Courtesy Phil Weiser campaign
Attorney General Phil Weiser, Sen. Pete Lee and Rep. Marc Snyder will host a community town hall April 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Manitou Arts Center, 513 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs.
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As you ponder what questions to pose, here's the latest news from Weiser's office and the two state Democratic lawmakers:
Weiser (Colorado attorney general):
• Defended the controversial "Extreme Risk Protection Orders" bill, or "red-flag bill," which was approved by the state Senate on April 1 and headed to Gov. Jared Polis' desk. Weiser testified that sheriffs who refuse to enforce the bill should resign, the Colorado Sun reported.
• Signed on in support of Baltimore's lawsuit
against the Donald Trump administration's proposed changes to the "public charge" rule, which could penalize immigrants for having enrolled in public benefit programs.
• Joined a multi-state lawsuit
challenging the Trump administration's efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides temporary protection from deportation for immigrants who crossed the border without documentation as children.
Lee (District 11 state senator):
• Introduced Senate Bill 223
, "Actions Related to Competency to Proceed," on March 29. The bill would require the Department of Human Services to develop an electronic tracking system for defendants whose mental state may not allow them to stand trial. It would also have DHS convene a group of experts to create placement guidelines for referring defendants to restoration services, and work with a higher education institution to develop and provide training for mental competency evaluations.
• Introduced Senate Bill 222
, "Individuals At Risk Of Institutionalization," on March 29. The bipartisan bill would create incentives for providers who treat individuals with severe mental health or substance use disorders, and create a "safety net system" to expand high-intensity behavioral health treatment programs.
• Sponsored House Bill 1225
, "No Monetary Bail For Certain Low-level Offenses," which passed the Senate on April 8. (The bill now heads to Gov. Jared Polis' desk.) It would prohibit courts from imposing bail on defendants charged with most traffic offenses, petty offenses, or comparable municipal offenses.
Snyder (District 18 state representative):
Courtesy Charlotte Chance Bundgaard, Trystan Photography
• Sponsored House Bill 1274
, "Board County Commissioners Delegation Subdivision Platting," which passed the House on April 8. (The bill now goes to the Senate for approval.) It would allow boards of county commissioners to delegate certain responsibilities involving land use determinations to county administrative officials — while still requiring public notice and opportunities to submit comment.
• Sponsored House Bill 1147
, Revise Traumatic Brain Injury Program, which passed the House on March 29. (The bill headed to the Senate, where Lee is a sponsor, for approval.) It would make changes to the Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund, which provides services for people with brain injuries and funds research and education. Currently, the fund receives revenue from surcharges on DUI convictions, speeding and not wearing a helmet. The bill would increase the surcharge assessed for speeding convictions, and expand the types of brain injuries that can be treated, among other changes.
• Sponsored House Bill 1256
, "Electronic Filing of Certain Taxes," which passed the House on April 8. (The bill now goes to the Senate for approval.) It would cut down on paper returns by requiring certain non-individual taxpayers to file tax returns and make payments electronically, once the Department of Revenue establishes an electronic system (but not sooner than for the tax period beginning Jan. 1, 2020).