• February Community Forum Recap – 2/18/17

    This past Saturday, Feb. 18, State Senator John Kefalas and CSU Democrats hosted the monthly Community Forum at Lory Student Center on CSU campus. The monthly forum has previously been hosted at coffee shops like DazBog on Mason, but due to the overwhelming response, Kefalas moved to a larger venue with more space for attendees.

    This month’s attendees found out about the forum through email, Facebook, and even the Sunday newspaper. Some of the younger attendees learned about the event through CSU Democrats, a student-led group comprised mostly of young Democrats.

    After a quick introduction for new attendees, Kefalas took questions from the audience.

    Questions From the Community

    How is legislation prioritized? Who decides how bills come to committee? How do you change that?

    • Speaker of the House or senate majority assigns the bill to committee depending on content. If it is a bill that it contentious, it may be sent to a committee that makes no other sense except to stall the bill. In the house, the Democrats are in the majority. In the Senate, the republicans are in majority. Both parties have attempted to stall bills in the past.
    • In Colorado, each representative has a limit of 5 bills they can introduce, although it can be more with exception or delayed bill status (for proper reason – would need to be bi partisan).
    • Colorado has a 120 day legislative session.
    • Nonpartisan individuals develop fiscal note to find out if bills have financial impact on residents before they go into appropriations.
    • We have limits, fiscal notes, single subject rule (prevents christmas tree bills), and gavel amendment (every bill introduced has to have a hearing – committee chairs cannot block bills from being heard) to keep bills on course and in line (safeguards).

    If the new congress cuts back on funding programs such as public broadcasting and national arts that people around the country are currently benefiting from, what can Colorado do at a state level to supplement?

    • A lot of pressure on congress and the president to reduce budget, creating a lot of concern about defunding national arts and public broadcasting.
    • One response is to donate to PBS and CPR.
    • Continue to contact federal legislators to express concerns, even when it seems futile. Show up at their town hall meetings.
    • Perhaps creating a “ColoradoCorp”, although it wouldn’t be able to happen this session. Any time something would have a fiscal impact, it takes longer to pass through.

    What changes could be made to Colorado HOA Information Office to make their efforts more effective when they are called on to resolve a dispute?

    • There have been quite a few bills over the last couple of years between the rights of HOA owners (2M+ homes part of HOA) and their HOA. Criticism is generally that HOA doesn’t have much enforcement to settle disputes.
    • Does it need statutory changes or money? Typically legislators are reluctant to add public FTE’s (federally trained employees).
    • Senate bill 0098 – Under current law there are provisions for mobile home owners to form HOA or coop. This bill said if folks did that, they could organize themselves and work with other community based organizations, trying to get mediation resolutions.
    • Direct people to ODR (Office of Dispute Resolution)—there are free services in each judicial district.

    What can be done to prevent the recently proposed bill allowing open carry without training from passing?

    • Bill was in committee last week, may be scheduled to be on senate floor next week
    • Go to committee hearings to testify, but remember that every bill deserves a full committee hearing.
    • Hold your representatives accountable.
    • Bills that are decisive will typically die in one chamber or another

    American Association of critical care nurses lobbied for ACA in 2010 (Senator Durban). Concerned about potential of repealing access to healthcare for people that can’t afford it. What can we do at the state level to try and protect people here?

    • Contact Senator Bennett in addition to Senator Gardner.
    • Heard on NPR: It appears that republicans are close to coming up with proposal for ACA replacements.
    • Health insurance premiums are a big deal on the private insurance side. Medicaid has had much slower growth because it’s for long terms care and disabilities. Has also been proven to be as cost-effective as any other model we’ve had.
    • Some might want to go back to high risk pools. Ex: Minnesota and other alternatives to high risk pools. In colorado, we had Cover Colorado prior to ACA. Notion of preexisting was selling point of ACA, cover colorado had a lot of subsidies, but preexisting was covered. Separating folks that have health care needs from the rest of the pool creates adverse risk issues and becomes problematic.
    • Ultimately, we need to see what is being proposed at the federal level.
    • Display that medicaid is effective and that we are focusing on reducing costs in colorado.
    • SB17-003 (repeal health exchange in co) status is “under consideration”. Bill will cost money, if it gets out of appropriations, it will be on the senate floor later.
      • If it passes out of senate, likely that it would not be successful in the house..
      • Senator Kevin Lumberg is the senate appropriations committee. Contact him to ask where would we come up with the $2M that it’s estimated it would cost to repeal the exchange, and remind him that there states where the cost has been upward of $23M.

    What can be done at the state level to safeguard against and counter efforts at the federal level to ensure that all students have access to public education?

    • State dollars wouldn’t be impacted by federal decisions.
    • At the federal level, we have to be talking to our federal legislators.
    • May have to reduce residential assessment rate (45/55 residential/commerical balance).
    • Public education is critical and we need to invest those dollars wisely.
    • Counter cyclical – years that folks are struggling more because of recessions or jobs lost, there’s typically greater need to fund public services, but money coming in is less because of less income tax dollars. That’s why it’s important to have rainy day fund. Because of TABOR, if we get over a certain limit or threshold, the government has to give the money back.
    • can’t say what to do about the federal stuff other than what he’s hearing. ultimately there’s going to be a big push to reduce the budget, and if the folks in power care about cutting spending in one area, it’s likely to get cut

    2020: Setting boundaries, any chance for that to be seen to a non-partisan committee instead of by politicians

    • Nonpartisan staff takes all criteria set in law and comes up with recommendations based on population maps, then goes to senate for bipartisan committee. if they can’t come to agreement, will go to courts, which is what happened last year.

    What are the chances of Colorado or Fort Collins moving to Instant-Runoff or Ranking Voting?

    • Senator John Kefalas stated that he is a strong advocate of IRV.
    • A recent campaign (led by Eric Fried) in Fort Follins as charter city to allow for city council elections to move to IRV was not successful.
    • Ideally, IRV would ensure a more level playing field for all candidates.
    • Approval voting means if there are more than 2, you can vote for as many as you like and then number of votes per candidate are tallied.
    • Prop 107 and 108 were passed, will move toward open primary, statutory changes. citizens groups go for constitutional changes because it cannot be changed a few months later in legislation. There is a prop now that would prevent changes to statutory changes for at least 3 years so that legislatures cannot flip-flop policy every time there is a new election.

    What can we do as a good compromise to take care of concerns of conservatives and their concerns as well as liberals to turn Colorado into a sanctuary state?

    • Salazaar is going to introduce a bill to make Colorado a sanctuary state.
      • John has a feeling that it has not been vetted properly among conservatives
    • We have to be able to talk to folks.
      • we’re seeing increases in hate crimes and anti-semitism
      • we have to find what brings us together
    • Remember that we are an immigrant based country.
    • What are the values that coloradans care about in terms of immigration? Have discussions based on this.

    Will the federal government be using national guard forces to engage in ICE activities?

    • Unknown status right now, currently this is just a story in the news that may or may not be accurate.
  • Weekend Warrior – Feb. 17, 2017

    Not that we want to keep kicking these posts off the same again and again, but it has been another crazy week in Washington!  For those of you that didn’t have a chance to be bombarded with everything political this week but now you’re ready to get involved, here’s what you need to know to get to work this weekend:

    Rep. Joann Ginal’s Monthly Happy Hour

    State Rep. Joann Ginal will be holding another Happy Hour Town Hall at The R Bar and Lounge this month on Friday February 17th at 6:30pm. This Town Hall will focus on the topics of cultural diversity and immigration. There will be presentations from the Office of International Programs at CSU, the CSU department of Education and Ethnic Studies, and El Centro.

    Senator John Kefalas Community Forum

    State Senator John Kefalas will be hosting a Community Forum at Colorado State University with the CSU Democrats on February 18th at 10:00am at the Lory Student Center. Kefalas is having this even on campus in hopes of raising the number of college-aged participants, so the issues and concerns will be more broadly based that they are at his typical community forums. This will be a great opportunity for anyone who is new to local politics or anyone that is interested in seeing how the youth of Fort Collins is participating in democracy!

    Next Week: Fort Collins City Council Meeting

    Fort Collins City Council will be holding their bi-monthly meeting next Tuesday and just posted the agenda for review. Their meetings start at 6pm and run until they’re finished.

    Anything going on this weekend we missed? Leave it in the comments below and we’ll add it!

  • Volunteer Fight Club Monthly Meeting – February

    Last night’s monthly meeting at Intersect Brewing was a great success! Thanks to everyone who came out and thank you to Intersect Brewing for hosting us. Read over the brief recap below or download the meeting notes for more information.

    The March meeting is tentatively scheduled for March 16th, location to be determined.

    Monthly Meeting Rundown

    Women’s Day of Service Fort Collins

    • We are still receiving volunteer registrations and organizer registrations (over 200 volunteers now).
    • We will be sending assignments before February 24th, 2017.
    • Please make sure that you’re checking your email over the next couple of weeks for updates.
    • We are looking into alternative indoor opportunities in the case of bad weather.
    • T-shirts: Would members be interested in purchasing commemorative t-shirts for a small fee, $10-15? It seemed everyone attending the meeting was interested.

    Recap Feb 11, 2017 Town Hall

    Recap Feb 11, 2017 Solidarity with PP Rally

    • Turnout numbers were in the thousands, put together by AJ Kelley & Fort Collins Girl Gang.
    • Speakers included John Kefalas & Joann Ginal, as well as respresentatives from NoCo Now, CSU Dems, and more.
    • Raised over $1,500 for Planned Parenthood

    Mayoral Candidate Questions

    • We will interview the local mayoral candidates over the next week and post our interviews on the site.
    • Submit your questions in card form or via email. You can also use the form up on the site.

    VFC Ambassadors

    • We will be looking for people passionate about specific subjects (Climate Change, Homelessness, etc.) to get directly involved with VFC.
    • Activities will include researching, blogging, and outreach to arrange volunteer opportunities.
    • Meet offline to discuss interest or contact VFC for more information.

    Upcoming Events

    Download the Notes

    Any questions? Leave them in the comments below and we’ll get them answered!

  • Twitter Tuesday – February 14, 2017

    It’s Twitter Tuesday, so if you’ve been living under a rock or too busy worrying about finding a date for Valentine’s Day, here’s what’s been happening in the Twitterverse:

    Note: If it seems like there are a lot of Trump tweets on here, that’s because there are. He’s been pretty busy this past week.

    Easy D v. America

    No Twitter Tuesday kickoff would be complete without a “mic drop” from Trump, and this last week saw a doozy. Not that it hasn’t been thoroughly speculated about, but we STILL don’t know what Donald Trump meant by “Easy D.”

    Chris Cuomo v. Blumenthal v. Twitter

    After CNN’s Chris Cuomo interviewed Sen. Richard Blumenthal regarding Blumenthal’s statements that Supreme Court nominee Neil Grouch called Trump’s attacks on federal judges “disheartening” and “demoralizing”, Trump responded via Twitter by once again accusing CNN of being “fake news”:

    Cuomo articulately responded in the video clip below, in which he shows that he actually DID ask Blumenthal about his past false statements:

    Trump v. the Court (In Court)

    On February 9th, 2017, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously to uphold the block on Trump’s travel ban. His response on Twitter was “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!”, indicating that his administration will be seeking further legal battle(s). The irony of the statement was not lost on most people, as federal judges are often ONLY seen “in court.”

    If you weren’t already thinking it, Saturday Night Live was kind enough to play out the scenario that could occur if Trump were to “See you in the People’s Court!”

    Mark Cuban v. Trump

    It’s worth noting that Donald Trump used his personal Twitter account this week to personally attack Mark Cuban completely unprovoked. Why is this important? Because it came less than 20 minutes after the previous tweet stating “After two days of very productive talks, Prime Minister Abe is heading back to Japan. L” and occurred early in the morning AFTER reports came out that North Korea had tested another ballistic missile. Still no word from Trump on his Twitter regarding North Korea’s missile launch.

    When asked if he knew why he was being attacked so suddenly, Mark Cuban responded simply:

    Captain America v. Nazis (For Real)

    Chris Evans and former KKK leader David Duke has been sparring on Twitter over the last week, which might present an opportunity for the Captain America actor to actually punch a white supremacist Nazi in real life.

    Duke’s response:

    To which Evans responded:

    And then this happened:

    So this is the part where I think we would fully expect Captain America to throw the Nazi through the window, but Chris Evans is apparently a super classy and level headed guy. When they went low, he went high:

    So there you have it—love trumps hate, even in the Twitterverse. Oh, and if you’re needing material for your nightmares, peruse David Duke’s Twitter feed: It’s terrifying.

    Stephen Miller & Sean Hannity v. Everyone

    This Sunday, White House senior advisor Stephen Miller made the morning talkshow rounds to ensure that Trump’s otherwise peaceful-ish weekend would not remain so. In an interview with George Stephanopolous on ABC’s “This Week”, Miller stated “George, it is a fact and you will not deny it, that there are massive numbers of non-citizens in this country, who are registered to vote. That is a scandal.” Speaking with John Dickerson from “Face the Nation” and in reference to the American process of judiciary review, Miller said “our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”

    There’s more, but it’s basically the same idea again and again. Watching a montage of Miller’s television appearances Sunday morning is rather upsetting, but what was even more upsetting was Donald Trump’s reaction to Miller’s performance:

    What happened next was the only redeeming moment of this frightening debacle, when Sean Hannity literally lost it on Twitter after MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” panel reacted to Stephen Miller:

     

    Did we miss anything? Of course we did! Leave a comment below letting us know what we should have been talking about and we’ll get it up here.

  • Town Hall Recap – February 11, 2017

    This past Saturday’s Fort Collins Town Hall brought an amazing turnout of over 125 citizens to Council Tree Library on Harmony for a legislative update and Q&A session with State Senator John Kefalas, State Representative Joann Ginal, and State Representative Jeni Arndt. Topics ranged from climate change to affordable housing. However, the most common questions seemed to reflect a number of concerns about immigration and the effect of the current administration’s policies on the status of Fort Collins green card holders, as well as the recent proposed state legislation regarding women’s reproductive health in the Colorado State House and the likelihood of future proposed bills.

     

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    State Representative Jeni Arndt

    Rep. Arndt is a longtime resident of Fort Collins with a background in education as well as experience as a Congressional intern. She chairs the Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Committee in addition to sitting on the Business Affairs and Labor and the Statutory Revision Committees. She is currently working on a bill that would promote artificially recharging aquifers in Fort Collins to provide additional water storage without waiting for Mother Nature to naturally replenish them.

    State Representative Joann Ginal

    Another longtime Fort Collins resident, Rep. Ginal is in her third term of representing Fort Collins in Colorado House District 52 and is the Chairwoman of the Health, Insurance & Human Services Committee. She is also a member of the Public Health Care & Human Services Committee as well as the Transportation and Energy Committee. Just last week, she was a part of a committee that helped strike down three bills targeting women’s reproductive rights in an all-night hearing.  Ginal said she will also be working to bring back the Prescription Drug Transparency Act and introducing a bill to instate a “hot car” law in Colorado, giving immunity to individuals that break a vehicles window in the event that an unattended animal, child or elderly person has been left in a closed hot car.

    John Kefalas RunningState Senator John Kefalas

    Senator Kefalas is currently in his first term serving Senate District 14 and is the ranking member of the Local Government Committee, in addition to serving on the Capital Development Committee and the Health Insurance Exchange Oversight Committee. He is currently working on Senate Bill 17-040, a bill that would require open and transparent government in regards to requests for public information. Despite bipartisan report, the bill is stuck in committee and does not have a hearing date scheduled at this time.

    The Issues

    What happens to the Colorado State Exchange when ACA is repealed?

    Ginal stated that a bill came up to get rid of the state exchange in the senate will probably not make it through the house because it would disrupt too many lives. In Colorado, there was an approximate 48% increase in residents aged 18-30 that purchased healthcare in the last year, and the Colorado State Exchange has been ranked #2 in the county. Ginal said that she specifically will be fighting for transparency with hospitals and health insurance companies and will push to regulate pharmaceutical costs.

    Status of the National Popular Vote vs. Electoral College

    Senator Kefalas is sponsoring Senate Bill 17-099, the National Popular Vote Agreement, which concerns adopting an agreement among states to elect the president of the United States through popular vote. John recommended visiting nationalpopularvote.org for more information on the national movement and stated there is a hearing schedule for SB17-099  on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in the senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs committee.

    How is Fort Collins and Colorado handling climate change?

    Rep. Arndt stated that while Denver has a climate action plan, the house was asked last year—in the form of a bill—to insert goals into that plan and that same bill will be submitted again this year. Arndt indicated that Governor Hickenlooper may not be willing to support the bill and admitted that it would be considered a “messaging bill,” intended to show the people of Colorado that there is legislative awareness that the climate is changing and concrete goals are needed in Denver. She also stated that the senate is moving to set up a select committee on energy, which she considered an aggressive move.

    Women’s Reproductive Rights

    Rep. Ginal spoke to the three bills that were in committee hearings and all were indefinitely postponed on Feb. 9th, 2017. Two of the bills have come up four times in the past five years, however HB17-1086 was a new bill considering the notice of reversal of medication for abortion. Ginal stated that she and other committee members found no scientific basis to back the success of a “reversal” medication and that the procedure is not FDA approved. In her mind, if more studies and trials were completed, it may be something that she would consider looking at in the future.

    Penalties For Protestors in Colorado

    The question was raised regarding Colorado’s alleged plans to instate stricter penalties for lawful protestors—or even the possibility of making protesting illegal—a question that likely stemmed from misleading headlines like “Lawmakers In Ten States Have Proposed Legislation Criminalizing Peaceful Protest.” While the three representatives were not aware of any legislation specific to that point, there is currently a bill in the Senate (SB17-035) sponsored by Senator Jerry Sonnenberg that would increase the penalty for tampering with oil and gas equipment from a class 2 misdemeanor to a class 6 felony. This bill could potentially effect the consequences for environmental protestors.

    Betsy DeVos and Potential Voucher Programs

    A question was asked in regards to the effect that Betsy DeVos’s appointment might have on potential education voucher bills in Colorado. The representatives stated that every year a voucher bill is proposed, and every year it doesn’t pass. Rep. Ardnt assured the group that Colorado is behind teachers and public education, and although she doesn’t sit on the education committee, she does advise and “put her two cents in.” The silver lining of any changes Betsy DeVos might make would be that more power would go to the state, and Colorado likes running its school districts the way it’s being run now.

    Immigration Policies and Sanctuary Cities

    There are currently steps being taken in the house with joint resolution in the senate for an immediate resolution of Trump’s executive order (HJR17-1013). Rep. Ginal is having a Town Hall Social at The R Bar to promote nurturing cultural diversity in Fort Collins on Friday, February 17th, from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. The goal of this Town Hall Social will be to share info from undocumented and exchange students enrolled at Colorado State University on the effect of Trump’s executive order. Additionally, Rep. Arndt brought up that somewhere in the house or the senate, there’s talk of introducing a bill that would make Colorado a sanctuary state.

    Upcoming Events

    Rep. Joan Ginal will be hosting a Town Hall Social on Friday, Feb. 17th at 6:30 pm at The R Bar, focusing on cultural diversity and sharing information from undocumented and exchange students attending Colorado State University.
    Senator John Kefalas will be hosting an event Saturday, Feb. 18th at 10:30 am at Colorado State University in Room 304.06. This meeting will be a community conversation about current events and upcoming policies, specifically geared towards college students and recent graduates.
  • Fort Collins 2017 Mayoral Candidates Questions

    The 2017 Regular Municipal Election is fast approaching, which means Fort Collins residents will be be a electing a new mayor. The three mayoral candidates running are Kwon AtlasElizabeth Wilson Hudetz, and incumbent Mayor Wade Troxell, but how much do you know about them? Over the next week, we’re going to be meeting with and interviewing all three candidates and asking them your questions. Use our form below to submit your questions for the mayoral candidates, and we might add them to our list of interview questions!

    2017 Mayoral Candidate Question Submission

     

  • Weekend Warrior – February 10, 2017

    Folks, it has been quite a week! From Kelly Anne Conway’s blatant attempt to curtail favor with Trump by pushing his daughter’s failing clothing line on national television to Sean Spicer implying that it would be preposterous for Americans to take Donald Trump’s tweets more seriously than we take his press briefings to the 9th Circuit upholding the block on Trump’s Travel ban — if your head’s not spinning, we envy you. For those of you that didn’t have a chance to be bombarded with everything political this week but now you’re ready to get involved, here’s what you need to know to get to work this weekend:

    Fort Collins Town Hall Meeting

    Join State Senator John Kefalas, Rep. Joan Ginal and Rep. Jeni Arndt this Saturday, February 11th, for their monthly town hall meeting. We will share brief updates on the 2017 session and discuss some of our legislative priorities, in addition to having a Q&A with attendees. If you were able to make it to their first town hall this year, you know that there can be over 100 people in attendance, so get their early for a good seat.

    Solidarity Rally with Planned Parenthood

    In response to an anti-abortion/anti-Planned Parenthood rally, We’ve Got Your Back is hosting a solidarity event to show their support for women to make their own choices for their own healthcare. You can find more details about the event here.

    Colorado Stands With Planned Parenthood

    If you’re outside of the Fort Collins area, there will be a similar event in Denver at Skyline Park. One important point to note for both of these events: While it may be tempting to respond to the anti-Planned Parenthood protesters that will be convening at Planned Parenthood locations across the country, please don’t. Additional conflict at Planned Parenthood locations can be harmful to the same patients, supports, and staff that you’re looking to support, so representatives have asked that you stick to attending pre-planned support rallies instead.

    Fort Collins Postcard Party

    Looking for likeminded people to write postcards to your representatives with? Join The Pride of NoCo at Harmony Public Library this Sunday evening as they provide postcards, addresses, and community. All ages are welcome, they only ask that you bring 10 stamps for your postcards — they’ll be providing everything else! Find more details about the event here.

    Next Week: Volunteer Fight Club Meeting

    Don’t miss our monthly meeting next Wednesday at Intersect Brewing! We’ll be going over details for Women’s Day of Service Fort Collins and reviewing questions for our legislatures, as well as talking a little bit about Elizabeth Hudetz, Fort Collins’ newest candidate for Mayor. RSVP to the meeting here so that we can let Intersect know how many people to expect.

    Anything going on this weekend we missed? Leave it in the comments below and we’ll add it!

  • Twitter Tuesday – January 31, 2017

    It’s Twitter Tuesday, so if you’ve been living under a rock, here’s what’s been happening in the Twitterverse:

    Alt-Twitter

    Who knew that the political revolution would be led by a group of rogue federal employees? Last week, after Trump started shutting down government agencies’ social media accounts, several groups that claimed to be federal employees started rogue Twitter accounts and continued tweeting. Whether these are actual employees of the agencies they’re representing or not (rumors are swirling that Steve Bannon is actually the person responsible for @RoguePOTUSStaff), the accounts have brought further attention to issues like climate change, and are reminding us all that we haven’t renewed our annual National Parks membership. You can find a list of most of the rogue accounts here.

    Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Choice

    If you haven’t noticed, Twitter is now the format through which we get all of our presidential notifications, so it should come as no surprise that Trump announced the date of his Supreme Court choice through social media. According to Forbes.com, the three leading choices are Judge Neil Gorsuch from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, William Pryor Jr., a 54-year-old who sits on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, and Thomas Hardiman of the 3rd Circuit, who sits in Pittsburgh. That said, Trump is completely unpredictable and could go in an entirely different direction. We’ll find out tonight.

    #StopPresidentBannon

    Over the weekend, Trump made a few changes to his National Security Council, demoting the director of National Intelligence and the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, as well as giving Steve Bannon a seat at the table, an unusual move for even the most unusual president. Twitter did not respond kindly:

    Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments below, we’ll make sure we have it up for next week’s Twitter Tuesday!

  • Colorado Women’s Health Proposed Bills

    On February 9th, the Colorado House Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee will be considering three Republican-backed bills that would detrimentally affect a woman’s right to control over her own body. All three proposed bills are being sponsored by House Republicans, including Rep. P. NevilleRep. J. EverettRep. D. NordbergSen. V. MarbleRep. S. Humphrey, and Rep. K. Ransom.

    Thursday February 09, 2017 Hearing

    Women’s Health Protection Act (HB17-1085)

    “The bill requires all abortion clinics to file an annual registration with the attorney general. The attorney general shall create and make available the registration form.” It would require abortion clinics to file all details of all abortion procedures on an annual basis, and would allow the attorney general to perform inspections without notice at least annually.

    Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act (HB17-1086)

    “The bill ensures that a woman is given information regarding the possibility of an abortion pill reversal so that she is fully informed and is given options to continue the pregnancy and preserve the mother-child relationship when she desires to do so. The department of public health and environment must publish a statement on its website regarding abortion pill reversal. The woman’s doctor shall provide her with this statement at least 24 hours before providing the abortion pill.”

    Protect Human Life At Conception (HB17-1108)

    “The bill prohibits terminating the life of an unborn child and makes a violation a class 1 felony (with exceptions).”

    What Can You Do?

    These three bills will be considered on Feb. 9th with the Health, Insurance, & Environment Committee, so contact its members and let them know how you feel. The links below include their office room number as well as their phone number at the Capitol, and most profile pages include links to their websites where you can find more information.

    You can also go to the Capitol on the day of the committee hearing. Rep. Joann Ginal has offered to reserve seats for anyone that can let her know they’re coming down ahead of time, but the sooner the better — she’s not the only Representative who does this. Email Rep. Ginal at joannginal52@gmail.com or you can text her on her cell phone at 970-215-3063.

    If you haven’t met Rep. Joann Ginal yet, or you don’t know about her long fight for women’s rights in Colorado, check out the video below and then follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Get-To-Work Wednesday Update: Jan. 25, 2017

    It’s been a long week already considering we’re only a few days into it, which means it’s time to GET TO WORK! Since Donald Trump officially took office last Friday, he has complained about the millions of women that marched in solidarity at Women’s Marches across the world, hallucinated an inauguration turnout that has been proven false (which consequently gave birth to the “Alternative Facts” movement), signed no less than ten executive orders at the time of this post, and is expected to order the start of construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico. Did I miss anything? Of course I did, but there’s only so much room to type!

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