Colorado Progressive Coalition at the Legislature
2014 Legislative Session
Colorado Progressive Coalition continues its tradition of working to ensure strong protections and policies are put in place to provide greater equity and equality for all Coloradans, not just the wealthy and well connected. By working clossing on a handful of bills at the intersections of issues important to CPC members, we will create possitive progressive change this year.
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CPC Supported Legislation*
Over 25 manufactured homeowners testified on a bill to provide owners some very basic homeowner protections. The testimony went on for almost 5 hours and many of our members and allies told legislators on the Senate Judiciary Committee that without SB14 - 10 they would continue to live in fear of losing not just their homes but the lives they have built. The bill was ultimately held over for a vote as further discussions on the bill are being taken into consideration. It was because of your calls and your testimony at the Senate hearing that this bill to protect affordable housing owners in Colorado continues. Continue calling members of the committee and tell them to support SB14-10, "Manufactured Home Communities Preservation and Protection Act," because all homeowners deserve protections.
Click here for the fact sheet: progressivecoalition.org/mhcppa-fact-sheet
Testified in favor of HB14-1017. The bill would expand affordable
housing in Colorado. CPC testified in the House Local Government
Committee and shared one of our members stories, which highlighted the
difficulties that many of our members are facing as they try to find
affordable housing. The bill passed committee and appears to be picking
up steam. It has passed the House and is now set to be heard in the Senate House Committee.
CPC Sponsored CPC called on members to support the Wage Protection Act, and support you did. CPC, FRESC, 9to5, CIRC and numerous other members and partner organizations filled the committee room and made calls to ensure a streamlined process that protects both employees seeking stolen wages and business owners who are playing by the rules got out of committee. It passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, meaning it is on its way to Appropriations Committee. Keep up the good work, and hopefully access to wage protections will be ours by the end of this legislative session. For more information click here: http://progressivecoalition.org/wage-protection-act-2014-fact-sheet
This bill protects homeowners who were struggling to save their homes from predatory lawyers who collected fraudulent fees. CPC testified on the bill and it has passed the House. It is set to be heard in the Senate Local Government Committee. Check out the Denver Post Story Here: http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_24970090/bill-would-end-bogus-foreclosure-charges-give-refunds
- No general fund money for Medicaid expansion. This bill would have
essentially killed the Medicaid expansion if the Federal Government
pulls its funding. CPC is opposed to removing health care protections
for underserved families and their children. This bill was killed in
committee thanks to the work of our members and other organizations
across the state. Keep an eye out for more of this type of legislation. Read Bill Here. (Killed in Committee)
HB 1134 - Would require an arduous registration process for health care navigators. While it would have made it easier for medical insurance brokers, it would have made it harder for community groups and health service providers to register Colorado residents in ConnectforhealthColorado. In the end, CPC opposed this bill because it would make it more difficult for communities to access health care. Read Bill Here. (This bill was killed in committee.)
HB 1128 - HB 1128 is another bill that would impede access to many Colorado residents to the voting booths. The bill restricts the types of ID that can be used for voting. In face, it eliminates "government documents" as form of ID. CPC is opposed to any restriction on ID, but the language of the bill is particularly problematic because a driver's license is a government document.
* Bills will be updated as they are introduced or as CPC takes a position on the bill.
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