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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 11, 2022 CONTACT  Representative Judy Amabile: 303-517-4698 Sine Die!  Rep. Judy Amabile Announces Progressin Colorado’s 2022 General Assembly Colorado’s 2022 General Assembly adjourns tonight, having passed historic legislation to address Colorado’s mental health crisis, increase resources for unhoused people, promote cleaner air through bold climate acton, make producers more responsible for plastic waste, protect communities from wildfires, launch universal preschool, provide tax relief to Colorado families …

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2022 Contact: State Representative Judy Amabile || 303-516-4798 Bill to Update Colorado’s Involuntary Commitment Statute Advances Representatives Judy Amabile and Julie McCluskie sponsored the bill, a significant win for advancing better mental health care in Colorado DENVER, CO –  A bill to update Colorado’s outdated involuntary commitment statute (Title 27 Article 65 CRS) today moved forward in the House. “Colorado’s civil commitment statutes were created …

Guest Opinion: Judy Amabile: A deeper reality

I recently attended a Boulder Police Department town hall. People with urgent concerns around homelessness, drug addiction and crime came to seek relief. They described what they are seeing in their neighborhoods: open air drug use, camping garbage, stolen bike parts, discarded needles, human waste. But this conversation was different. It didn’t start and end with demands that police alone do something. This time, I saw people grappling with a …

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Rep. Judy Amabile Advances Landmark Bills on Guns, Environment, Mental Health in First Session at Colorado House. Yesterday marked the end of the 2021 Colorado legislative session. The Colorado Assembly passed historic legislation to improve the lives of Coloradans. Representative Amabile remarked on the session: Protected immigrants from extortion. Enhanced the safe storage of firearms. Reformed marijuana regulations to better protect Colorado kids. Improved the care of dogs and cats. …

State lawmakers seek to restrict solitary confinement in Colorado’s largest jails for mentally ill inmates

Bill would also restrict the practice for those who are pregnant, under 18, or who have an intellectual or developmental disability By Moe Clark Meghan Baker, a staff attorney for the advocacy organization Disability Law Colorado, asked state lawmakers during a bill hearing on Tuesday to imagine what it would be like to spend 23 hours a day alone in a jail cell. “You can’t see a TV or a clock, …

Rep. Amabile: Solitary confinement is tantamount to torture. Our bill would restrict it in Colorado’s jails.

Prolonged isolation behind bars is cruel, inhumane, degrading treatment and harmful to health. Rep. Judy Amabile2:56 AM MDT on Apr 4, 2021 This past year has been one of loneliness and isolation for many. We have been denied the company of family and friends. The things that bring us joy and help us mark the time have been taken away. Social distancing and quarantine have taken a toll on our …

Opinion: Judy Amabile: Glimpses of society’s failures at COVID Recovery Center

By DAILY CAMERA GUEST OPINION | openforum@dailycamera.com | Boulder Daily Camera May 1, 2020 at 1:26 p.m. During the stay-at-home order, I have been volunteering at the COVID Recovery Center at the East Boulder Recreation Center. Citizens experiencing homelessness with symptoms of the virus can go to the center to recover and isolate. Boulder moved quickly to establish this resource and has seen relatively fewer cases among the unhoused. The CRC is staffed with …

Logic in the Time of Coronavirus

These are strange days. Along with feeling concern about the immediate crisis, I’m thinking of what Coronavirus has revealed about our health and economic systems. We need to strengthen both. Today, The Boulder Daily Camera published my opinion piece on the subject. I’d love your feedback. A Colorado Plan for Economic Action I’ve just published my Economic Plan for Colorado. Working people are hurting in our state. Policy choices around …

Opinion: Judy Amabile: Crisis reveals problems in health care and economic systems

By DAILY CAMERA GUEST OPINION | openforum@dailycamera.com | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: March 17, 2020 at 5:10 p.m. | UPDATED: March 19, 2020 at 10:03 a.m. The new coronavirus got our undivided attention last week and shifted American life in startling ways. Now is a critical moment. Our willingness to practice strict socially distancing — or not — will determine the trajectory of infections and deaths in our community in the days and weeks to come. When the …