SB 210 passes, ends 28-day work period

Late Monday night, Senate Bill 210 successfully passed the General Assembly and now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

The passage of SB 210 puts an end to the 28-day work period that allowed forced doubles without additional compensation and lacked transparency for hours worked.

Specifically, the legislation:

  • Ends the 28-day, 171-hour system for a 14-day, 85-hour work period – easier to earn overtime and be less penalized for authorized leave.
  • Improves overtime pay for doubles – once an officer works the 12th hour, anything over 8.5 hours is compensated at time-and-a-half regardless whether or not you hit the 85-hour threshold (ie: if you work 13 consecutive hours, you would receive 4.5 hours of overtime).
  • Directs DOC to establish work period and compensation practices (ARs) “through discussions with employees.”
  • Collects important data from DOC on staffing levels and turnover.
  • Re-purposes Ft. Lyon facility as a rehabilitation center for the homeless – includes hire-back clause for Ft. Lyon Corrections officers.
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Larry VanGelder, Rob Apodaca and Alex Barnes with Sen. Angela Giron during the Senate committee hearing on SB 210.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo), Rep. Crisanta Duran (D-Denver) and passed with bipartisan support.

WINS DOC Partnership team and 28-day Work Group members were at the table and developed the survey that more than 500 officers filled out to shape this bill. After the bill was introduced, Officers Barnes, VanGelder, and Apodaca drove to Denver TWICE to testify in support of SB 210.

In the coming weeks and months, Colorado WINS will be at the table making sure that DOC gets the implementation of these changes right.

It was WINS corrections officers who made this happen. Spread the word about this bill and the efforts that made it happen. Download the flyer here.

Better yet, take the future into your own hands and join Colorado WINS today. We can do even more to shape the DOC discussion with you as a member.

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