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PUBLIC POLICY/LEGISLATIVE ACTION

The Public Policy Committee works to promote and protect the interests of women and children. The committee monitors national, state, and local legislation; case law; administrative and constitutional developments; and the print, online and broadcast media as they affect the legal profession, the judiciary, and the interests of women and families. It coordinates with the CWBA's lobbyists; makes recommendations to the CWBA Board of Directors regarding whether the CWBA should support or oppose legislation; and organizes an advocacy network of CWBA members who contact legislators, write letters or testify before a legislative committee. The committee also coordinates the amicus activities of the CWBA.



2017 COLORADO LEGISLATIVE SESSION

The First Regular Session of the Seventy-First General Assembly convened on January 11 and adjourned on May 10, 2017.  The Second Regular Session of the Seventy-First General Assembly will convene on January 10, 2018.

Our Public Policy Committee was again very active this year. With the expert help of our lobbyists at Aponte & Busam, we reviewed 29 Session bills, established positions on 11 and actively engaging in 5 of those bills.  Click here to read more about our Session highlights and bills we considered this Session which affected women, children, and families. 



POSITION LETTER ON FEDERAL FUNDING FOR LEGAL SERVICES

The CWBA spearheaded a joint effort of 10 local bar associations to express to our Colorado Congressional Leaders the critical role that the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) plays in our delivery of legal services to income-eligible citizens of Colorado and demand they continue funding the LSC in the fiscal year 2018 Congressional Budget. Colorado Legal Services is a non-profit organization that provides high-quality civil legal services to Colorado residents.  Colorado Legal Services receives more than 40% of its annual budget from LSC and any cuts to that budget or complete elimination of funding LCS, as proposed by The Office of Management and Budget, would be disastrous for the citizens of Colorado.  Read the letter here.



GET INVOLVED IN OUR PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE
During the legislative session, the committee typically meets the second Monday of each month at 8 a.m. at the offices of Aponte & Busam in Denver. If you'd like to get involved or learn more about the work of this committee, contact Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs Gina Glockner at (303) 296-7300 or Sarah Parady at (303) 502-9911.

We form issue-based subcommittees around some of the most common areas we address.  If you are interested in actively working on one or more of the following issues, please email the co-chairs and we will get you added:

  • Pay Equity
  • Family & Medical Leave
  • Discrimination
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Criminal Law Issues (Incl. Human Trafficking)
  • Family Law Issues

Thanks for your work and interest!
Gina Glockner & Sarah Parady
CWBA Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs


Here is the latest update to our bill matrix - please click and read



2016 COLORADO LEGISLATIVE SESSION
       

The Second Regular Session of the Seventieth General Assembly convened on January 12 and adjourned on May 11, 2016.  Our Public Policy Committee is a busy one as we, with the help of our lobbyists at Aponte & Busam, research and take multiple positions on many pieces of legislation affecting women and families. 

Read more about bills we considered this session which affect women, children, and families. CWBA Legislative Update Matrix

Click here to download the proclamation: DESIGNATION OF APRIL 12, 2016, AS "EQUAL PAY DAY" IN COLORADO, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, ACKNOWLEDGING THE PERSISTING PROBLEM OF WAGE DISPARITY AMONG VARIOUS GROUPS. 

2016 Legislative Session Highlights:

  • Participated in pre-Session Pay Equity strategy meetings with legislators and coalition partners
  • Served as subject matter experts to legislative leadership on Pay Equity, Pregnancy Accommodation & CADA
  • Deepened Pay Equity leadership & partnership with 9to5, The Women’s Foundation of CO & CO Women’s Chamber
  • Reviewed 20 Session bills:  established positions on 8 and actively engaged in 5
  • Testified on 3 bills throughout their entire legislative life-cycle
  • Served as spokeswomen on Pay Equity issues - attending & speaking at Capitol press conferences
  • Hosted an evening with Helen Thorpe
  • Hosted December 2015 Annual Legislative Breakfast


2015 COLORADO LEGISLATIVE SESSION

The 2015 Colorado legislative session, which started January 7 and concluded May 6, was one of CWBA’s busiest as we researched and took multiple positions on many pieces of legislation affecting women and families. 

CWBA President Alison E. Zinn testified January 29, 2015 before a Colorado House Committee for the continuation of the Colorado Pay Equity Commission (House Bill 15-1133), which was established in 2010 to increase awareness of pay inequity and develop ways to overcome it. Read Alison’s testimony here.

CWBA 2015 Priority Legislation (updated 7.31.2015)



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