Capitol Week in Review

Current Events & News | 02/15/2019

Amy Pitlik
Government Affairs Director

Happy belated Valentine’s Day and welcome to another weekly Capitol update! In big education news: DCTA’s first teacher strike in 25 years is over. Early on Thursday morning, DCTA and DPS announced that they had reached an agreement that will give educators a raise and preserve equity incentives. Most teachers returned to classrooms that day. You can read more about the deal here.

In Capitol news: On Tuesday, the House Education Committee postponed HB-1116, Hunter Education Courses in Public Schools (Rep. McKean, R-Loveland) indefinitely and referred HB-1121, Fifth-year High School & ASCENT Program Students (Rep. McCluskie, D-Dillon; Rep. Roberts, D-Eagle) with amendments to Appropriations. 

On Wednesday, the Senate Education Committee referred 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) without amendments to the Consent Calendar in the Senate Committee. That same day, SB-102, Innovation School Operating as a Community School (Sen. Lundeen, R-Colorado Springs; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Rep. Garnett, D-Denver) passed a third reading in the Senate without amendments.

We watched two bills on Valentine’s Day: SB-095, Five-year Review of Higher Education Funding Formula (Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Holbert, R-Parker; Rep. Hansen, D-Denver) which was introduced in the House and assigned to Education and Appropriations and HB-1151, Special Education Opportunity Scholarships (Rep. Geitner, R-Monument) which was postponed indefinitely in the House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs. 

In the House on Friday, 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 its third and final reading and HB19-1032, Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education (Rep. Lontine, D-Denver; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Coram, R-Montrose) passed a second reading. 

As for next week: on Tuesday we’ll be watching HB-1008 as it goes through a second reading as part of the Senate’s Consent Calendar and SB-039, Interdistrict Transportation of Students (Sen. Story, D-Littleton; Sen. Zenzinger, D-Arvada; Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City) which is up in the House Education Committee. The next day, HB-1120, Youth Mental Health Education and Suicide Prevention (Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City; Rep. Roberts, D-Eagle; Sen. Fenberg, D-Boulder) will be heard in the House Public Health Care & Human Services committee. On Thursday, we’ll watch HB-1059 (Rep. Arndt, D-Fort Collins; Sen. Tate, R-Centennial), a bill to remove redundant language in educator licensing in the Senate Education Committee as well as HB-1171, Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act (Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City) in the House Education Committee. Finally, the Senate Appropriations Committee will review SB-094, Extend School Finance Interim Committee (Sen. Lundeen, R-Colorado Springs; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Rep. Garnett, D-Denver) on Friday.

We’ll see you back next week for updates on these bills and more!

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