For the 2024 legislative session, CCLP is keeping its eye on bills focused on expanding access to justice, removing administrative burden, preserving affordable communities, advocating for progressive tax and wage policies, and reducing health care costs. The bills CCLP is keeping its eye on are provided below. Keep up to date on each of these bills through CCLP’s legislative watch for April 5, 2024.

Expanding access to justice

CCLP advocates to ensure Coloradans have the tools to assert their rights, whether that means access to courts or greater accountability by private and public entities.

Click here to find registered amend, monitor, oppose, and support positions for the bills below.

CCLP position

Bill #

Bill title

Sponsor(s)

Status

Support SB24-072 Voting for Confined Eligible Electors Gonzales, Rutinel Senate Floor
Support HB24-1133 Criminal Record Sealing & Expungement Changes Mabrey, Soper, Rodriguez House Appropriations
Support HB24-1286 Equal Justice Fund Authority Joseph, Lindsay, Roberts House Floor
Oppose HB24-1306 Increase Penalty Possession of Synthetic Opiates Lynch, Pelton Postponed Indefinitely
Support HB24-1368 Language Access Advisory Board Lindsay, Velasco House Floor
Support HB24-1432 Repeal CBI Criminal Justice Record Sealing Fee Clifford, Soper House Appropriations

Removing administrative burden

CCLP aims to reduce unnecessary hurdles that are so often a barrier for people who face poverty so that Coloradans can meet their basic needs and become self-sufficient. 

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CCLP position

Bill #

Bill title

Sponsor(s)

Status

Support SB24-093 Continuity of Health-Care Coverage Change Michaelson Jenet, Amabile Governor signed on 4/4/2024
Support SB24-116 Discounted Care for Indigent Patients Buckner, Jodeh Senate Appropriations
Support HB24-1035 Modernize Health Benefit Exchange Governance Boesenecker, Jodeh, Jaquez Lewis, Will Governor signed on 4/4/2024
Support HB24-1229 Presumptive Eligiblity for Long-Term Care English, Mullica, Will Senate Floor
Support HB24-1360 Colorado Disability Opportunity Office Ortiz, Clifford House Appropriations
Support HB24-1399 Discounted Care for Indigent Patients Sirota, Taggart, Bridges, Kirkmeyer Sent to Governor
Support HB24-1400 Medicaid Eligibility Procedures Bird, Sirota, Kirkmeyer, Zenzinger Sent to Governor

Preserving affordable communities

CCLP supports housing initiatives centering community priorities and furthering a path toward affordability for all renters in Colorado, including mobile home park residents. 

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CCLP position

Bill #

Bill title

Sponsor(s)

Status

Support SB24-032 Methods to Increase the Use of Transit Priola, Winter, Vigil Senate Appropriations
Support SB24-064 Monthly Residential Eviction Data & Report Mullica, Bird Senate Appropriations
Support SB24-094 Safe Housing for Residential Tenants Gonzales, Exum, Lindsay, Froelich Passed Senate and House; onto signatures
Support SB24-184 Support Surface Transportation Infrastructure Development Fenberg, Marchman, McCluskie, Boesenecker Senate Floor
Support HB24-1007 Prohibit Residential Occupancy Limits Rutinel, Mabrey, Exum, Gonzales Governor signed on 4/15/2024
Support HB24-1057 Prohibit Algorithmic Devices Used for Rent Setting Woodrow, Mabrey, Gonzales, Hinrichsen Senate Floor
Support HB24-1098 Cause Required for Eviction of Residential Tenant Mabrey, Duran, Gonzales, Hinrichsen Sent to Governor
Support HB24-1175 Local Governments Rights to Property for Affordable Housing Boesenecker, Sirota, Winter, Jaquez Lewis Senate Local Government & Housing; April 23 @ 2pm
Monitor HB24-1233 Homeowners’ Association Delinquency Payments Enforcement Procedures Wilson, Snyder, Roberts, Gardner Senate Local Government & Housing; April 18, upon adjournment
Support HB24-1294 Mobile Homes in Mobile Home Parks Boesenecker, Velasco, Cutter Senate Local Government & Housing
Support HB24-1318 Modify Rental Premises Person with Disability Ortiz, Danielson Passed House and Senate; onto signatures
Support HB24-1322 Medicaid Coverage Housing & Nutrition Services Brown, Bird, Kirkmeyer, Rodriguez House Appropriations

Progressive tax & wage policies

CCLP continues to back progressive tax and wage policies that boost the incomes of working families and bring more stability to household budgets.

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CCLP position

Bill #

Bill title

Sponsor(s)

Status

Support SB24-040 State Funding for Senior Services Danielson, Ginal, Willford, Young Senate Appropriations
Support SB24-075 Transportation Network Company Transparency Priola, Rodriguez, Bacon Senate Appropriations
Support HB24-1008 Wage Claims Construction Industry Contractors Duran, Froelich, Danielson House Appropriations; April 17 @ 8am
Support HB24-1052 Senior Housing Income Tax Credit Weissman, Marshall, Kolker, Hansen House Appropriations
Oppose HB24-1065 Reduction of State Income Tax Rate Bottoms, Pugliese, Kirkmeyer Postponed Indefinitely
Support HB24-1084 Repeal & Reenact Earned Income Tax Credit Increase Willford, Young, Kolker, Fields Governor signed on 1/31/2024
Support HB24-1095 Increasing Protections for Minor Workers Lieder, Amabile, Sullivan House Appropriations
Support HB24-1129 Protections for Delivery Network Company Drivers Vigil, Mabrey, Hinrichsen House Appropriations; April 17 @ 8am
Support HB24-1134 Adjustments to Tax Expenditures to Reduce Burden Weissman, Rutinel, Hinrichsen House Appropriations
Monitor HB24-1142 Reduce Income Tax Social Security Benefits Holtorf House Appropriations
Support HB24-1148 Amending Terms of Consumer Lending Laws Weissman, Mabrey, Gonzales Senate Finance
Support HB24-1288 Earned Income Tax Credit Data Sharing Rutinel House Appropriations; April 17 @ 8am
Support HB24-1297 Baby Bonds Program Study Willford, García, Coleman House Appropriations
Support HB24-1311 Family Affordability Tax Credit deGruy Kennedy, Willford, Winter, Coleman House Appropriations

 

Reducing health care costs

CCLP aims to keep health care industry accountable, ensuring they provide Coloradans with the care and coverage they need, and honoring the commitment to the public good.

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CCLP position

Bill #

Bill title

Sponsor(s)

Status

Support SB24-001 Continue Youth Mental Health Services Program Michaelson Jenet, Cutter, Brown, Rutinel House Appropriations; April 17 @ 8am
Support SB24-007 Behavioral Health First Aid Training Program Fields, Michaelson Jenet, Titone Senate Appropriations
Oppose SB24-060 Prescription Drug Affordability Board Exempt Orphan Drugs Kirkmeyer, Ginal, Hartsook Assigned for after session; bill to be killed
Support SB24-080 Transparency in Health-Care Coverage Fields, Jaquez Lewis, Young Senate Appropriations
Support SB24-117 Eating Disorder Treatment & Recovery Programs Cutter, deGruy Kennedy Senate Appropriations
Support SB24-175 Improving Perinatal Health Outcomes Fields, Buckner, McLachlan Senate Appropriations
Support SB24-203 Prescription Drug Board Consider Rare Disease Advisory Council Ginal, Kirkmeyer, Hartsook, Ortiz Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs; April 18 @ 1:30pm
Support HB24-1040 Gender-Affirming Health-Care Provider Study Vigil, Marchman, Winter Postponed Indefinitely
Support HB24-1066 Prevent Workplace Violence in Health-Care Settings Hamrick, García, Michaelson Jenet, Gonzales House Appropriations
Support HB24-1075 Analysis of Universal Health-Care Payment System McCormick, Boesenecker, Marchman, Jaquez Lewis House Appropriations; April 17 @ 8am
Support HB24-1113 Credit for Paid Health Insurance Deductible Brown, Boesenecker, Roberts Postponed indefinitely
Support HB24-1258 Credit Covered Person Expenses Insurer Insolvency Brown, Boesenecker, Roberts Senate Floor

CCLP position

Bill #

Bill title

Sponsor(s)

Status

Support SB24-034 Increase Access to School-Based Health Care Marchman, Kolker, García Senate Appropriations
Support SB24-053 Racial Equity Study Coleman, Herod, Ricks House Appropriations
Monitor SB24-129 Nonprofit Member Data Privacy & Public Agencies Pelton, Kolker, deGruy Kennedy, Frizell Senate Appropriations
Support HB24-1009 Bilingual Child Care Licensing Resources Joseph, McLachlan, Ginal, Rich House Appropriations; April 17 @ 8am
Support HB24-1019 Crisis Resolution Team Program Bradfield, Amabile, Fields, Pelton House Appropriations
Support HB24-1028 Overdose Prevention Centers Epps, Priola Senate Health & Human Services; April 18 @ 1:30pm
Monitor HB24-1124 Discrimination in Places of Public Accomodation Soper, Mabrey, Will, Gonzales Senate Judiciary; April 23 @ 1:30pm
Support HB24-1262 Maternal Health Midwives García, Jodeh, Buckner, Michaelson Jenet House Floor
Support HB24-1355 Measures to Reduce the Competency Wait List Mabrey, Amabile House Appropriations
Support HB24-1390 School Food Programs Bird, Sirota, Kirkmeyer, Bridges House Floor; looking for a concurrence vote
Support HB24-1444 Federal Indian Boarding School Research Program McLachlan, Herod, Bridges, Simpson House Education; April 18 @ 1:30pm

HEALTH:
HEALTH FIRST COLORADO (MEDICAID)

To maintain health and well-being, people of all ages need access to quality health care that improves outcomes and reduces costs for the community. Health First Colorado, the state's Medicaid program, is public health insurance for low-income Coloradans who qualify. The program is funded jointly by a federal-state partnership and is administered by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing.

Benefits of the program include behavioral health, dental services, emergency care, family planning services, hospitalization, laboratory services, maternity care, newborn care, outpatient care, prescription drugs, preventive and wellness services, primary care and rehabilitative services.

In tandem with the Affordable Care Act, Colorado expanded Medicaid eligibility in 2013 - providing hundreds of thousands of adults with incomes less than 133% FPL with health insurance for the first time increasing the health and economic well-being of these Coloradans. Most of the money for newly eligible Medicaid clients has been covered by the federal government, which will gradually decrease its contribution to 90% by 2020.

Other populations eligible for Medicaid include children, who qualify with income up to 142% FPL, pregnant women with household income under 195% FPL, and adults with dependent children with household income under 68% FPL.

Some analyses indicate that Colorado's investment in Medicaid will pay off in the long run by reducing spending on programs for the uninsured.

FOOD SECURITY:
SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP)

Hunger, though often invisible, affects everyone. It impacts people's physical, mental and emotional health and can be a culprit of obesity, depression, acute and chronic illnesses and other preventable medical conditions. Hunger also hinders education and productivity, not only stunting a child's overall well-being and academic achievement, but consuming an adult's ability to be a focused, industrious member of society. Even those who have never worried about having enough food experience the ripple effects of hunger, which seeps into our communities and erodes our state's economy.

Community resources like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, exist to ensure that families and individuals can purchase groceries, with the average benefit being about $1.40 per meal, per person.

Funding for SNAP comes from the USDA, but the administrative costs are split between local, state, and federal governments. Yet, the lack of investment in a strong, effective SNAP program impedes Colorado's progress in becoming the healthiest state in the nation and providing a better, brighter future for all. Indeed, Colorado ranks 44th in the nation for access to SNAP and lost out on more than $261 million in grocery sales due to a large access gap in SNAP enrollment.

See the Food Assistance (SNAP) Benefit Calculator to get an estimate of your eligibility for food benefits.

FOOD SECURITY:
SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM FOR WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN (WIC)

Every child deserves the nutritional resources needed to get a healthy start on life both inside and outside the mother's womb. In particular, good nutrition and health care is critical for establishing a strong foundation that could affect a child's future physical and mental health, academic achievement and economic productivity. Likewise, the inability to access good nutrition and health care endangers the very integrity of that foundation.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Research has shown that WIC has played an important role in improving birth outcomes and containing health care costs, resulting in longer pregnancies, fewer infant deaths, a greater likelihood of receiving prenatal care, improved infant-feeding practices, and immunization rates

Financial Security:
Colorado Works

In building a foundation for self-sufficiency, some Colorado families need some extra tools to ensure they can weather challenging financial circumstances and obtain basic resources to help them and their communities reach their potential.

Colorado Works is Colorado's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and provides public assistance to families in need. The Colorado Works program is designed to assist participants in becoming self-sufficient by strengthening the economic and social stability of families. The program provides monthly cash assistance and support services to eligible Colorado families.

The program is primarily funded by a federal block grant to the state. Counties also contribute about 20% of the cost.

EARLY LEARNING:
COLORADO CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CCCAP)

Child care is a must for working families. Along with ensuring that parents can work or obtain job skills training to improve their families' economic security, studies show that quality child care improves children's academic performance, career development and health outcomes.

Yet despite these proven benefits, low-income families often struggle with the cost of child care. Colorado ranks among the top 10 most expensive states in the country for center-based child care. For families with an infant, full-time enrollment at a child care center cost an average of $15,140 a year-or about three-quarters of the total income of a family of three living at the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) provides child care assistance to parents who are working, searching for employment or participating in training, and parents who are enrolled in the Colorado Works Program and need child care services to support their efforts toward self-sufficiency. Most of the money for CCCAP comes from the federal Child Care and Development Fund. Each county can set their own income eligibility limit as long as it is at or above 165% of the federal poverty level and does not exceed 85% of area median income.

Unfortunately, while the need is growing, only an estimated one-quarter of all eligible children in the state are served by CCCAP. Low reimbursement rates have also resulted in fewer providers willing to accept CCCAP subsidies.