This Week at the Capitol: January 26

Legislation | 01/26/2018

Amy Pitlik
Director of Government Relations

It was another busy week under the gold dome where almost 250 bills have been introduced. The Senate Education Committee heard two bills on Thursday, January 25th. The first, SB-008 Reward Access to Arts Education In Public Schools by Senator M. Merrifield (D- Colorado Springs) which would have created an additional arts-related performance indicator for public schools (charters included), was killed.

The second, SB-013, sponsored by Senator R. Fields, D- Aurora and Senator B. Gardner, R- Colorado Springs would extend the age of eligibility for receiving a free school lunch to eighth graders in state-subsidized early education programs (the age limit is currently capped at fifth grade). This bill was passed on, unamended, to Appropriations.

Coming up next week, there are quite a few things to keep an eye on: The House Education Committee will hear several bills on Monday afternoon including  one related to teaching fellowships in rural schools (HB-1002 by Representative M. Hamner D- Dillon, Representative B. Rankin R- Carbondale/Senator N. Todd D- Aurora, Senator D. Coram R- Montrose) and HB-1005, Notice to Students of Postsecondary Courses (Representative J. Becker D- Fort Morgan, Representative B. Pettersen D-Lakewood).

On Wednesday, the Senate Education Committee will hear SB-004, Funding For Full-Day Kindergarten (Senator A. Kerr, D-Lakewood) while the House Education Committee discusses HB-1037, Concealed Handguns on School Grounds (Senator P. Neville R-Castle Rock, Senator T. Neville R-Littleton).

Check back next week to hear our updates as we keep a close eye on what’s happening at the Capitol!




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