Capitol Week in Review

Current Events & News | 03/08/2019

Amy Pitlik
Government Affairs Director

Another day, another week gone by in the legislative session! In some quick news: Former CO Governor, John Hickenlooper, gave his first official address as a presidential candidate on Thursday and the Joint Budget Committee voted to withhold $33 million in READ Act dollars in hopes that new legislation will improve reading outcomes. Our Executive Director, Krista Spurgin, was quoted in a Chalkbeat article on the decision here.

As for education bills, here’s what we tracked this past week:

Monday:

  • HB-1055, Public School Cap Construction Financial Assistance (Rep. Bird, D-Westminster) was referred by the House Finance Committee to Appropriations.
  • SB-183, Alternate Procedure to Reorganize School Districts, was introduced by Sen. Priola (R-Henderson), Sen. Todd (D-Aurora), Rep. Michaelson Jenet (D-Commerce City), and Rep. Wilson (R-Salida) in the Senate and assigned to Education.

Tuesday:

  • HB-1190, Repeal Of Mill Levy Equalization Fund (Rep. Kipp, D-Fort Collins) was postponed indefinitely by the House Education Committee.
  • HB-1192, Inclusion of American Minorities in Teaching Civil Government (Rep. Gonzales-Gutierrez, D-Denver; Rep. Buentello, D-Swink; Sen. Gonzales, D-Denver) was referred by the House Education Committee with amendments to Appropriations. Chalkbeat wrote about the bill, which would, among other things, create a statewide advisory commission made up of diverse members to examine and make recommendations on civics curricula here.
  • HB-1203, School Nurse Grant Program (Rep. Mullica, D-Thornton; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora) was also referred, amended, to Appropriations by the House Education Committee.

Wednesday:

  • SB-009, Financial Incentives for Rural Educators (Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida) passed a third reading in the house without amendments.

Thursday:

  • HB-1201, Board of Education Executive Session Negotiations Strategy (Rep. Kipp, D-Fort Collins; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida) was introduced in the Senate and assigned to Education.
  • SB-129, Regulation Of Online Schools (Sen. Story, D-Littleton; Rep. Froelich, D-Greenwood Village) was referred by the Senate education Committee to the Senate Committee of the Whole. You can read more about the bill here.
  • SB-161, Sunset Council For Parent Involvement in Education (Rep. Buckner, D-Aurora; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora) was referred without amendments to Appropriations by the Senate Education Committee.

Friday:

  • SB-094, Extend School Finance Interim Committee (Sen. Lundeen, R-Colorado Springs; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Rep. Garnett, D-Denver) was referred unamended by the Senate Appropriations Committee to the Senate Committee of the Whole passed 2nd reading in the House with amendments
  • After the House adopted the conference committee report earlier in the week for SB-128, School Finance Mid-year Adjustments (Sen. Moreno, D-Commerce City; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Rep. Esgar, D-Pueblo; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango), the Senate followed suit by adopting the conference committee report today. It will be sent to the Governor for signature.

Coming up this week: On Tuesday, the House Education Committee will review HB-1052, Early Childhood Development Special District (Rep. McCluskie, D-Dillon; Rep. Rich, R-Grand Junction; Sen. Rankin, R-Carbondale; Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village) and SB-102, Innovation School Operating as a Community School (Sen. Zenzinger, D-Arvada; Rep. Titone, D-Arvada). The Senate Local Governance Committee will also look at HB-1052, Early Childhood Development Special District (Rep. McCluskie, D-Dillon; Rep. Rich, R-Grand Junction; Sen. Rankin, R-Carbondale; Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village) on Tuesday. 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) and HB-1187, Increase Student Aid Application Completion Rates (Rep. Coleman, D-Denver; Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village) will both be up in the House Education Committee on Wednesday.

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