Colorado lawmakers push sexual assault bill inspired by Bill Cosby allegations | US news | The Guardian

The widespread allegations of sexual assault against comedian Bill Cosby have inspired a push by Colorado lawmakers to make it easier for victims to pursue criminal charges against their rapists.

Newly introduced bipartisan legislation would eliminate Colorado’s statute of limitations for felony sexual assault cases, enabling prosecutors to go after suspects when accusations or evidence emerges years after the offense.

New Youth Center Opens In Aurora With Help Of Rep. Rhonda Fields

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4/AP) – A new youth center has opened its doors in Aurora.A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Sunday evening at the Dayton Street Opportunity Center.

Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, is one of the creators of the center. She wants to help young people after her son, Javad Marshall-Fields, was shot and killed along with his fiancee Vivian Wolfe in 2005 before he could testify in a murder case.

Personal Tragedy Drives Support for House Bill 1085

Representative Rhonda Fields is sponsoring a bill which will help to prosecute perpetrators of sexual assault on developmentally disabled individuals. The bill (House Bill 1085) has passed Third Reading in the House and is now being introduced in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The statistics are dramatic. They reveal that 80% of the developmentally disabled population is victimized by sexual assault.

Murphy: Colorado legislator nurses old grudge against justice – The Denver Post

In 2001, the teen son of now-state Rep. B.J. Nikkel pointed his car at a Larimer County sheriff’s deputy and drove, tossing the deputy across the hood before he drove toward a second deputy, who opened fire to stop the car.

At the time, Nikkel complained to the Loveland Reporter-Heraldnewspaper that prosecutors coerced a plea from her 16-year-old son in juvenile court by threatening to file adult charges against him in the case,

Overcoming the Politics that Divide Us

Around this time last year I went from someone who never even thought about running for office to someone who was in the throes of an election. I went on to win House District 42 in Aurora, where I raised my children and have lived for many years. It’s an honor to represent this community and though my first legislative session was full of challenges,

Legislative Update End of 2011 Session


120th Day Legislative Update – Nine Bills Passed

House Bill 11-1069 Physical Activity Expectation In Schools (Fields & Massey)

The bill directs each school district board of education and the state charter school institute to adopt a policy that incorporates a minimum number of minutes of physical activity each month,