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Week 18: 2017 Session in Review

Week 18: 2017 Session in Review

What's the hap at the cap? Legislative updates from April 27 - May 11

By Susan Baughman, Policy and Research Intern
May 11, 2017

After seven weeks of debate and discussion, Colorado’s 2017 legislative session ended yesterday, May 10th. These past 120 days have been eventful for Colorado Youth Matter, as there were quite a few bills introduced that involved youth sexual health. The 71st Colorado General Assembly brought both shortfalls and victories. In reflecting on both, we remain hopeful for the future of youth sexual health in Colorado.

Week 16: The Final Countdown

Week 16: The Final Countdown

What's the hap at the cap? Legislative updates from April 13 - April 27

By Susan Baughman, Policy and Research Intern
April 27, 2017

With only 2 weeks left in the Colorado session, legislators are frantically working to pass their bills.

Week 14: The Vaccine Debate

Week 14: The Vaccine Debate

What's the hap at the cap? Legislative updates from March 30 - April 13

By Susan Baughman, Policy and Research Intern
April 13, 2017

Youth health and sexual freedom got the attention of both the Senate and the House in these last couple weeks. On Tuesday, both sexting bills were heard by the House Judiciary Committee.

Week 12: State Budget Update

Week 12: State Budget Update

What's the hap at the cap? Legislative updates from March 16 - March 30

By Susan Baughman, Policy and Research Intern
March 30, 2017

The House and Senate have been hard at work over the last several weeks. Several bills we have been tracking received a final vote, and the much anticipated state budget was introduced. Disappointingly, three important bills were postponed indefinitely.

Week 10: Charter School Controversy

Week 10: Charter School Controversy

What's the Hap at the Cap? Legislative updates from March 2 - March 16

By Susan Baughman, Policy and Research Intern
March 16th, 2017

This week marks the second half of the 71st General Colorado Legislative Assembly, which will adjourn May 10th. It’s been a busy couple of weeks, with plenty of big legislative debates still to come.

Week 8: Could This Change Sexting in Colorado Forever?

Week 8: Could This Change Sexting in Colorado Forever?

What's the Hap at the Cap? Legislative updates from February 16 - March 2.

Susan Baughman, Policy and Research Intern
March 2nd, 2017

Gear up for the sexting debate, as two bills attempting to address the sharing of sexually explicit messages and/or nude pictures with youth will be up for vote in the Colorado House State Legislature. Both bills attempt to address sexting but in two very different ways.

Week 6: Reproductive Rights Triumph

Week 6: Reproductive Rights Triumph

What's the hap at the cap? Legislative updates from February 2 - February 16

By Susan Baughman, Policy and Research Intern
February 16, 2017

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the Colorado capitol, especially for reproductive health care issues. After a long battle in the House on Thursday, February 9th, three anti-choice bills were rejected. House Bill 1086 “Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act,” House Bill 1108 “Protect Human Life At Conception,” and House Bill 1085 “Women’s Protection Act,” were all rejected in the Democratic-controlled House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment. While the rejection of these three bills is a victory, we must remain vigilant; each of these bills lost in a tight 6-5 vote.

Hap at the Cap is Back!

Hap at the Cap is Back!

By Susan Baughman, Policy and Research Intern
February 2, 2017

Since President Trump’s inauguration on January 20th and the massive protests that occurred the day after, the news from Washington has been non-stop. The cabinet nominee hearings, outrage over controversial executive orders, and the announcement of the Supreme Court Justice nominee have caused strife among party lines and in our communities.

Legislative Session in Review

Legislative Session in Review

By Liz McKay, Education and Policy Intern
May 19, 2016

The 2016 legislative session has come to a close, and while this year did present Colorado lawmakers with opportunities to promote the wellbeing of young people across the state, little significant change was made. In 2016, Colorado lawmakers proposed bills to increase contraception access, protect student privacy, support LGBTQ residents, and support parenting and pregnant women. Colorado lawmakers also followed national trends in introducing legislation aimed at restricting reproductive healthcare access and increasing parental control over young people’s health and educational decisions.

Week 17: Wrapping Up

Week 17: Wrapping Up

What’s the hap at the cap? Legislative updates that affect youth sexual health, from April 21 - May 5.

By Liz McKay, Education and Policy Intern
May 5, 2016

With just one week left of the legislative session, things are starting to wrap up in the State Capitol. But there are still some important bills working their way through the House and Senate.

Week 15: Success with the Budget

Week 15: Success with the Budget

What’s the hap at the cap? Legislative updates affecting youth sexual health, from April 9- April 21st.
By Liz McKay, Policy and Education Intern
April 21, 2016

Last Friday, the Colorado Legislature gave their final approval of the $27 million state budget, also known as the the Long Bill. Included in the budget was $2.5 million dollars for the Colorado Family Planning Initiative (CFPI), a program that provides long acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) to high risk women at little or no cost.

Week 13: Harmful Legislation Dies in the House

Week 13: Harmful Legislation Dies in the House

What’s the hap at the cap? Colorado legislative updates affecting youth sexual health, from March 24 - April 7.

By Liz McKay, Policy and Education Intern
April 7, 2016

Today marks the 86th day of the second regular session of the 70th Colorado State General Assembly. After weeks of testimony, floor debates, media coverage, bills passing and bills dying, it may be time to remind our supporters why policy is important in achieving our mission of actively engaging Colorado communities to promote the healthy sexual development of all young people.

Week 11: Sexting and Contraception

Week 11: Sexting and Contraception

What’s the hap at the cap? Colorado legislative updates affecting youth sexual health, from March 10th - March23rd.

By Liz McKay, Education and Policy Intern
March 24th, 2016

Sexting. You may have noticed it’s been in the news a lot in the past months after the “scandal” at Canon City High School that found hundreds of students had been sharing sexually explicit images of their peers. But did you know that sharing such images, or sexting, is actually considered distribution of child pornography, and is thus a federal crime?

Week 9: Disappointment in the Senate, Progress in the House

Week 9: Disappointment in the Senate, Progress in the House

What’s the hap at the cap? Colorado legislative updates affecting youth sexual health, from February 25 - March 9th.

By Liz McKay, Policy and Education Intern
March 10, 2016

Yesterday, the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee heard the Parental Involvement Bill (HB-1002). This bill, which passed with bipartisan support in the House, would allow parents unpaid time off from work so that they can support their children’s education by attending limited school meetings, like parent-teacher conferences, conduct meetings, or dropout prevention services. Colorado Youth Matter values parental involvement, not only for the educational benefits for the student, but also because it is linked to delayed sexual activity and better contraceptive use for youth.

Week 7: Protecting Youth Privacy

Week 7: Protecting Youth Privacy

By Liz McKay, Policy and Education Intern
February 25th, 2016

Yesterday, the Committee of State, Veterans, and Military Affairs heard HB-1110, also known as the Parent’s Bill of Rights. This is a familiar bill by now, as Republicans pushed for a similar one last year (SB15-077), which was defeated in the Democratic House. Sponsored by Rep. Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock) and Sen. Tim Neville (R-Littleton), HB-1110 is a simplified version of SB-077 and gives parents ultimate care, custody, and control over their child, stating that no governmental entities can interfere with these parental rights without demonstrating “compelling interest”.

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