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Stephanie in the News

Mar 7, 2024

More housing, less asphalt, say Colorado lawmakers who want to scrap parking minimums

“We’ve ended up with an abundant supply of asphalt and a scarcity of housing and transportation choices,” bill sponsor Rep. Stephanie Vigil, a Colorado Springs Democrat, said about the consequences of decades-old parking mandates that require a certain number of spaces per residential unit or square footage.

More housing, less asphalt, say Colorado lawmakers who want to scrap parking minimums

Feb 13, 2024

Bill to add requirements for coroner candidates clears committee

"You can't run for DA and not already be an attorney. You actually can't even serve as a county surveyor. You can't even get on the ballot as a county surveyor without being a licensed surveyor," Representative Stephanie Vigil (D-Colorado Springs) said. Vigil is sponsoring the bill to make changes to state law.

Bill to add requirements for coroner candidates clears committee

Jan 31, 2024

Bill requiring Colorado employers to display suicide prevention education inches closer to passing

"Suicide prevention is not a solitary effort, and that's a lot of the thinking behind this bill," she said. "We have to look out for each other. What makes the biggest difference for someone in crisis is less about what they're able to do for themselves with their last shred of survival instinct and more about the knowledge and skillset of those around them, because these deaths are not inevitable."

"Everyone can save a life. Everyone should be equipped to do so," Vigil said.

Bill requiring Colorado employers to display suicide prevention education inches closer to passing

Jan 23, 2024

Lawmakers want Colorado employers' help with suicide prevention efforts

Vigil detailed her own mental health struggles and highlighted the crisis faced by her constituents in El Paso County, which ranks highest in the state for deaths by suicide.

"We're here to take action because these losses are not inevitable, and we can turn it around," she said. "This bill serves to grow our collective knowledge, build resiliency, and foster hope across every community in Colorado. Suicide deaths are preventable, and everyone can save a life."

Lawmakers want Colorado employers' help with suicide prevention efforts

Jan 10, 2024

Affordability top of mind for lawmakers in 2024 session

How lawmakers work with each other has been a topic of discussion throughout the capitol. It's the case for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, within their own parties and across party lines....

"I think the problem we run into is when we have a few people who just aren’t actually here to do the work, they’re here to be a problem they’re here to disrupt," Rep. Stephanie Vigil (D-Colorado Springs) said.

Affordability top of mind for lawmakers in 2024 session

Nov 30, 2023

LGBTQIA+ Rep. Stephanie Vigil nears end of 1st year in office

When Stephanie Vigil decided to run for elected office, her own life experience motivated her to fight to give people in Colorado better lives.

LGBTQIA+ Rep. Stephanie Vigil nears end of 1st year in office

Sep 9, 2023

‘Splitting myself in half’: Colorado's citizen-legislature clashes with financial realities

While running for the Colorado House of Representatives, Rep. Stephanie Vigil spent her days and nights knocking on constituents’ doors. Sometimes to ask for their vote. Sometimes to deliver them food.

‘Splitting myself in half’: Colorado's citizen-legislature clashes with financial realities

Jun 14, 2023

‘A beacon of hope’: Colorado sees historic LGBTQ representation amid national attacks

Past and current LGBTQ caucus members highlight importance of advocating for their community

‘A beacon of hope’: Colorado sees historic LGBTQ representation amid national attacks

Feb 9, 2023

I am a DoorDash driver who’s been elected to the Colorado State House.

I am a DoorDash driver who’s been elected to the Colorado State House. Food delivery companies are gamifying your tips and making it harder for drivers to earn a living wage. Here’s what you can do about it

I am a DoorDash driver who’s been elected to the Colorado State House.

Jan 31, 2023

Colorado bill aims to increase transparency for Uber, Lyft driver pay

Drivers and supporters of the measure rallied at the Capitol on Monday with Democratic bill sponsors Sen. Robert Rodriguez of Denver, Rep. Stephanie Vigil of Colorado Springs — who is the first gig-app worker to join the Legislature — and Rep. Jennifer Bacon of Denver.

Colorado bill aims to increase transparency for Uber, Lyft driver pay

Jan 16, 2023

One week in, Colorado Springs legislators share what they hope to accomplish this session

With one week down in Colorado's legislative session, representatives are crafting their plans for what they want to tackle this year. Democratic Representative Stephanie Vigil and Republican Representative Scott Bottoms are representing Colorado Springs for the first time, but they say the past week is already shaping their plans for the future.

One week in, Colorado Springs legislators share what they hope to accomplish this session

Jan 10, 2023

From a gig worker to educators and retired military, there are a ton of new lawmakers in the state legislature. Let’s meet 9 of them

The Colorado Capitol was filled with new faces on Monday morning when lawmakers returned for the start of the legislative session. More than a third of the legislature’s members are new to their jobs. Half of the representatives in the House are first-time lawmakers — 20 of the chamber’s 46 Democrats and 12 of its 19 Republicans are new. Democratic Rep. Stephanie Vigil, 38, of Colorado Springs is a gig worker who works with third-party delivery platforms, among other jobs: “I do a little of this and a little of that.”

From a gig worker to educators and retired military, there are a ton of new lawmakers in the state legislature. Let’s meet 9 of them

Jan 4, 2023

El Paso County’s first queer representative to be sworn in next week

(COLORADO SPRINGS) – Colorado Springs’ newly elected state house representative Stephanie Vigil is set to be sworn in Jan 9.
Representative Vigil is definitely a change of pace for Colorado Springs. This election, she flipped the long-time Republican seat and is El Paso County’s first openly queer elected official.

El Paso County’s first queer representative to be sworn in next week

Dec 7, 2022

Queerness Never Came Easy in Colorado Springs

The next generation of queers growing up in the Springs deserves a better experience than mine. I fear that may now be impossible.

Queerness Never Came Easy in Colorado Springs

Nov 22, 2022

Vibrant LGBTQ+ community is changing stereotypes in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Perceptions can fuel misconceptions. In Colorado Springs, stereotypes are changing. The city has long been stereotyped as one of the most conservative places in America. In the 1990s it was the center of a movement to prohibit Colorado from enacting protections for LGBTQ people.

Vibrant LGBTQ+ community is changing stereotypes in Colorado Springs

Oct 15, 2022

Once a GOP gimme, race for Colorado Springs' HD 16 has Dems feeling hopeful

“Certainly, the party politics play a role in the Legislature, but what people are actually yearning for and what I hear at the doors and when I’m out talking with people, many of whom are unaffiliated, is we need to be able to move forward sustainably as a city and not dig our heels in on the past,” said Vigil, whose key issues include climate and energy, education and housing.

Once a GOP gimme, race for Colorado Springs' HD 16 has Dems feeling hopeful

Oct 11, 2022

Meet the App That Helps Gig Workers Know How Much They Really Make

Stephanie Vigil, a driver who works for multiple apps in Colorado Springs, Colo., started using Para last year. “It ends up increasing your earnings because you’re not wasting your time on anything,” she said. “I’m not going to take anything that’s not a solid offer because I don’t have to.”

Meet the App That Helps Gig Workers Know How Much They Really Make

Oct 10, 2022

House District 16 candidate Stephanie Vigil addresses student employee concerns

One of her main priorities for students is to fight for more competitive student wages and better scheduling for student campus workers.

House District 16 candidate Stephanie Vigil addresses student employee concerns

Oct 8, 2022

'Change is going to come': El Paso County Democrats hope to win countywide

Perhaps the most favorable race for Democrats is in House District 16, Daley said, where Democratic community organizer Stephanie Vigil faces Colorado Springs Councilman Dave Donelson, a Republican.

'Change is going to come': El Paso County Democrats hope to win countywide
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