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Updated 2020 planning document follows and includes activities regarding the implementation of bills passed in the 2019 session. We have moved 2020 bill ideas to the forefront.
– Document as of 10-20-19 – CLICK HERE

The CSL Legislative Bill Position Report is used to track Colorado legislation that is of interest to the Colorado Senior Lobby as it moves through the Colorado General Assembly. While the Colorado Legislature is in session, the CSL Legislative Committee meets every Monday to review proposed Bills and update the Colorado Senior Lobby Legislative Committee Report.

Access the 2019 CLS Legislative Bill Position Report – CLICK HERE
File Name: Colorado_2019_bill_worksheet_05-11-19.pdf
This Bill Position Report is as of May 11, 2019. The bill position report is generated from an annual subscription to State Bill Info that Colorado Senior Lobby pays for. The subscription allows the CSL Legislative Committee to track bills. The 2020 Legislative Bill Position Report will be available when the new session starts in January 2020. Your membership dues help us provide this service.

Find the next CSL Legislative Committee Meeting – CLICK HERE

Colorado Senior Lobby – Who we are and what we do – CLICK HERE
File Name: colorado-senior-lobby_new-member-intro_2019.pdf

CSL Member Resources

  • The Understanding the State Budget – CLICK HERE
  • The State Budget Review Part 2 – CLICK HERE
  • The State Budget Review Part  3 – Fiscal Notes – CLICK HERE
  • The State Budget Review Part 4 – The Long Bill – CLICK HERE

 

Zoom Details

You can attend in person or call into a meeting using our Zoom account. If you are using Zoom through your computer then you need to download the free Zoom software into your computer. If you are using your computer, please use the Zoom number for the conference call, and not your computer audio. Experience has taught us that many people have communication problems when using the computer audio.

If you are calling in (and not using your computer to view presentations going on in the conference room), then you just need to call in using the Zoom number below. Our Zoom call in number is 1-720-707-2699 – Our meeting ID is 881 481 5119. Use *6 to mute and unmute your phone.

Our Zoom call in number is 1-720-707-2699 – Our meeting ID is 881 481 5119. Use *6 to mute and unmute your phone.

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  • Our meeting ID is: 881 481 5119
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  • To view shared documents visit our Zoom meeting page – https://zoom.us/j/8814815119
  • Have questions about Zoom? Send us an email – CLICK HERE

 

About Legislative Committee Meetings (LCM)

More about the meetings:

  • Legislative Committee Meetings (LCM) are held on Mondays from 9:30AM to 11:30AM.
  • During the active Colorado legislative session, the meetings are generally held every Monday, with an occasional change or cancellation due to a conflict with a major event or a federal holiday.
  • During the summer months the meetings are held once or twice a month.
  • During the fall months (Sept – Dec), meetings are generally every two weeks.
  • Meetings can be cancelled due to holidays, bad weather and conflicts with other major events.

 

Legislative Committee Meetings Overview

The most recent meetings are at the top of this list.

October 21, 2019 – Legislative Committee Meeting Resources

Link to LCM Meeting Reminder – Coming Soon

The October 21st meeting will focus on CSL activities and priorities and we will have two guest speakers. A link to the updated 2020 planning is shown below.

We will have two guests at the October 21st meeting:

  • Janice Blanchard – Colorado State Senior Policy Advisor on Aging
    Janice will update the group on her activities as the Governor’s Senior Policy Advisor on Aging.
  • Jack Regenbogen – Colorado Center on Law & Policy (CCLP)
    Jack will provide an update on advocacy around affordable housing and possible legislation for next session.
    Website: https://cclponline.org

Updated 2020 planning document follows and includes activities regarding the implementation of bills passed in the 2019 session. We have moved 2020 bill ideas to the forefront.
View Updated Planning Document as of 10-19-20 – CLICK HERE

Alison George from Division of Housing presented at our last August meeting. Here is a link to her PowerPoint presentation – CLICK HERE
Alison also mentioned the online Colorado Housing Affordability Data Explorer interactive tool link – CLICK HERE


 

October 7, 2019 – Legislative Committee Meeting Resources

Link to LCM Meeting Reminder – Coming Soon

The October 7 meeting will focus on activities and priorities—the rest of this document. Please be prepared.

Updated 2020 planning document follows and includes activities regarding the implementation of bills passed in the 2019 session. We have moved 2020 bill ideas to the forefront.
View Updated Planning Document – CLICK HERE


 

September 23, 2019 – Legislative Committee Meeting Resources

Link to LCM Meeting Reminder – CLICK HERE

Remember that scene in the Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy was told not to look behind the curtain? Wouldn’t you like to get a good look at the various parts played by the dedicated staff people who are working behind that curtain at the General Assembly? It’s safe to say that NOTHING would get done at the Capitol without these people and their work; learn how they support the legislators in their work.

Join us at our Legislative Committee meeting on September 23 at 455 Sherman (please RSVP if coming in person) or by Zoom (info available on the CSL website) to open that curtain and learn the parts these folks play in the legislative process.

  • Christy Chase, representing Legislative Legal Services, will tell us what her group does in drafting all the legislation that your legislators debate each year and why it’s so important.
  • Eric Kurtz, representing Joint Budget Committee Staff, will tell us about the analyses and consulting and the many iterations of work that are critical to preparing the annual budget bill voted on the legislature each year.
  • Luisa Altmann, representing Legislative Council Staff, will tell us about the research they do for nearly every bill proposed including the fiscal analysis, their role in legislative committee staffing, their economists, IT support, Capitol tours, initiative process, the Blue Book (that comes with your ballot every other year), and constituent services (public testimony availability, live broadcasts, publications online).This will be a most interesting session. Please join us – in person or by phone.
  • Legislative Services PowerPoint Presentation – CLICK HERE

 

September 9, 2019 – Legislative Committee Meeting Resources

Link to LCM Meeting Reminder – CLICK HERE

Updated 2020 planning document follows and includes activities regarding the implementation of bills passed in the 2019 session. Also note that CCLP’s issues regarding housing have been added, and that this document is now organized differently than previous versions.
Updated 2020 Planning Document – CLICK HERE

Also – at the last meeting, it was mentioned that JCOA is having its 2020 planning session. Christina will provide an update.

Alison George from Division of Housing (DOH) presented at our last meeting.
Her presentation is available on the CSL website – CLICK HERE
She mentioned this online interactive tool link – CLICK HERE

WHO ON OUR TEAM WOULD LIKE TO STAY CONNECTED TO Division of Housing (DOH) AND PROVIDE UPDATES ON ACTIVITIES?
With the aging of the homeless population, there are greater service needs. There are not currently any specific programs in DOH for seniors – Should there be?

Mobile Home Oversight falls under the Division of Housing (DOH) – CLICK HERE

We will also discuss whether to actively support, passively support, or not support at all, Proposition CC, which will be on our fall ballot.


 

August 19, 2019 – Colorado Senior Lobby Legislative Planning Meeting

Link to LCM Meeting Reminder – CLICK HERE

As you probably recall, Alison George from the Colorado Division of Housing will be joining us on Monday to discuss activities related to several pieces of housing related legislation passed in the last session. This is an important discussion for us at CSL. Please do attend or call in. Additionally, we’ll review the updated planning document for 2020 and we’ll talk about CSL taking a position on Proposition CC – LEARN MORE

We look forward to hearing updates from those of you are leads on the various projects. Thank you for your involvement and continued participation. CSL is not a huge organization, but we represent the interests of hundreds of thousands of Coloradans.

An updated 2020 planning document will be the focus of our meeting on Monday, July 29th
Updated Interim Period Activity Planning: Preparing for 2020 as of 8-19-19 – CLICK HERE

Additional Materials:

Lifecycle of a Bill – CLICK HERE

PTC Program Overview – CLICK HERE

Example of Research for Signed Bills – CLICK HERE

CSL Bill Research Example – CLICK HERE


 

August 12, 2019 – Death & Taxes – Resources presented at the event

View Videos from the Event

  • Visit our YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/ColoradoSeniorLobby
  • Panel Discussion: “Don’t change our tax structure any further”; vs. “yes, it’s time for change” – CLICK HERE
  • Carol Hedges – Executive Director, Colorado Fiscal Institute – CLICK HERE
  • Chris Kennedy – Colorado State Representative District 23 – CLICK HERE
  • Chris Stiffler – Senior Economist at the Colorado Fiscal Institute – CLICK HERE
  • Elizabeth Garner – State Demographer, Colorado Department of Local Affairs – CLICK HERE

Event Program

  • The event program lists background information on our speakers – CLICK HERE

PowerPoint Presentations from the Event:

  • Introduction to Death & Taxes – CLICK HERE
    Presented by Bob Brocker, President of Colorado Senior Lobby
  • Growing Forward – Population & Economic Trends in Colorado – CLICK HERE
    Presented by Elizabeth Garner – State Demographer, Colorado Department of Local Affairs
  • Senior Property Tax Exemption – Is it working as intended? – CLICK HERE
    Presented by Chris Kennedy – State Representative District 23
  • Crash Course on Taxes and Colorado’s Budget – CLICK HERE
    Presented by Chris Stiffler – Senior Economist at the Colorado Fiscal Institute
  • Overview of Colorado’s unique state budget laws and How They Impact YOU – CLICK HERE
    Presented by Carol Hedges – Executive Director, Colorado Fiscal Institute

 

July 29, 2019 – Legislative Committee Meeting Resources

An updated 2020 planning document will be the focus of our meeting on Monday, July 29th

  • LCM Meeting Reminder – CLICK HERE
  • Updated Interim Period Activity Planning: Preparing for 2020 – CLICK HERE

Additional Materials:


 

July 15, 2019 – Legislative Committee Meeting


 

May 13, 2019 – Legislative Committee Meeting Resources

Monday, May 13, 2019 topics include:

    • Link to May 13th Archived LCM eNewsletter – CLICK HERE
    • CSL 2019 Final Bill Worksheet – CLICK HERE
    • Click on image to see 2019 Final Bill Worksheet

Link to Bill Sheet – CLICK HERE


 

April 29, 2019 – Legislative Committee Meeting Resources

Monday, April 29, 2019 topics include:

  • Link to April 29th Archived LCM eNewsletter – CLICK HERE

 

April 22, 2019 – Legislative Committee Meeting Resources

Monday, April 22, 2019 topics include:

  • Link to April 22nd Archived LCM eNewsletter – CLICK HERE

 

April 15, 2019 – Legislative Committee Meeting Resources

Monday, April 15, 2019 topics include:

  • Link to April 15th Archived LCM eNewsletter – CLICK HERE
  • Link to letter from CCDC – CLICK HERE

 

April 8, 2019 – Legislative Committee Meeting Resources

Monday, April 8, 2019 topics include:

  • For the informational/educational portion of the agenda, we will talk a little about another legislative process: Where bills go when approved by the Committee of Reference (typically Appropriations, but sometimes Finance), what happens in those committees. The list of bills awaiting further action can be long—and we’ll show an example of that.
  • Link to April 8th Archived LCM eNewsletter – CLICK HERE

Regarding legislative activities for the coming week:

SB 134 and HB 1174—(see attached) what is the real difference? – CLICK HERE

SB19-225 (Local Government Rent Stabilization) and HB19-1309 (Mobile Home Park Act Oversight) are both being heard in committee this week. Link to an information sheet about SB19-225 – CLICK HERE

Here is an op ed written by landlord Barbara Carlson in support of HB19-1118 published by the Colorado Sun – CLICK HERE
Actual Link: https://coloradosun.com/2019/04/07/eviction-landlord-renter-colorado-legislature-opinion/

Please share far and wide. Thanks, all!

Link to Archived Action Alert on HB 19-1085 – CLICK HERE


 

April 1, 2019 – Legislative Committee Meeting Resources
This week we will be reviewing bills and taking positions. Monday, April 1, 2019 topics include:

Link to April 1st Archived LCM eNewsletter – CLICK HERE

  • Part 4 of the State Budget Informational series: the Long Bill – CLICK HERE
    – Jeanette Hensley
  • New bills and about to be introduced bills – in order:
  • HB-1245 was just introduced.
    This background is from CCLP: “As many Coloradans struggle to keep up with the rising cost of housing, any financial relief would be welcome. HB 1245 would increase funding for affordable housing by imposing a $1,000 cap on the amount of sales tax revenue Colorado’s very largest retailers can keep as their ‘fee’ for collecting the tax. The additional sales tax revenue would be transferred to the housing development grant fund within the Department of Local Affairs, which would be used to improve, preserve, or expand the supply of affordable housing in Colorado. The change in how the sales tax vendor fee is administered would result in roughly $23 million being invested in housing across Colorado in the first year and $45 million to $50 million per year thereafter.” This bill is expected to be heard on Monday afternoon, April 1 and we will be voting to take a position on Monday morning. See attached draft testimony sheet from CSL which has a little added information regarding why this is important to many of Colorado’s older adults. Link to HB 1245 – CLICK HERE
  • Please see Colorado Assisted Living Association, HB-1268 – CLICK HERE
    This will be discussed on Monday as well; it is scheduled for hearing on Friday of next week and so we will be voting to take a position on Monday.
  • CCLP (Colorado Center on Law and Policy) has drafted a proposed bill to add an additional $40 million per year into affordable housing by drawing from the surplus in the Colorado Unclaimed Property fund. Please see attached. Clair Levy, Executive Director of CCLP, will be in attendance to explain.
    Affordable Housing Fact Sheet March 2019 – CLICK HERE
    Availability Unclaimed Property Funds … – CLICK HERE
  • FAMLI bill – SB-188 – discussion regarding potential position change from Monitor. Please see the document from the bill’s supporters that we will use as a part of the discussion – CLICK HERE
    To balance that, please see these two links that dive into some of the opposition of the bill.
    “Battle with business heats up over Colorado Democrats’ family-leave proposal” – CLICK HERE
    Source: https://coloradosun.com/
    “Here’s what is in the paid-family-leave bill coming this week at the Colorado Legislature” – CLICK HERE
    Source: https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/

 

March 25, 2019 – Legislative Committee Meeting Resources

  • State Budgeting Process – Part 3 – CLICK HERE
    Jeanette Hensley
  • Aging in Colorado – Population and Economic Transitions for Colorado 2018
    State Demography Office – Colorado Department of Local Affairs – View Pdf – CLICK HERE
    Website: Demography.dola.colorado.gov
  • See March 18th LCM Resources and review Colorado Budget Forecast March 15, 2019 from Ed Bowditch and Jennifer Cassell – Bowditch & Cassell Public Affairs, State of Colorado Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting: Colorado Economic and Fiscal Outlook – March 15, 2019 and Colorado Legislative Council Staff Economic & Revenue Forecast – March 2019
  • At the March 25th LCM we will be reviewing bills and taking positions
  • New Bills to review include HB19-1228 and HB19-1239 and HB19-1245
  • Strategic Discussion on CSL-sponsored Bills HB19-1085 – advocacy with House Appropriations Committee and SB19-172 – advocacy with Senate Health and Human Services Committee

 

March 18, 2019 – Legislative Committee Meeting Resources

  • Budget Review Part 2 PowerPoint Pdf – CLICK HERE
    Jeanette Hensley
  • Colorado Budget Forecast March 15, 2019 from Ed Bowditch and Jennifer Cassell – Bowditch & Cassell Public Affairs – CLICK HERE
    Shared by Rich Mauro
  • State of Colorado Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting – Colorado Economic and Fiscal Outlook – March 15, 2019 – CLICK HERE
  • Colorado Legislative Council Staff March 2019 – Economic & Revenue Forecast – CLICK HERE

 

March 11, 2019 – Legislative Committee Meeting Resources

  • Budget Review PowerPoint Pdf – CLICK HERE
    Jeanette Hensley
  • Understanding the State Budget Dec 2018 – CLICK HERE
  • Support House Bill HB-1085 – CLICK HERE
  • Fact Sheet Every Person Counts Colorado – CLICK HERE
  • Census 2020 Sign On – CLICK HERE

 

Resources for Members

Glossary of Terms

Appendix V – Terms, Acronyms and Abbreviations from Colorado Medical Assistance Program – CLICK HERE

Glossary of Acronyms from HCPF – CLICK HERE
HCPF – (Colorado Department of) Health Care Policy and Financing

Glossary of Budget Terms – CLICK HERE

Glossary of Legislative Terms – CLICK HERE

Glossary of LTSS Terms – CLICK HERE
LTSS – Long Term Services and Support


 

HCBS Resources

Colorado Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers – Adult Waivers – CLICK HERE
HCBS – Home Community Based Services

Choosing an HCBS Waiver for Adults – CLICK HERE
HCBS – Home Community Based Services

Single Entry Point (SEP) – August 2016 – CLICK HERE
SEP – Single Point Entry


 

Additional Resources

Colorado State Budget Process Overview – CLICK HERE

Demographic Statistics Older Adults Aging in Colorado – CLICK HERE

Motions that Bring a Question Before the Assembly Again – CLICK HERE

History of the Senior Property Tax Exemption – CLICK HERE