’s counties) and other local governments with…

Pettersen keys in on rising cost of living at Woodland Park event

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Link to the Original Article The cost of living in Teller County and other rural parts of Colorado’s Seventh Congressional District was at the forefront of a presentation by U.S. representative Brittany Petersen on Oct. 5 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. The presentation and subsequent question and answer period were the focus of the “Eggs and Issues” breakfast, sponsored by the…

Jefferson County airport announces full shift to unleaded fuel by 2027 — reducing contamination for neighborhoods

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Link to the Original Article Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport said Wednesday it will fully shift from the use of toxic leaded aviation gasoline to unleaded fuel at its facility within four years. If the Jefferson County airport meets its target, it will beat by three years a federal mandate that piston engine aircraft switch to unleaded-only fuel by 2030. The…