2019 LEGISLATION

We hold that our life together is based on the sacred and infinite value of each and every human being. All people deserve to live the life God calls them to live – to make the most of their God given gifts and potential and to live a life of dignity. No exceptions. As such, we are compelled by our faith to advance a moral economy, equity, and the eradication of racism.

During the 2019 Colorado Legislative Session, we encourage our state elected officials to promote an agenda of human dignity by supporting legislation that provides healthcare for all Coloradans, allows cities and counties to raise the minimum wage to a level needed for workers to thrive, promotes and protects affordable housing, supports family values by passing paid-family medical leave, and advances the dignity and safety of immigrant families through expansion of the existing driver’s license program.

Combined, these modest legislative measures would dramatically improve and positively impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of Coloradans by advancing a moral, dignified, and equitable future.

Economic Dignity

City Wage Option (This legislation has not been introduced yet.)
Sponsor(s): Sen. Moreno, Sen. Danielson, Rep. Rochele Galindo, Rep. Jovan Melton
Together Colorado Position: SUPPORT

This bill would repeal the current prohibition on local governments that may wish to enact a higher minimum wage than the state's minimum wage. The City Wage Option would allow local jurisdictions to choose to increase the minimum wage in their communities to more effectively address the cost of living in a local area.

FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program
Sponsor(s): This legislation has not been introduced yet.
Together Colorado Position: SUPPORT

This bill would create a statewide family and medical leave insurance (FAMLI) program to provide partial wage-replacement benefits to an eligible individual who takes leave from work to care for a new child, a family member with a serious health condition, or who is unable to work due to the individual's own serious longer-term health issue.

Affordable Housing

HB19-1106 - Rental Application Fees
Sponsor(s): Rep. Brianna Titone, Rep. Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez, Sen. Brittany Pettersen
Together Colorado Position: SUPPORT

The bill states that a landlord must use the whole rental application fee to cover their costs to process the rental application or they cannot charge a fee. A landlord may not charge a prospective tenant a rental application fee that is a different amount than a fee charged to another prospective tenant and must disclose anticipated expenses for what the fee will cover or an itemized receipt. It requires landlords to give written notice of the tenant selection criteria and the grounds upon which a rental application may be denied. A landlord cannot inquire into or use rental history or credit beyond 7 years. If a tenant is denied, a landlord must provide written notice stating why. (https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1106)

HB19-1170 Landlord Tenant Warranty of Habitability
Sponsor(s): Rep. D. Jackson, Rep. M. Weissman, Sen. Angela Williams, Sen. Jeff Bridges
Together Colorado Position: SUPPORT

Under current law, a warranty is implied into every rental agreement. The bill makes the following changes: expands written notices to include electronic notices; expands jurisdiction to county courts and small claims courts; adds absence of mold to the basic requirements for a habitable residence; tenants can deduct costs of repairs from subsequent rent if certain conditions are met.

Healthcare

HB19-1004 - Proposal for Affordable Health Coverage Option
Sponsor(s): Reb. Dylan Roberts, Rep. Marc Catlin, Sen. Kerry Donovan
Together Colorado Position: SUPPORT

The bill requires the department of health care policy and financing and the division of insurance in the department of regulatory agencies to develop and submit a proposal to certain committees of the general assembly concerning the design, costs, benefits, and implementation of a state option for health care coverage. Additionally, the departments shall present a summary of the proposal at the annual joint hearings with the legislative committees of reference during the interim before the 2020 legislative session. (https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1004)

Advancing the dignity and safety of immigrant families

SB19-139 - More Colorado Roads and Community Safety Act Offices
Sponsor(s): Sen. Don Coram, Sen. Dominick Moreno, Rep. Rochelle Galindo, Rep. Jonathan Singer
Together Colorado Position: SUPPORT

In 2013, the Colorado Legislature passed SB-251: The Colorado Roads and Community Safety Act, which provided driver’s licenses to all Colorado residents, regardless of immigration status. The 2019 legislation would expand the number of offices where people can apply for and receive a driver's license to 10 or more offices geographically distributed throughout the state.

OUR WORK

We desire a merciful, rehabilitative justice system that maintains the hope and human dignity of every person.

We desire a moral and communal economy based on the infinite value of human beings, not material objects.

Our children deserve to learn in an environment that nurtures their growth and wholeness.

We have a moral obligation to provide equal access to affordable health care for all people.

Our various faith traditions compel us to love, care for, and seek justice for the stranger among us.