Aurora Senators to be honored as Outstanding Colorado Lawmakers
DENVER— Senator Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora) and Senator Suzanne Williams (D-Aurora) will be honored by the Denver Women's Commission and the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce this week for their work to support and advance women in Colorado. Senator Carroll will specifically be honored for carrying Senate Bill 56, which prevents conflicts of interest in court-appointees charged with making recommendations about children in domestic relations cases. Domestic relations cases involve family disputes, divorce, custody, child support, and alimony cases.
Senator Carroll offered the following comment on the award:
"Whenever court cases involve custody disputes they are particularly sensitive, and it’s imperative that the outcome is responsible and in the best interest of the children involved. Ensuring the effectiveness and transparency of these cases is an important issue for women, and I am honored to be receiving this award from such accomplished and powerful women."
Senator Williams will be honored for sponsoring Senate Bill 22 which created a pilot program allowing county governments to extend the eligibility period for the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program within their county from 6 months to 2 years. This pilot program will gather data to see if an extended period of assistance can mitigate the “cliff effect,” which can occur when families earn a small pay increase that makes them ineligible for the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program, but is still not sufficient to cover the cost of child care.
Senator Williams offered the following comment on the award:
“This legislation looks for solutions to help struggling families afford child care while still transitioning off of the assistance program and allowing them to stay at work. By creating work support programs we not only help individuals but also help improve the economy overall, something that these women work towards every day.”
The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce provides opportunity and support for women in business through mentorship, education, and alliances. The Denver Women’s Commission assists women in the attainment of equality and full opportunity by advocating for positive policy for women, publishing monthly informative news bulletins, and working with other women’s organizations throughout the state.