Policy Agenda pic.jpeg

Policy

Voces Unidas Action Fund works directly with local, state and federal policymakers to ensure that current and future policies address our needs and wants as a community.

Read our 2021 agenda report, based on the largest polls of Latinos in Colorado

Read more about our legislative priorities for 2022 and how the new laws impact you.

Take a look at who are our Legislative Champions and who are not.

Voces_scorecard_2022_edited.jpg

Our 2022 Legislative Champions

Voces Unidas Action Fund released its Second Annual Legislative Scorecard today, tracking the votes of five local state lawmakers representing Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, Lake and Summit counties against our 6 legislative priorities during the 2022 legislative session.


3 out of the 5 local lawmakers – Representatives Julie McCluskie and Dylan Roberts and Senator Kerry Donovan – received a 100% rating, meaning they voted in support of 100% of Voces Unidas Action Fund’s 2022 legislative priorities. These lawmakers receive the 2022 Local “Legislative Champion” designation.

mccluskie.png

2022 Legislative Priorities

Our legislative priorities are informed by community leaders and research and polling data conducted every year in partnership with our affiliate organization, Voces Unidas de las Montañas.

Signed into law.

Led by our partner COLOR, this law modernizes Colorado statute to protect reproductive rights as fundamental rights. 

Signed into law.

This bill updates and strengthens mobile home resident protections by giving more rights and agency to residents in mobile home parks. This addresses some of the concerns that we have heard from our leaders. 

Signed into law.

This bill provides health coverage for undocumented pregnant people in Colorado and provides comprehensive public health insurance for all children in Colorado — regardless of immigration status — up to the CHP income-eligibility limit.

Signed into law.

This legislative fix increases the number of undocumented students eligible for in-state tuition through the Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow (ASSET) program. 

Signed into law.

This bill creates an infrastructure grant fund for smaller nonprofits that are providing culturally appropriate and relevant services and resources to families and communities who have historically been underrepresented, underfunded, under-resourced, and continue to struggle with pandemic recovery.

2022 Legislative Session Wins

May 18, 2022

With lawmakers expected to wrap up the 2022 General Assembly on Wednesday night, we are pleased to report that 7 bills we identified as our legislative priorities this year passed both chambers and are expected to become law.


Our legislative priorities are informed by community leaders and research and polling data conducted every year in partnership with our affiliate organization, Voces Unidas de las Montañas. They are helped by advocacy from lobbyists, from supporters who took the time to sign petitions and write their lawmakers, and from the hundreds of Coloradans who joined us for Latino Advocacy Day in March.


The need for one of our biggest priorities -- The Reproductive Health Equity Act (HB22-1279) -- became evident earlier this month following the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn the abortion protections offered by Roe V. Wade. Thanks in large part to the leadership from our partner COLOR, HB-1279 modernizes Colorado statute to protect reproductive rights as fundamental rights -- meaning people in Colorado can continue to make their own reproductive health choices. It was signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis in April.


Other priority bills that passed both chambers and are expected to become law:


Mobile Home Park Resident Protections (HB22-1287), which updates and strengthens mobile home resident protections by giving more rights and agency to residents in mobile home parks. This addresses some of the concerns that we have heard from our leaders.


Health Benefits For Colorado Children And Pregnant Persons (HB22-1289), which provides health coverage for undocumented pregnant people in Colorado and provides comprehensive public health insurance for all children in Colorado — regardless of immigration status — up to the CHP income-eligibility limit.


In-state Tuition For Colorado High School Graduates or The Val Vigil Act (HB22-1155), which increases the number of undocumented students eligible for in-state tuition through the Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow (ASSET) program.


Small Community-based Nonprofit Grant Program (HB22-1356), which creates an infrastructure grant fund for smaller nonprofits that are providing culturally appropriate and relevant services and resources to families and communities who have historically been underrepresented, underfunded, under-resourced, and continue to struggle with pandemic recovery.


Towing Carrier Nonconsensual Tows (HB22-1314), which evens the playing field between consumers and towing companies by increasing protections for car owners and giving Colorado families back their vehicles even when they can't pay upfront for minor violations in places like apartment complexes and mobile home parks.


Loan Program Resident-owned Communities (SB22-160), which establishes a revolving loan and grant program to provide assistance and financing to mobile home residents seeking to organize and purchase their mobile home parks.


In addition to the above bills, Voces Unidas Action Fund also took a position on the following bills:

  • Supported HB22-1082, Establish Fair Housing Unit Department Of Law

  • Supported HB22-1244, Public Protections from Air Toxics

  • Supported SB22-023, Prohibit Deceptive Tactics in Juvenile Interrogations

  • Opposed HB22-1047, Protecting Human Life At Conception

  • Opposed HB22-1075, Induced Termination Of Pregnancy State Registrar

  • Opposed HB22-1079, Abolishing Abortion In Colorado

  • Others

COLORADO LATINO POLICY AGENDA

The Colorado Latino Policy Agenda is an annual report that provides insight for elected officials, community leaders, media, and others into the demographic makeup and views of Latinos in Colorado on pressing political, policy, and other issues in the state.


Voces Unidas de las Montañas, our affiliate organization, publishes the report along with other coalition partners like Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR).

Our Lobbying Team

Voces Unidas Action Fund has a team of contract lobbyist in Denver to make sure that our legislative priorities are top of mind for lawmakers.

5A8DB9E8-F29E-420E-B95B-2389E52FCBC7_1_201_a.jpeg
67378099_411685512780058_6603647427465445376_n.jpg

Tonette Salazar

Contract Lobbyist, Strategies 360

Emma Bliesener

Contract Lobbyist, Strategies 360

Follow our Bill Tracker for up-to-date information about our positions on bills. To get involved or for questions, email advocacy@vocesunidas.org.  

Copy of LPLT Banner -2.png

HELP INFORM FUTURE POLICY

Share your solutions to local issues. Your input will help inform our 2023 legislative agenda. It's 100% anonymous.