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 Together Colorado 2017 State Legislative Priorities

 Below are the top legislative priorities that Together Colorado has identified for the 2017 Colorado State Legislative Session (January 11-May 10, 2017):

 

Restoring SB251 Driver’s License program

Federal threats to immigrants suggested by President-Elect Trump increase the urgency to pass legislation to improve the SB251 Drivers License program that could benefit over 200,000 Coloradoans and their families.

 In 2008, there were 8,000 Coloradan immigrants in the process of deportation and 67% (5,360) were caused for driving without a license. The high rate of deportations were in relation to a series of anti-immigrant laws passed in 2006, including SB90 “show me your papers” law that permitted law enforcement to request proof of citizenship from civilians. The devastation of these events inspired a group of grassroots leaders, Licencias para Todos, in partnership with community organizations, to pass legislation that provided immigrants access to a license and form of state identification as a way to stop deportations and keep families together. By 2013, the immigrant rights movement was successful in passing the SB251 Colorado Road and Community Safety Act and repealing SB90. The benefits of this work can be seen clearly in the decrease of Coloradans facing deportation to less than a 1,000 in 2016. In 2015, the community came together and formed the I Drive CO campaign committed to restoring and improving the SB251 program by addressing the following priorities:

Repealing the 66,000 cap set by the Joint Budget Committee, which limits the accessibility, efficiency and funding of the SB251 program

Including the acceptance of valid Social Security Numbers (SSN) as a form of identification and making the renewal process more equitable. Not including SSN was a drafting error of the original legislation and consequently has excluded undocumented immigrants with valid SSN from having any pathway to obtaining a driver’s license.

Restoring funding for additional DMV offices to expand SB251 services.

In the 2017 legislative session, Together Colorado will be leading legislation with the I Drive CO campaign to include the acceptance of valid SSN and improving the renewal process. 

For additional information please contact:

Celesté Martinez
Bilingual Community Organizer
303-968-6580
celeste@togetherco.org


Defining Lawful Order

Currently, there is no definition of Lawful Order at any level of government. This allows for Law Enforcement to justify arrest and in some cases use force without just cause. Rep. Joe Salazar, with the support of Together Colorado, will introduce legislation that clearly defines lawful order to increase accountability of law enforcement across the state of Colorado.

For more information please contact:

 Will Dickerson
Lead Organizer
303-330-8311
will@togetherco.org


Noncooperation with Federal Agencies

With Trump’s Presidency, we are anticipating a series of policies that could threaten immigrants, Muslims, the LGTBQ community, people of color, and other marginalized communities. In an effort to resist and protect our communities, Rep. Joe Salazar, with the support of Together Colorado, will run legislation that justifies noncooperation with Federal Agencies. For example, if a Muslim registry were to be implemented at a Federal level then this State legislation would provide protection for local law enforcement, state and city agencies not to comply with implementation.

For additional information please contact:

Celesté Martinez
Bilingual Community Organizer
303-968-6580
celeste@togetherco.org


Medicaid Defense

Federal conversations have also included threats of repealing or restructuring of Health Care programs such as Medicaid, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act. This would leave 588,000 Coloradans without coverage by 2019, predominately impacting low-income adults, children and elderly populations. Taking action to defend state Medicaid in Colorado therefore is crucial for the health of our families and communities.  

For more information please contact:

Kirsten Gundersen
Health Care Organizer
720-492-0934
kirsten@togetherco.org