Colorado organizers are so excited announce that HB 17-1314, The Colorado Right to Rest Act has been introduced and has been scheduled for its first hearing in House Local Government Committee on Wednesday, April 19th at 1:30 in room 271, on the second floor of the State Capitol. We need you all to speak up!
Colorado state legislators Salazar and Melton introduce HB 17-1314 – The Colorado Right2Rest Act – for the third year. The Right2Rest Act is stronger, clearer, and more powerful! If HB 17-1314 passes this year – it will force the state of Colorado to abandon its practices of criminalizing homeless people for engaging in basic life-sustaining activities like sitting, lying, sleeping, resting and eating in public. The criminalization of rest must end if we are ever to turn the tide on our homelessness crisis.
Tell committee members to watch the camping ban in action
You can read the full bill language here and you can read the main talking points here
Follow These 2 Easy Steps to TAKE ACTION!
1) Send a letter of organizational support!
Click here for a sample letter.
Please send your letter on organizational letterhead, to: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and all the committee members below
2) Email and call the members of the Local Government Committee, and urge them to support HB 17-1314 , the Colorado Right2Rest Act
James Coleman email@example.com 303-866-2909 Democrat
Tony Exum firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-3069 Democrat
Matt Gray email@example.com 303-866-4667 Democrat
Steve Lebsock firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2931 Democrat
Larry Liston email@example.com 303-866-2937 Republican
Hugh McKean firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2947 Republican
Clarice Navarro email@example.com 303-866-2905 Republican
Kim Ransom firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2933 Republican
Paul Rosenthal email@example.com 303-866-2910 Democrat
Jonathan Singer firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2780 Democrat
Dan Thurlow email@example.com 303-866-3068 Republican
Donald Valdez firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-2916 Democrat
My name is ________ and I am calling to urge you to vote YES on the Right To Rest Act. You will be hearing HB 17-1314: Colorado Right To Rest Act in the Local Government Committee. This bill provides critical civil rights protections to ALL Coloradoans that every Coloradoan is able to meet the biological need of rest.
The practice of criminalizing poor and homeless people for engaging in basic life-sustaining activities like eating, sleeping, resting, and lying is unjust, cruel and entrenches people in homelessness. HB 17-1314 will allow homeless people more time and energy to access services, search for employment and apply for housing that would otherwise be spent responding to police harassment, tickets, courts and jail time. Please vote YES on HB 17-1314: the Colorado Right To Rest Act!
The Colorado Homeless Bill of Rights Organizing Team