Sage Naumann

Colorado Democrats Push Popular Vote Bill Through Committee, Disenfranchising Colorado Voters

DENVER – This evening, Democrats on the Colorado Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee voted to advance Senator Mike Foote’s (D-Boulder) SB19-042, which would enroll Colorado in the National Popular Vote Compact, awarding Colorado’s electoral votes to the Presidential candidate who wins the majority of the national popular vote, as opposed to who wins the majority of the vote in Colorado.


published How to Testify in Committee in Take Action 2019-01-16 10:55:56 -0700

How to Testify in Committee

Public participation in committees is an integral part of the process for the legislature and the building welcomes those who want to make their voices heard on important bills.

 

Finding the Committee Room

The General Assembly Website will let you know which committee room the bill is being heard in but for the most part almost all of the Senate Bills being heard will be held in the Senate Committee rooms: 352, 354, and 357. All three are located in the same hallway on the Third Floor of the Capitol building on the east side. Take the elevators or stairs up to the third floor and the hallway leading to the rooms are in between the two elevators.

 

Signing In

Before you testify on a bill you must sign in. Once you enter the committee room there will be a sign in sheet located at the front of the room usually by where the committee members sit. If you do not sign in you still have an opportunity to testify. Once everyone who has signed in has testified, the committee chair will ask “if there is anyone here who wishes to testify but who has not signed in” and this will be the last chance to testify, although you will be required to sign in after you testify. You will be asked on the sign in sheet whether you are testifying for or against a bill. You may also put if you are neutral and are there to make a statement.

 

Testifying

Once called up, you will be welcomed and asked to state your name and who you represent. Citizens not representing an organization or group are welcome to state their name and say they are there on behalf of themselves. It is encouraged to keep comments concise and on-topic to be respectful to the committee member’s time as well as those who came to testify as well. For bills that will be expecting a lot of testifiers, the committee is allowed to limit testimony. This usually includes but is not limited to having a timer and allowing testifiers to speak for 3 minutes. Once you are done testifying the committee chair will ask the committee members if they have any questions for you, if they do you’re your time testifying on that bill in that committee is done. If any of the members does ask you a question, you will wait for them to address you and can then answer their question. Recognizing the testifier and the testifier recognizing and acknowledging the chair is done for those listening online so they know who is talking. Again, please recognize the chair once they introduce you and wait for the chair to recognize you before responding.

 

Etiquette

The chairman of the committee has the authority to clear the public from the meeting if there is a disturbance or have the Sergeant-at-Arms remove anyone that they deem to be disruptive to the proceedings or decorum of the committee. Cheering, clapping, outbursts are all prohibited in committee meetings. You are not required to stay after you are done testifying but it is encouraged. If you are leaving please leave quietly so as not to disturb the audience and those beginning their testimony.

 

What to be Aware Of

Meeting locations and times can change quickly and without much notice. This doesn’t happen often but be aware and always check the General Assembly website for the committee schedule: http://leg.colorado.gov/content/committees

 


published Teach the Safe Haven law! 2019-01-14 15:25:37 -0700

Teach the Safe Haven law!

In 2000, Colorado passed our "Safe Haven" law, permitting parents to surrender their child (no older than three days old) to personnel at a fire station or hospital. In 2018, it was expanded to also include freestanding emergency rooms. The law provides mothers in difficult situations to surrender their newborn, giving them a second chance at life.

Since 2000, the lives of over 60 children have been saved due to the Safe Haven law in Colorado, and over 3,600 have been saved across the United States.

Now, all 50 states have adopted Safe Haven laws, and the focus now turns to educating students about Safe Haven laws.

Senator Jim Smallwood has proposed Senate Bill 19-025, which requires Colorado public schools that teach sexual education to also educate our students on the Safe Haven law. Rather than being assigned to the Education or Health and Human Services Committee, it has been assigned to the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee, and will be heard on Wednesday, January 16th at 1:30 P.M.

Please sign our petition below and let members of that committee know that you support Senate Bill 25.

If you are interested in testifying in committee, please contact Sage Naumann at sage.naumann@state.co.us.

UPDATE 1/16/2019:

Click the video above to watch the CBS4 story about how Democrats put Senate Bill 25 in jeopardy, or take a look at the full story on the CBS4 website.

UPDATE 1/17/2019:

The Gazette Editorial: Colorado Democrat jeopardizes bill to save babies

"The adage “absolute power corrupts absolutely” went on full display Wednesday, when a powerful Colorado Democrat played games with a life-saving bill."

UPDATE 1/24/2019:

Senate Bill 25 passed through the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on January 24, 2019 in a unanimous vote – and it won’t be contingent on any other legislation. 

Senators on the committee agreed to remove Senator Mike Foote’s (D-Boulder) original amendment (L.003) that would have made the implementation of Senate Bill 25 dependent on another piece of legislation – House Bill 1032 – which pertains to sexual education in Colorado schools.

Additionally, members of the committee agreed to adopt Senator Smallwood’s original amendment (L.002) which would move Safe Haven education from sexual education to health education, ensuring that the Safe Haven law will be taught even if a school decides not to teach sexual education. Read the full update here.

UPDATE 1/28/2019:

Senate Bill 25 was supposed to be heard on the floor of the Senate today, but due to weather delay, it was rescheduled for January 29, 2018.

 

1,823 signatures

PETITION

To Colorado State Senators -

We, the residents of Colorado, ask that you pass Senate Bill 19-025 and allow Colorado's Safe Haven law to be taught in our schools whenever sexual education is taught. The lives of over 60 children have been saved due to our Safe Haven law thus far, and the lives of over 3,600 children have been saved across the United States.

Please pass Senate Bill 25.


Sage Naumann
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Comms Director @ColoSenGOP, Owner @NaumannConsult, formerly with @RPSDC. Married to a Russian sleeper cell (little do I know). Opinions my own.


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