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New lawmaker seeks big changes

Ransom targets abortion, education, locker rooms

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New state Rep. Kim Ransom's first bill — which was set for a committee hearing Jan. 26 — would lower the age at which teenagers could leave school.

Overall, House Bill 1053 would reduce by two years the period of compulsory education for children, making the period run from ages 7 to 16, instead of the current range from 6 to 17.

“I'm not encouraging people to leave school early by any means,” she said. “I just would like to give options to parents, families and kids that may not feel it's the best option now.

“I have a master's degree; I want everybody to have a lot of education. But I also don't want the state to be forcing it.”

It would also give parents with young children “some leeway” if their kids weren't ready to start school at age 6, she said.

"A lot of it is the whole idea of the government trying to micromanage everybody's lives,” Ransom said. “I can say I'm not in favor of that.”

It was among three bills the new lawmaker has introduced, and is among many items fueling the excitement she feels for her new role.

“I'm excited, and I'm busy,” said the Acres Green Republican. “And I'm taking multi-tasking to a whole new level.

“I knew there were a lot of issues to juggle. But when you've got bills that are being ready to be heard in committee and are still drafting bills, answering questions for constituents, working with various stakeholders, lobbyists and groups that need help — it's definitely a learning experience. I had to hit the ground running.”

Ransom was elected to the House District 44 seat in November, replacing Chris Holbert, who successfully ran for the state Senate. Ransom is serving on the Local Government and Health, Insurance and Environment committees.

Ransom also is sponsoring HB 1041, which would prohibit abortion and make a violation a felony, with physicians required to try to save the lives of fetuses if they perform medical procedures to prevent the death of a pregnant woman. She also has introduced HB 1081, which would permit a person to "restrict access to a sex-segregated locker room based on an individual's actual, biological sex."

“It's getting away from the coed locker room idea, to allow business owners to enforce the fact that there's a men's and a women's locker room,” Ransom said. “I was approached by a group and asked to run the bill.”

HD 44 in north Douglas County includes Parker, Lone Tree and some unincorporated areas.

Ransom, 55, describes herself as a dedicated Christian conservative and Douglas County mom. A parent of four, she works as a customer service representative for VRBO vacation rentals and worked several years as a legislative aide.

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