Legislative Update: May 4, 2017

The final countdown With only four more days left in the 2017 Colorado legislative session, here’s the low-down on how our bills did this week: ALIVE (AND IN NEED OF SUPPORT): We’re pleased that House Bill 1002 was approved by the House on Wednesday with a strong bipartisan vote of 41-16. Sponsored by Rep. Brittany […]

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Legislative Update: May 1, 2017

Bill to Watch: HB 1354 If you’re a mobile homeowner in Colorado and you failed to pay your annual property taxes, your county treasurer is required to sell the outstanding tax lien at public auction to the highest bidder. If you are among the thousands who live in mobile home communities and do not own […]

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Advocacy Alert: Support House Bill 1312

As Colorado legislators wrap up the 2017 legislative session, there are still a number of bills being considered that deserve strong bipartisan support from both chambers. One of those bills, House Bill 1312, requires landlords to give renters a copy of their lease and a receipt for rent payments made with cash or a money […]

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Legislative Update: April 24, 2017

Bill to Watch: HB 1002 In 2014, CCLP championed a successful bill to introduce a child-care tax credit for workers earning less than $25,000 a year with child care expenses. The bill established an alternative calculation method for those who did not qualify for child-care tax credits because they earned too little to owe federal […]

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Legislative Update: April 14, 2017

‘Chance to Compete’ gains support Every Coloradan deserves a chance to compete in the workforce. That’s why CCLP developed and built support for House Bill 1305, the Colorado Chance to Compete Act. In short, the legislation prohibits most employers from asking about criminal history on initial job applications. Should HB 1305 pass, Colorado would join […]

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Legislative Update: April 7, 2017

Relief for renters Colorado’s growing population and booming economy have created an ideal market for landlords and property owners – often, at the expense of low- and middle-income renters. In recent years, the percentage of Coloradans who rent rather than own has increased. Many tenants struggle to find and maintain housing because rents are too […]

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Legislative Update: March 31

Bill to Watch: HB 1305 In theory, every Coloradan should be able to participate in the state’s booming economy. In practice, however, that’s not always the case. Many Coloradans in the state’s criminal-records database continue to encounter permanent unemployment or under-employment and unstable incomes. The reason these Coloradans face such a significant barrier to employment […]

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Legislative Update: March 24, 2017

Bipartisanship in Colorado! While it seems the U.S. Congress is gummed up with political divisions, controversy and bitter rivalries these days, Colorado legislators managed to advance a few bills supported by CCLP that promise to improve the health and well-being of low-income Coloradans – with bipartisan support, no less! On Monday, the Senate Health and […]

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Legislative Update: March 17, 2017

Tenants need more notice With affordable housing becoming increasing scarce and rents getting higher, landlords hold the advantage in Colorado’s ever-tightening rental market. Unfortunately, because landlords are only required to give seven days’ notice on rent increases or terminations on “month-to-month” tenancies, tenants can literally be left out in the cold. Recent reports indicate that […]

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Legislative Update: March 10, 2017

Legislative Halftime Report With eight weeks down and eight weeks to go in the 2017 session, Colorado legislators have advanced several bipartisan measures that will make a positive difference to low-income Coloradans. While some CCLP-backed legislation did not make the final cut, we’re still working with lawmakers to develop other big proposals this session. First, […]

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Legislative Update: March 3, 2017

Bill to Watch: HB 1187 In Colorado, the constitutional amendment commonly known as the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (or TABOR) makes it nearly impossible to inject new funding for essentials such as health care, roads and affordable housing. Not only is the amendment a perennial source of frustration for legislators working to balance a state […]

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Legislative Update: Feb. 24, 2017

Bill to Watch: HB 1159 Under Colorado law, before a tenant can be evicted, they are entitled to three-day’s notice and a chance to dispute the basis for eviction in front of a judge. But House Bill 1159, sponsored by Rep. Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan, would effectively provide landlords a shortcut to eviction without giving tenants […]

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Legislative Update: Feb. 17, 2017

Good news, bad news Three proposals intended to ensure that Medicaid clients do not lose access to health care were approved by legislative committees this week. The first bill in the package, HB 1126 would ensure that an administrative law judge reviews the sufficiency of Medicaid termination notices at the beginning of an appeal hearing. The second bill […]

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Legislative Update: Feb. 10, 2017

Medicaid issues warrant notice Three bills that were recommended and developed by CCLP and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) will be considered by Colorado legislators next week. House Bills 1126 and 1143 are scheduled to be heard by the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee, Feb. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the State Capitol. […]

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Legislative Update: Feb. 3, 2017

Bill to Watch: SB 118 Ideally, for-profit occupational schools provide students with an opportunity to obtain skills needed to compete in the workforce and find a well-paying job. However, such programs tend to cost more than tuition at community colleges. Furthermore, these schools often are unlikely to lead to gainful employment and frequently result in […]

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