Capitol Week in Review

Legislation | 01/18/2019

Amy Pitlik
Director of Government Relations

Note: we have a new name and look but the same great updates about what is happening under the golden dome!

While the federal government has been shut down for nearly a month, Colorado’s state legislature has been chugging along. On Tuesday, Governor Polis released his recommendations for the state budget. Some highlights of the letter were the proposed $227 million for statewide fully funded, full-day kindergarten and $2 million for data-driven programs to help high school freshmen stay on-track. You can read Governor Polis’ proposals here. However, whether or not these proposals become a reality depend on the members of the General Assembly, especially the Joint Budget Committee.

Beyond the release of the Governor’s letter, we kept an eye on a few bills this week. On Tuesday, the House Education Committee referred HB-1008Include Career and Technical Education in Building Excellent Schools Today Program (Rep. Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada; Rep. Larson, R-Littleton; N. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Lundeen, R-Colorado Springs) to the House Committee of the Whole with amendments. Rep. Cutter (D-Evergreen) introduced HB-1110Media Literacy, in the House where it was assigned to the Education Committee.

HB-1120Youth Mental Health Education and Suicide Prevention (Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City; Rep. Roberts, D-Eagle; Sen. Fenberg, D-Boulder), was introduced in the House on Wednesday and assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services and Appropriations.

On Thursday, SB-022Bonuses for Highly Effective Teachers (Sen. Lundeen, R-Colorado Springs) was postponed indefinitely by the Senate Education Committee. On that same day, HB-1002Leadership Professional Development for School Principals (Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida; Sen. Zenzinger, D-Arvada), made it out of the House Education Committee with amendments and was sent to Appropriations.

In the upcoming week, we’ll watch HB-1005Income Tax Credit for Early Childhood Educators (Rep. Buckner, D-Aurora; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Priola, R-Henderson) which will be heard by the by the House Education Committee on Tuesday. On Thursday, the House Education Committee will look at HB-1053Computer Science Courses Offered in Schools (Rep. Valdez, D-La Jara; Rep. Catlin, R-Montrose; Sen. Coram, R-Montrose; Sen. Rodriguez, D-Denver) and HB-1055Public School Cap Construction Financial Assistance (Rep. Bird, D-Westminster). SB-003Educator Loan Forgiveness Program (Sen. Zenzinger, D-Arvada; Sen. Coram, R-Montrose; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida) will also be heard on Thursday in the Senate Education Committee.

The General Assembly will not convene on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Keep your eyes open for our updates in next week’s Capitol Week in Review!

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