As a key supporter of Senate Bill 21-062, we want to update you on the fate of that bill and inform you about the good work still to come. While SB21-062 had strong public support, it also faced intense opposition driven by misinformation and fear-mongering by law enforcement. Even as we continued to grow our “yes” votes in the Senate, the bill stalled and was never scheduled past its first committee hearing. While we are deeply disappointed that false messaging won the day on SB21-062, we are certainly not done fighting for all of its provisions.
We ask you now to help champion Senate Bill 21-273. Learn more about this important legislation and how to take action.
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SB21-273 is not a replacement bill for SB21-062. It is a different and narrower bill, but one that aims to do important harm reduction work that we strongly support. SB21-273 focuses on reducing harm and saving lives by:
1. Mandating summons in lieu of arrest for traffic offenses, petty offenses, municipal offenses, and non-violent misdemeanors.
2. Limiting cash bond to cases where there is a safety threat or a flight threat
Expediting appeals to reconsider bond conditions
3. Creating a Community Response Working group to study, and recommend safe and effective alternatives to law enforcement responses to low-level offenses
If passed, this legislation will significantly reduce harm, disrupt opportunities for violent conflict between officers and community, and decrease the number of people jailed for poverty. SB21-273 will save lives.
We will not let the loss of SB21-062 deter us from doing good work this session or from holding our legislators accountable to transform the criminal legal system for all. We thank you for supporting Senate Bill 21-062 and for now joining us in the transformational work we can still do this legislative session.