Colorado Senior Lobby’s “Back Story” on Bill HB17-1253
Protect Seniors From Financial Abuse

On June 2nd the city of Wheat Ridge hosted the bill signing for two bills – HB17-1253 – Protect Seniors From Financial Abuse and HB17-1269, the Pay Transparency Act. Governor Hickenlooper, the Mayor of Wheat Ridge Joyce Jay, many legislators, professionals and seniors attended this ceremonial bill signing.

This article concerns HB17-1253 which is a bill that the Colorado Senior Lobby Legislative committee was monitoring as a “Strongly Support” in the 2017 legislative session. This bill requires that certain licensed securities professionals while in the process of providing their services, if they reasonably suspect that an elderly or at-risk person is the subject of financial exploitation, then that professional must report the suspected financial exploitation to the Colorado commissioner of securities. The commissioner is then required to forward the report to local law enforcement and to the county department of human or social services.

June 2, 2017 Bill Signing for HB17-1253 and HB17-1269. CSL Board President is 4th from the left in this photo.

Colorado Senior Lobby is proud to acknowledge that HB17-1253 – Protect Seniors From Financial Abuse was one of many bills that we were monitoring and strongly supported through our Legislative Committee meetings. Many of our citizen lobbyist members took an active interest in this bill and attended hearings and testified. This is what being a member of Colorado Senior Lobby is all about.

In attendance from Colorado Senior Lobby at the bill signing of HB17-1253 was CSL President Ed Shackelford, CSL Board Director Christina Johnson and CSL Member Ed Augden, who is also a member of Colorado Alliance for Retired Americans. This bill was also monitored by CSL Legislative Committee and Board Members: Kelley Horton, Kip Bishop, John Stoffel and Rich Mauro.

The point of all of this is that citizen lobbyists can make a difference in the laws that pass (or don’t pass) and Colorado Senior Lobby is an organization that not only encourages citizens to get involved but can help teach citizens the basics of citizen lobbying and how to be most effective. Many people may doubt this but a citizen’s correspondence (emails, letters or calls) or appearance at a bill hearing, carries a lot of weight with legislators, particularly if the person is directly impacted by the bill and has a personal story to share.

Our Summer Social will in part be a celebration of all of our Colorado Senior Lobby members that actively lobbied at the Capitol during the 2017 Legislative Session.

Be sure to put our Friday, August 18, 2017 Summer Social event on your calendar and come help us celebrate citizen lobbyists and the work they did on lobbying on behalf of 2017 bills. Learn more about our event – CLICK HERE

Here is a photograph of two of our members at the bill signing in Wheat Ridge with State Rep. Jessie Danielson. This photo was taken June 2, 2017 at the HB17-1253 bill signing – L to R: CSL Member Ed Augden, who is also a member of Colorado Alliance for Retired Americans, State Rep. Jessie Danielson and CSL Board President Ed Shackelford.

Photo Credit: Evan Semón Photography – 720-620-6767

This is a group photo of the same ceremonial bill signing on June 2, 2017. Governor Hickenlooper is seated in the center but also note CSL President Ed Shackelford – Back Row, 6th from the right, CSL and Colorado Alliance for Retired Americans Member Ed Augden – 2nd from right and CSL Board Director Christina Johnson – far right.

We hope we have left you intrigued about citizen lobbying. Plan to attend the Colorado Senior Lobby Summer Social and learn more about our organization and what it means to be a citizen lobbyist.

Colorado Senior Lobby Summer Social – Friday, August 18, 2017 – CLICK HERE