Colorado Politician Accountability Act
H. State, Veterans & Military Affairs
Rep. Dave Williams, R-Colorado Springs; Sens. Vickie Marble, R-Fort Collins and Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud
HB 18-1178 is a referred statute that - if passed by the General Assembly and approved by voters at the November general election - allows victims of certain crimes committed by immigrants in the country illegally to sue elected officials, city council members and town board members. The bill also applies criminal liability in certain circumstances. An elected official is responsible for the creation of a sanctuary jurisdiction if the elected official votes in favor of imposing or creating a law, ordinance, or policy that allows the jurisdiction to operate as a sanctuary jurisdiction, fails to take steps to try to change a law, ordinance, or policy that allows the jurisdiction to operate as a sanctuary jurisdiction. In addition, the legislation adds language that was repealed in 2013 requiring local governments to report to the state that they enforcing federal immigration laws. If the local government does not comply by providing these reports, state grant funds can be withheld.