To be very clear, the tone at the state Capitol has dramatically changed compared to my prior two years representing Colorado Senate District 4. I believe the message from the new majority in the state Legislature is no longer about making decisions that reflect the beliefs from voters from across the state, but instead it has become a movement to make Colorado a powerful, progressive stronghold. Having previously served in a split Legislature, I just don’t think that this is what Colorado is about.
“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.
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.
“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?”