Below are some details on what I am working on in the 2018 regular session. To see details on any of these, you can visit the Colorado General Assembly web site at http://leg.colorado.gov/bills
House Bill 1033 – updating Colorado’s time off to vote law – Colorado has long had a law concerning time off to vote; this bill aims to improve it. Under the bill, workers may take 2 hours off work within the days leading up to Election Day to drop off their ballot, obtain a ballot or replacement ballot, or obtain ID or other necessary documents.
House Bill 1107 – optional electric vehicle charging in new residential construction – this bill simply asks home builders to offer pre-wiring suitable for electric vehicle charging to buyers of new single family dwellings. It’s an offer, not a mandate, and the buyer may simply decline. It costs a few hundred dollars to get the wiring in place at the time of construction, compared to potentially thousands of dollars later. With big changes coming to our vehicle fleet in the next several years, this bill aims to save homebuyers money.
Criminal Justice Reform
House Bill 1029 – reforms to parole – for 25 years Colorado has sentenced certain offenders to serve a mandatory 5 years of parole once released from a correctional facility. However there is very little evidence that 5 years of parole contributes to public safety or reduces recidivism despite an average cost to taxpayers of over $6,000 per year per person under parole supervision. Therefore the bill aims to make the maximum term of parole 3 years instead of 5 for most offenders (lower level offenders already serve less than 3 years parole).
House Bill 1109 – updates to compassionate release parole – Colorado spends an average of $38,000/year to incarcerate someone. For older and sicker inmates, the cost can be two or three times as much. It is not necessary for public safety and a bad use of taxpayer dollars to incarcerate the most ill and incapacitated inmates. Therefore this bill gives the Department of Corrections more discretion to send older and ill inmates to the state parole board to be considered for compassionate release. The parole board retains discretion whether to grant release and to set terms and conditions of release.