Settled into new homes, refugees in US say they are working for a better life for all

BY: - June 21, 2021

Violence, persecution and wars amid a global pandemic added to the growing number of displaced persons around the world last year. The United Nations reports that 11.2 million people were displaced from their homelands in 2020, bringing the total number of displaced persons in the world to 82.4 million.  Of those forced to flee their […]

Biden signs law making Juneteenth a new federal holiday

BY: - June 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law legislation declaring a legal public holiday annually on June 19, the date of the end of slavery in the U.S. known as Juneteenth. “Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by many names — Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day,” Vice President Kamala Harris said at […]

Reps. Carver and Duran

Colorado third in the nation to pass sweeping data privacy legislation

BY: - June 18, 2021

With COVID-19 accelerating global digital activity — and amid recent high-profile hacks of major companies — more Coloradans may be thinking about where their personal data lives online. Coincidentally, state lawmakers from both parties helped pass major new data privacy protections this year. With Senate Bill 21-190, Colorado would become the third state in the country […]

Cyberattack on New Hampshire school district illustrates growing threat to states and localities

BY: - June 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — In October 2019, officials at a tiny western New Hampshire school district suddenly realized they had a problem on their hands.  The Sunapee School District’s servers, documents and other internal information systems had been locked down by an outside entity demanding a ransom payment.  A cyberattack, like the Colonial Pipeline one that spurred […]

Violent Colorado arrest puts spotlight on how police treat disabled people

BY: - June 17, 2021

“Violent Colorado Arrest Puts Spotlight on How Police Treat Disabled People” first appeared at khn.org. Nearly a year after police officers in Loveland injured an elderly woman with dementia and then laughed at footage of her arrest, two of those officers are facing criminal charges while the rest of the department undergoes additional training. The […]

This group has some ideas for how to speed up Colorado’s appeals process for child welfare cases

BY: - June 16, 2021

Colorado state lawmakers passed legislation in 2016 that aimed to improve and speed up the appeals process for child welfare cases. But five years later, their goal of resolving cases within six months remains a pipe dream. Though state and federal changes improved the quality and thoroughness of the appeals system, they also inadvertently extended […]

Phil Weiser

Mobile home company hit by hackers must pay $25,000 to Colorado attorney general

BY: - June 15, 2021

For nearly a year, hackers who got inside a national company’s email accounts had access to hundreds of Coloradans’ confidential personal information, according to a statement from state Attorney General Phil Weiser. The company, which manages mobile home parks, allegedly took 10 months to notify the employees and customers whose information was exposed. Weiser announced […]

Coronavirus lockdowns in prisons test limits of Colorado’s rules on solitary confinement

BY: - June 13, 2021

“Coronavirus Lockdowns in Prisons Test Limits of Colorado’s Rules on Solitary Confinement” was first published by The Colorado Trust. Last summer, Matthew Harter, a 50-year-old from Lakewood, was incarcerated at Centennial Correctional Facility South, a prison in Cañon City, when he started to have trouble breathing. Harter didn’t have COVID-19. He had anxiety, he said, […]

Ousted Space Force commander defended by Rep. Lamborn advanced white ‘genocide’ theory in book

BY: - June 12, 2021

Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier was commander of the 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Space Force Base in Aurora until last month, when he was relieved of command following public criticism of what he called the growing influence of “cultural Marxism” in the U.S. military. Now, his case is being reviewed by the Air Force […]

State Sen. Bob Gardner

Colorado lawmakers pass bipartisan bill to restructure state’s misdemeanor laws for first time since 1985

BY: - June 9, 2021

Colorado state lawmakers gave their final stamp of approval on Tuesday to a bipartisan bill that will overhaul and restructure the state’s misdemeanor sentencing laws — an effort that hasn’t occurred in a comprehensive way since 1985, according to the bill sponsors. The 378-page bill eliminates duplicate misdemeanor offenses, removes ones that are rarely used […]

Mike Weissman

Child sexual abuse bill gets watered down in General Assembly’s final days

BY: - June 8, 2021

For decades, advocates of child sexual abuse survivors have been pushing for legislation like Senate Bill 21-88. Though SB-88 was somewhat watered down in the Colorado General Assembly’s final days, survivors of long-ago misconduct are likely to gain some new power under the bill, which hasn’t yet become law. SB-88 passed in the Colorado House […]

Colorado bill to limit use of jail and cash bail for people awaiting court fails in committee

BY: - June 7, 2021

A bill that sought to limit arrests and the use of cash bail for people accused of committing low-level, nonviolent offenses died in the Colorado House Finance Committee on Monday. At the heart of the legislation was a push to reduce the number of people being held in jail while awaiting court — a group […]