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Dafna Michaelson Jenet

Dafna Michaelson Jenet
Dafna Michaelson Jenet

Colorado county leaders blast state officials over mental health, claim 69 foster kids are missing

In a letter to state officials, county human services directors say their caseworkers have had to sleep in office buildings with children because they can’t find them a bed.

Health

Youth mental health was front and center in Colorado’s legislative session. But the work is only a “down payment.”

Lawmakers set aside at least $30 million specifically for youth mental health, an amount that increased in the 11th hour of the lawmaking term after Children’s Hospital Colorado declared a state of emergency

Health

Colorado may toughen probes into institutional child abuse claims following Colorado Sun/9News investigation

Two children were struck by cars and died after running away from youth residential treatment centers in the Denver area.

Sun Investigation

Colorado is on track to give teens three free therapy sessions to help them cope with coronavirus

House Bill 1258 sets aside $9 million for the historic effort that would be available for Coloradans 18 and under through June 2022

Health

After infighting, Colorado lawmakers revive effort to give child sex assault survivors unlimited time to sue abusers

A similar effort last year failed after proponents of the legislation couldn’t agree about whether to challenge the state constitution in the hopes of giving past victims of abuse a window to take legal action

Politics and Government

8-hour, Republican-led hearing on Colorado’s election integrity ends without evidence of widespread fraud

President Donald Trump’s senior legal adviser, Jenna Ellis, urged the state legislature to investigate, but offered no substantive reason why

Politics and Government

Colorado’s GOP chairman trusts the state’s voting systems. Legislative Republicans still want to check it out.

The Legislative Audit Committee, which is led by Republicans, will hold a hearing Tuesday to investigate alleged election discrepancies in Colorado. There’s no proof there were any.

Politics and Government

Effort to give Colorado child sex assault survivors unlimited time to sue abusers is rejected

House Bill 1296, brought in the wake of a damning report on Colorado’s Catholic church, was set aside at the request of one of its prime sponsors in the hopes of bringing future legislation that will also benefit past survivors of abuse. The decision to sideline the measure drew disappointment.

Politics and Government

Coronavirus is threatening school safety efforts prompted by STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting

The state legislature is dealing with a decreased budget and limited time for lawmaking, meaning a slate of bills that have yet to pass on school safety are likely at risk

Education

Opinion: Remember to take care of your mental health during the coronavirus

Opinion Columns

Colorado lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus, but it’s not COVID-19

State Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, a Commerce City Democrat, was told she had COVID-19. But her doctor reviewed the results again and says she's got a different coronavirus known as NL63.

Politics and Government

Child sex abuse survivors victimized decades ago won’t be able to sue despite Colorado effort to end statute of limitations

House BIll 1296’s sponsors said they didn’t think they could pass a measure if it was retroactive

Crime and Courts

Millions in oil, gas taxes may have been lost because Colorado regulators didn’t enforce reporting rules

A scathing audit -- which comes after Colorado tightened oil and gas regulations last year -- found the top drillers in the state failed to file thousands of production reports from 2016 to 2018

Politics and Government

Even if Colorado gives child sex assault victims unlimited time to sue, it may be too late for those already abused

Lawmakers are considering eliminating the civil statute of limitations for child sex assault, but Colorado’s constitution appears to prohibit laws from working retroactively. Victims’ advocates think there is a path to address past abuse.

Politics and Government

Here are the big ideas that Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado lawmakers pitched for the 2020 session

The state’s leaders presented their ideas about teen vaping, mental health parity, a public option, teacher bonuses and student debt at an event hosted by The Colorado Sun, CBS4 and the University of Denver

Politics and Government

WATCH: Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado lawmakers pitch their big ideas for the 2020 legislative session

The event, co-hosted with CBS4 and the University of Denver’s Estlow Center for Journalism & New Media and the Center on American Politics, begins at 6:30 p.m. Return to this page to watch a livestream.

Politics and Government

Colorado’s 2020 legislative session begins this week. Here’s a rundown of 10 issues to watch.

The state legislature’s break-neck pace from 2019 may not return, but expect fierce debates over health care, criminal justice, guns and transportation

Politics and Government

These five bills are designed to make Colorado schools safer. None touches on guns.

Colorado’s School Safety Committee pushed forward legislation that could better address students’ behavioral health needs. Lawmakers left guns out of the conversation largely for the sake of bipartisanship.

Education

Colorado’s trailblazing Safe2Tell system needs significant upgrades, lawmakers say

Police respond to suicidal teens instead of counselors under the current system, which is among the reasons leaders are looking to Utah for ideas on how to improve.

Politics and Government

If Colorado wants to stop the next school shooting, the state needs to get on the same page, lawmakers say

State Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, chair of special school-safety committee, sees holes in the current system and wants the state to play a larger role

Politics and Government
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