This Week at the Capitol: February 23

Legislation | 02/23/2018

Amy Pitlik
Director of Government Relations

Welcome back to This Week At the Capitol! It was another busy week for education bills in Colorado. We’ve got a run-down on what happened under the Golden Dome.

Tuesday kicked off with three education bills in the Senate Education Committee. SB-099, Align Early Childhood Quality Improvement Programs, SB-151, Colorado Department of Education Bullying Policies Research (Sen. K. Priola, R-Henderson; Sen. R. Fields, D-Aurora; Rep.  J. Wilson, R-Salida; Rep. J. Buckner, D-Aurora), and of SB-160, Charter School Induction and Alternative Licensure Program (Sen. K. Lambert, R-Colorado Springs; Rep. M. Hamner, D-Dillon) passed through Senate third reading with no amendments.

On Wednesday, the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs committee indefinitely postponed HB-1037, Concealed Handguns on School Grounds (Rep. P. Neville, R-Castle Rock; Sen. T. Neville, R-Littleton), a bill that would have removed a current limitation that prohibits permit holders from carrying a concealed handgun on public school grounds.

Next week’s schedule is looking pretty packed as well. On Monday the House Education Committee will be reviewing two bills: HB-1034, Career and Technical Education Capital Grant Program (Rep. P. Covarrubias, R-Brighton; Rep. H. McKean, R-Loveland; Sen. K. Priola, R-Henderson), and HB-1189, Expanding Effective Teacher Residency Programs (Rep. B. Pettersen, D-Lakewood; Rep. L. Sias, R-Arvada; Sen. O. Hill, R-Colorado Springs; Sen. N. Todd, D-Aurora).

On Wednesday, the House Education Committee will also take a look at Rep. Perry Buck’s (R-Windsor) bill which would remove the high school social studies assessment requirement (HB-1014). Meanwhile, the Senate Business, Labor & Technology Committee will review SB-175, Prohibit Paid Union Activity by Public Employees, introduced by Sen. Bob Gardner (R-Colorado Springs) and Rep. Paul Lundeen (R-Monument). The bill would prohibit public employees from getting compensated for union activities.

The Senate Education Committee will have a busy day on Thursday as they look through three bills. HB-1005, Notice To Students of Postsecondary Courses (Rep. B. Pettersen, D-Lakewood; Rep. J. Becker, R-Fort Morgan; Sen. K. Priola, R-Henderson); HB-1052, Exception to 2-year Higher Education Service Areas (Rep. P. Lundeen, R-Monument; Rep. J. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village; Sen. N. Todd, D-Aurora); and HB-1095, Educator License Requirements Military Spouses (Rep. T. Carver, R-Colorado Springs; Rep. J. James Arndt, D-Fort Collins; Sen. B. Gardner, R-Colorado Springs; Sen. N. Todd, D-Aurora).

Come back next week to find out updates on these bills and more! Have a great weekend.

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