Community Legislative Early Action Network — CLEAN

NOTE: The 2020 Colorado Legislative Session starts January 8, 2020. In the 2019 session, Democrats held a full majority on the State House side (Speaker of the House KC Becker) and on the State Senate side (Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg) of Colorado’s General Assembly. Thusly, Democrats passed historic, landmark legislation, including oil and gas health and safety measures, the Red Flag gun safety law and a Conversion Therapy Ban, to name just a few. Even though 95% of the bills passed were with bipartisan support, republicans still filled last summer with numerous recall attempts against duly-elected Democratic legislators, including against Governor Polis, who signed these bills into law. None of the recall attempts were successful. However, enough petition signatures were gathered to put the National Popular Vote Compact bill, which passed last year, onto the 2020 ballot for repeal. (Watch for this repeal on your ballot, and expect confusing language describing the measure.) We should not be surprised if the republicans in the General Assembly, rather than work with Democrats to make progress in Colorado, do as they did in 2019, and “run out the clock” on what bills Democrats attempt to pass.

GOAL: To provide LAD members and interested followers more up to date information on upcoming bills in the Colorado House and Senate, providing residents an avenue to influence the way bills are crafted, communicating the type of bills that communities would like to see from their representatives, and helping discourage “bad” bills from passing — all in a timely manner. Too often people are not aware of issues regarding bills until right before a vote is imminent, or when a bill is going to the last committee hearing. This is not the best time to be communicating with legislators! To be an effective Community Activist, it needs to happen earlier and more regularly.

CLEAN began in 2014, and in 2017, CLEAN actions expanded to the Federal level as well.

HOW: This CLEAN Working Group will get the latest legislative information via the CLEAN mailing list. Members of the group may choose to visit the Capitol on a regular basis to talk with legislatures and observe the process — encouraging legislation that focuses on citizens’ needs in comparison to corporations! In other words, set up a two way communication network that can rapidly disseminate what needs to be DONE in regard to specific ideas and upcoming legislation.

To view CLEAN’s latest training presentation go here. To download CLEAN’s latest training presentation pdf, go here.

If you are interested in being a part of this network please contact Marilyn Hughes at marilynsails@icloud.com