Protecting public health and our economy

By State Sen. Jessie Danielson
Posted 7/14/20

When I started the 2020 legislative session, I knew I had a lot to get done to help make Colorado stronger. As the COVID-19 pandemic hit Colorado, things changed quickly as state and local …

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Protecting public health and our economy

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When I started the 2020 legislative session, I knew I had a lot to get done to help make Colorado stronger. As the COVID-19 pandemic hit Colorado, things changed quickly as state and local governments shifted to a massive public health effort to save lives and lay the groundwork for rebuilding our economy. In order to protect public health, the legislature – in an unprecedented move – adjourned for two months. However, we still had important work to do to pass bills protecting Coloradans from the economic devastation of this pandemic.

During the adjournment, we developed a COVID-19 relief package which included: whistleblower protections, unemployment insurance, paid sick leave, small business support, support for domestic violence victims, as well as housing and utility assistance.

Democrats also increased the Attorney General’s authority to crack down on price gouging. I cosponsored these measures to help friends and neighbors get through this incredibly difficult time.

This session, I also focused on making sure that our health care system is still working for Coloradans. I passed HB20-1302 to protect seniors from abuse and neglect in facilities across the state. I also passed legislation to keep health insurers from using loopholes to deny people with disabilities and preexisting conditions guaranteed coverage.

A top concern of mine has been the increased risks for domestic violence victims during stay-at home periods. My bill to remove bureaucratic obstacles keeping domestic violence victims from accessing unemployment benefits has been sent to the governor.

Continuing my efforts to support good paying jobs and quality apprenticeships, I passed SB20-120, a measure to help workers complete apprenticeships and earn the pay they deserve.

I am a proud co-sponsor of the Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity Act. By rebuilding trust in law enforcement, banning dangerous practices, protecting civil rights, and increasing transparency and accountability, we are answering the call of millions of Coloradans to fight systemic racism in our criminal justice system.

The 2020 session was different from any other in our state’s history. We made policy to help our constituents struggling during this pandemic. We also took decisive action to address the demands from our community to fight racism and ensure that Black Lives Matter. These decisions will affect our state for a generation. We did so while trying to keep each other and the public safe at the Capitol. We have so much more to do, and I will continue to work with our

Jeffco community to fight for hardworking Colorado families.

Together, we will get through this. Divided, our safety today and the prosperity of future generations is at great risk. Protect your neighbors; wear a mask; continue to fight for a more just society.

State Sen. Jessie Danielson serves SD-20 in Jeffco. To reach Sen. Danielson, call her cell phone at 303-808-3755 or email jessie.danielson.senate@state.co.us.

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