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Together Colorado 2018 State Legislative Priorities


SB18-108 Eligibility for the Colorado Roads and Community Safety Act
Sponsor(s): Sen. Don Coram, Sen. Larry Crowder, Rep. Jeni Arndt, Rep. Jonathan Singer
Position: Support

We need to update the SB-251 Immigrant Driver License program to serve ALL who qualify. The 2018 legislation will 1) clarify eligibility of identification documents by including valid Social Security Numbers; and 2) streamline the program’s renewal process to allow applicants to apply by mail or online.

For more information, contact Celesté Martinez,

HB18-1178 Hold Colorado Governments Accountable Sanctuary Jurisdiction
Sponsor(s): Rep. Dave Williams, Rep. Kevin Lundberg, Rep. Vicki Marble
Position: Oppose

Known as the 'Colorado Politician Accountability Act', this bill would refer a measure to the November 2018 ballot which makes it a crime for an elected official or jurisdiction to provide assistance to immigrants in the form of sanctuary. It also states that any person who claims that he or she was the victim of any crime committed by an immigrant, who is a resident in the sanctuary jurisdiction, can seek monetary compensation from the jurisdiction and its elected officials.

Economic Justice

HB18-1001 Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Act
Sponsor(s): Rep. Faith Winter, Rep. Matt Gray, Sen. Kerry Donovan
Position: Support

The FAMLI Act creates a mechanism for workers to pay small premiums into an insurance plan and receive partial wage replacement when they take a leave from work to care for a new child, a family member with a serious health condition, or to recover from a serious illness themselves.

Environmental Justice

HB18-1281 Public Utilities Commission Ethics And Improved Public Information Reporting
Sponsor(s): Rep. Daneya Esgar
Position: Support

HB 1281 would prohibit a person from serving on the Public Utilities Commission if that person has previously served as an officer or director of a regulated utility in the last four years or has a financial interest in a utility. It also encourages the director of the commission to assign employees to temporary training and development sessions with other state agencies to improve the employees' substantive expertise and familiarity with the operations of those agencies.

The below legislation has not been introduced yet.

Criminal Justice

Article II, Section 26 of the Colorado State Constitution*
Sponsor(s): Rep. Jovan Melton, Rep. Joe Salazar
Position: Support

The exception to slavery clause in the Colorado State Constitution cannot remain. There will be legislation that refers this measure to the November 2018 ballot where voters, once again, will have the chance to strike slavery from the Colorado Constitution.

For more information, contact Roshan Bliss,

Economic Justice

Local Control of Minimum Wages*
Position: Support

This bill will create a pathway for local municipalities to exercise the right to increase their minimum wage. Colorado's minimum wage of $10.20/hr. does not universally meet the needs or cost of living standards across the state.


School Discipline for Preschool through Second Grade Programs*
Position: Support

This bill will update statute to offer better guidance to administrators regarding out-of-school suspensions and expulsions for our young children in publicly-funded preschool through 2nd-grade classrooms. Currently, the same categories for exclusionary discipline that exist for an 18-year-old also exist for a five-year-old.

Funding for a Low-Income RTD Pass*
Position: Support

This legislation would provde a 50% discount for RTD passes for those at 185% of the federal poverty level.

For more information, contact Felipe Vieyra,

Student Voice, Student Vote*
Sponsor(s): Rep. James Coleman
Position: Support

This legislation would allow 16-year-olds to vote in school board elections. 

The below legislation has been postponed indefinitely.

Mental Health

SB-114 Strengthening Student Life Skills & Preventing Suicide
Sponsor(s): Sen. Nancy Todd
Position: Support

This legislation would create a comprehensive and proactive approach to preventing teen suicide by adopting a suicide prevention policy and designating one staff to serve as coordinator (of suicide prevention) for each Colorado school district. This bill targets all schools including charter schools and public schools from elementary through high school.

*This legislation has not been introduced yet.

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