The 2012 Legislative Session Begins
January 12, 2012
THE SENATE JOBS BILLS
There are a package of bills from the Colorado State Senate that will be focused on growing our economy and putting Colorado back to work.
Thursday January 19, 2012
Townhall with Rep. Ryden, Rep. Fields and Sen. Carroll
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Community College of Aurora, Aurora
16000 E. Centretech Pkwy
TOPIC: Arapahoe County & Aurora Public Services & Safety Net
Monday February 6, 2012
Coffee with Carroll, Ryden, Fields
7:15 - 8:30 PM
205 S. Abilene Street, Aurora
There have been a few changes in my committee assignments for the 2012 legislative session. I will continue to Chair, Senate Judiciary committee and serve on Legislative Legal Services committee, but will no longer be serving on the Audit committee. Instead of serving on Senate Health & Human Services, I will now be serving on the Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy Committee.
MY BILLS INTRODUCED SO FAR
SB 3: Employment Opportunity Act (Carroll - Fischer). 60% of employers are now using credit scores in their hiring and job-related decisions. Not only are there material errors in the credit reports of 20 million Americans, but most people who have been laid off or lost their jobs in the recession have seen a dip in their credit. Using credit scores for purposes they were not designed for is not only not a good measure of an employee's merit, but it is structurally prolonging the ability of people to get re-employed and back to work. This bill prohibits use of credit scoring in hiring unless relevant for the job position and gives disclosure the applicant if their credit was an adverse factor in the decision. No job = bad credit. Bad credit = no job. For more information about the uses and misuses of credit scores you may be interested in reading http://www.demos.org/sites/default/files/publications/Discrediting_America_Demos.pdf.
SB 56: Family Court Appointments (Carroll - Holbert). This bill requires that anyone appointed by the Court to make recommendations about a child's best interest by neutral and independent. The bill addresses potential conflicts of interest and ensures that the appointee does not have any prior relationship to any of the parties. Courts are relying increasingly on parenting coordinators, child family investigators and others to make recommendations to the Court. For the process to work as intended those appointees need to be independent and free of any conflicts.
BOOK UPDATE! :)
I am very excited to report that my book, Take Back Your Government: A Citizen's Guide to Grassroots Change, will be in bookstores on or before February 1, 2012. I am told that it can already be ordered online at Barnes & Nobel and Amazon now. You are invited to join me at any of the following book signings! Free, all welcome.
Friday February 10, 2012, 7:30 PM
Tattered Cover on Colfax
Saturday February 25, 2012, 2:00 PM
Barnes & Noble - Loveland, 5835 Sky Pond Drive, Loveland
Saturday March 3, 2012, 2:00 PM
Barnes & Noble - Lone Tree, 8374 Street, Lone Tree
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