LMPV Testimony | Prohibiting Transcript and Diploma Withholding
Committee: House Education
Bill number: HB22-1049
My name is Talaya Banks and I’m one of the Let My People Vote Coordinators for Soul 2 Soul Sisters where we organize for Black Women’s Healing and Liberation here in Denver. I’m submitting this testimony on behalf of our Let My People Vote program to urge you to support House Bill 1049
We need this bill because it will dismantle debt collection tactics that prevent students from re-enrolling, transferring schools, or obtaining access to employment. For Black communities financially navigating higher education can create hardship making it hard to pursue. By passing this bill, it allows Black communities to continue to seek higher education instead of getting stalled when they cannot pay their debts. By extending this grace to students it centers the students needs and makes higher education more sustainable.
This bill will protect our communities by ensuring that people can transition through and out of higher education without worry of if their debts will hold them back. This bill will help communities receive their diplomas after they work so hard. Just because they have debts does not mean they should not be able to access their success. This bill helps mitigate increasing debt.
For too long, Black communities have experienced the brunt of predatory debt collection tactics in this country. We need financial grace and equity now! We urge you to support House Bill 1049 as a way to protect the financial health and success of Black communities. Thank you for your time.