Rep. Tim Leonard Works Out His Personal Problems Legislatively

State Rep. Tim Leonard (R-Evergreen) in his off-season attire.

Last December, GOP Rep. Tim Leonard had the unusual dishonor of being an incumbent state legislature sent to jail for two weeks on a contempt of court charge–a ruling that reportedly stemmed from Leonard’s defiance of court orders giving his ex-wife full educational decisionmaking authority over their minor children.

Well, as the Colorado Independent’s Marianne Goodland reports, Leonard is working the “problem” that resulted in his incarceration from an end most citizens don’t have access to–the legislative end:

State Rep. Tim Leonard, who spent a couple weeks in jail last month on contempt charges stemming, in part, from his effort to opt his children out of certain state tests, has introduced a bill to eliminate some of those same tests for all Colorado public school students.

The tests are known as the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, or CMAS. They are given to students in grades three through 11.

Leonard’s bill would eliminate CMAS testing in social studies and do away with all CMAS assessments for ninth-graders…

House Democrats have not yet made a decision on whether to sanction Leonard for his problems in family court. He was Colorado’s first sitting lawmaker in at least four decades to spend time in jail.

They have, however, protested that Leonard was appointed to the House Education Committee, pointing out that he would be making decisions about public education despite the fact that he is barred by court order from making educational decisions for his own children.

After Rep. Leonard was ruled in contempt of court last October, he complained bitterly about the supposed problems in state law he blamed for the situation, such as the fact that “the school requires two signatures on a form” to opt children out of state tests. Of course, the real issue was Leonard refusing to comply with the court order to stay out of his kids’ educational matters, including his wife’s decision to not opt his children out of testing.

Isn’t Leonard a lucky guy to have this kind of recourse after being sent to jail? The questions this chain of events invites are why some observers speculated that Leonard might not want to be a lawmaker anymore after his release. But as Joey Bunch at the Colorado Springs Gazette reports, Leonard apparently feels no conflict about voting on education policy, even now:

[Rep. Sue] Lontine is sponsoring a bill to impose a statewide ban on corporal punishment in public schools, state-licensed child care facilities and specialized group homes. House Bill 1038 passed the House Education Committee Monday afternoon, 11-2. Republican Reps. Justin Everett of Littleton and Tim Leonard of Evergreen voted against it.

With all due respect, here’s hoping that vote was not motivated by experience.

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  1. Moderatus says:

    Stay out of people's personal lives. It's not your business.

    • Curmudgeon says:

      An arrest is personal now?

      • Moderatus says:

        This was not a criminal matter, it is civil and related to his divorce. Should we go picking into every Democrat's personal life? How many Bill Clinton hypocrites will we find?

        • unnamed says:

          Agree with Moddy!!!  Stay out of other peoples' business, especially when they are elected officials that use their legal troubles to inform how they govern and how they impose their views onto the public.  When they do that it is none of our business.  Especially when all of this stuff is a matter of public record.  Public Record is off limits.  Now, private life not though.  It is our way.  It is the Republican way. 

          • Conserv. Head Banger says:

            Since Leonard is an elected official, his jail adventures do become a matter of being the business of the taxpayers and citizens who elected him as well as other Colorado citizens.   (as spaceman says below).

            How does Bill Clinton have any similarity with Tim Leonard? Please stay on topic. 

        • spaceman65 says:

          Where precisely did you go to law school, Moddy?  Pretty sure that the civil matter became criminal when Leonard was jailed for criminal contempt.  But you keep shining that turd


  2. spaceman65 says:

    Umm, it calls into question his judgment, so it is our business.  

    • JohnInDenver says:

      It goes beyond questioning his judgment. He was jailed for contempt of court – showing a clear disrespect to a co-equal branch of government. He persisted in his views even after being sanctioned before. THAT'S what is objectionable and should have been grounds for (at least) a reprimand or censure from the members of the House.

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