Michelle Peterson Plays Major Role in New Colorado Law

On March 22, 2013, Colorado Bill SB 13-012, sponsored by Michelle Peterson, Senator Rollie Heath and Representative Jonathan Singer became law.

Senator Rollie Heath, Michelle Peterson, Representative Johnathan Singer and Governor Hickenlooper during the signing of Colorado Bill SB 13-012.

Senator Rollie Heath, Michelle Peterson, Representative Johnathan Singer and Governor Hickenlooper during the signing of Colorado Bill SB 13-012.

On March 22, 2013, SB 13-012 which was sponsored and developed by Michelle Peterson, Senator Rollie Heath and Representative Jonathan Singer became law.  Governor Hickenlooper signed the law which requires Coaches of Private Youth Sports Organizations to be Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse. For example if a coach sees another coach abusing a child or suspects abuse, are legally required to report it to police or social services.  Thousands of children spend several hours each week involved in these types of sports organizations,  it only makes perfect sense to have legislation that can ensure their safety and create an environment where everyone knows what to do with a circumstance of suspected abuse/concern.  This bill will also work to discourage those who may want to harm children from seeking employment in a youth sport organization.

Read more on Senator Heath’s website.

The actual signing.

The actual signing.