|The liberal agenda is alive and well at the State Capitol. As we come to the end of session the Democrats are doing their best to cram all of their last minute issues through the House and Senate. House Bill 1297 and 1388 are two perfect examples: HB 1297 Analyze Health Data Regarding Front Range Oil Gas
This bill directs the department of public health and environment to conduct an analysis of human health and quality of life within the counties of Larimer, Weld, Boulder, Arapahoe, and Adams and the city and county of Broomfield with the intent of understanding any possible effects of oil and gas operations on communities within these counties. Studying “quality of life” is too subjective and can’t be quantified. Joanne Ginal, the Democrat sponsor from Ft. Collins, an area that has a moratorium on fracking, admitted during testimony that this study was biased and politically motivated. The goal? Shut down the gas and oil industry especially fracking operations. Hopefully this bill will die in the Senate.
HB 1388 Civil Damages Unlawful Termination Of A Pregnancy The bill creates a civil cause of action as a remedy for a woman who suffers an intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly unlawful termination of her pregnancy. On the surface this sounds like a good idea. However it sets in statute the concept that life begins at birth and not one second before. Nothing in this act shall be construed to confer legal personhood, or any rights associated with that status, upon a human being at any time prior to birth. This bill is a Planned Parenthood bill. After hours of debate the Democrat sponsors, Brittany Pettersen and Michael Foote refused to allow amendments that would have removed the reference to personhood while insisting this was only meant to provide civil remedies. Unfortunately there are no remedies mentioned in the bill. I am very happy to say that my bills have made it through the House and Senate. House Bill 1037, Increasing Penalties for the Sale of Synthetic Cannabinoids will subject vendors selling synthetic cannabinoids to fines and civil liability. Synthetic cannabinoids are often sold as incense and, while advertised as not for human consumption, have become a popular designer drug. The bill addresses health concerns after several people were hospitalized or killed in Colorado after smoking synthetic cannabinoids. HB 1037 is through the House and is now in the Senate. It is illegal in Colorado to sell a product with synthetic cannabinoids. However, some vendors have pleaded ignorance to products in their stores that were found to contain synthetic cannabinoids. House Bill 1037 would add civil liability for selling any product containing synthetic cannabinoids regardless of the warning on the packaging. HB 1037 received attention from many diverse media outlets including Fox News and Time Magazine. It is being copied by 7 States and has been submitted to the American Legislative Exchange Council for Model Legislation. You can read more about this in the April 24, 2014 issue of Time Magazine. http://time.com/57167/rise-of-fake-pot/. HB 1162 Concerning Protection of the Victim of a Sexual Assault In Cases Where a Child Was Conceived. Last session, I passed a bill that allows the victim of a sexual assault in which a child was conceived and the person who committed the assault was convicted to file for the termination of the parent-child legal relationship. The bill created a task force on children conceived by rape to study issues associated with parental rights in cases where a child was conceived but a conviction did not occur. HB 1162 makes legislative changes in response to the report prepared by the task force.
- It creates a process to allow the victim of a sexual assault where a child was conceived and in which a conviction did not occur to file a petition in juvenile court to prevent future contact with and to terminate the parent-child legal relationship. It authorizes the court, with the consent of both parties, to order relinquishment without a finding or admission of guilt;
- It states that the court shall not presume that having only one remaining parent is contrary to the child’s best interests;
- Creates a process for the parent whose relationship is terminated to provide medical and family information to be shared with the child and the victim in a way that protects the child from knowing the name of the person; as a result of the sexual assault.
The women who came to committee gave heartbreaking testimony. Their only wish is to be protected from the person who assaulted them, the father of their child. This bill made it through both the House and Senate with unanimous support.
I was honored to be nominated to represent House District 21 at the County Assembly and I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Colorado during the next session of the General Assembly which will convene on January 7, 2015. Thank you for your support, Lois Landgraf, State Representative, HD 21 Check out my updated website at www.Loislandgraf.us
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