Capitol Week in Review

Current Events & News | 02/08/2019

Amy Pitlik
Government Affairs Director

Before we dive into the legislation we tracked this week, here are two news stories we are following:

On Monday, SB-129, Regulation Of Online Schools (Sen. Story, D-Littleton; Rep. Froelich, D-Greenwood Village), was introduced in the Senate and assigned to Education. 

The House Education Committee postponed HB-1053, Computer Science Courses Offered in Schools (Rep. Valdez, D-La Jara; Rep. Catlin, R-Montrose; Sen. Coram, R-Monrose; Sen. Rodriguez, D-Denver) indefinitely on Tuesday. SB-060, Educator Supplies Tax Credit (Sen. Hill, R-Colorado Springs) was also postponed indefinitely by the Senate Finance Committee. Meanwhile HB-1171, Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act (Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City) was introduced in the House and assigned to both Education and Appropriations. A bill that would include students in special education in graduation rates, HB-1066 (Rep. Buentello, D-Swink; Rep. Kipp, D-Fort Collins), passed a third reading in the House without amendments. 

HB-1100, Prohibit Use Restriction on School District Property (Rep. Geitner, R-Monument) passed a third reading in the House without amendments on Wednesday. 

Thursday was a busy day for education bills. The House Education Committee referred HB-1055, Public School Cap Construction Financial Assistance (Rep. Bird, D-Westminster) without amendments to Finance and referred HB-1110, Media Literacy (Rep. Cutter, D-Evergreen) with amendments to Appropriations. SB-095 (Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Holbert, R-Parker; Rep. Hansen, D-Denver), which reviews the funding formula for higher ed institutions, was referred by the Senate Education Committee to the committee of the whole. Also on Thursday, SB-128, School Finance Mid-Year Adjustments (Sen. Moreno,D-Commerce City; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Rep. Esgar, D-Pueblo; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango) passed a third reading in the Senate without amendments. 

Next week we’ll be keeping an eye on the following: On Tuesday, HB-1121, Fifth-year High School & ASCENT Program Students (Rep. McCluskie, D-Dillon; Rep. Roberts, D-Eagle) and HB-1116, Hunter Education Courses in Public Schools (Rep. McKean, R-Loveland) will be up in the House Education Committee. HB-1008, Include Career and Technical Education in Building Excellent Schools Today Program (Rep. Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada; Rep. Larson, R-Littleton; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Lundeen, R-Colorado Springs) will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. The House Education Committee has a packed schedule for Thursday that includes: HB-1017, Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade Social and Emotional Health Act (Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City; Sen. Fields, D-Aurora); HB-1139, American Civics Education (Rep. Carver, R-Colorado Springs); and HB-1151, Special Education Opportunity Scholarships (Special Education Opportunity Scholarships). 

Have a great weekend! We’ll see you with more updates next week.  

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