EPISODE 011. Colorado Senate Bill 20-217 to Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity: A Closer Look
Colorado Senate Bill 20-217, referred to as the “Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity” bill “concerning measures to enhance law enforcement integrity,” passed with a 53-13 vote and was signed by Governor Jared Polis on June 19, 2020. Listen in on this special episode as Law Talk Colorado board director Adrian Romero interviews Denver Civil Rights attorney Laura Wolf, partner in Wolf Guevara LLP, who explains what this landmark bill means to both law enforcement and citizens. For example, requiring body cameras, “which is a really important piece with respect to transparency,” she explains, adding that most police officers really are out there with the intention of “protecting our rights” and the increased levels of transparency protect them too. Wolf discusses many other key aspects of the bill, including the removal (or diminishing) of Qualified Immunity for law enforcement at the state level, even though it still exists in Federal law. “Qualified Immunity is out of control,” she says. The full text of Colorado Senate Bill 20-217 is lengthy, but if you’re interested, you can click here to read the full text of the bill. Thank you for listening!
EPISODE 010. Protesting? Know Your Rights.
Check out this important and timely episode on protestor rights as Law Talk Colorado news anchor Angeline Roles interviews attorney Hannah Proff, who is founder of LYRIC (Learn Your Rights In the Community), a 501c3 organization purposed with educating youth on their basic Constitutional rights under the law. From what you do and do not have to provide if asked by police at a protest (whether a minor or adult), to possible impacts when “parents step in to help,” to questions on filming and posting on social media, and more. Raised “in a small Alaskan prison town,” and an experienced protestor for Indigenous Peoples’ rights, Proff is committed to helping “close the gap between the law and education. Your armor is your knowledge of the law,” she explains. We learn, for example, in addition to writing your one-call number on your arm “old school” with a Sharpie, if you are arrested for lawfully protesting and you don’t have an attorney, you can contact the National Lawyers Guild of Colorado to request legal assistance. For more information on LYRIC or to request a LYRIC program in your school, go to LYRICommunity.org. Thank you for listening!
EPISODE 009. Remembering the Golden Age of Baseball with The Natural’s son (a lawyer) Ted Waitkus
Get your baseball season opening fix with this delightful extended episode with Boulder Attorney Ted Waitkus, son of Eddie Waitkus, the real baseball player portrayed by Robert Redford in the movie The Natural. Listen in as Waitkus discusses the real story behind the movie — including clarifying how in the movie his dad’s character was shot with a pistol, while in real life “she shot him with a rifle;” and what it was like growing up meeting greats like Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, and Babe Ruth — and how the game of professional baseball has changed over the decades. “There was no National Football League or National Basketball Association back in the 1940s; baseball was it; was everything,” he explains. If you’re a baseball fan, true crime fan, or old movie fan, this is a fun extended episode. Thank you for listening!
EPISODE 008. Is REPEAL the solution to Colorado’s Gallagher Amendment property tax problem?
Second in our ongoing series about the Gallagher Amendment’s property tax impact on Colorado communities, Law Talk Colorado News Anchor Angeline Roles interviews Colorado State Senator Bob Rankin of Carbondale who argues that repeal of Gallagher is the most practical next step in solving the problem. A complicated issue that bumps into TABOR, the Taxpayer Bill Of Rights, Senator Rankin explains that rural communities will be hit hardest because “the State can’t continue to cover the growing property tax shortfalls to the districts.” Colorado residents enjoy one of the lowest residential property tax rates in the nation, while Colorado commercial property tax rates are some of the highest in the nation, which presents particular challenges to rural areas with a higher residential to business ratio than do metro areas. The formula for determining these ratios is locked into the Gallagher Amendment. “The good news is, we can repeal Gallagher and freeze residential property tax rates at the current low rate,” Rankin says. He supports proposed legislation that will put repeal of the Gallagher Amendment to Colorado voters on the 2020 ballot. “We hope people will educate themselves on this,” he says. “Contact your Fire District, School District, ask them how the property tax shortfalls are impacting them and their communities; they’ll tell you. This is a complicated issue and we have got to do something to solve it.” For more, check out Episode #6 where Building A Better Colorado‘s Reeves Brown discusses the property tax impact research and collaborations among community leaders and agencies from across the state. Thank you for listening!
EPISODE 007. Back to work in the Age of COVID19: Changing rules & guidelines for Colorado employers and employees
Join us as Law Talk Colorado news anchor Angeline Roles interviews employment law attorney Dave Scanga, partner with Hoskin Farina & Kampf, about new rules, guidelines, and resources for Colorado employers and employees to consider as businesses reopen in the Age of COVID-19. Scanga shares, for example, that some businesses have designated COVID-19 mitigation teams comprised of several employees to monitor guidelines and distribute the updates and company policy guidelines throughout the organization as a way to manage the rapid changes while ensuring their employees are safe. Questions of concern include: Does your business require masks per the rules? Does your organization require temperature-taking? What does that mean? How do you do it? Who does that? What are the liabilities? Where does the information go? Does the temperature-taking device touch the forehead? Are there privacy concerns? What if someone tests positive for COVID-19? What about paper? How long does the virus stay on paper? Did someone bring in paper? Discussion continues on employer responsibilities and worker rights with examples that include working remotely, Family Medical Leave Act, Cares Act and OSHA considerations, and more. Episode recorded April 30, 2020. Hoskin Farina & Kampf is headquartered in Grand Junction and has attorneys in Denver and an office in Gunnison. Thank you for listening!
EPISODE 006. Property tax impacts on local communities after 35 years of Gallagher Amendment driven policies
If you own or are planning to own property in Colorado, listen in on this extended episode of Law Talk Colorado as news anchor Angeline Roles interviews Reeves Brown of Building A Better Colorado who explains the 1982 Gallagher Amendment to Colorado’s State Constitution and the unforeseen consequences of policies driven by the Amendment over the decades since. Brown, formerly with Club 20 (a coalition of western Colorado counties that, as a group, give voice to rural communities when it comes to legislative issues), presents specific examples of how the Amendment has, is, and will hit rural Colorado specifically. The good news is, there are groups such as Building A Better Colorado actively pursuing solutions to the Gallagher Amendment challenge. “We have to muster the courage to deal with Gallagher [Amendment] proactively,” Brown insists, adding that the need to solve it reaches beyond partisan agendas, citing numerous examples of bi-partisan agreement. For more information, visit buildingabettercolorado.org Thank you for listening!
EPISODE 005. Local Law Enforcement & COVID19 with Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis
Listen “beyond the soundbite,” as Law Talk Colorado news anchor Michael Moran talks with Western Colorado’s Sheriff Matt Lewis of Mesa County in this extended podcast episode. Sheriff Lewis shares insights into the new challenges, approaches, and discusses interpretations of the state’s rulings relevant to law enforcement in this time of COVID19. An excellent followup to episode #4 featuring Grand Junction’s Police Chief on the public safety aspects of the COVID19 rulings as the two agencies often work together. Sheriff Lewis reminds us through his detailed responses that not every community is a reflection of national news headlines; that it is all too easy “to take that national information and extrapolate it to the men and women here locally… that’s not who we are.” The information shared and questions answered by Sheriff Lewis are not only relevant to Western Coloradans, but an overall excellent listen to those interested in how one community’s law enforcement is managing its protests, stay-at-home orders, and more during the COVID19 pandemic. Thanks for listening!
EPISODE 004. Public safety & COVID19 with Police Chief Doug Shoemaker of Grand Junction
Join Law Talk Colorado news anchor Michael Moran as he visits with Grand Junction Police Chief Doug Shoemaker about the challenges and incident management approach taken by the Grand Junction Police Department dealing with the social and public impacts of COVID19. One of many advantages of podcasting is the ability to interview magazine style, which allows us the opportunity to get to know the legal experts as they share relevant aspects of their own stories. For example, we learn in this visit with the Chief that prior to joining the Grand Junction Police Department, he spent most of his life and career in Missouri, including as Incident Commander for the 2014 peaceful NAACP protest march in Ferguson following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. He and his wife spent many summers in Colorado and have family in the state, “so, when this opportunity came up,” the Shoemakers decided they were ready. “This is our home now,” he says. Thank you for listening!
EPISODE 003. Gender equity, the economy, and public policy: Discussion with Denver-based Pipeline Equity CEO Katica Roy
Listen in on Episode #3 of Law Talk Colorado as news anchor Angeline Roles and gender economist Katica Roy, founder and CEO of Denver-based Pipeline Equity, discuss the relationship between gender, the economy, and public policy — with particular attention paid to the timing and impacts of COVID19. Pipeline Equity’s AI platform was named one of Time Magazine‘s Most Innovative of 2019; and Fast Company’s 2020 World’s Most Innovative Company. Roy, the daughter of refugee/immigrant parents, takes a no-nonsense data-centric approach in nearly everything she does. “Gender equity is not a synonym for women’s rights,” Roy explains. “Women are only half of the conversation.” Thank you for listening!
EPISODE 002. How is COVID19 impacting divorce filings, child custody, and domestic violence cases in Colorado?
Join Law Talk Colorado news anchor Michael Moran as he interviews Lakewood family law attorney Hannah Westmont in this special extended program about the spike in divorce filings and child custody cases, as well as domestic violence concerns, in Colorado since the onset of COVID19. Hannah Westmont is partner in the law firm of Polidori, Franklin, Monahan & Beattie LLC. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and was awarded First Judicial District Bar Association’s George Holley Outstanding Young Lawyer of 2019. Westmont began her law career at Colorado Legal Services where the many domestic violence cases she encountered inspired her to pursue a career in family law. Thank you for listening!
EPISODE 001. Power of Attorney basics: Medical & Financial + Law Talk Colorado founder explains the brand’s purpose
Check out the inaugural episode of Law Talk Colorado, a Law Talk Global Network brand. For our first episode, news anchor Angeline Roles explores “Power of Attorney basics: Medical & Financial,” with Western Colorado attorney Barbara Butler, partner in the law firm Dufford Waldeck in Grand Junction. In the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, what happens if you or a loved one suddenly takes ill? Butler discusses the basics of Medical and Financial Powers of Attorney. The show closes with Law Talk Colorado founder and Executive Director Krystyn Hartman, who explains the “why” behind the brand. Law Talk Global Network is a nonprofit media network purposed with engaging public awareness of the laws — by state — starting with Law Talk Colorado.
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