In Oregon our Legislature hasn't done any where near enough to take care of our citizens with developmental disabilities. I write about it all the time. I also attend meetings where I can point out these short comings in the hope that if they won't do the right thing because it's the right thing, maybe they can be shamed into it.
I found these bills that have had their second reading in the Colorado Legislature. This is the kind of laws that need to be in effect right here, right now. I've highlighted some pertanant keywords.
HB08-1101 by Representative(s) Gardner B.(R), Gardner C.; also Senator(s) Renfroe(R), Spence–Concerning increased state funding for services for persons with developmental disabilities for the purpose of reducing waiting lists for such services.
HB08-1246 by Representative(s) Green(D); also Senator(s) Keller(D)–Concerning the creation of a registry of caregivers who are deemed to have a substantiated allegation of wrongdoing against a person with a developmental disability, and making an appropriation therefor.
HB08-1047 by Representative(s) Gardner B.(R), Pommer, Soper; also Senator(s) Boyd(D), Keller, Spence, Williams–Concerning the creation of a set aside program for a nonprofit agency that bids for state services solicitations when the nonprofit agency employs persons with severe disabilities, and making an appropriation therefor. (Health and Human Services recommends the bill be amended as printed in Senate Journal, April 25, 2008, page 1153.) (Appropriations recommends the bill be amended as printed in Senate Journal, April 28, 2008, page 1200.)