So, what does Colorado Senior Lobby do in the summer?
We prepare for 2020’s General Assembly
If you are reading this article you may have some interest in issues impacting older adults in Colorado. You should also have an interest in some of the bills that passed this legislative session and are now being signed by Colorado Governor Jared Polis. The next step as part of being a legislative advocacy group is understanding and following how these bills will be implemented. You can have a voice in that process through a membership in Colorado Senior Lobby (CSL).
When we ask people why they don’t join CSL, we often hear things like “I don’t have time”, or “I don’t have any experience”. As one of our volunteers (and we are all volunteers) told me recently: “I started slowly with CSL, learning along the way. I was always encouraged to ask questions, to dig deeper. Then I realized that I could invest as much, or as little time as would work for me. I was surprised to see how much I enjoyed my involvement. It helped give me a sense of purpose, and of belonging.”
Are you looking for a way to engage in the community on your own time, with your own sense of purpose? We have a place for you.
Advocacy can mean so much more than spending your hours at the State Capitol (although this can be much more exciting and interesting than one might think). There are so many advocacy avenues. Turn right at the stop sign and pay close attention to how some of the bills that were passed this session, are being implemented. Here are just a few: SB19-254 Nursing Home Penalty Cash Fund Spending, HB19-1216 Insulin Price Cap, HB19-1245 Modify Sales Tax Vendor Fee to provide more dollars for affordable housing, HB19-1322 moving dollars from Unclaimed Property Fund to allocate to affordable housing via a Grant Fund. Turn left at that stop sign and help us form our positions for new bills for the 2020 legislative session.
Advocating for any cause is a process with several distinct steps.
It all begins with an idea for a bill, then fleshing out that idea (sometimes, research is needed here), finding sponsors to turn the idea into a bill, advocating for the bill directly with other legislators and organizations, testifying in committee, and once a bill is passed, staying with it into the implementation phase to help shape the final outcome of HOW it is implemented.
If you have an interest in new bills such as: expand access to good broadband in areas of low or no Internet access areas of Colorado, increasing the numbers of geriatric nurses and doctors in new and innovative ways, increase funding for the Older Coloradans Fund, or other areas of interest to you: join us.
We’ll be doing some brainstorming and discussion around 2020 legislative ideas on Monday, June 17th from 9:30AM to 11:30AM. This event will be at Disability Law Colorado Offices – Main Conference Room at 455 Sherman Street in Denver.
For more information and to RSVP for this “Legislative Action Planning & Member Input Meeting” call 303-862-4535 or email us – CLICK HERE