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Dear CSLC Members & Friends,Thank you to everyone who joined us all session long for our 2022 slate of panels. We pulled off the remarkable feat of hosting seventeen virtual panels on critical issues facing Coloradans and the legislature this year! We covered everything from the budget to housing to school meals to fentanyl regulation and beyond.None of this would be possible without all of you, our members & allies, of course – but it especially wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated all-volunteer Executive Committee.CSLC is looking to the future, and we are seeking forward-thinking and imaginative people to help us grow and evolve in these ever-changing times. You might be just the person we’re looking for!Consider joining our Executive Committee and help us continue to connect legislators, advocates, and the wider public for the sake of human needs. We are working to create a better future for Colorado, together! Please reach out to Randle Loeb, our Communications Chair, to volunteer, or with any questions or suggestions you may have.And please feel free to extend Randle’s invitation below to your networks and friends, inviting them to join CSLC’s work in the coming year!
You’re invited to join CSLC:We’re the state’s oldest actively-engaged, legislative-focused 501(c)4, working on behalf of supporting the important process of including citizens in understanding legislation before the Colorado General Assembly.Please join us Mondays during the legislature’s 120 days of operation as we consider bills being initiated by the leadership of the community across the state. We meet from noon to 1:30 every Monday, beginning in early January until mid May.Please reach out with your own information or any recommendations of persons you think would be a good fit to Randleloeb@gmail.com.
Upcoming ProgramsOur programs have concluded for the season. Keep an eye on your inbox for updates about our fall programming, including our annual Ballot Issue Forum!
2022 Executive CommitteeChair: Sarah BarnesVice Chair: Mathew MengeshaTreasurer: Cynthia WadleSecretary & Membership Chair: Susan StarkLegislative Chair: Chaer RobertCommunications Chair: Randle LoebMembers at Large: Kay Bengston, Dave DeLay, Nan Morehead, Patrick Potyondy, Diane Rich, Peter Severson, Chip Spreyer, Aubrey Wilde
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Become a Member of CSLC Colorado Social Legislative Committee: in 2023

Randle Loeb

Nominating Committee 

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We’re the oldest actively engaged state legislative  401(C) 3 working on behalf of supporting the important process of including citizens in understanding legislation before the Colorado General Assembly.

Please consider joining us on Mondays during the legislature’s 180 days of operation as we consider bills being initiated by the leadership of the community across the state.  We meet from noon to 1:30 every Monday beginning in early January until mid May.

Many of you have been involved as  participating organizations and individuals. Please recommend anyone who you wish to join us.

Send the recommendations to Randleloeb@gmail.com with their contact information.

Thank you,
Randle

Colorado Social Legislative Committee
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Monday April 4, 2022 on HEALTH CARE

Health Care in the 2022 Session
Dear CSLC Members & Friends,You’re invited to join us this Monday for our next program. We’ll gather online on Monday, April 4 at noon to discuss health care issues that are under debate in the 2022 legislative session. We’ll be discussing bills such as Cover All Coloradans (HB 1289), Health Care Sharing Reporting Requirements (HB 1269), and the No Surprise Act (HB 1284). Join us to learn more!Join us on Zoom (click to copy or follow link)
Rep. Susan Lontine (D)House District 1Rep. Lontine grew up in Florida, where she attended the University of Central Florida and worked in the field of advertising before moving to Pennsylvania, joining her husband, and starting her family. In 1996, the Lontines moved to Denver, the childhood home of her husband, Chuck. She and Chuck have lived with their son, Ben, in Southwest Denver since 1998. She worked at the Capitol in the office of Rep. Jeanne Labuda and served as the Chief of Staff for Sen. Irene Aguilar. Susan has been the State Representative for House District 1 since 2014 and won re-election to her fourth and final House term in 2020. She is the Chair of the House Health & Insurance Committee, Chair of the Capitol Building Advisory Committee, and a member of the Agriculture, Livestock & Water Committee.
Adam FoxColorado Consumer Health InitiativeAdam serves as the Deputy Director of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI). He joined CCHI in July 2011, where he started as CCHI’s Membership Coordinator and later served as Director of Strategic Engagement for 7 years. He directs policy, communications, and organizing activities to advance CCHI’s strategic plan, cultivating relationships with health care stakeholders, policymakers, and government officials at state and national level to develop and advocate for policy priorities that benefit consumers and center on equity in health care. He earned his M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2009 and his B.A. in International Studies, Anthropology, and Spanish from Pacific University in 2007.
Isabel CruzColorado Consumer Health InitiativeIsabel is the Policy Manager for CCHI. She is a passionate advocate dedicated to amplifying the voices of consumers and marginalized communities to promote equity and wellness in Colorado. Originally hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Isabel earned her BA in Sociology from Yale University with a certificate from the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights. In her role as Policy Manager, she is committed to bringing people together to advocate for policy solutions that ensure all Coloradans can access affordable and affirming healthcare.
Rayna HetlageCenter for Health ProgressRayna is the Senior Policy Manager at the Center for Health Progress. She earned her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Health Systems Management and Policy from the Colorado School of Public Health and her Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health from the University of Arizona. Her past work has focused on addressing food insecurity and the health impacts of food deserts. She has previously worked at the Colorado Fiscal Institute as a Health Policy Analyst where she advocated for legislation to hold polluters accountable to communities and to expand access to health insurance subsidies.
We look forward to seeing you on Monday!
Upcoming ProgramsApril 11: Healthy School Meals for All (SB 22-087)April 18: Workforce DevelopmentApril 25: Environmental Policy in the 2022 Session
2022 Executive CommitteeChair: Sarah BarnesVice Chair: Mathew MengeshaTreasurer: Cynthia WadleSecretary & Membership Chair: Susan StarkLegislative Chair: Chaer RobertCommunications Chair: Randle LoebMembers at Large: Chip Spreyer, Diane Rich, Nan Morehead, Kay Bengston, Aubrey Wilde, Peter Severson, Patrick Potyondy, Dave DeLay
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MARCH 14 on Zoom Protections for Mobile Park Owners

Protections for Mobile Home Park Owners
Dear CSLC Members & Friends,
You’re invited to join us this Monday for our next program.
We’ll gather online on Monday, March 14 at noon to discuss issues in manufactured housing and mobile homes.
About 100,000 Coloradans live in Manufactured Housing.
Most live in the almost 700 Mobile Home Parks. These communities can offer valuable, affordable private sector housing, yet often have a built-in insecurity when a Park Owner owns and rents the ground under the homes, leaving the potential for displacement. 

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Rep. Andrew Boesenecker (D)
House District 53
Rep. Boesenecker represents District 53
in Larimer County. He was selected to replace former Rep. Jeni Arndt who was elected Mayor of Fort Collins in April 2021. He has formerly worked as a music teacher at a Title I school, an independent musician, a stay-at-home dad, a church musician, and a Lutheran minister, and currently serves as Director of Annual Giving & Stewardship for The Institute for Shipboard Education. In the Colorado Legislature he serves on the Transportation and Local Government Committee and the State, Civic, Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
Jack Regenbogen
Colorado Poverty Law ProjectJack Regenbogen is a Policy and Advocacy Staff Attorney at Colorado Poverty Law Project. With expertise in evictions, landlord-tenant law, public benefits such as SNAP and helping people with criminal justice records, Jack is responsible for developing and supporting policies to improve the economic security of low-income Coloradans. Jack earned his J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2015 and a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College in 2012.
Cesiah Guadarrama
9to5 Colorado
Cesiah is the Associate State Director for 9to5 Colorado.
Her background is in organizing in mobile home communities and advocating for more renters’ rights at the local and state level. 9to5 Colorado has been a pioneer in leading for housing justice through community organizing and legislation for the past five years. Cesiah first became an advocate by helping to pass legislation that granted undocumented students in-state tuition in Colorado in 2013.
Renée Hummel
Colorado Coalition of Manufactured Home Owners
Renée Hummel got involved in activism on behalf of mobile home owners because of problems in her own community. Over the past seven years, she has worked with various mobile home owners’ organizations, including the Colorado Coalition of Manufactured Home Owners (CoCoMHO).
Michael Pierce
Colorado Coalition of Manufactured Home Owners
Michael Pierce helped found Colorado Coalition of Manufacture Home Owners (CoCoMHO) in 2017 to provide yearly forums, resources, and other ways of helping mobile home residents address a wide range of their concerns. He has been an active advocate on behalf of Mobile Home Owners.
We look forward to seeing you on Monday!
Upcoming Programs
March 21: Reproductive Rights
March 28: Aging Issues & Older Coloradans
April 4: Health Care in the 2022 Session
2022 Executive Committee
Chair: Sarah Barnes
Vice Chair: Mathew Mengesha
Treasurer: Cynthia Wadle
Secretary & Membership Chair: Susan Stark
Legislative Chair: Chaer Robert
Communications Chair: Randle Loeb
Members at Large: Chip Spreyer, Diane Rich, Nan Morehead, Kay Bengston, Aubrey Hasvold, Peter Severson, Patrick Potyondy, Dave DeLay
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March 7 at noon on Zoom Clean Slate

Colorado Social Legislation Committee 
Clean Slate Senate Bill 22-099
Automatic Record Sealing:
Senate Bill 22-099,
“Clean Slate”


Dear CSLC Members & Friends,

You’re invited to join us this Monday for our next program. We’ll gather online on Monday, March 7 at noon to discuss Senate Bill 22-099, known as Clean Slate, a bill to automatically seal eligible non-violent criminal records in Colorado. Over 1.3 million Coloradans having a record eligible for sealing, but only 5% on average successfully get their record sealed. Come learn about how this bipartisan bill could impact people with records and their personal information, and hear from the legislative sponsors directly.

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Sen. Dennis Hisey (R) Senate District 2 Senator Dennis Hisey was first elected to represent Colorado Senate District 2 in 2018, succeeding former Senate President Kevin Grantham. SD 2 encompasses Clear Creek, Park, Fremont, Teller, and El Paso Counties. He grew up raising and showing beef cattle, spending summers bucking hay and working at local dairies. He eventually shifted to working in the logging industry. In 2004 he was elected an El Paso County Commissioner, and has significant experience in policy relating to water, transportation, and budgeting. He and his family reside in Fountain, Colorado. He serves on the Senate Finance and Transportation & Energy Committees.



Rep. Kerry Tipper (D) House District 28 Rep. Kerry Tipper was first elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2018, representing District 28 in Jefferson County. Rep. Tipper spent her early childhood in Costa Rica and Mexico, and returned to Colorado at age 6. She attended the University of Denver and holds a law degree from Northeastern, and has worked as a private and public sector lawyer, representing victims of consumer fraud, discrimination, and civil rights violations, trafficking, and domestic violence. She serves on the House Judiciary and Finance Committees.Kyle PiccolaHealthier ColoradoKyle serves as Healthier Colorado’s Senior Director of Communications. While in college, he worked as a Legislative Aide and Chief of Staff to Senators Pat Steadman and Linda Newell. He then joined the Senate Majority Office under President Brand Shaffer where he was the Community Outreach Manager. He later worked in Kansas City, Missouri, as a field organizer for a statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization, and as an advocate in Austin, Texas, for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Ellen K. GiarratanaColorado Center on Law & PolicyEllen K. Giarratana is the managing attorney for CCLP. She advocates for the equitable enforcement of legislation, representing community members in litigation in four focus areas (food, health, income, housing) while working to improve racial equity. Prior to joining CCLP, Ellen clerked at the Colorado Court of Appeals for the Honorable Stephanie E. Dunn, and after working as an advocate in Mississippi, she returned to Denver to practice civil rights and employment discrimination litigation. She holds a bachelor’s in Political Science and Russian Studies from the University of Colorado and a law degree from the University of Denver.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Upcoming Programs
March 14: The Mobile Home Park Act
March 21: Reproductive Rights
March 28: Aging Issues & Older Coloradans
2022 Executive Committee

Chair: Sarah Barnes
Vice Chair: Mathew Mengesha
Treasurer: Cynthia Wadle
Secretary & Membership Chair: Susan Stark
Legislative Chair: Chaer Robert
Communications Chair: Randle Loeb
Members at Large: Chip Spreyer, Diane Rich, Nan Morehead, Kay Bengston, Aubrey Hasvold, Peter Severson, Patrick Potyondy, Dave DeLay
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February 28 CSLC on ZOOM Upcoming Programs Toward Economic Justice:Reforming Debt Collection Practices March 7: Clean Slate (SB 22-099) March 14: Mobile Home Park Act (HB 22-1223) March 21: Reproductive Rights

Toward Economic Justice:Reforming Debt Collection Practices
Dear CSLC Members & Friends,You’re invited to join us this Monday for our next program. We’ll gather online on Monday, February 28 at noon to discuss a legislative proposal, Senate Bill 22-086, to modernize and reform debt collection practices in Colorado, including issues related to homestead exemptions, asset protections from seizure, wage garnishment, and broader themes of economic justice.Join us on Zoom (click to copy or follow link)
Karen Cody-Hopkins Cody-Hopkins Law Firm Karen Cody-Hopkins, Esq., is a Colorado attorney whose practice focuses on student loan law and consumer bankruptcy. She began her legal practice in Minnesota in 1993 and relocated to Colorado in 2002. She joined Charles Lilley & Associates, P.C. where she filed chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies and worked on securities fraud, consumer, and antitrust class action cases. In 2011, she started her own firm. She also advises and lobbies on behalf of people facing student loan debt problems Today most of her cases are student loan cases including those in bankruptcy as well as state and federal court. She has taught student loan law to other lawyers and is a very active contributor to two national lawyer listservs concerning student loans. She is admitted to all Colorado federal and state Courts. She has worked on Colorado exemption legislation in 2015 and now.
Guy B. Humphries Attorney at LawGuy B. Humphries received a B.S. degree in political science from Colorado College in 1976, and a J.D. degree from Boston University in 1980. He was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1980 and was a law clerk for Judge Aurel Kelly in the Colorado Court of Appeals. Mr. Humphries then worked in a general private practice in Grand Junction, Colorado until moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 1986. He was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1986 and engaged in the private practice of law with an emphasis on bankruptcy, insolvency and bankruptcy litigation. Mr. Humphries returned to Denver in 1990 and since that time, has engaged in the private practice of law with an emphasis on representing farmers, consumers and small business debtors in bankruptcy proceedings and related matters. He has been involved in Colorado homestead exemption work for over 20 years.
Charles Parnell Parnell & Associates PCCharles is known nationally for his expertise in analyzing tax issues in bankruptcy. He is a frequent speaker, educating attorneys and other professionals at continuing education seminars. In the bankruptcy field, he has extensive experience in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. In the tax resolution field, he has extensive experience in Offers in Compromise, Installment Agreements, Penalty Abatement and Lien Resolution. Charles graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming in 1985, and obtained his law degree at the University of Denver in 1989.
We look forward to seeing you on Monday!
Upcoming Programs March 7: Clean Slate (SB 22-099) March 14: Mobile Home Park Act (HB 22-1223) March 21: Reproductive Rights
2022 Executive Committee Chair: Sarah Barnes Vice Chair: Mathew Mengesha Treasurer: Cynthia Wadle Secretary & Membership Chair: Susan Stark Legislative Chair: Chaer Robert Communications Chair: Randle Loeb Members at Large: Chip Spreyer, Diane Rich, Nan Morehead, Kay Bengston, Aubrey Hasvold, Peter Severson, Patrick Potyondy, Dave DeLay
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CSLC Bill Positions February 14, 2022

CSLC Bill Positions

February 14, 2022

SUPPORT

House Bill 22-1010   Representatives Emily Sirota and Tonya Van Beber and Senators Janice Buckner and Barbara Kirkmeyer

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR INCOME TAX CREDIT

The bill creates a refundable income tax credit for early childhood educators who have an adjusted gross income of less than or equal to $75,000 for a single return or $85,000 for a joint return, has held an early childhood professional credential for at least six months, and is the licensee of an eligible early childcare program or employed by an eligible program for at least six months. An eligible program is an early childhood education program or licensed family childcare home that has held a level two Colorado Shines quality rating and has a fiscal agreement with the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) or meets the federal standards for a Head Start Program. The credit can be claimed from January 1, 2022, through January 1, 2027. Credit amounts include: ∙ $500 for an Early Childcare Professional I, IV, V, and VI; ∙ $750 for an Early Childcare Professional II; and ∙ $1,000 for an Early Childcare Professional III.

Fiscal Note: $185,674 in 2022-23, $110,200 in 2023-24. When implemented, the tax credit will reduce state revenues by approximately $8,000,000 per year. 

House Appropriations Committee

House Bill 22-1083 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Janice Rich  and Senator Faith Winter 

COLORADO HOMELESS CONTRIBUTION INCOME TAX CREDIT

This bill upgrades and enhances the current enterprise zone contribution tax credit that is used to support organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness. Benefits of this improvement include: • Making the credit available to providers statewide; • Expanding the types of homeless services that are eligible to include street outreach, homelessness prevention, and emergency shelter programs; • Incentivizing donations to providers in rural and distressed areas; • And simplifying the administration of the credit.

Fiscal note: About $200,000 expenditure. Reduces state revenue by about $8 million when fully implemented. 

House Appropriations

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT – Up for vote February 28

Senate Bill 22-086 Senators Faith Winter and Representative Matt Grey

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION AND CONSUMER DEBT PROTECTION

Current Colorado consumer protection laws are relatively weak; while they are intended to protect income and property needed to meet basic needs – such as housing, cars, tools and other property needed to work, current protections have been outpaced by home and vehicle values, inflation and the rising cost of living. Recently, the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) rated Colorado a “D” because of how few resources we exempt from extraordinary collections from debt collection, judgments, garnishment and in Bankruptcy. The bill increases the CO Homestead Exemption and adds non-traditional housing; reinstates bank account exemption up to $5,000 which was in effect in 2/2020 to 06/01/2021 due to COVID; increases vehicle exemption; increases disability benefit exemption; increases farm equipment/livestock exemption; adds exemption for future economic stimulus payments; adds firearm/hunting equipment exemption [up to $1,000]; adds exemption for health savings accounts; add exemption for funds reserved for taxes & insurance on some reverse mortgages; keeps exemptions on unemployment & child support even if funds commingled.

Fiscal note:

Senate Finance
For questions, or more information contact CSLC Legislative Chair: Chaer Robert crobert@cclponline.org . CSLC members seeking a bill endorsement on an already introduced bill, please submit bill position request form available on our website: www.cslc.org or by emailing crobert@cclponline.org

2/14 TANF for improving the lives of families at noon on ZOOM: Join us on Zoom (click to copy or follow link)

Making TANF Work Better for Colorado Families Dear CSLC Members & Friends,You’re invited to join us this Monday for our next program. We’ll gather online on Monday, February 14 at noon to discuss Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), learn about the experience of navigating TANF in Colorado, and hear about efforts to improve the way the program works for families.
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Rep. Monica Duran (D)House District 24
Monica Duran is a member of the Colorado House of Representatives representing District 24. Rep. Duran’s career experience includes working as a member of the Wheat Ridge City Council. She served as a board member for the Jefferson Center for Mental Health. Rep. Duran serves on the Business Affairs and Labor Committee and the Appropriations Committee.
Rep. Iman Jodeh (D)House District 41 Iman Jodeh is a member of the Colorado House of Representatives representing District 41. Rep. Jodeh earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public policy. Her career experience includes working as the deputy political director, and the community advocate and liaison, of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado. Rep. Jodeh serves on the Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Committee and the Appropriations Committee.Ealasha VaughnerClayton Early LearningEalasha Vaughner is a leader in the Parent Ambassador Program at Clayton Early Learning. Vaughner has supported social media campaigns for fair tax policies, she spoke at a press conference for expanding working family tax credits, and she’s advocated for tax reform at the Capitol.Kayla Frawley Clayton Early LearningKayla Frawley is the Manager of Policy and Advocacy at Clayton Early Learning Center. Frawley helps lead the Clayton Parent Ambassador Program and co-convenes the Raise Colorado Coalition.We look forward to seeing you on Monday!Upcoming ProgramsFebruary 21: No Program (Presidents’ Day)February 28: Economic Justice & Modernizing Debt CollectionMarch 7: TBD2022 Executive CommitteeChair: Sarah BarnesVice Chair: Mathew MengeshaTreasurer: Cynthia WadleSecretary & Membership Chair: Susan StarkLegislative Chair: Chaer RobertCommunications Chair: Randle LoebMembers at Large: Chip Spreyer, Diane Rich, Nan Morehead, Kay Bengston, Aubrey Hasvold, Peter Severson, Patrick Potyondy, Dave DeLayContact:cslc.news@gmail.comColorado Social Legislation Committeewww.cslc.orgSee what’s happening on our social sites: ‌  ‌

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Transforming Behavioral Health
Dear CSLC Members & Friends, You’re invited to join us this Monday for our next program. We’ll gather online on Monday, February 7 at noon to discuss progress & legislative proposals from the Behavioral Health Transformational Task Force, an interim committee of the legislature, amid the landscape of broader healthcare work in the current session.Join us on Zoom (click to copy or follow link)
Sen. Brittany Pettersen (D)Senate District 22 Sen. Brittany Pettersen has served in the Colorado Legislature since 2013, and has represented Senate District 22 in Jefferson County since 2019. In recent months, Sen. Pettersen served as chair of the Behavioral Health Transformational Task Force. She is also Vice Chair of the Senate Transportation & Energy Committee and a member of the Senate Finance Committee. She recently announced a run to represent Colorado’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rep. Judy Amabile (D)House District 13 Rep. Amabile represents House District 13, which spans Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand, and Jackson Counties. She began serving in the Colorado Legislature in 2021. Rep. Amabile served as a member of the Behavioral Health Transformational Task Force. She is also a member of the House Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Committee; the State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Committee; and the Business Affairs & Labor Committee.
Vincent AtchityMental Health Colorado Vincent Atchity is President & CEO of Mental Health Colorado. He previously served as Executive Director of The Equitas Project, a national initiative to disentangle mental health and criminal justice, which is now part of Mental Health Colorado. Vincent served as Chair of the Behavioral Health Transformational Task Force Subpanel. He has also served on the Colorado Governor’s Mental Health Holds Task Force and the Colorado Opioid Epidemic Symposia Steering Committee, and currently serves on the Colorado Public Defender Commission, Governor’s Strategic Planning Task Force to Increase Behavioral Health Access in the state, the Denver District Attorney Advisory Council on Mental Health, the Colorado School of Public Health Behavioral Health Initiative Advisory Board, and the board of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).
Theresa SchiavoneHealth Care Advocate Theresa Schiavone is a mental health care advocate. She is a volunteer for the Denver chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and a member of the Public Policy Committee for NAMI Colorado. Theresa also writes the blog https://ColoradoMentalHealthReport.com, which is designed to inform people about new developments that might improve their access to vitally needed mental health services in Colorado. Theresa previously worked as a teacher in Aurora Public Schools and Cherry Creek Schools and as a journalist, including writing stories about the regional west for the Cultural Desk at NPR in Washington.
We look forward to seeing you on Monday!
Upcoming Programs February 14: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families February 21: No Program (Presidents’ Day)
2022 Executive CommitteeChair: Sarah BarnesVice Chair: Mathew MengeshaTreasurer: Cynthia WadleSecretary & Membership Chair: Susan StarkLegislative Chair: Chaer RobertCommunications Chair: Randle LoebMembers at Large: Chip Spreyer, Diane Rich, Nan Morehead, Kay Bengston, Aubrey Hasvold, Peter Severson, Patrick Potyondy, Dave DeLay
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BILLS 2021 FINAL OUTCOME

CSLC Bill Positions

June 14,2021

SUPPORT

Senate Bill 21-158 Senators Jessie Danielson and Brittany Pettersen and Representatives Brianna Titone and Monica Duran

INCREASE MEDICAL PROVIDERS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

Modifies the Colorado Health Service Corps program to include education loan repayment for geriatric advanced practice providers.

Fiscal Note:$430,000

Govenor

Senate Bill 21-173   Senators Julie Gonzales & Dominick Moreno and Reps Yadira Caraveo and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez

RIGHTS IN RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENTS

Limits late fees, prohibits evictions solely for unpaid late fees, adds financial penalty for illegal lock-outs by landlords, give renters more time to come up with rent to avoid eviction; eliminates bond requirement for court proceedings, bans lease clauses that provide financial incentives to landlords to evict. 

Fiscal Note: $19,385 in 2021-22; $29,456 in 2022-23.
Governor

Senate Bill 21-175 Senators Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Julie Gonzales and Representative Yadira Caraveo and Chris Kennedy

PRESCRIPTION DRUG AFFORDABILITY REVIEW BOARD

Creates an independent panel of experts to conduct affordability reviews and set upper payment limits for the most unaffordable drugs in Colorado. Manufacturers can appeal.

Fiscal Note: $843,567 in 2021-2; $515,479  in 2022-23

Governor

Senate Bill 21-187 Senator Jessie Danielson and Representative Dominique Jackson

DIALYSIS TREATMENT TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

Creates a Dialysis Transportation Provider Reimbursement Program within Department of Transportation. It would reimburse dialysis transportation providers who transport patients 50 or older who are not otherwise covered by Medicaid. Funded with per treatment fee on for-profit dialysis clinics. 

Fiscal Note: Fee funded – $4.5 Million/yr

Postponed Indefinitely

Senate Bill 21-199  Senators Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Faith Winter and Representatives Daneya Esgar and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez

REMOVE BARRIERS TO CERTAIN PUBLIC OPPORTUNITIES

Repeals provisions that require a person to demonstrate lawful presence in U.S. to be eligible for certain public benefits and requires that lawful 

presence is not a requirement of eligibility for state or local public benefits as defined by U.S.C. sec.1621.

Fiscal Note:  $262,508 in 2021-22; $63,275 in 2022-23

Governor

Senate Bill 21-200 Senators Faith Winter and Dominick Moreno and Representative Dominique Jackson

REDUCE GREENHOUSE GASSES; INCREASE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

This bill directs the Air Quality Control Commission in CDPHE to promulgate rules related to the greenhouse gas emission reductions spelled out in House Bill 12-1261. The bill also creates a position of Environmental Justice Ombudsman within CDPHE to advocate for and be a liaison to disproportionately impacted communities. 

Fiscal note:  $4.4 million general fund in 2021-2022, switching to $4 million/yr in fee funding.

Killed, but some provisions incorporated into HB1266. 

Senate Bill 21-246 Senator Steve Fenberg

ELECTRIC UTILITY PROMOTE BENEFICIAL ELECTRIFICATION

This bill requires investor- owned electric utilities to file beneficial electrification plans with the PUC.This is defined as converting a customer’s fuel source from non-electrical to high efficiency electrical. It targets 20% of program expenditure io low-income households or disproportionately affect communities.

Fiscal Note: $358,973 in 2021-22; $795,427 in 2022-23

Governor

House Bill 21-1054 Representative Dominique Jackson  and Senator Julie Gonzales

HOUSING PUBLIC BENEFIT VERIFICATION REQUIREMENT

Creates exception for housing programs on requirement that applicants for public benefits verify lawful presence in the US unless otherwise required by federal law. 

Fiscal note:    None   

SIGNED INTO LAW

House Bill 21-1117   Representatives Susan Lontine & Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez & Senators Julie Gonzales & Robert Rodriguez

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY PROMOTE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS

Clarifies that the existing authority of cities and counties to plan for and regulate the use of land includes the authority to regulate development or redevelopment in order to promote the construction of new affordable housing units. 

Fiscal note: None. 

Governor

House Bill 21-1121 Representatives Dominique Jackson and Iman Jodeh and Senator Julie Gonzales

RESIDENTIAL TENANCY PROCEDURES

Requires 10 days to execute Writ of restitution in evictions’ Limits rent increases to one annually.

Fiscal note: None

Governor

House Bill 21- 1150 Representative Iman Jodeh

COLORADO OFFICE OF NEW AMERICANS

Formally creates the Office of New Americans in the Department of Labor, but with a broad mission including economic stability, and successful economic, social, linguistic, and cultural integration of immigrants and refugees in Colorado. 

Fiscal Note: Currently grant funded for another year. Also transfers federal Refugee Services dollars from CDHS to CDLE.

Governor

House Bill 21-1194 Representatives Kerry Tipper and Naquetta Ricks and Senator Dominick Moreno

IMMIGRATION LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

Creates a grant program to provide representation to some of the indigent individuals in immigration deportation hearings in Colorado. 30% is also designated for preventative legal work outside metro Denver. 

Fiscal Note: $100,000/yr

Governor

House Bill 21-1198 Representative Iman Jodeh and Senators Janet Buckner and Chris Kolker

HEALTH CARE BILLING REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIGENT PATIENTS

Sets an enforceable standard for discounted care. Ensures that hospital providers screen patients that want assistance for public coverage and discounts. Prohibits collection action unless they have screen patients and offered a fair payment plan first. 

Fiscal Note: $186,421 in 2021-22; $521,127 in 2022-2023

Governor

House Bill 21-1232 Representatives Dylan Roberts and Iman Jodeh and Senator Kerry Donovan

STANDARDIZED HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN COLORADO OPTION

In this two-staged bill, the Division of Insurance would create a standardized plan for 2023 with input from stakeholders. The plan would be offered in the individual and small group markets, and be designed to reduce health disparities. At the same time, insurance carriers would be directed to lower premiums by 10% the first year, compared with average premiums in 2021, and by 20% the second year. If those targeted savings were not achieved, the state would stand up the Colorado option, in which the standardized plan would be offered and limitations to reimbursement to providers would be imposed by the Commissioner of Insurance in order to achieve the desired 20% reduction in premium costs.

Fiscal Note: $1.5 million in 2021-22; $1.9 million in 2022-23- primarily cash funded

Governor

OPPOSED

House Bill 21-1191 Reps Kim Ransom and Tonya Van Beber 

PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION COVID-19 VACCINE STATUS

Prohibits employers from taking adverse action against employees or applicants based on COVID19 vaccination status.

The state or a business cannot discriminate against customers based on COVID19 Vaccinee Status.

Fiscal note:  $21,904/yr

Postpone Indefinitely