Happy Rockies opening day! The beautiful weather and beginning of baseball season can only mean one thing…the legislature is kicking it into full gear before session comes to an end next month. Colorado’s budget, the Long Bill, made it through second reading in the House today and is expected to pass third reading on Monday. Once this is completed, the Joint Budget Committee will reconvene to agree upon amendments made in each chamber and disregard others. April is typically the time of year where the General Assembly works late into the night to make sure that priority legislation gets to the Governor’s desk. We will continue to diligently follow any bills that seek to impact Colorado’s education system.
Under the Gold Dome
SB17-068 by Rep. Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont) passed the House on April 3 with a 38-25 vote. The bill would add elementary schools to the list of public schools eligible to receive a grant through the behavioral health care professional matching grant program and school counselor corps grant program.
HB17-1287 by Reps. Millie Hamner (D-Dillon) and Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale) will be discussed on April 10 in the House Education Committee. The bill seeks to create a strategic planning legislative steering committee that will lead a statewide effort to establish a vision and strategic plan for education in Colorado. The steering committee will be responsible for reviewing information already collected by the Departments of Education and Higher Education concerning the state’s education system.