Colorado lawmakers divided over whether sex education bill should go to voters

Colorado lawmakers divided over whether sex education bill should go to voters

“Using the safety clause blocks people from the petition process and takes citizens’ rights away.”

The “safety clause” can be found at the end of House Bill 19-1032, and it means if the Democrat-led bill passes, the state’s voters don’t get a chance to kill it before it becomes law.

Bills aim to boost government role in Coloradans’ health care

Bills aim to boost government role in Coloradans’ health care

The 2019 Colorado General Assembly is vastly different from the past two years. The Democratic Party has a majority in both the House and the Senate, which means that the Republicans do not have enough votes to block any of the partisan legislation that is proposed. We are already witnessing a number of extremely controversial bills being introduced, such as restructuring of Colorado’s comprehensive sex education curriculum, firearm seizures, and several healthcare bills.

Smallwood is opposed to a reinsurance program and worries about the impact of having the state involved in dealing with the highest cost claims.

"Reinsurance program for me is one step towards single payer," said Sen. Jim Smallwood, R-Parker.

Sen. Jim Smallwood, R-Parker, objects to the bills, saying the proposals do nothing to address the high cost of care

Sen. Jim Smallwood, R-Parker, objects to the bills, saying the proposals do nothing to address the high cost of care

Still, Smallwood says that the government should not be the solution to the rising costs, and says he worries about the state competing with private insurance companies. Insurance companies already have to get their rates approved every year by the state Division of Insurance after public comment periods that follow the initial proposals.

“Having sort of the referees be sort of one of the players would seem unfair in any sport,” he said.

Bill to Require Safe Haven Law Education Sponsored by Sen. Jim Smallwood Faces Political Games

Which is why Sen. Jim Smallwood introduced a bill that requires schools to include the Safe Haven Law as part of sex education. Everyone on the committee said it was a good idea. The bill seemed on track to pass, then came a detour.

Senator Jim Smallwood tells the Denver Post we are coming dangerously close to government overreach

“We’re coming dangerously close to government overreach,” Smallwood said. “The challenge is to strike the right balance. What is the right amount of government intervention to make sure taxpayer dollars are accounted for?”

Senator Jim Smallwood makes case against 'public option' health care plan

Senator Jim Smallwood makes case against 'public option' health care plan

“I think it makes folks nervous,” State Sen. Jim Smallwood (R-Douglas County) said. “Public entities are known for operating in deficits."

Senator Jim Smallwood takes a stand against Colorado single-payer health care

Senator Jim Smallwood takes a stand against Colorado single-payer health care

“It’s very refreshing to me to see Democrats themselves finally admitting publicly that Obamacare is failing them,” said Sen. Jim Smallwood, R-Parker. “If Obamacare was working, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”