Legislation We Support
Members of The Women’s Collaborative of Boulder County join around issues and initiatives critical to the benefit and support of women and families. We work together to guide our state lawmakers as they define and create a positive, sustainable framework for our future. To that end we advocate around legislation that addresses Equal Pay & Workplace Practices, Childcare & Early Childhood Education, Women’s Health & Safety and Education & Workforce Development.
Our member organizations take individual positions on relevant legislation and an endorsement of WoCoBoCo indicates that the majority of our members support. Note that an endorsement by WoCoBoCo does not indicate an endorsement by each individual member organization.
Colorado House Bills
We support the following bills now before the Colorado House.
Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education
The bill moves provisions of the statutory legislative declaration to a non-statutory legislative declaration.
The bill clarifies content requirements for public schools that offer comprehensive human sexuality education and prohibits instruction from explicitly or implicitly teaching or endorsing religious ideology or sectarian tenets or doctrines, using shame-based or stigmatizing language or instructional tools, employing gender norms or gender stereotypes, or excluding the relational or sexual experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals.
MODERNING MARRIAGE LAWS FOR MINORS
Nearly a quarter-million children as young as 12 were married in the US between 2000 and 2010 – mostly girls wed to adult men. http://www.unchainedatlast.org/
The impacts of marriage before age 16 are devastating. Before they reach this ‘age of majority,’ young people usually cannot access the legal resources they need to protect themselves from being forced into marriage or to escape from an abusive marriage. Often they cannot access domestic violence shelters, retain an attorney (because contracts with children typically are voidable), or file a legal action such as a divorce.
We support HB 19-1316. The bill prohibits persons under 16 years of age from obtaining a marriage license. A person who is 16 or 17 years of age may only obtain a marriage license if a juvenile court determines that the underage party is capable of assuming the responsibilities of marriage and that the marriage would serve the underage party's best interests. The bill clarifies that both parties to a proxy marriage must be 18 years of age. It prohibits complete social security numbers from appearing on marriage forms and certificates issued by county clerks and recorders, and allows certain documents to prove the applicant's identity. The bill authorizes the juvenile court to appoint a guardian ad litem for purposes of judicial consent for underage marriage. It clarifies that an underage married person has certain rights under law.
Department of Public Safety Human Trafficking-related Training
The bill requires the division of criminal justice to provide human trafficking training to law enforcement agencies and entities that provide services to human trafficking victims. The training may include:
Direct trainings; and
Online training programs.
The training may be provided to law enforcement agencies, organizations that provide direct services to human trafficking victims, school personnel and parents or guardians of students, and any other organization, agency, or group that would benefit from such training. The training must be developed in consultation with the Colorado human trafficking council.
NOTE: Passed the CO Senate on 3rd and final reading on April 25, 2019 with a unanimous vote.
Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment Maternal Mortality Review Committee
The bill creates the Colorado maternal mortality review committee (committee), which is required to review maternal deaths, identify the causes of maternal mortality, and develop recommendations to address preventable maternal deaths, including legislation, policies, rules, and best practices that will support the health and safety of the pregnant and postpartum population in Colorado and prevent maternal deaths.
Colorado Senate Bills
We support the following bills now before the Colorado Senate.
Equal Pay For Equal Work Act
The bill removes the authority of the director of the division of labor standards and statistics in the department of labor and employment (director) to enforce wage discrimination complaints based on an employee's sex and instead permits an aggrieved person to bring a civil action in district court to pursue remedies specified in the bill.
FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program
The bill creates the family and medical leave insurance (FAMLI) program and the division of family and medical leave insurance (division) in the department of labor and employment to provide partial wage replacement benefits to an eligible individual who takes leave from work:
To care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition;
Because the eligible individual is unable to work due to the individual's own serious health condition or because the individual or a family member is the victim of abusive behavior; or
Due to certain needs arising from a family member's active duty service.