In 2020, we will be supporting legislation that establishes a social insurance program for paid family and medical leave, transforms our criminal justice system to value life, rehabilitation, and redemption, promotes and protects affordable housing, supports climate justice and provides healthcare for all Coloradans.
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.
We desire a world where all people live a life of dignity, one where all people have the freedom, the ability, and the right to flourish physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
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Together Colorado 2020 Human Dignity Legislative Priorities
HB20-1019 Prison Population Management and Reduction
Sponsor(s): Rep. Leslie Herod and Sen. Julie Gonzales
This bill initiates study to end the use of private prisons and allows earned time to be awarded when there is positive progress in accordance with performance standards established by the DOC. It also amends parole board requirements.
Public Option (Not yet introduced)
Sponsor(s): Rep. Dylan Roberts and Sen. Kerry Donovan
The public health option is envisioned as a public-private partnership in which the plans offered to consumers will be provided by private insurance companies, but regulated by the state. Initially, it will focus on people who buy insurance on the individual market and aren't covered through their employer. The public option bill will require companies selling insurance anywhere in Colorado to participate in the public option.
HB20-1064 A Bill for An Act: Community Choice Energy Authorities (CCE)
Sponsor(s): Rep. Edie. Hooton, Rep. Chris Kennedy
This bill aims to lay the groundwork for cities and counties across Colorado to accelerate their transition to 100% renewable energy. We cannot meet that goal through current investor-owned utilities. The state legislature commissions this study and resulting report (by Nov. 30, 2020) to research other states that are already engaged in CCE.
HB20-1141 Fees Charged to Tenants By Landlords (Died)
Sponsor(s): Rep. Yadira Caraveo, Rep. Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez, Sen. Julie Gonzales
The bill sets limits on the type, amount and time frame of fees that a landlord of a mobile home park or a residential premises landlord can charge a tenant.
HB20-1196 Modernizing Manufactured Home Community Policy in Colorado
Sponsor(s): Rep. Edie. Hooton, Rep. Julie McCluskie, Sen. Stephen Fenberg and Sen. Pete Lee
The bill updates and improves Colorado's existing Mobile Home Park Act (MHPA). Coupled with the new Dispute Resolution and Enforcement Program from last year's HB 19-1309, manufactured home owners will enjoy greater rights plus a mechanism to have violations investigated and resolved.
SB20-083 Prohibit Courthouse Civil Arrest
Sponsor(s): Sen. Julie Gonzales, Rep. Leslie Herod
The bill protects individuals from civil arrest while the person is at a courthouse or on its property, or while going to, attending, or coming from a court proceeding.
SB20-108 Landlord Prohibitions Tenant Citizenship Status
Sponsor(s): Sen. Julie Gonzales
Prohibits any and all use of citizenship status, by landlords, to in any way deny tenant status and rights to any individual. This includes using citizen status in rental or as reason for eviction. The landlord may not disclose or threaten to disclose citizenship status to anyone including law enforcement.
iDrive Data Protection (Not introduced yet)
Sponsor(s): Sen. Julie Gonzales
This bill will put new measures in place to prevent ICE from accessing the personal information of undocumented individuals who have gotten Colorado drivers licenses through the iDrive program.
During the 2019 Colorado Legislative Session, we encouraged our state elected officials to promote an agenda of human dignity by supporting legislation that provides affordable health care for all Coloradans, allows cities and counties to raise the minimum wage, promotes and protects affordable housing, supports family values by passing paid family and medical leave, and advances the dignity and safety of immigrant families through expansion of the existing driver’s license program.
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