SB19-042 National Popular Vote- Red Flag Bill!

Bill Summary:   PASSED SB19-042 - contrary to the US Constitution – would requireALL of Colorado’s Electors to vote for the winner of the national popular vote - no matter for which candidate the majority of Colorado’s voters voted.  In effect, it disenfranchisesand ignoresthe will of Colorado voters.

 

Bill sponsors:  Sen. M. Foote(D) | Rep. E. Sirota(D) | Rep. J. Arndt(D)

Comment: If this had been in effect in the last election, the Democrat would have become president.

 

Bill Status: This Bill was passed by both Houses (Senate and House) of the General Assembly - and is on its way to the governor’s desk for his signature.

 

Activities around the Bill:

·       Several people have petitioned the CO Secretary of State’s (SOS’s) office for a repeal referendum

·       The petition request will be processed as soon as Governor Polis signs the bill into law – at which time the SOS’s office will begin preparing official petition forms. 

·       Petitions would be available for signatures on the last day of the Colorado Assembly, May 3, 2019.

·       125,000 signatures will be required for a repeal referendum to be on the 2020 ballot – thereby allowing Colorado voters to vote to repeal the National Popular Vote, and let the Electoral College work the way the US Constitution intended. 

 

How you can be involved:

·       Here is the link to contact the Governor’s office, to tell him NOTto sign this bill:  https://www.colorado.gov/governor/share-your-comments

·       Note:  Issue committees and volunteer organizations are recruiting volunteers for signatures right now, so that everything will be ready to go when the petition drive begins.  We will publish a list, when the information is available…

HB19-1177 Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Red Flag Bill

Bill Summary: PASSED House of Representatives, Moved on to Senate: Under HB 19-1177, a family member, household member or law enforcement (or really anyone) can petition the court for a temporary extreme risk protection order (ERPO) if they can provide “proof” that a person poses a significant risk to themselves or others by having a firearm. A second hearing would be held within 14 days (a waiting period) at which time law enforcement officials or the family would be required to show by “clear and convincing evidence” that the person is still a danger. The weapons could be held for up to 364 days while that person seeks treatment.

 

Bill Sponsors:  Rep. Tom Sullivan (D), Arapahoe County - HD 2; Rep. Alec Garnett (D), Boulder County - HD 37; Sen sponsors:  Lois Court (D), Brittany Petterson (D)

Comment

1.     Every Colorado citizen has the right to "Due-Process," the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, and probable cause before their homes can be searched.

2.     ERPOs are based on the subjective opinion of not-necessarily qualified individual claiming that you “might” be a threat to yourself or someone else without “due-process.” [Doesn’t this sound like a possible "mental issue", calling for an intervention, first, by a qualified professional behavioral mental health evaluator?] 

3.     The bill “provides for” an initialex partehearingin the absence of the accused gun owner. This could allow for a court order for the confiscation of guns to be issued without the “accused” being present, and without the ability to rebut the claim, or be represented by counsel, or to have any ability to present counter evidence. 

4.     Technically, a person could lose custody of children, home, money, weapons - and freedom. 

5.     Testimony or accusations by the petitioner would by sufficient for law enforcement to determine sufficient and adequate “probable cause” to enter the home of the “accused” - and to confiscate his/her private property. 

6.     Upon issuance of the ERPO, the accused would be required to surrender all of his or her firearms andhis or her concealed carry permits to, either, a law enforcement agency or a federally-licensed firearms dealer - and would be prohibited from possessing, controlling, purchasing, or receiving a firearm for 364 days. 

7.     The respondent can motion the court once, during the 364-day ERPO for a hearing to terminate the ERPO, but is responsible for the entire cost of his/her defense - and has the burden of proof at the termination hearing. 

8.     In Colorado domestic court, many claims are exaggerated, frivolous, unwarranted or resolved. 

9.     Note: This may only be the beginning of many more anti-Second Amendment Bills modeled after restrictive laws in other states. 

 

Bill Status:  House Appropriations CommitteeHearing: Feb 28 @ 8:00 am in LSB-A

 

How you can be involved:

·       Send a note to committee members, as the Bill proceeds through the process. 

·       Contact the bill sponsors below: 

·       Tom Sullivan 303-866-5510 - or email: Tom.Sullivan.house@state.co.us https://www.facebook.com/SullivanForColorado/

·       Alec Garnett (720) 840-8132 – or email:  alec.garnett.house@state.co.ushttps://www.facebook.com/alec.garnett.9 

·      Please share this information widely, so more Coloradans can make their voice heard! 

HB19-1032 Comprehensive Sexual Education Bill 

Bill Summary: HB19-1032 PASSED House of Representatives moved to Senate Committee -has a $1 million price-tag, to come from state resources.  It would be non-statutory legislative declaration that clarifies content requirements for public schools that offer comprehensive human sexuality education – and requires an annual report.

·      The bill amends current law to prohibitinstruction from explicitly or implicitly teaching or endorsing religious ideology or sectarian tenets or doctrines, e.g. abstinence – and forbids discussion about religious concerns students may have; 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…

·      It would add8 representatives to the oversight entity - at least 7 of whom would be required to be members of groups of people who havebeen - or might be- discriminated against; 

·      It would providepriority for grants to rural public schools, or public schools that don’t yet offer comprehensive human sexuality education.

·      The bill would prohibitthe CO State Board of Education from waivingthe content requirements for any public school that provides comprehensive human sexuality education. (Note:  The SBE is separately elected - so this would be an overstep.)

·      Parents would not be able to opt their children outof sexual or LGBTQ materials - when taught in their regular classes. 

 

Bill Sponsors:  are Reps. Susan Lontine (D) and Yadira Caraveo (D), and Sen. Nancy Todd (D) and Don Coram (R)

 

Comment:  The Bill would transfer parental control of children’s sex education to government dictates.  

 

Bill Status:  Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services

 

General Notes:  

·       If you wish to reach the Governor’s office:  https://www.colorado.gov/governor/share-your-comments

·       If you wish to reach your Senator, call: 303-866-2316, and/or yourRepresentative, call: 303-866-2904.