• Public Safety: Colorado Fire Commission

    SB 19-040 establishes the Colorado Fire Commission in the Colorado Department of Public Safety. The creation of the commission will consolidate State efforts fighting wildfires and other emergency incidents. Its purpose is to enhance public safety in Colorado through an integrated statewide process focused on the fire service's capacity to conduct fire management and use, preparedness, prevention, and response activities to safeguard lives, property, natural resources, and increase the resiliency of local and regional communities. The bill was amended in committee to change the make up of the commission. CML testified in support as there will be two individuals representing municipalities will be appointed to the Commission.
    Bill: SB 19-040, Colorado Fire Commission
    Sponsors: Sen. Dennis Hisey, R-Fountain
    Status: S. Appropriations
    Position: Support
    Lobbyist: Meghan Dollar
    Updated 2/1/2019

    Public Safety: Extreme Risk Protection Orders

    HB 19-1177 creates a process for extreme risk protection orders in Colorado. This would allow law enforcement to remove fire arms from an individual a judge deems too high a risk to themselves or others. The legislation is a response to the shooting death of a Sheriff’s Deputy in 2017. The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police is in support of the legislation as well as several individual Sheriffs
    Bill: HB 19-1177, Extreme Risk Protection Orders
    Sponsors: Reps. Alec Garnett, D-Denver and Tom Sullivan, D-Centennial; Sens. Lois Court, D-Denver and Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood
    Status: H. Judiciary
    Position: Support
    Lobbyist: Meghan Dollar
    Updated 2/15/2019

    Public Safety: Prohibit Use of Automatic Vehicle Identification Systems

    HB 19-1099 prohibits the use of red light cameras and speed radar vans. As in previous legislation sessions, CML opposes this legislation because traffic safety is a local decision. Use of this law enforcement tool is controlled in each municipality by city council. These elected officials are responsive to community opinion and local safety concerns. Members of law enforcement from Denver, Commerce City, Lone Tree, Fort Collins, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Greenwood Village testified in committee about the success of their individual red light camera and speed radar programs. The bill ultimately failed and was postponed indefinitely.
    Bill: HB 19-1099, Prohibit Use of Automatic Vehicle Identification Systems
    Sponsors: Reps. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora and Stephen Humphrey, R-Severance
    Status: Postponed indefinitely
    Position: Oppose
    Lobbyist: Meghan Dollar
    Updated 2/21/2019

    Public Safety: Public Safety Information Sharing Program

    HB 19-1073 creates the law enforcement, public safety, and criminal justice information sharing grant program within the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS). The grant program provides grants to assist local law enforcement agencies in gaining access to the information-sharing system created by the Colorado information sharing consortium (CISC). Grant recipients can use the money to pay for computer hardware, software, and programming costs necessary to connect to CISC's information-sharing systems.
    Bill: HB 19-1073, Public Safety Information Sharing Program
    Sponsors: Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, D-Commerce City; Sen. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora
    Status: H. Appropriations
    Position: Support
    Lobbyist: Meghan Dollar
    Updated 2/8/2019

    Public Safety: Recovery from Substance Abuse

    This proposed legislation comes from the Opioid and Other Substance Disorders Study Committee. It requires each recovery residence operating in Colorado to be licensed by the department of public health and environment. These recovery residences are also called sober living homes and aim to promote sobriety and independent living for addicted individuals. The legislation also expands the housing voucher program currently within the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to include individuals with a substance use disorder and appropriates funds. Finally, the bill creates the opioid crisis recovery fund for money the state receives as settlement or damage awards resulting from opioid-related litigation. CML is particularly interested in the regulation of recovery residences and a potential state fund that could support municipal programs to lower substance abuse addiction in their communities. Recovery residences operate in many municipalities across Colorado. Municipalities have been advocating for state-level regulation of these facilities due to concerns that local regulation may conflict with federal law. This legislation creates that process.
    Bill: HB 19-1009, Recovery from Substance Abuse
    Sponsors: Reps. Chris Kennedy, D-Lakewood and Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont; Sen. Kevin Priola, R-Brighton
    Status: H. Public Health Care & Human Services
    Position: Support
    Lobbyist: Meghan Dollar
    Updated 1/10/2019

    Public Safety: Substance Abuse in the Criminal Justice System

    This proposed legislation is from the Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study Committee. The goal of the legislation is to get addicted individuals to services and treatment rather than the criminal justice system. The bill adds low level drug crimes to a simplified record sealing process as well as identifies funding to expand the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Programs from 4 to 10. LEAD programs focus on getting individuals suffering from substance addiction to treatment and services rather than getting them into the criminal justice system. These programs have been successful for municipalities that currently have them, and CML supports the expansion of LEAD to other interested municipalities.
    Bill: SB 19-008, Substance Abuse in the Criminal Justice System
    Sponsors: Sens. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City and Kevin Priola, R-Brighton; Reps. Chris Kennedy, D-Lakewood and Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont
    Status: S. Judiciary
    Position: Support
    Lobbyist: Meghan Dollar
    Updated 1/10/2019

    Public Safety: Supervised Use Sites

    There will be proposed legislation that creates a pilot program for supervised use sites. These are facilities where individuals can use drugs under medical supervision. The intent is to prevent death from overdose and the spread of disease via needles. There are not currently any of these sites in the United States, but they do operate in areas of both Europe and Canada. In the past, the legislation was drafted to exempt these facilities from local public nuisance ordinances. CML has opposed that. For the 2019 legislation, the proponents have stated that the state legislation is to enable local governments to allow these facilities so the legislation will be drafted to include local opt-in. Staff is assisting the proponents in drafting that piece of their legislation to ensure clear local control.
    Bill: n/a, Supervised Use Sites
    Sponsors: n/a
    Status: Not yet introduced
    Position: Monitor
    Lobbyist: Meghan Dollar
    Updated 1/18/2019

    Public Safety: Use of Mobile Electronic Devices while Driving

    Current law prohibits the use of wireless telephones while driving if an individual is under 18 years old. SB 19-012 expands that law to apply to all ages as well as applies it to all mobile electronic devices. The bill also increases the penalties depending on the violation up to $750 and 8 points. There is an exception in the bill for individuals that use a mobile device while a hands-free accessory is attached. The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police and the County Sheriff’s Association of Colorado are both supportive of the bill.
    Bill: SB 19-012, Use of Mobile Electronic Devices while Driving
    Sponsors: Sen.Lois Court, D-Denver; Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora
    Status: S. Transportation & Energy
    Position: Support
    Lobbyist: Meghan Dollar
    Updated 2/8/2019