Two Danielson Bills Signed Into Law by Hick

(June 3) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two bills this afternoon sponsored by Rep. Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge.

HB15-1359, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, creates a 529 savings program for people with disabilities to use for education, housing, prescriptions and more. The bill, which passed the General Assembly with unanimous support, will ease financial strains faced by people with disabilities by making tax-free savings accounts available to cover qualified expenses such as education, job training, transportation and more.

“This new law will break down barriers faced by people with disabilities,” Rep. Danielson said. “It puts goals such as higher education, job training, and affordable housing within reach and will help those with disabilities live full and independent lives.”

Another of Rep. Danielson’s bills that was signed into law is SB15-221, a public safety bill that will give transit peace officers the ability to serve a whole transit system, not just individual municipal jurisdictions, and permits these officers to intervene if they witness a crime being committed near the bus or waiting platform.

“This common sense measure will help RTD peace officers keep passengers and other citizens safer,” Rep. Danielson said.

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Rachel Caine