Good bills that should have passed (but didn't)
Last updated 4/26/2022 at 3:02pm | View PDF
As we approach the final rush of bills, this might be a good time to look at a few that died a quick and undeserved death.
In the good bill that should have passed category was my previously mentioned bill SB-61. This bill brought transparency to the Colorado Office of Saving People Money on Healthcare. The Governor stood this office up in 2019, since I could find little about it online or in the Capitol and it seemed that a little transparency was in order. The Governor thought not and had the bill killed in the first committee.
Another good bill was HB-1238; I was a co-sponsor on this House bill. 1238 brought some oversight to emergency powers that are available to the Governor during a declared emergency. After watching several bills with this goal killed in the past few years, we thought this bill was quite generous to the governor in requiring legislative approval to extend an emergency declaration only after the emergency exceeded 365 days. It also required the Public Health Officials, who currently have very broad authority in a declared health emergency to impose restrictions on the public, to submit that order for approval within seven days to the local governing body, i.e. county commissioners, city council.
The bill is very careful to not hinder the quick action that can be necessary in many disasters but adds accountability to the entire process by bringing in elected officials who are accountable only to their constituents.
A third bill that saw an untimely demise was HB-1236 The Parents Bill of Rights. In a nutshell, this bill puts parents in charge of their children's health decisions even while the child is at school. It also banned the use of facial recognition technology without parental permission. 1236 also reinforced that the parents don't have to leave their children in a class or school that teaches values different from what is being taught at home. No one cares more about your child than you do; 1236 should have passed.
Shifting gears, the Capitol is a popular site for rallies and protests year around. With a major exception a couple of years ago, these are peaceful groups with a passion around a particular subject. This past Friday was a good example. On the West steps of the Capitol, we had the Christian Home Educators of Colorado Participating in Homeschool Day at the Capitol. At the same time on the East side of the building there was a Defund Climate Change rally taking place.
It's your building: Feel free to visit, admire or use the Capitol; it truly is a building that we once again can be proud of.
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