Legislative Committee Meetings

Legislative Committee Meetings

Overview of the Colorado Senior Lobby Legislative Committee Meetings
While the legislature is in session, Colorado Senior Lobby (CSL) holds weekly meetings to review legislation looking for those bills that impact seniors. From these bills, the group selects those that have the greatest potential impact on seniors for weekly discussion. The result is that the Colorado Senior Lobby will either support or oppose proposed legislation depending on its impact on seniors. If there is uncertainty, then it will monitor the proposed legislation. As the bill proceeds through the process it is frequently amended. This may result in the Senior Lobby changing its position in regard to the bill.

During the Fall the CSL Legislative Committee meets every other week. At these meetings the upcoming legislative issues are discussed and organizations are invited to attend and present information relevant to older adults.

2019 Legislative Committee Meeting FALL Schedule:
Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 4, Nov 18, Dec 2, Dec 16

This Month’s Meetings:

October 7 & 21, 2019 – Monday, 9:30AM – 11:30AM
Colorado Senior Lobby Legislative Committee Meeting (LCM)

Location: Disability Law Colorado Offices – Main Conference Room
Address: 455 Sherman St, Denver, CO 80203
There is street parking at this location

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 Document – CLICK HERE

We’ll be inviting a JBC member legislator to our 11/4 meeting and we need to prepare for that. AND – we need to plan on getting time to present our key priorities to JBC soon – COORDINATING with AARP AAA’s, CGS, on this?

Also on 11/4 we will be joined by Andrea Kuwik of Bell Policy – see below from Andrea:  “I wanted to follow-up on the conversation we had a couple months ago on the work we’re doing to craft possible policy solutions that help support an age-friendly state. Over the past several months, we’ve been speaking to individuals/organizations throughout Colorado to get their feedback on issues/policy priorities to consider. We’ve compiled this feedback, and using both our and other’s research, created the attached outline. The outline contains:

  • Several actions the state can take to apply an age friendly lens to various policies while also creating state-wide infrastructure that supports Coloradans of all ages
  • Four main focus areas the state can prioritize (funding, unpaid caregiving, older adults in the workforce, and the direct care workforce)
  • Areas of research we’re planning to explore in the next few months
  • Possible policy solutions that deserve further exploration. The attached excel spreadsheet contains several additional policy options. (this will be sent out later in October)

We’ll be hosting several small-group conversations to get feedback on: (1) the general outline, (2) funding, (3) unpaid caregiving, (4) older adults in the workforce, and the (5) direct care workforce. If you’re interested, we’d love to hear your feedback. If you’d prefer, I’m also more than happy to check in with you one-on-one or simply provide you updates on our ongoing process. As a next step to these small-group conversations, we’re hoping to have a larger meeting with those who are interested in starting to advance some of these issues/solutions that people think are important.”

WHO ON OUR TEAM WOULD LIKE TO STAY CONNECTED TO Division of Housing AND PROVIDE UPDATES ON ACTIVITIES related to the new funding they are receiving? There are not currently any specific programs in DOH for seniors—should there be? What might those be?

Thanks, Bob Brocker
President – Colorado Senior Lobby
303 832 4535
303 862 8711

If you are calling in, you will want to use Zoom through your computer so you can see the documents shared by our presenters. See details on Zoom below.

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.

  • Dial in with Zoom using 1-720-707-2699.
  • One tap mobile +17207072699,,8814815119# US
  • Our meeting ID is: 881 481 5119
  • Use *6 to mute and unmute your phone.
  • To view shared documents visit our Zoom meeting page – https://zoom.us/j/8814815119
  • Have questions about Zoom? Send us an email – CLICK HERE

Details about Legislative Committee Meetings (LCM)

Note that meetings can be cancelled due to holidays, bad weather and conflicts with other major events. Please review the information below so you have a better idea about what Colorado Senior Lobby LCM are all about and know who to contact to confirm that a meeting is being held.

Legislative Committee Meeting (LCM) Schedule

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

More about the Legislative Committee Meetings (LCM)

  • The meetings held during the legislative session focus on reviewing proposed bills that impact older adults in Colorado. It is during these meetings, that CSL Members vote on whether to Monitor, Support or Oppose a bill.
  • During the LCM we may have speakers come in and present on issues important to older adults. If possible we like to have two organizations attending a single meeting that have opposing views on a single issue.
  • During the legislative session, organizations attend and present on a bill that they want CSL’s support for during the next legislative session. Following such presentations, the LCM attendees who are members will vote on whether to support, oppose or monitor a certain bill.
  • Sign up for LCM Meeting Reminders
    Send us an email and ask to be added to an email blast that has the latest information about the LCM – CLICK HERE

LCM Meetings are open to CSL Members, General Public & Organizations

  • Our LCM meetings are open to Colorado Senior Lobby members, general public and organizations, however only paid members can vote on bill positions and have access to our CSL Legislative Bill Position Report system.
  • First Time Visitors
    If this is your first meeting, contact us because meetings can change at the last minute. You can also ask to be added to the Legislative Committee Meeting distribution list. You can attend in person or call in using our phone system.
    Contact: Bob Brocker –  303-832-4535
    Email: President@ColoradoSeniorLobby.org

Here are some tips for calling in

  • When you first call in please announce yourself with your name and identify yourself with a designation such as retiree, representing an organization or other affiliation.
  • When you first call in, you may hear a lot of talking, at some point the Chair of the meeting will ask if anyone is calling in – speak up and identify yourself.
  • When you first call in, you may be put on hold which means the call in phone system is not activated yet. If this happens please wait approximately 5 minutes for the official meeting time. If nothing happens, then call 303-832-4535.
  • The * 6 (‘Star’ 6) buttons on your phone will allow you to mute and unmute your phone, your voice and the background noises in your room.
  • If you are NOT TALKING, PLEASE MUTE YOUR PHONE. It is amazing how much background noise is picked up from those calling in, from coughing to typing to barking dogs. These unnecessary sounds are then projected into the committee meeting room disrupting the conversation – so please generously use * 6.

Legislative Committee Meeting Resources for Paid Members

  • We maintain a password protected legislative resource web page that is for paid members only.
  • Please consider joining so you have access to this resource, which includes the online Bill Tracking system – JOIN NOW

Special thanks to our Committee Meeting Host …

Disability Law Colorado
455 Sherman St #130, Denver, CO 80203
Disability Law Colorado (formerly known as The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People) is an independent, public interest non-profit organization, specializing in civil rights and discrimination issues.
Website: DisabilityLawCO.org

“You have one of the most tremendous resources before you today which is an organization tuned into your issues that will actually take the time to train you how to be a citizen lobbyist. I really encourage you to take advantage of it …”

Rachel Zenzinger, Senate District 19

Colorado Senior Lobby Summer Social 2017