Jared Polis on Technology
Support net neutrality: free exchange of ideas on internet
Q: Net Neutrality: Support requiring internet providers to provide equal access to all users?
Jared Polis (D): Yes. "To compete in the global economy, we need an internet that allows for free exchange of ideas."
Walker Stapleton (R): Unknown.
Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Colorado Governor race
, Oct 9, 2018
Upgrade antiquated roads & limited public transit options
To keep our economy moving in the right direction, we must upgrade our antiquated roads and highways and limited public transit options. They are simply not equipped to sustain a growing 21st-century economy. Thanks to the bipartisan commitment made
last year to dedicate additional funds to transportation, we have hundreds of millions of dollars to improve our roads over the next few years. That's a strong foundation to work from but it's not enough. We must come together around a bipartisan
funding mechanism for our future transportation needs that the voters of this state will accept.
We also need to expand access to broadband. We'll continue the good work of the Hickenlooper administration in supporting the creation of Strategic
Regional Broadband plans to make high-speed internet access a reality across our entire state. In the 21st-century economy, broadband is critical infrastructure that EVERYONE must have access to. Let's work together to give it to them.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Colorado legislature
, Jan 10, 2019
Infrastructure to allow remote work in rural areas
On economic opportunity in rural Colorado and addressing the rural/urban divide that exists in the state: Ganahl said if elected she would relax state regulations for residential construction, in an effort to create more affordable housing.
Ganahl said, "We can go green. We can also provide affordable housing if we reduce regulations and provide innovations and new ways of doing housing."
Governor Polis said there are a lot of great economic opportunities in western
Colorado and he wants to build on them by continuing to support the outdoor recreation industry, and to ensure the infrastructures in place to allow remote work to settle in rural areas. "Because many people want to live in and around the world class
outdoor recreation areas of Mesa County, of Western Colorado," said Polis, "and be able to work for a major global company or in Denver. Those opportunities continue to increase."
Source: CPR News on 2022 Colorado Gubernatorial race
, Oct 26, 2022
Stop foreign internet piracy of copyrighted materials.
Polis co-sponsored OPEN Act
Congressional Summary:The Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (or OPEN Act) addresses unfair trade practices relating to infringement of copyrights and trademarks by certain Internet sites. Defines an `Internet site dedicated to infringing activity` as a website that:
Exclusions from prosecution::
- is accessed through a nondomestic domain name;
- conducts business directed to residents of the US; and
- whose operator primarily uses the site to willfully infringe a copyright, or uses counterfeit marks.
- if the Internet site has a practice of expeditiously removing material that is claimed to be infringing after notification by the owner of the copyright.;
- because the Internet site engages in an activity that would not make the operator liable for monetary relief;
- because distribution of copies were made without infringing a copyright or trademark.
OnTheIssues Notes:This bill is intended as a replacement for SOPA and PIPA, the two bills which sparked an Internet protest in January 2012 and a shutdown of Wikipedia.com and google.com. Google and Facebook prefer the OPEN Act; the music and movie industries prefer SOPA and PIPA. Independent content creators, which include OnTheIssues.org and the Copyright Alliance, oppose all three bills on free speech grounds, and because large corporate website have resources to fight legal battles while small independent websites do not.
Source: H.R.3782 12-H3782 on Jan 18, 2012
Apply copyright inheritance to same-sex couples.
Polis co-sponsored H.R.238 & S.23
Congressional Summary: Revises the definition of `widow` concerning the transfer of a copyright to an author`s spouse following the author`s death. Declares that an individual is the widow of an author if they were legally married at the time of the author`s death, even if they could not marry in their home state. (Currently, only the author`s surviving spouse under the law of the author`s domicile at the time of death is considered a widow.)
Supporters reasons for voting YEA: (by Human Rights Campaign, hrc.org): This bill would fix wording in the Copyright Act that currently prevents some same-sex couples from receiving inheritance rights. Because of restrictions in current law, some agencies--including the Copyright Office and the Social Security Administration--do not recognize same-sex couples living in states without same-sex marriage equality.
Background: (Wikipedia.com on `U.S. v. Windsor`): Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer, a same-sex
couple residing in New York, were lawfully married in Canada, in 2007. Spyer died in 2009, leaving her entire estate to Windsor. Windsor sought to claim the federal estate tax exemption for surviving spouses. She was barred from doing so because the IRS said the exemption only applies to heterosexual couples under the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and compelled her to pay $363,053 in estate taxes. The Supreme Court rules 5-4 to overturn DOMA as unconstitutional. [This bill applies that Supreme Court ruling to copyright law].
Opponents reasons for voting NAY: (PopVox blog postings on H.R.238 & S.23):
Source: Copyright and Marriage Equality Act 15_H238 on Jan 9, 2015
- OK-3: My concern is that our government believes that just a few more laws and a few more bills and freedom will be perfected. Stop shoving immoral activity down our throats and telling us it`s normal and lawful.
- WV-1: I oppose H.R. 238 because it`s not necessary.
- KY-3: I oppose S.23 because if the spouse remarried, they aren`t a widow/widower anymore.
Let NSF decide research grants, not Congress.
Polis voted NAY Scientific Research in the National Interest Act
Congressional Summary: Scientific Research in the National Interest Act: This bill directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to award federal funding for basic research and education in the sciences only if the grant promotes the progress of science in the United States, is worthy of federal funding, and is in the national interest.
Support on GovTrack.us: Lead sponsor Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX-21)--chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee--noted the millions of dollars the NSF has doled out for purposes he considers less than worthwhile. In particular, he cited a few examples he considered particularly egregious, including:
- $700,000 to support a climate change-themed musical
- $487,000 to study the Icelandic textile industry during the Viking era
- $516,000 to help amateurs create a video game to `Relive Prom Night`
Opposition on GovTrack.us: The Science Committee`s ranking member,
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30) called the bill anti-science. She wrote, `Most Members of Congress lack the relevant expertise to fairly evaluate the merits of any particular grant. If we do not trust the Nation`s scientific experts to make that judgement, then who are we to trust?` Johnson also noted that the NSF already has a rigorous review process, only funding about 1/5 of grant proposals.
White House Opposition: Contrary to its stated purpose, [HR.3293] would add nothing to accountability in Federal funding for scientific research, while needlessly adding to bureaucratic burdens and overhead at the NSF. It would replace the clarity of the [current rules implemented in] 1950, with confusing language that could cast a shadow over the value of basic research.
Legislative outcome: Passed House 236-178-26 (roll call 70, CR H684) on 2/11/16; bill died in Senate committee. The White House had threatened to veto the bill if it passed the Senate.
Source: Congressional vote 16-HR3293 on Jul 29, 2015
Prohibit the return of the Fairness Doctrine.
Polis signed Broadcaster Freedom Act
A bill to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from repromulgating the fairness doctrine. Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), notwithstanding any other provision of any Act, from having the authority to require broadcasters to present opposing viewpoints on controversial issues of public importance, commonly referred to as the Fairness Doctrine.
Source: S.34&H.R.226 2009-S34 on Jan 6, 2009
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