Legislature

Success from the session: Hickenlooper signs bill giving seniors greater security, flexibility on in-home care

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 28, 2013
Author: Semro, Bob

Colorado took a small but very important step today that will help more older Coloradans with long-term care needs, allowing them to stay in their homes longer and saving the state money in the process. Gov. John Hickenlooper did that by signing Senate Bill 127, which will improve funding for the state's 16 Area Agencies on Aging.

Success from the session: Hickenlooper signs bill updating school finance formula

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 21, 2013
Author: Waterous, Frank

Hickenlooper 213

Sponsors and supporters celebrate
after Gov. John Hickenlooper finishes signing SB 213.

Success from the session: 'At-risk elders' now assured of protection from abuse

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 16, 2013
Author: Watt, Joe

Colorado's senior citizens now have well-defined protections against abuse, thanks to the signing of Senate Bill 111 by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

This law creates a new class of protections for "at-risk elders," those Coloradans 70 and over. Currently, many caretakers are encouraged to report suspected abuse, but they are not required to do so.

The new law makes a number of changes to the Adult Protective Services system. Provisions in the law were recommended by the Elder Abuse Task Force, which was created by the legislature in 2012.

Success from the session: Enterprise Zone Act reforms put cap on investment tax credits

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 16, 2013
Author: Awuor, George

Colorado's enterprise zone program will be modified to permanently cap the amount of investment tax credit that may be claimed at $750,000 per year, place greater emphasis on job creation and workforce development and provide transparency in assessing the program's effectiveness, thanks to Gov. John Hickenlooper's signing of House Bill 1142 on Wednesday.

Under the new law:

Success from the session: Expansion of Medicaid eligibility will make Colorado a healthier place

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 15, 2013
Author: Semro, Bob

Gov. John Hickenlooper, in signing the law that expands Medicaid eligibility, has ensured that Colorado will be a healthier place in years to come.

The expansion of health insurance coverage means that many more Coloradans will get the care they need at the right time and in the right place. The governor signed Senate Bill 200 on Monday.

Successful legislative session opens doors to opportunity

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 14, 2013
Author: Jones, Rich

The 2013 legislative session made extraordinary progress in expanding opportunities for more Coloradans.

In our January preview of the session, we described how legislative leaders from both sides of the aisle outlined broad goals and emphasized the role of public policy in expanding opportunity. During the session, they delivered. The result is one of the most productive and far-reaching sessions in memory.

The Opportunity News: 2013 end-of-session wrapup

Type: Opportunity News
Published Date: May 14, 2013
Author: Arellano, AlecAwuor, GeorgeHallgren, KathleenJones, RichLipscomb, SarahSemro, BobWaterous, Frank

The 2013 legislative session made extraordinary progress in expanding opportunities for more Coloradans. The legislature enacted several measures that the Bell and others have been working on for almost a decade.

Our end-of-session edition of The Opportunity News reviews many of those accomplishments, with a focus on the Bell's major bills.

Click here to read our end-of-session wrap-up

 

Success from the session: Hickenlooper ensures all workers protected from workplace discrimination

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 8, 2013
Author: Hallgren, Kathleen

When Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 13-1136, the Job Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act, into law early this week, he took a crucial step in ensuring safer workplaces for all Coloradans.

Straight talk on health care reform: "Connect for Health Colorado" is name for health insurance exchange

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 7, 2013
Author: Semro, Bob

Starting this week, the Colorado health insurance exchange has a new name and website – "Connect for Health Colorado" and www.connectforhealthco.org.

The website is designed to help people understand how the new exchange will work, how it affects different populations and to answer questions about health insurance and the operation of the exchange.

Coloradans can begin using the exchange to shop for health insurance on Oct. 1, 2013; the insurance will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

Gov. Hickenlooper can ensure safe workplace for all Coloradans

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 3, 2013
Author: Hallgren, Kathleen

The Bell Policy Center strongly supports House Bill 13-1136, the "Job Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act," which will provide meaningful remedies for workers who are not protected by federal law and therefore can't receive damages or attorney fees even after successfully proving discrimination. Here's why we believe in this bill

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