Progress in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Colorado is significantly closer to providing a key tool to fighting human trafficking today.  This week our bill, HB1040, was passed by the Colorado House.  This bill gives law enforcement another tool to combat human trafficking.

Watch Rep Lundeen speak on HB1040 before the House

Watch Rep Lundeen speak on HB1040 before the House

Currently, due to a failure in our statutes, law enforcement is not allowed the same ability to get wiretaps for human trafficking investigations as it does for murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking and other crimes.  If House Bill 1040 becomes a 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 there is sufficient evidence of a crime.  

This will reverse the negative trend of human trafficking and protect the children of Colorado by giving law enforcement a very important tool they already possess for a number of other crimes. 

Expanding Parent Choice

Next week we will be fighting to rescue students from failing schools by expanding parental choice. 

On Monday we present House Bill 1089.  The bill is in response to five districts in Colorado with more than 20,000 students.  These districts have earned a failing grade under the Colorado Accountability Law.  Our bill would require those districts to expand the array of choices parents may make to pursue a viable and successful education for their children.

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This bill is a promotion of a fundamental principle that we hold:  it is the right and responsibility of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children.  Far too many in the education establishment think parents are not up to the task.  We couldn't disagree more strongly. HB 1089 will give students in failing districts immediate hope for a better educational future. 

Posted on February 10, 2017 .