State of the States: A Globally Competitive Workforce Starts with an Equitable Workplace

Every year, at the start of their respective legislative sessions, governors across the country deliver their assessments of the condition of their states. They offer esteem for outstanding achievements among their citizens or groundbreaking triumphs within their legislature, each one assuring that their state is progressing in a positive direction. In addition to recounting the successes of the previous year, the addresses offer an opportunity for governors to speak on any legislative concerns and present a strategic plan to support statewide improvements in these policy areas. Read More 

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds speaks with Iowa Public Radio’s Morning Edition host Clay Masters about her transition to be the next governor. 5/2/2017 Photo by John Pemble

2018 AAUW National Bylaws Amendment Vote

The AAUW National Board of Directors has voted to put three proposals for bylaws amendments before the membership for a vote this spring. In the voter guide you’ll read about proposed bylaws amendments that the AAUW Board of Directors strongly supports. We believe that passing these measures will help keep AAUW vital as an organization and enable us to increase our impact in advancing equity for all women and girls Read More Voter’s Guide Bylaws Vote FAQ

AAUW members vote for critical changes to the bylaws. Cast your ballot now in the 2018 AAUW national bylaws amendment vote.

2018 Public Policy Position on Colorado State House and Senate Bills

Following is the stance that AAUW Colorado is taking on State level House and Senate Bills.  Some of them indicate a reason why AAUW Colorado is taking the stance they are.  Immediately following is some information on bills that Colorado Area Realtors Association is taking on some housing related bills.  It is always interesting to read more about what the bills are, what they hope to accomplish; in addition to the reasons to support or opposed a bill.

Remember that AAUW as a whole is non-partisan.

To follow legislative activities at State level, please feel free to check out this webpage:

2018 Colorado AAUW Legislative Agenda

AS: Active Support  S: Support  M: Monitor  O: Oppose  AO: Active Opposition

State House Bills:

AS HB18-1001: FAMILI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program- State Insurance Program to provide partial wage replacement benefits to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition
AS  HB18-1018: Human Trafficking Commercial Drivers License
AS HB18-1115: DPS Human Trafficking Related Training
S HB18-1002: Rural School District Teaching Fellowship Programs
S HB18-1003: Opiod Misuse Prevention
S HB18-1004: Continue Child Care Tax Credit
S HB18-1021: Task Force for Youth experiencing Homelessness
S HB18-1033: Employee Leave to participate in Elections
S HB18-1064: Training Program Preventions of Child Sexual Abuse
S HB18-1033: Employee Leave to participate in Elections
S HB18-1070: Additional Public School Capital Construction Funding
S HB18-1088: Funding for Full Day Kindergarten
M HB18-1046: New Birth Certificate to reflect gender change
M HB18-1067: Right to Rest Act
M HB18-1125: Tax Credit Employer Assisted Housing Pilot Program
M HB18-1019: K-12 Accreditation Weighted Factors
M HB18-1127: Residential Landlord Rental Application
M HB18-1086: Community College Bachelor of Nursing Degree
O HB18-1014: Eliminate Social Studies Assessment in High School
O HB18-1037: Concealed Handguns on School Grounds – Removes current prohibition
AO HB18-1082: Women’s Right to Accurate Healthcare Information (RIGHT Act) – Reason Anti-choice
AO HB18-1120: Prohibition of dismemberment Abortion
AO HB18-1121: No Funding for Trafficking Aborted Human Parts – Terminates state funding for higher education institutes that engage in trafficking of aborted human body parts.  None of them do; solution looking for a problem.

State Senate Bills:

AS SB18-055: Increase Surcharge for Trafficking Children – increase to $3,000
AS SB18-084: Protection Minor Victims of Human Trafficking
S SB18-058: Failure to report child abuse or neglect statute of limitations – begin to run upon discovery.
S SB18-004: Funding for Full Day Kindergarten
S SB18-013: Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act – extends eligibility from 5th grade to 8th grade
S SB18-075: Contribution Limits for School District Directors
S SB18-085: Financial Incentives for Education in Rural Areas – increases stipends to $6,000
M SB18-002: Financing Rural Broad Band
M SB18-006: Recording fee to Fund Affordable Housing *(See info below)
M SB18-007: Affordable Housing Tax Credit – extend to 2024 *(See info below)
M SB18-010: Rental Lease Copy and Rent Receipt – Residential landlord must provide to tenant.
M SB18-011: Students Excused From Taking State Assessments – requires parental excuse in writing & prohibits school discriminating against students that opt out.
M SB18-021: Military Enlistment School Performance Factor  – adds military enlistment within a year of graduation as a measure of performance
M SB18-087: In State Tuition for Foreign Nationals – for special immigrants and refugees who have settled in Colorado
M SB18-090: Terminology Referencing Rights of Married Women – change to be inclusive of gender
M SB18-095: Outdated References to “illegitimate” Children
M SB18-104: Federal Funds for Rural Broadband Development
AO SB18-083 Education Income Tax Credits for Non-Public Schools