Historic Transformational Legislation

On Friday, June 12, 2020, SB20-217: Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity was passed by the Colorado Legislature:

“The Colorado legislature on Saturday sent Gov. Jared Polis a far-reaching police accountability bill in response to the death last month of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. 

Polis has vowed to sign it into law. 

The pace at which Senate Bill 217 made its way through the lawmaking gears at the Capitol was astonishing. But Democrats were committed to change and Republicans eventually joined their push after the bill was tweaked.

‘Today, members, we will be able to intervene and do something about what’s happening in our communities — all of our communities — and has happened for far too long,’ Rep. Leslie Herod, a Denver Democrat and one of the prime sponsors of the bill, said Friday as the measure cleared the House. Black lives matter.’

Senate Bill 217 affects almost every aspect of policing in Colorado.

Among its provisions are requirements that law enforcement agencies:

  • Outfit all officers with body cameras
  • Release body camera footage within 45 days of a questionable police encounter
  • Ban the use of chokeholds and carotid holds
  • Collect racial data on officers’ encounters with the public
  • Report to the state when officers unholster their weapons, point their weapons at a citizen and use deadly force”

— Colorado Sun, “Colorado legislature sends far-reaching police accountability bill to Gov. Jared Polis”, 6/13/2020 

WATCH BELOW: Statements from the House floor regarding SB20-217.

Thursday, June 11, 2020. Statements about SB20-217 begin at 3:54:23.
State Representative Leslie Herod (HD8-Denver) at 5:23:25
State Representative James Coleman (HD7-Denver) at 5:30:00

Friday, June 12, 2020. Statements about SB20-217 begin at 2:42:44.
Speaker of the House KC Becker: 2:47:06

State Representative Janet P. Buckner (HD40-Arapahoe) from remote location: 2:56:50
State Representatives Monica Duran (HD24-Jefferson) and Adrienne Benavidez (HD32-Adams): 3:36:41
State Representative Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez (HD4-Denver): 4:04:15
State Representative Tony Exum, Sr. (HD17-El Paso): 4:20:10
State Representative Leslie Herod (HD8-Denver): 4:24:28
The families of De’Von Bailey (killed by police in Colorado Springs on August 3, 2019) and Elijah McClain (died as a result of police encounter, chokehold on August 24, 2019 and subsequent heart attack) were present during remarks.

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Our 6/13/20 Blast…

Here’s our latest blast, sent on 6/13/2020. If you’d like to sign up for our email blasts, send us an email with “Sign Me Up!” in subject line to:longmontareadems@gmail.com

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LAD Meeting Wednesday, June 3, 6:30pm!

Thanks to everyone who attended! (click the “resources” widget to the left to access all meeting materials and links) 

TONIGHT’s Meeting: Affordable Housing
PLUS — updates, action, & inspiration 

TONIGHT, Wednesday, June 3 • 6:30pm (meeting will start promptly at 6:45!) • See link below!

“Decent, affordable housing should be a basic right for everybody in this country. The reason is simple: without stable shelter, everything else falls apart.” Affordable housing in Boulder County, elected leaders weighing in, and a presentation hosted by ECHO (East County Housing Opportunity Coalition).AND, with ALL that is going on, our mission remains the same: to give you information, updates & action items. The brutal murder of George Floyd permeates — and should — the fiber of our country, and only strengthens our support and inherent bond with our brothers and sisters of color. WE MUST DO MORE. In these few anguished days, we already see the best of humanity prevailing despite all that is ugly. We’re here to remind you that you are not alone, and to offer clarity and a few important next steps.

Please join us this evening, 6:30pm, from your computer, tablet or smartphone — email us here for the link: longmontareadems@gmail.com

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Our 5/28/20 Blast…

Here’s our latest blast, sent on 5/28/2020. If you’d like to sign up for our email blasts, send us an email with “Sign Me Up!” in subject line to:longmontareadems@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: Until further notice, all of our meetings will be virtual via GoToMeeting. Each meeting will have a unique 9-digit number, a link that we will release shortly before the meeting. Watch our blasts for that number and click the link a few minutes before the meeting start time (usually 6:30pm, the first Wednesday of each month), and select “Join on the web” or “Download the app”. Or go to gotomeeting.com , click “Join”, enter the 9-digit meeting number — and follow the prompts. You can also follow the meeting dialing in via phone or using the GoToMeeting phone app.

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Take Action NOW! Deadline EXTENDED!


REMEMBER SB181, the set of landmark Oil & Gas regulations that were passed during Colorado’s legislative session last year? More local control (that means YOU) was built into that law, including a new set of board members selected for the COGCC (Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission) to reflect more oversight over industry.

Another important addition: Longmont City Council was able to direct staff to contract with Dr. DetLev Helmig for air monitoring at our Union Reservoir and Vance Brand Airport. Council had directed oil wells from city property to be moved to Weld County, east of Union Reservoir. Even though removing the wells and flow line was an important first step in local control, it did not remove fracking under our reservoir — water that has been slated and engineered to be domestic household water. Air quality monitoring stations have been up and running since December, 2019.

EASY GUESS as to what was found: readings for voc’s (volatile organic compounds), methane and ozone have been far above EPA standards.

ALSO TROUBLING: Spikes in the readings happening at 12am — this can only mean that well operators are flaring* methane in the early morning hours.

QUESTION: Since the flow line under Longmont has been plugged and abandoned, therefore no way to deliver the fracked oil, is this the behavior of a now desperate industry to burn off excess gas — under the cover of night — at a time when our health, specifically respiratory health, is being compromised by a pandemic?

This cannot stand. Here’s your chance to speak out NOW.
This is your opportunity to influence the COGCC’s first public draft of rules before the actual rulemaking hearing and with a personal urgency. Now they’ve hit us at home.

DEADLINE for COMMENT EXTENDED TO Wednesday, May 20. Speak your mind: COGCC Public Comment, here.

More background info about COGCC rules can be found, here.

AIR MONITORING DIAGNOSTICS, here.

WELL INFORMATION, here. (Scroll down. Note that this well was fracked from 7/29/19 to 9/4/19.)

RESOURCES: Environmentalists worry Colorado will see a surge of abandoned oil and gas wells as industry tanks”, Colorado Sun, 5/12/20

*What is flaring? Bloomberg Businessweek, August 2019, here.

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Our 5/13/20 Blast…

Here’s our latest blast, sent on 5/13/2020. If you’d like to sign up for our email blasts, send us an email with “Sign Me Up!” in subject line to:longmontareadems@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: Until further notice, all of our meetings will be virtual via GoToMeeting. Each meeting will have a unique 9-digit number, a link that we will release shortly before the meeting. Watch our blasts for that number and click the link a few minutes before the meeting start time (usually 6:30pm, the first Wednesday of each month), and select “Join on the web” or “Download the app”. Or go to gotomeeting.com , click “Join”, enter the 9-digit meeting number — and follow the prompts. You can also follow the meeting dialing in via phone or using the GoToMeeting phone app.

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LAD Meeting Wednesday, May 6, 6:30pm!

THANKS TO ALL who attended our meeting! All meeting materials and links are in the “resources” widget to the left.

Why should Colorado’s middle class pay a larger tax than the top 5%? Fair Tax Colorado aims to fix that by asking Colorado’s wealthiest to pay slightly more, and giving a tax break to 95% of Colorado taxpayers. As a result, $1billion will go toward increasing pay for Colorado teachers & student support staff! 

Caitlin Schneider and Abby Vining, from Colorado Fiscal Institute will be on hand to present Fair Tax Colorado (Initiative 271), which will be on your 2020 ballot. For more info go to fairtaxcolorado.org

Email us for the login link, here…thanks!

Join us…and please, tell a friend! Wednesday, May 6, 6:30pm!

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Our 5/5/20 Blast…

Here’s our latest blast, sent on 5/5/2020. If you’d like to sign up for our email blasts, send us an email with “Sign Me Up!” in subject line to:longmontareadems@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: All of our virtual meetings will be held via GoToMeeting, and each meeting will have a unique 9-digit number, a link that we will release shortly before the meeting. Watch our blasts for that number and link, a few minutes before the meeting start time (usually 6:30pm, the first Wednesday of each month), click the link and select “Join on the web” or “Download the app”, or go to gotomeeting.com , click “Join”, enter the 9-digit meeting number — and follow the prompts. You can also follow the meeting dialing in via phone or using the GoToMeeting phone app.

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