How Would You Vote -- May 2006

Denver Women's Commission
How Would You Vote -- May 2006

For a more readable format, view this document under the "legislative status sheet" link.

How Would You Vote?

Compare how you would vote with what our state legislators and Governor did:

1. Should a mother without income be able to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families if she has $2500 saved for retirement in a 401-k?

2. Should it be a state crime to sell another human being?

3. Should a woman be able to get emergency contraception (high dose birth control pills) directly from their pharmacist to prevent pregnancy?

4. Should a parent be able to take a couple hours off work unpaid for parent/teacher conferences without jeopardizing their employment status?

5. Should someone restrained from contacting their partner under a protective order (restraining order) be able to use a private investigator to track their former partner’s whereabouts?

6. Should an employer be able to fire someone solely because they are lesbian or gay?

7. Should providers in family child care homes undergo background checks if the State’s Child Care Assistance Program is paying for care of children in their home?

8. Should a teen mom require parental permission to receive prenatal care, when she alone has the authority to authorize medical care for her baby?

9. Should lesbian and gay couples have rights and responsibilities related to inheritance, hospital visitation, parenting, child support, etc.?

How our legislators voted:

1. SB 134 exempts retirement accounts and health savings accounts, and raises
the ceiling on allowed assets for those low/no income families seeking Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. Colorado families stay on TANF for an average of 8 months. This bill was passed and signed into law.

2. SB 207 creates a new crime of human trafficking- generally a class 3 felony. Previously only the sale or lease of children under age 16 was a crime. The bill passed and is awaiting the governor’s signature.

3. HB 1212 passed, but was vetoed by the governor.

4. SB 66 passed the Senate, but was gutted in the house. It changed from a bill requiring employers of ten or more to allow up to 30 hours per year, with a maximum of five hours per month, taken in 2 ½ hour segments for parent teach conference or academic activities. The House version only required employers of 25 or more to have some kind of parental leave policy. The Senate sponsor chose to kill his own bill rather than accept the watered down House version.

5. HB 1364 plugs the loophole of those under a restraining order using a private investigator to identify their partner’s whereabouts. It passed the legislature and is awaiting the governor’s signature.

6. SB 81 would add sexual orientation and religion to the list of impermissible employment discrimination. It passed the legislature and is awaiting the governor’s signature.

7. SB 45 would require all adults in family child care homes to undergo fingerprint background checks through the CBI if the home receives money through the state’s Child Care Assistance Program. It passed the legislature and is awaiting the governor’s signature.

8. HB 1249 allows a teen mom to authorize her own prenatal care. It passed the legislature and became law without the governor’s signature.

9. HB 1344 passed the legislature and will appear in this fall’s ballot. As a referendum, it does not require the governor’s signature. The final decision is up to you.

At the end of legislative session the Governor has 30 days to decide whether to sign, veto or allow bills to become law without his signature. For final disposition of those bills awaiting the governor’s signature, call the State’s Bill Room at 303-866-3055.

An updated and final version of this piece will be posted on the Denver Women’s Commission website under “Legislative Status Sheet"