This Week at the Capitol: January 19

Legislation | 01/19/2018

Amy Pitlik
Director of Government Relations

This week at the Capitol started with a closed General Assembly in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday.

Senate President Kevin J. Grantham (R-Cañon City) released a statement honoring Doctor King’s legacy and encouraged “every Coloradan to be of service today, service to their state, their community, and most of all to each other.”

At the Marade in City Park, House Speaker, Crisanta Duran (D-Denver), urged her audience to “unite together in honor of a man who brought such needed change, hope, and healing to our country” and Representative Leslie Herod (D-Denver), speaking as representative of the Black Democratic Legislative Caucus, reminded everyone that “Dr. King taught us that our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Education Committee hearings didn’t heat up this week, but we’re now in the process of reviewing more than 20 pieces of legislation, including the returning efforts of Rep. Wilson (R- Salida) and Sen. Kerr (D- Lakewood) to more fully fund Full-Day Kindergarten. We’re also looking at several bills that seek to provide incentives to recruit and retain teachers in rural settings.

Looking ahead, education-related business will pick-up next with a meeting of the Joint House and Senate Education Committee and the Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday upon adjournment. Then on Thursday afternoon, the Senate Education Committee will hear several bills, including SB-013, Expand the Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act (Senator Rhonda Fields D- Aurora, Senator Bob Gardner R - El Paso) and SB-008: Reward Access to Arts Education (Senator Merrifield, D- Colorado Springs).

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