Lobby – seek to influence (a politician or public official) on an issue. This is what we do at Colorado Senior Lobby (CSL). With your help, we had a pronounced audience at the Capitol this past Wednesday, which demonstrated to the legislators, policy makers, the Lt. Governor and Governor that we are following the decisions they are making. We need to keep the pressure on them to remember to check to see what CSL’s position is on the bill before they vote. We need to keep senior issues on their radar.
Lobbying is easy to do. First, you have to know your own legislators who represents you at the State Capitol, and then you simply call, write, email, send a postcard, or visit them in person and tell them how you feel. Remember to keep your message simple, concise, to the point, and if you have a personal story to share regarding how the proposed legislation will affect you, please share it. Personal stories are the most important.
To check on what position CSL is taking, and to participate in our Monday morning meetings when we discuss the bills and vote on supporting or opposing or monitoring the bill, just go to the CSL website at ColoradoSeniorLobby.org on the Get Involved tab and select the 2017 CSL Legislative Position Report. If you can’t make it in person, then the call in number is 888-537-7715- code 47220300#. Remember we start at 9:30am. To attend in person, go to Disability Law Colorado Offices – Main Conference Room, 455 Sherman St, Denver, CO 80203. Hope to see or hear from you soon.
CSL volunteers have testified for CSL’s position on more than 20 bills; and, testified representing themselves on more than 10 bills.
Bills that have been sent or will be sent to the Governor for signature that CSL followed are:
- HB17-1067 – Update National Standards Citations Accessible Housing CSL supported
- SB17-011 – Study Transportation Access For People With Disabilities CSL supported
- SB17-065 -Transparency In Direct Pay Health Care Prices CSL supported
- SB17-146 – Access To Prescription Drug Monitoring Program CSL supported
We are expecting the bills to really move through committees once the Long Bill is introduced March 27th. If you have the time and desire, please come down to the State Capitol on Tuesday mornings at 9:30a or Thursday afternoons at 1:00p where we meet in the basement cafeteria to determine who will attend which committee meetings for the bills being heard that day. If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-249-5598. Jeanette Hensley
Jeanette Hensley is Treasurer of the Colorado Senior Lobby Board. She worked for the state of Colorado for more than 30 years and is a former director of Colorado’s Aging and Adult Services.