In 2012, Rep. Amy Stephens, facing a tough primary against another conservative, introduced a bill that would clog Colorado's already crowded jails with thousands of people who have not been convicted of any crime--persons awaiting trial and suspected of being in the country without documentation. It shifts the burden federal immigration enforcement onto local police and sheriffs, stretching limited resources beyond capacity.
Attacking Worker's Rights: "Work for Less"
"Right to work" legislation creates a very difficult environment for workers negotiating for better conditions. It prohibits unions and private sector employers alike from setting up fully union represented workplace. Even if a union has the support of a majority of workers in a place of employment, it cannot represent all the workers. Studies have shown that in states where "right to work" laws are passed, wages and benefits decrease for ALL workers.
Rolling Back Colorado's New Energy Economy
Colorado's voter-approved renewable energy standards led the nation in the shift to clean energy technology when they were enacted a few years ago. Not surprisingly, ALEC's benefactors in the oil and gas industry have worked overtime to push legislation in the Colorado General Assembly to roll back renewable energy standards. According to Bloomberg News, the energy industry is shifting to ALEC and state legislatures to attack renewable energy standards, "where incentives to develop solar, wind, geothermal and other alternate energy sources have had bipartisan support."
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*NOTE: This is not a complete list of ALEC legislation introduced in Colorado. More bills continue to be added on an ongoing basis as their ALEC origins are identified. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information, or to let us know about other ALEC bills.
|Bill Topic||Bill Number (Colorado)||Sponsors||Degree of similarity||ALEC Exposed link||Colorado legislative link|
|Emergency Firearm||HB12-1064||Stephens, King||Substantial identical language||Link||Link|
|Immigration Bond Conditions||HB12-1316||Stephens||Similar Intent||Link||Link|
|Open Public Employee Bargaining||HB12-1118||Conti, Harvey||Substantial identical language||Link||Link|
|"Right to Work"||SB12-100||Neville, Joshi||Substantial identical language||Link||Link|
|Statutory Rates of Interest||HB12-1305||Gardner, King S.||Substantial identical language||Link||Link|
|Sell Federal Ag Public Land||HB12-1322||Sonnenberg, Renfroe, Scheffel||Similar Intent||Link||Link|
|Unfunded Mandates||SJR12-006||Roberts, Brown||Similar Intent||Link||Link|
|Parents Request Action On Low-Performing Schools||HB12-1149||Beezley, Johnston||Substantial identical language||Link||Link|
|Voter ID||HB12-1111||Szabo, Summers||Substantial idential language||Link||Link|
|Mandatory E-Verify||HB12-1309||Swalm, King K.||Similar intent||Link||Link|
|Drug Testing TANF Applicants||HB12-1046||Sonnenberg, Brophy||Media identified||Link||Link|
|Roll back renewable energy standards||SB11-071||Mitchell||Media identified||Link||Link|
|Recovery of "Actual Damages" In Personal Injury Cases||HB11-1106||Gardner B., Roberts||Substantial indentical language||Link||Link|
|Power to Arrest Illegal Aliens||SB11-054||Lambert, Balmer||Substantial indentical language||Link||Link|
|Prohibit Collective Bargaining||HB11-1320||Joshi, Cadman||Substantial identical language||Link||Link|
|Reaffirming 10th Amendment||HJR10-1009||Acree, Mitchell||Substantial identical language||Link||Link|
|Educator Effectiveness||SB10-191||Johnston, Spence||Substantial identical language||Link||Link|
|Taxpayer Transparency-Budget Database||HB09-1288||Nikkel, Kopp||Substantial identical language||Link||Link|
|Voter ID||HB09-1115||Summers, Renfroe||Substantial identical language||Link||Link|
|Bail provisions for a person who is illegally present||HB09-1147||Gardner, B., Mitchell||Substantial identical language||Link||Link|
|Tax Credit for Private School Tuition||HB09-1195||Lambert, Brophy||Substantial identical language||Link||Link|
|Protect Worker Secret Ballots||SJM09-007||Cadman||Substantial identical language||Link||Link|