Capitol Week in Review

Current Events & News | 04/19/2019

Amy Pitlik
Government Affairs Director

It was a scary week for administrators, educators, children, and parents across the metro Denver area. We are thankful to district leaders and law enforcement for prioritizing the safety of our students in the face of an active threat. We want to share a resource from the National Association of School Psychologists that might guide how parents talk to their children about the events of this past week. We hope that it provides some useful information.

Two Stand parents testified for HB-1262 this week in support of funding full-day kindergarten. If you're interested in showing your support for the bill as it moves in the Senate, click here

Only two full weeks remain in this year's session and both chambers have been busy reviewing bills. Keep on reading for a hefty, but exciting, rundown.

Monday:

  • HB-1312, School Immunization Requirements (Rep. Mullica, D-Thornton; Sen. Gonzales, D-Denver; Sen. Priola, R-Henderson) was referred, with amendments, from the House Committee on Health & Insurance to the House Committee of the Whole. Read more about the bill here or the packed hearing here.

Tuesday:

  • HB-1110, Media Literacy (Rep. Cutter, D-Evergreen) was introduced in the Senate and assigned to Education.
  • HB-1120, Youth Mental Health Education and Suicide Prevention (Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City; Rep. Roberts, D-Eagle; Sen. Fenberg, D-Boulder) was introduced in the Senate and assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs.  
  • HB-1134, Identification and Interventions for Students with Dyslexia (Rep. Buckner, D-Aurora; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora) was introduced in the Senate and assigned to Education.
  • HB-1171,  Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act (Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City; Sen. Fields, D-Aurora; Sen. Priola, R-Henderson) was introduced in the Senate and assigned to Education.
  • HB-1187, Increase Student Aid Application Completion Rates (Rep. Coleman, D-Denver; Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village) was introduced in the Senate and assigned to Education.
  • SB-183, Alternate Procedure to Reorganize School Districts (Sen. Priola, R-Henderson; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida) was signed by the Governor.
  • SB-231, Colorado Second Chance Scholarship (Sen. Moreno, D-Commerce City) was added to the consent calendar in the Senate, with amendments.
  • SB-246, Public School Finance (Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Lundeen, R-Colorado Springs; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida) was introduced in the Senate and assigned to Education.
  • SB-247, Educator Performance Evaluation System Requirements (Sen. Story, D-Littleton; Rep. Arndt, D-Fort Collins; Rep. Bird, D-Westminster) was introduced in the Senate and assigned to Education.

Wednesday:

  • HB-1194, School Discipline For Preschool Through Second Grade (Rep. Lontine, D-Denver; Rep. Larson, R-Littleton; Sen. Priola, R-Henderson; Sen. Fields, D-Aurora) passed a third reading in the Senate without amendments.
  • SB-171, Expanding Concurrent Enrollment Opportunities (Sen. Lundeen, R-Colorado Springs; Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village; Rep. McCluskie, D-Dillon; Rep. Geitner, R-Monument) was introduced in the House and assigned to Education.
  • SB-190, Teacher Preparation Program Support (Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Rankin, R-Carbondale; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Rep. Wilson, D-Salida) was introduced in the House and assigned to Education.
  • SB-255, Gallagher Amendment Residential Assessment Rate (Sen. Court, D-Denver; Sen. Tate, R-Centennial; Rep. Herod, D-Denver) was introduced in the Senate and assigned to Finance.
  • SB-207, FY 2019-2020 Long Bill (Sen. Moreno, D-Commerce City; Sen. Esgar, D-Pueblo) was sent to the Governor.
  • HB-1262, State Funding for Full-day Kindergarten (Rep. Wilson, R-Salida; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Springs) was referred unamended to Senate Appropriations.

Thursday:

  • HB-1132, School Incentives to Use Colorado Food and Producers (Rep. Buentello, D-Swink; Rep. Pelton, Fort Morgan; Sen. Coram, R-Montrose; Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village) was referred unamended to Appropriations by the Senate Education Committee.
  • HB-1171, Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act (Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City; Sen. Fields, D-Aurora; Sen. Priola, R-Henderson) was referred unamended to Appropriations by the Senate Education Committee.
  •  HB-1312, School Immunization Requirements (Rep. Mullica, D-Thornton; Sen. Gonzales, D-Denver; Sen. Priola, R-Henderson) was laid over, without amendments.
  • SB-059, Automatic Enrollment In Advanced Course Grant Program (Sen. Moreno, D-Commerce City; Rep. Buckner, D-Aurora) was referred, without amendments, to Appropriations by the House Education Committee.
  • SB-170, Inquiry Into College Applicant Criminal History (Sen. Rodriguez, D-Denver; Sen. Tate, R-Centennial; Rep. Herod, D-Denver) passed a third reading in the House without amendments.

Friday:

  • SB-246, Public School Finance (Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Lundeen, R-Colorado Springs; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida), was referred by Appropriations to the Senate Committee of the Whole with amendments.
  • HB-1192, Inclusion of American Minorities in Teaching Civil Government (Rep. Gonzales-Gutierrez, D-Denver; Rep. Buentello, D-Swink; Sen. Gonzales, D-Denver) passed Senate Appropriations.
  • SB-199, READ Act Implementation Measures (Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Rankin, R-Carbondale; Rep. McCluskie, D-Dillon; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida) was referred, with amendments, to the Senate Committee of the Whole.
  • SB-204, Public School Local Accountability Systems (Sen. Story, D-Littleton; Rep. James Arndt, D-Fort Collins; Rep. Bird, D-Westminster) was referred, with amendments, to the Senate Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
  • SB-216, High School Innovative Learning Pilot (Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village; Rep. Bird, D-Westminster) passed a third reading in the Senate without amendments.

 

Next week, we’ll keep an eye on the following:

Monday:

  • HB-1032, Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education (Rep. Lontine, D-Denver; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Coram, R-Montrose) will be up in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Tuesday:

  • HB-1262, State Funding for Full-day Kindergarten (Rep. Wilson, R-Salida; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Springs) will be up in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
  • SB-176, Expanding Concurrent Enrollment Opportunities (Sen. Lundeen, R-Colorado Springs; Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village; Rep. McCluskie, D-Dillon; Rep. Geitner, R-Monument) and SB-190, Teacher Preparation Program Support (Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Rankin, R-Carbondale; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Rep. Wilson, D-Salida) will be in the House Education Committee.

Thursday:

  • HB-1134, Identification and Interventions for Students with Dyslexia (Rep. Buckner, D-Aurora; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora) and HB-1187, Increase Student Aid Application Completion Rates (Rep. Coleman, D-Denver; Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village), will be in the Senate Education Committee.

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