News from Colorado Senior Lobby
Attend upcoming CSL Events!
CSL Lunch & Learn with free lunch
Special CSL Legislative Committee Meeting at Senior Planet
Buy your ticket for "A Capitol Affair" - tickets are going fast!
December 2019
You are receiving this newsletter because of your interest in citizen advocacy and in being a more informed voter/citizen.

Colorado Senior Lobby exists as a volunteer organization to help educate, inform, and advocate for the one million Coloradans over the age of 60 and the families and friends who love and support them. 

Our main focus areas for 2020, all at the State level, include issues related to health care (example: expanding the number of health care providers with geriatric training), helping people stay in their homes-both owned and rented, mobility, reducing financial and physical elder abuse, all while continually raising awareness of all aging-related issues at the legislature. 

To be most effective, we work with a variety of coalition partners. Our work is greatly enhanced by your support - whether as a member, a donor, a volunteer, or all three.

Please support us financially with your membership and/or donation to help us keep working. And, if you have the time (it does not have to be very much) and interest, please volunteer with us. 
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Thanks for your attention. 

Cheers, Bob
President – Colorado Senior Lobby
303 832-4535
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CSL visits with U.S. Senator Cory Gardner Staff
On November 12th Ed Shackelford Colorado Senior Lobby board member and Carol Saade, with Summit Information Services of Frisco met with Annie Larson, Denver Regional Director, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner. The topic was the importance of maintaining Medicare Advantage (MA) as an option available for anyone eligible for Medicare - READ MORE
2020 Renters’ Protections Legislation
Colorado Senior Lobby is looking at 2020 legislation already. So far there are 4 possible bills on Renters’ Protections Legislation. Topics include: Source of Income Nondiscrimination for Rental Housing, Limits on Rental Late Fees, Fairness in Access to Eviction Court Records, and Mobile Home Park Oversight bill. If you have an interest or personal story in regard these issues please send us an email. The personal testimony of citizens impacted by an issue or legislation is what legislators want to hear about.
Forced Arbitration in the News
Forced Arbitration is a topic that Colorado Senior Lobby has been active in over the past few legislative sessions, although we have not made progress on getting the changes made that we want to see. The Denver Post has run an opinion piece about this topic. If you feel strongly about this topic or you have been personally impacted by forced arbitration, send us an email.

"Denver Post Guest Commentary: This Black Friday, a slew of popular gifts will come with unfair forced arbitration" - November 28, 2019 - READ MORE
Author - T. A. Taylor-Hunt, Retired Air Force officer and a consumer advocacy attorney
Source: Denver Post
The Governor's 2020 Budget
Colorado Governor Jared Polis and his staff have been working on Colorado's 2020 budget. Now is the time for Colorado Senior Lobby to take a deep look at the details so we understand the 2020 Legislative Session better - READ MORE
CSL Events - Sign up Today - Space is Limited!
December 12, 2019
Thursday, 11:00AM – 1:00PM
An Introduction to Colorado Senior Lobby and Citizen Advocacy at Garden Plaza of Aurora with Complimentary Lunch
Location: Garden Plaza of Aurora – 303-750-0820
Address: 14221 E Evans Ave, Aurora, CO 80014
Colorado Senior Lobby invites you to attend this free citizen lobbying training event held at Garden Plaza of Aurora on Thursday, December 12, 2019. We will review the basics of how you, as a citizen can make a difference in connecting with your Colorado Legislators. Also learn more about upcoming legislation impacting older adults. Event from 11:00AM to 1:00PM includes a complimentary lunch – lunch will be served at 11:30AM. Please RSVP through Eventbrite as seating is limited. Colorado Senior Lobby thanks our event host in advance for providing the event space and complimentary lunch! Garden Plaza of Aurora provides a community for seniors looking to thoroughly enjoy their retirement in a resort-style setting. They offer both assisted and independent living options for older adults. Tours of the property will be available after the event.
View Event Flyer - CLICK HERE
Register Today – CLICK HERE
December 16, 2019
Monday, 9:30AM – 11:30AM
Join us for Citizen Lobbyist Training offered by Colorado Senior Lobby
– “Take a Deeper Dive in Citizen Lobbyist Training”*
Location: Senior Planet Center
Address: 7585 E. Academy Blvd., Denver, CO 80230
Our Colorado Senior Lobby (CSL) Citizen Lobbyist Training is “non-partisan citizen lobbyist training” for someone who wants to influence policy and not just discuss policy. Colorado Senior Lobby was organized in 1980 as a non-partisan organization committed to enhancing the life of seniors through education and analysis of legislation as it impacts seniors, along with encouraging citizen lobbying by Colorado Senior Lobby members and members of the community to testify on bills. This event is being hosted at Senior Planet. Senior Planet offers technology training programs to older adults through an ever-growing network of community partners around Colorado. Covering everything from computer basics to starting an online business, these courses, lectures, and workshops are designed specifically for older adult learners.
View Event Flyer – CLICK HERE
Register Today – CLICK HERE
*This event is on the same day and time as our CSL Legislative Committee Meetings but at a different location - Senior Planet Center!
January 27, 2020 – Monday
A Capitol Affair – Spend the day learning about
aging issues and citizen advocacy
Location: Colorado State Capitol
Hearing Room 0112 – Lower Level
Address: 200 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203
This event will focus on legislative initiatives affecting older adults in the 2020 General Assembly and the importance of citizen involvement with legislative matters. The day starts with continental breakfast with Legislators in the Capitol from 8AM to 9AM. Your $25 registration fee includes breakfast. From 9AM to 11:30AM we will be in the Capitol and the program will feature presentations by legislators, Governor is invited and advocacy specialists. You will learn about 2020 legislative initiatives, opportunities for citizen involvement, tips and tricks for advocating, and facilitated conversations. Seating is limited – purchase your ticket today. Your ticket supports Colorado Senior Lobby outreach! The afternoon session is from 12:15 to 3PM and includes activities with legislators, visiting legislative to hearings, and tours of the Capitol.
View Event Flyer – CLICK HERE
Register for the Event & Buy your Ticket – CLICK HERE
More Events of Special Interest
December 10 – Colorado Gives Day
January 8th – First Day of the Colorado General Assembly
Find event details - CLICK HERE
CSL 2020 Legislative Planning Committee Update
The Colorado Senior Lobby Legislative Committee continues to work on 2020 Legislative Planning. The CSL Legislative Committee has met bi-monthly this summer and fall. The goal is to review upcoming 2020 proposed legislation and issues between now and the end of the year and be well-prepared for the 2020 Legislative Session. Visitors are always welcome to attend in person or call-in. If you are a first time visitor, please call us at 303-832-4535 so we can welcome you. You can attend in person or call in using Zoom. We will be meeting on Monday, Dec 2nd at 9:30AM at Disability Law Colorado.

The Monday, Dec 16th regular meeting is cancelled in lieu of the Colorado Senior Lobby Citizen Lobbying Training session being held in Denver at Senior Planet Colorado. Please RSVP if you plan to attend - RSVP TODAY

SPECIAL NOTE: Our first Colorado Senior Lobby Legislative Committee Meeting (LCM) of 2020 will be on Monday January 6, 2020 at 9:30AM at Disability Law Colorado. After that we will be meeting every Monday through May 4th, although occasionally meetings are cancelled due to Federal holidays so always check the website for exact meeting dates.
Thank you to Disability Law Colorado for hosting our regular Monday morning Legislative Planning Committee Meetings.
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