[Colorado-talk] 2015 Legislative Day at the Capitol

Scott C. LaBarre slabarre at labarrelaw.com
Tue Dec 30 21:35:02 UTC 2014

Jim, I am subscribed to this list and therefore no need to ask Dan to
petition me on your behalf.

We start the Day at the Capitol at 8:00 am for a few important reasons.
First, the sessions begin at 9:00 am both in the Senate and the House.
Normally, we get recognized on the floor of both houses and it is important
for us to have a presence in the chambers.  Second, morning is usually a
better time to catch as many of these folks as possible.  Often times, they
run off in the afternoon and/or have any tighter committee requirements.
Third, it is easier to get the Old Supreme Court Chambers which comes to us
free and can seat over 100 people.

We have no problem assisting chapters to stay in Denver the night before and
we do that just about every year.  Your idea about the Denver Public Library
is a good one but might be better suited for a different kind of public
engagement event.  It would be much more logistically difficult to
headquarter our legislative day out of  the library.

Jim, thank yu for your ideas.  At the moment, I think we are best suited
starting in the morning and going from there.  I want to wish you and
everyone on the list a very Happy New Year!

-----Original Message-----
From: Colorado-talk [mailto:colorado-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of
James Beal via Colorado-talk
Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 11:31 AM
To: colorado-talk at nfbnet.org
Subject: Re: [Colorado-talk] 2015 Legislative Day at the Capitol

Thanks for the info, Dan and have a great holiday. When you return to the
office, however, I need your help with a matter related to this.

Despite discussions regarding the time and place of the initial meeting,
could you please use what influence you have with Scott or other members of
the board to try to start the initial meetings later in the day? I am sure I
sound like a grouch when I bring this up, but for those of us in the
outlying areas it makes it practically impossible for us to asist NFBCO with
this project. For instance, if I come up from Colorado Springs, i would need
to leave town at 6:30 am to arrive on time. Most of the time we don't get to
speak with legislators anyway and leave our materials and express our
concerns to their aides. 
For us to otherwise participate would neccesitate some of us staying in a
motel overnight. Right now the state affiliate couldn't afford to do this.

what I am proposing is that by moving the time back an hour or two we aren't
really losing anything as far as legislative contacts and more of us can
make it in. The old Supreme Court chambers is filled with the smaller group,
and, as you know, numbers mean everything to people whose jobs rely on voter
participation to keep them in office.

If the meetings were scheduled an hour or two later, more members could
participate and, more than likely, we would outgrow the Supreme Court
chamber. Less than one block away is the downtown branch of the Denver
Public Library. Their meeting rooms are free, available, and can house up to
300 people easily. Depending upon what the board determined to be the
legislative agenda, there may be another advantage to this. If
education-related items are on tap, we can use this central point to
highlight what we would like to see passed when talking to the media and to
legislators. Please pass this along to Scott. Also, I would like to hear
from other subscribers to the list about what they think about my idea.
Thanks again.

James Beal
bealcorgi at aol.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Burke via Colorado-talk <colorado-talk at nfbnet.org>
To: NFB of Colorado Discussion List <colorado-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Tue, Dec 23, 2014 4:51 pm
Subject: [Colorado-talk] 2015 Legislative Day at the Capitol

Holiday Greetings Fellow Federationists!

Before we get too far into our holiday cheer, please mark your calendars for
the 2015 Legislative Day of the NFB of Colorado to be held at the Capitol.

Date:	TuesdayWJanuary 20, 2015
		(We're scheduled a bit earlier this year, and the date is
coming up

Location:	Old Supreme Court Chamber, 3rd Floor Capitol
		(Where we've held our meetings before.)

Time:	8:00 a.m. Sharp
		(Scott reminds us we need to get an early start to track
down all of our legislators.)

We'll send out reminders and more as the date approaches, but wanted to get
this on everyone's mind and calendars right away.

Have the best of holidays everyone!


Dan Burke
My Cell:  406.546.8546
Twitter:  @DallDonal

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