Capitol Week in Review

Current Events & News | 04/28/2019

Amy Pitlik
Government Affairs Director

Happy second-to-last week of the 2019 legislative session! Hard to believe that nearly five months of bill writing, testifying, and lawmaking are coming to an end. Make sure to look out for our email next week where we will do a final run down of the 72nd General Assembly.

Tuesday:

  • SB-176, Expanding Concurrent Enrollment Opportunities (Sen. Lundeen, R-Colorado Springs; Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village; Rep. McCluskie, D-Dillon; Rep. Geitner, R-Monument) was referred by House Education to Appropriations with amendments.
  • HB-1032, Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education (Rep. Lontine, D-Denver; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Coram, R-Montrose) was referred, unamended, to the Senate Committee of the Whole.

Wednesday:

  • HB-1120, Youth Mental Health Education and Suicide Prevention (Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City; Rep. Roberts, D-Eagle; Sen. Fenberg, D-Boulder) was referred by Senate Appropriations, without amendments, to the Senate Committee of the Whole.
  • SB-094, Extend School Finance Interim Committee (Sen. Lundeen, R-Colorado Springs; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Rep. Garnett, D-Denver) passed a third reading in the House without amendments.

Thursday:

  • HB-1206, Higher Education Supplemental Academic Instruction (Rep. Coleman, D-Denver; Rep. Larson, R-Littleton; Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village; Sen. Lundeen, R-Colorado Springs) was signed by the Governor.
  • SB-204, Public School Local Accountability Systems (Sen. Story, D-Littleton; Rep. James Arndt, D-Fort Collins; Rep. Bird, D-Westminster) was referred, unamended, to Appropriations by the House Education Committee.               
  • SB-247, Educator Performance Evaluation System Requirements (Sen. Story, D-Littleton; Rep. Arndt, D-Fort Collins; Rep. Bird, D-Westminster) was postponed indefinitely in Senate Education.

Friday:

  • HB-1187, Increase Student Aid Application Completion Rates (Rep. Coleman, D-Denver; Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village) was referred, without amendments, to the Senate Committee of the Whole.
  • The Senate considered House amendments to SB-059, Automatic Enrollment In Advanced Course Grant Program (Sen. Moreno, D-Commerce City; Rep. Buckner, D-Aurora) and voted to repass.
  • HB-1171,  Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act (Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City; Sen. Fields, D-Aurora; Sen. Priola, R-Henderson) passed a third reading in the Senate without amendments.

Saturday:

  • SB-255, Gallagher Amendment Residential Assessment Rate (Sen. Court, D-Denver; Sen. Tate, R-Centennial; Rep. Herod, D-Denver) was introduced in the House and assigned to Finance.
  • HB-1257, Voter Approval to Retain Revenue for Ed & Transp (Rep. Becker, D-Boulder; Rep. McCluskie, D-Dillon; Sen. Court, D-Denver; Sen. Priola, R-Henderson) and HB-1258, Allocate Voter-approved Revenue For Education & Transportation (Rep. Becker, D-Boulder; Rep. McCluskie, D-Dillon; Sen. Court, D-Denver; Sen. Priola, R-Henderson) passed a second reading in the Senate without amendments.
  • SB-231, Colorado Second Chance Scholarship (Sen. Moreno, D-Commerce City) passed a second reading in the House without amendments.
  • SB-246, Public School Finance (Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Lundeen, R-Colorado Springs; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida) was referred, with amendments, to the House Committee of the Whole.  
  • SB-199, READ Act Implementation Measures (Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Rankin, R-Carbondale; Rep. McCluskie, D-Dillon; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida) was referred, without amendments, to the House Committee of the Whole.           
  • HB-1134, Identification and Interventions for Students with Dyslexia (Rep. Buckner, D-Aurora; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora) passed a third reading in the Senate without amendments.
  • The House considered Senate amendments to HB-1262, State Funding for Full-day Kindergarten (Rep. Wilson, R-Salida; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Springs) and decided to lay the bill over daily.
  • SB-190, Teacher Preparation Program Support (Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Rankin, R-Carbondale; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Rep. Wilson, D-Salida) was passed, with amendments, during a second reading special order in the House.
  • SB-216, High School Innovative Learning Pilot (Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village; Rep. Bird, D-Westminster) was passed, without amendments, during a second reading special order in the House.
  • HB-1017, Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade Social and Emotional Health Act (Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City; Sen. Fields, D-Aurora), was introduced in the Senate and assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs.
  • HB-1276, Ninth Grade Success Grant Program (Rep. Buentello, D-Swink; Rep. Exum, D-Colorado Springs; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Coram, R-Montrose) and HB-1312, School Immunization Requirements (Rep. Mullica, D-Thornton; Sen. Gonzales, D-Denver; Sen. Priola, R-Henderson)passed a third reading in the House without amendments.

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