Duran & Becker’s Statement on Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee

July 10, 2018

(July 9) – Speaker Crisanta Duran and Majority Leader KC Becker released the following statement regarding President Trump’s nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. “The fate of civil and voting rights, reproductive freedoms and worker protections all hang in the balance with this Supreme Court nominee,” said Speaker Duran, D-Denver. “There’s

Bipartisan Support for the Rights of Disabled Parents

March 20, 2018

(March 20) – Rep. Jessie Danielson’s bill to prohibit discrimination against the parenting rights of disabled Coloradans cleared the House of Representatives today. HB18-1104 passed the House on a 47-14 vote. The bill prohibits a parent’s disability from serving as the basis for denying or restricting custody, visitation, adoption, foster care or guardianship of a

Civil Rights Division Wins Strong Bipartisan Support

February 21, 2018

(Feb. 20) — The House Judiciary Committee voted 10-1 today to introduce a bill reauthorizing the Colorado Civil Rights Division & Commission, in a strong bipartisan recognition of the important role the agency plays in protecting Coloradans against discrimination. After a number of Republican amendments to weaken the CCRD were defeated by the Democratic majority

GOP Blocks Funding for CO Civil Rights Division

February 8, 2018

(Feb. 8) – Republicans on the legislative Joint Budget Committee blocked funding this afternoon to the Colorado Civil Rights Division, which investigates claims of discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on race, gender, disability, sexual orientation and other factors. “The GOP JBC members are undermining key protections for Coloradans against discrimination,” said Speaker

Unanimous Approval for Disability Trusts

April 3, 2017

(April 3) – A bill by Reps. Dafna Michaelson Jenet and Dave Young to allow Coloradans with disabilities to establish and fund their own disability trust earned final approval from the House with a 63-0 vote this morning. “This is a very important bill to create opportunity for those Coloradans with disabilities who have the

Employment for Adults with IDD

June 10, 2016

(June 10) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill by Rep. Dianne Primavera this morning to help ensure that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities can find meaningful employment. “All Coloradans are capable of meaningful work, including those with disabilities,” said Rep. Primavera, D- Broomfield. “If society in general had an unemployment rate of 75

Two More Ginal Bills Become Law

June 10, 2016

(June 10) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two bills by Rep. Joann Ginal this morning, one to help veterinarians more effectively treat their animal patients, and the other to help ensure that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities can find meaningful employment. The first bill signed this morning, SB16-077, outlines Employment First policies which are

Young Bill Creates Pathway to College for Students with IDD

June 6, 2016

(June 6) – Governor Hickenlooper signed a bill sponsored by Rep. Dave Young into law today that will offer higher education options to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). “Students with intellectual and developmental disabilities have so far been excluded from higher education in Colorado,” said Rep. Young, D-Greeley. “This law creates opportunities for

Three Young Bills Become Law

May 18, 2016

(May 18) – Gov. John Hickenlooper came to Greeley this morning to sign three bills by Rep. Dave Young, D-Greeley, aimed at protecting the health and well-being of Colorado’s most vulnerable citizens. HB16-1101, signed this morning at Northern Colorado Medical Center, allows a physician to designate another physician to act as a patient’s decision-maker for

Four Young Bills Signed Into Law

May 22, 2014

(May 22) – Rep. Dave Young (D-Greeley), who has been a leading legislative advocate for disabled Coloradans, saw four bills he sponsored signed into law today by Gov. John Hickenlooper. · HB14-1211, which insures that people who need complex rehabilitation equipment such as custom wheelchairs, will continue to have access to providers who supply and