New Tools to Fight Human Trafficking
This session we continue to fight against the scourge of trafficking minors for the purposes of sexual servitude in Colorado. Next Tuesday, January 24th, we will present HB17-1040, the Interception of Human Trafficking Communications bill to the House Judiciary Committee.
Currently law enforcement officials are not allowed to get wiretaps for human trafficking investigations. This bill will add human trafficking to the list of crimes for which law enforcement may apply to the courts for a wiretap. If the bill becomes law, a judge after due process, may issue an ex parte order authorizing the interception of certain communications if there is probable cause to believe their is sufficient evidence of a crime.
This is an important step in fighting human trafficking which is one of the fastest growing criminal efforts in America. This will be the third year (each year we have been in the legislature) we have offered legislation to make Colorado safer by fighting human trafficking. Our bills became law each of the past two years.
I-25 Progress Accelerates & CDOT Requests Your Input
Next week is your first opportunity to provide formal public input to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) as it proceeds with the required Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study for I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock.
Public and behind the scenes conversations have accelerated the study process and cut the estimated completion time frame to 5 years from 10. Now is the time to bring your perspective on the form and funding of the highway.
Your input and participation is valued and I encourage you to attend one of these meetings and let your voice be heard.
Colorado Springs - 5:30pm presentation on Tuesday, January 24th at Pikes Peak Library, The Venue Room
1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Castle Rock - 5:30pm presentation on Thursday, January 26th at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Kirk Hall
500 Fairgrounds Road, Castle Rock, CO 80104
In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
This past Monday we participated in the annual "Marade" (march and parade) in remembrance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The next day the Colorado House unanimously passed a resolution honoring Dr. King. The video nearby is of the comments I made in support of the resolution.
I referenced Dr. King's "Letter from the Birmingham Jail" where he promoted the hope that comes from opportunity, the dignity that comes from personal responsibility and the power of faith.
As always, thank you for staying engaged.