This Week at the Capitol: March 3

Legislation | 03/02/2018

Amy Pitlik
Director of Government Relations

Happy Friday and welcome to another This Week at the Capitol.

Beginning on Tuesday, a big focus of work at the Capitol, and in particular the House chamber, was consideration of the resolution to expel Rep. Steve Lebsock (D-Thornton) over allegations of sexual misconduct.  As of this writing, we do not know the outcome of the vote on the resolution but would like to state that we stand in support of victims of sexual misconduct.

On Monday the House Education Committee reviewed two bills and sent both on to Appropriations with amendments: 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).

The following Wednesday, the House Education Committee indefinitely postponed Rep. Perry Buck’s (R-Windsor) bill to remove the high school social studies assessment requirement (HB-1014). That same day, the Senate Business, Labor & Technology Committee reviewed review SB-175, Prohibit Paid Union Activity by Public Employees, introduced by Sen. Bob Gardner (R-Colorado Springs) and Rep. Paul Lundeen (R-Monument) and referred it, with amendments, to the Senate Committee of the Whole.

On Thursday, the Senate Education Committee sent three bills unamended to the Senate Committee of the Whole: 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).

For this upcoming week, we’ll have a lot to keep an eye on for Monday. The House will be doing a third reading of bills HB-1021, Task Force for Youth Experiencing Homelessness (Rep. E. Hooton, D-Boulder; Rep. L. Landgraf, R-Fountain; Sen. J. Kefalas, D-Fort Collins) and HB-1193, Extend Advanced Placement Incentives Program (Rep. J. Wilson, R-Salida; Rep. B. McLachlan, D-Durango; Sen. R. Scott, R- Grand Junction; Sen. R. Zenzinger, D-Arvada).

On Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations Committee will take a look at SB-011 (Sen. C. Holbert, R-Parker; Sen. A. Kerr, D-Lakewood; Rep. T. Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada; Rep. P. Lundeen, R-Monument) which clarifies current law prohibiting a school from punishing a student who had a parent excuse them from taking a state assessment.

HB-1130, School District-authorized Instructors (Rep. D. Williams, R-Colorado Springs; Rep. J. James Arndt ,D-Fort Collins; Sen. B. Gardner, R-Colorado Springs), will come up in the Senate Education Committee on Thursday. This bill further qualifies the requirements a teacher licensed out-of-state must possess before qualifying for a teaching license in the state.

The Public Health Care & Human Services committee will finish off the week on Friday with HB-1177, Youth Suicide Prevention (Rep. D. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City; Sen. S. Fenberg, D-Boulder; Sen. D. Coram, R-Montrose). HB-1177 would direct the Office of Suicide Prevention within the Department of Public Health to implement a number of programs and efforts that would, among other things, provide trainings on youth suicide prevention for people who regularly interact with youth as well as create a statewide awareness campaign.

Now go out there and enjoy the beautiful weather! We’ll be back next week with another update.


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