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Tipton addresses issues at town hall meeting

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 6th, 2013

Congressman Scott Tipton, left, visits with Jimmy Dittmar, center, and Harold Grimsley, right, prior to a town hall meeting in Alamosa on Monday evening. Courier photo by Ruth Heide

MOSA — Water, health care, energy and immigration were a few of the topics addressed by U.S. Representative Scott Tipton (R) during a town hall meeting in Alamosa on Monday evening.

With Veterans Day a week away, the congressman also recognized the military veterans in the audience.

In speaking of his legislative efforts, Tipton said he was especially proud of a paragraph-long bill to protect water rights in Colorado. The legislation, supported by Republicans and Democrats, would prevent the federal taking of private water rights protected by Colorado water law. Tipton explained that the action was in response to a move by the U.S. Forest Service to require ski areas and ranchers dealing with federal lands to sign over their water rights.

“In Colorado we would call that a taking with no compensation,” Tipton said. “What this bill will do … We are going to make sure we are protecting Coloradoans’ private property rights and state law from federal takings.”

Tipton reminded the audience of his views on meeting energy needs for this country, which encompass everything from wind and solar to coal and nuclear. He said America has the energy it requires to power its needs right here in this country. One of the few bills signed into law in Washington this year was one proposed by Tipton regarding small hydroelectric operations using canals and ditches, primarily in the Western U.S.

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