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Freedom from Sexual Violence

2018 Legislative Session

TIMELINE

HB1391: Sexual Misconduct on Campuses

HB1427: Sex Offender Management Board

  • 4/13 Introduced in the House
  • 4/16 Passed out of House Education Committee
  • 4/18 Passed the House
  • 4/18 Assigned to Senate Judiciary Committee
  • 4/25 Passed out of Senate Judiciary Committee with unfavorable amendments
  • 5/1 Killed in Senate Appropriations 

  • 4/25 Introduced in the House
  • 5/1 Passed out of House Judiciary Committee
  • 5/3 Passed the House
  • 5/3 Assigned to Senate Finance Committee
  • 5/4 Passed out of Senate Finance Committee
  • 5/9 Passed the Senate
  • 6/4 Governor Vetoes Bill

WE DID IT! 

Governor Hickenlooper vetoes House Bill 18-1427  “Sex Offender Management Board Interest Conflicts.”

Thank you to everyone who contacted the Governor asking him to veto this bad bill. Your voice matters, and our collective voices continue to make Colorado a better place.

“We are particularly alarmed that the bill drew opposition from leading victims rights groups – the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance. We take the victim advocate community’s opposition very seriously. Had greater time for consideration been allowed, perhaps the victims community’s concerns might have been addressed.” – Governor Hickenlooper

Read the full veto letter here

Our Concerns

Under the pretense of removing board positions that have a monetary conflict of interest, the vague language in this bill has the potential to eliminate victim advocate/representative positions on the Board, and eliminates the 5 treatment provider positions on the Board – the positions that provide the very expertise required for the Board to effectively do its work. HB18-1427 was introduced late in session and hurried through, without input from experts and stakeholders. Given that the bill would not have gone into effect until September 1, 2019, there was no good reason to enact this legislation in such a hasty and ill-informed fashion.

Click here for CCASA’s full letter to the governor.

LOOK OUT FOR FEDERAL LEGISLATION

June 14, 2018

So much is going on in Congress during this work period! We wanted to provide you with some key updates.

Appropriations:

The Senate Appropriations Committee marked up their FY 19 Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) bill today including $37.5 million for the Sexual Assault Assault Services Program (SASP) which is a $2.5 increase from FY 18 and $2 million more than the House CJS bill. Most VAWA programs are level-funded with increases in Rural and Transitional Housing as well. VAWA is funded by transfers from VOCA in the Senate bill. The VOCA cap is funded at $4.3 billion including tribal funding.

VAWA:

This week, the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence sent a letter to Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Feinstein (D-CA) expressing our grave concerns with the current Judiciary majority Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization draft. Rollbacks to the 2013 nondiscrimination provision, lack of response on tribal issues, and lack of a prevention increase are some of our chief concerns. Senator Feinstein has pledged to stand with us as we continue to negotiate on these issues. The draft includes almost none of the key enhancements the NTF has asked for. On the House side, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) has a strong draft and is working to find a republican co-sponsor. Her draft includes almost all of the NTF’s requested provisions.

Campus Sexual Assault:

The House is moving on the Prosper Act, the majority version of the Higher Education Act. You may recall that many of you signed onto a letter in opposition to that bill based on the many rollbacks to survivor protections. House democrats are contemplating an alternative including requiring campus climate surveys. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) is also re-introducing the HALT Act which NAESV supports.

Military Sexual Assault:

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is on the Senate floor this week, and Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) is trying to get a vote on her Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA) amendment which takes prosecution of sexual assault out of the chain of command. It is not clear yet whether a vote will occur. There are also new domestic violence provisions in the NDAA including extending the availability of special victims counsel to a broader group of victims

Workplace Sexual Violence:

Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Empower Act which is actually 2 bills that address workplace sexual harassment including preventing pre-employment non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and non-disparagement clauses, creating a tip line at EEOC, preventing sexual harassment settlements by corporations from being tax deductible, and making the history of sexual harassment claims at corporations more transparent. NDAs would still be permitted in specific settlements in which they are found to be in the survivor’s best interest. NAESV has joined Futures Without Violence, AAUW, and a number of other groups in endorsing this legislation.

SASCA:

Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Patty Murray (D-WA) will be introducing SASCA which creates a pilot program and demonstration initiative to look at the availability of medical professionals to provide sexual assault forensic examinations. NAESV supported this bill in the past, and will continue to do so.

AG’s decision on asylum claims based on domestic violence:

Advocates and immigration judges are pushing back hard on this terrible decision to disallow asylum claims based on domestic and gang violence. Legal organizations are making the point that claims call still be brought based on the legal precedent around this issue.

Terri Poore, MSW

Policy Director

National Alliance to End Sexual Violence

terri@endsexualviolence.org
(850) 228-3428

@Endsxlviolence

CAMPUS S.A. CALL TO ACTION

Even though the bill has been killed, we still have a chance to make meaningful cultural and systems change. 

  1. Please share the images and videos below widely with your networks on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Consider using the hashtags: #COLetUsDown#CampusCrisisInCO #HB1391RIP #NoSafeCampus #NoSafeCO #CODeservesMore #WorthMore
  2. Email, Tweet, and Call your legislators letting them know your disappointment! Check out a sample script below.

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