March 24, 2022

GOV. SIGNS BILLS TO SUPPORT OLDER COLORADANS, PREVENT DOXXING OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS

DENVER, CO – Governor Jared Polis signed two bills into law today that would support older Coloradans and prevent doxxing of health care professionals.

“This law is a commitment to strengthen our support for older Coloradans,” said Rep. Mary Young, D-Greeley, sponsor of HB22-1035. “Throughout this process, we have collaborated to redefine the programs and supportive services that older Coloradans need to lead impactful, productive lives. We also prioritized the state’s ability to respond faster to the ever changing needs of older Coloradans. Together, we modernized Colorado law to include support for health services, social services, workforce development and digital literacy programs. This bipartisan effort proves our state not only cares about older Coloradans but prioritizes their needs.”

HB22-1035 updates the Older Coloradans Act to bolster supports and services to older Coloradans, such as social services, health services, workforce development, digital literacy and the state’s infrastructure for the growing older population in the state. The legislation operationalizes many of the recommendations set forth by the Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging and sets clear goals to guide the state as it works to ensure “that Colorado is the best state in which to grow old.”

The law requires the state of Colorado to prevent abuse, exploitation and neglect of older Coloradans by creating a commission to coordinate and guide state aging programs.

“Today, we’re standing up to protect our health care workers,” said Rep. Andrew Boesenecker, D-Ft. Collins. “Threats against code enforcement offices, animal control officers, and health care and child protection workers will not be tolerated in Colorado and this law protects them from having their personal information published online. Doxxing is dangerous and this law shields everyday Coloradans just doing their jobs from violent threats against them and their family.”

HB22-1041 will protect code enforcement officers from doxxing, a practice of sharing someone’s sensitive information online with malicious intent. This law extends protections to health care workers and animal control officers, among others, to withhold their personal information from the public. The law will create a new process for workers to redact their full name and address from online records if they receive a personal threat.