CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY TO URGE THEM TO SUPPORT COLORADO’S FIRST RESPONDERS.
Legislators on the Colorado State Senate Business, Labor, & Technology Committee are considering the FOP’s PTSD Workers Comp bill on Wednesday, April 12th that would clarify that members of law enforcement and other first responders are eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim if they sustain post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of their job.
House Bill 17-1229, “Workers’ Compensation for Mental Impairment”, helps to protect those who protect their communities each day. For more background and information about the bill, please see the attached fact sheet. Please call the Business, Labor, & Technology Senate committee members today to urge them to support this important bill.
If there is no answer, please leave a voicemail. If you need to check who your Senators are, you can find out here. It is perfectly fine to call Senators on this list who are not your own, but if you are a constituent of the Senator you are calling then make sure they know that. Please call these Senators by the end of the day on Tuesday, April 10th.
- Introduce yourself as a member or supporter of law enforcement.
- Explain the importance of mental health support to law enforcement.
- Ask them to support HB1229, “Workers’ Compensation for Mental Impairment”.
- Leave your phone number for follow-up questions.
The following Senators are members of the Senate Business, Labor, & Technology Committee and should be urged to vote YES on HB1229 when it is heard in this committee on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 12th:
Senator Jack Tate – Committee Chair
District 27 (South Metro & Arapahoe County)
Senator Tim Neville – Vice Chair
Senate District 16 (encompassing all or parts of Boulder, Jefferson, Summit, Grand, Gilpin, and Clear Creek Counties.)
Senator Cheri Jahn
District 20 (Jefferson County – Wheatridge)
Senator Andy Kerr
District 22 (Jefferson County – Lakewood)
Senator Kevin Priola
District 25 (Adams County, Aurora, Brighton, Bennett, Strasberg, Thornton & Watkins)
Senator Jim Smallwood
District 4 (Douglas County including Parker, Castle Rock, Sedalia and Larkspur.)
Senator Angela Williams
District 33 (Northeast Denver including Curtis Park, Whittier, Five Points, East Colfax, Park Hill, Stapleton, Montbello, Green Valley Ranch, and the Denver International Airport)
Our HB 17-1229 cleared the Colorado House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support. The bill was first heard in the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee on March 21st. The bill passed that committee with an overwhelming 12 – 1 vote in support. The bill passed the entire House of Representatives on March 27th with strong bipartisan support on an overwhelming vote of 52 yes, 11 no, and 2 absent. After the vote an additional 19 House cosponsors officially signed on to the bill.
This important legislation is now in the Colorado Senate and has bipartisan support. Our Senate primary bill sponsors are Senator John Cook (R) and Senator Nancy Todd (D). The bill will be heard and voted on in the Senate Business, Labor, & Technology Committee this coming Wednesday, April 12th, at 2:00 PM. If the committee passes the bill it will move to a vote of the full Senate and then if passed to the Governor for signature. With your help, we can make this happen. Please reach out to these Senators today!!!!!!!!!