Polis appointed to Judiciary Committee

Congressman Jared Polis, D-CO, today was named to the House Committee on the Judiciary by the House Democratic Caucus.

“My new position on the House Judiciary Committee will allow me to help foster job creation in Colorado’s high-tech industries and other fields by protecting Internet freedom and intellectual property rights, fixing our broken immigration systems, preserving the autonomy of Colorado’s medical marijuana laws, and protecting Americans from credit card abuse and other consumer fraud. A seat on the Judiciary Committee in addition to my place on the House Rules Committee will only increase Colorado’s influence in Washington and ensure that the voices of our communities are heard in Congress.”

Polis has long been an advocate of liberalizing marijuana laws and of protecting state’s rights when it comes to the legalization of medical marijuana.

Earlier this year he introduced a bill to allow individual states to set their own marijuana laws, essentially removing the drug from the federal controlled substances list.

He’s also introduced legislation to make it easier for medical marijuana businesses that operate legally under state laws to open bank accounts.

He has also been outspoken on immigration, saying that comprehensive reform is vital to the nation’s interest and calling the Secure Communities program “draconian.”

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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