By CHEC Legislative Liaison Carolyn Martin
HB17-1156 Prohibits Conversion Therapy by a Mental Health Provider was defeated in the Senate by the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee. Please thank the following senators for voting against this bill: Owen Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org), Vicki Marble (email@example.com), and Jerry Sonnenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CHEC Day at the Capitol is fast approaching! Your attendance on Friday, April 7th is greatly needed. It is crucial that we have a good showing at the rally to send a message to the legislature that we are serious about defending our freedoms! You also won’t want to miss hearing from Chief Justice Roy Moore. He will be giving a presentation at the Liberty Celebration before the rally at the Pillar of Fire Church and delivering the keynote address at the rally. If that weren’t enough, he will be joining us in the evening at a banquet at the Downtown Aquarium. Registration for the Banquet ends April 1st – so hurry and get your tickets! You won’t want to miss meeting this hero of the faith!
Last year, CHEC stood in opposition to a bill that would have required parents to submit their immunization forms, including exemption forms, to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on their official forms. This bill was defeated with help from the homeschooling community.
In spite of the defeat of the bill, CDPHE continued to require the use of their official form, which included various statements that parents who use exemptions found to violate their conscience. HSLDA stepped in and was able to get CDPHE to change their form. Still, some problems with the form remain, and schools continue to be confused about the use of the form for exemptions. The law clearly states that a parent need only present a signed statement exempting their child from immunizations.
A bill presented last week, SB17-250 Student Exemption from Immunization Requirements attempts to clarify for CDPHE the nature of the statement a parent is obligated to submit to the school and the fact that their form does not have to be used. CHEC supports this bill.
I am looking for help with testimony for this bill. If you would like to testify, please contact me! If you know of any attorneys, doctors, nurses, immunologists, or school administrators who would be in support of this bill, please let me know as soon as possible!
Right now, the bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on April 13th. We will keep you posted if that changes.
Prayer is always appreciated!
Trusting in the mighty power and grace of Jesus,
Carolyn Martin, CHEC Legislative Liaison