It’s hard to believe that between another week of government shutdown, a new deal to re-open the federal government, and Denver teachers voting to go on strike, business is going on as usual in our state capitol. The bills keep on moving along and we continue to keep an eye on them for you!
On Tuesday, the House Education Committee referred HB-1005, Income Tax Credit for Early Childhood Educators (Rep. Buckner, D-Aurora; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Priola, R-Henderson) to Finance without amendments.
SB-094, Extend School Finance Interim Committee (Sen. Lundeen, R-Colorado Springs; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Rep. Garnett, D-Denver) and SB-102, Innovation School Operating as a Community School (Sen. Zenzinger, D-Arvada; Rep. Titone, D-Arvada) were both introduced in the Senate on Wednesday and assigned to the Education Committee. SB-102 defines “community school” and would allow a public school to identify as one in an innovation plan.
On Thursday, HB-1059, Remove Redundant Language in Educator Licensing (Rep. Arndt, D-Fort Collins; Sen. Tate, R-Centennial), which looks at educator requirements for out-of-state applicants, was introduced in the Senate and assigned to the Education Committee. A bill that would prohibit conversion therapy for minors, HB-1129 (Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City; Rep. Esgar, D-Pueblo; Sen. Fenberg, D-Boulder) was also introduced in the House and assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services on Thursday.
We closed out the week with HB-1008, Include 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) which passed on second reading in the House.
We’ll be keeping our eyes on a few bills in the upcoming week as well. On Monday, the Finance Committee will look at HB-1005, Income Tax Credit for Early Childhood Educators (Rep. Buckner, D-Aurora; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Priola, R-Henderson). The House Education Committee will review HB-1100, Prohibit Use Restriction on School District Property (Rep. Geitner, R-Monument) on Tuesday. HB-1032, Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education (Rep. Lontine, D-Denver; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Coram, R-Montrose) will be up in the House Health & Insurance Committee on Wednesday. Finally, on Thursday the Senate Finance Committee will look at SB-060, Educator Supplies Tax Credit (Sen. Hill, R-Colorado Springs).
We’ll be back next week with even more updates. Hope you had a great weekend!