(Editor's Note: The 2016 session of the Colorado General Assembly begins on Wednesday, January 13 and the NFB of Colorado will be in the Capitol on Thursday. There's no time to waste as there are two critical bills for the blind to be introduced early this session. Both came out of the Interim Study Committee on Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind's work in the late summer and autumn of 2015. Below is President LaBarre's Message regarding our Day at the Capitol.)
Happy New Year!
We will be conducting our state day at the capitol on Thursday, January 14. We will begin at 8am with a briefing and should have all appointments concluded by around noon. As always, we Will be meeting in the Old Supreme Court Chambers, located on the second floor of the capitol.
We will be concentrating on three issues.
- We will once again seek funding for NFB Newsline in Colorado.
- We will support a bill that came out of the Interim Study Committee which would expand the Business Enterprise Program for blind vendors in our state.
- Also from the Interim Study Committee, we will support a bill that would introduce tax credits to employers who hire blind individuals or who purchase assistive technology or other accommodations for blind employees.
We encourage you to contact your senators and representatives to set up an appointment ahead of time. If you need help identifying your elected officials, please contact my office. I look forward to seeing everyone on the 14th.