April 8, 2019

Denver, CO – The Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee today voted 3-to-2 to advance SB19-230, Colorado Refugee Services Program, a bill sponsored by Senator Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City) to codify the Colorado refugee services program. The bill now heads to the Committee of the Whole for consideration.

“Our state has a proud history of supporting refugee resettlement. Families come to us from across the world to escape persecution and tragedy, bringing with them a unique perspective and different backgrounds that make Colorado stronger,” said Senator Moreno. “The Colorado Refugee Services Program is an important part of this process, and I’m proud we are taking steps to update and codify it for the future. This is how we will continue to support refugees and help them find safety and comfort as they integrate into Colorado.”

This bill establishes the Colorado Refugee Services Program in the Department of Human Services and designates it as the agency responsible for the development, review, and administration of the state plan. The program must be include certain services and assistance for refugees, and may provide additional services and assistance to support refugee resettlement and integration. The General Assembly can appropriate money to the department for the administration of the program.

 For more information on this legislation, please visit https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-230.