Capitol Week in Review

Current Events & News | 03/14/2019

Amy Pitlik
Government Affairs Director

We hope that everyone stayed safe and warm during the bomb cyclone! Even though the record-breaking storm kept most folks inside, committees in the Capitol met as usual. Read on for the education bills we kept an eye on this week.

Monday:

  • HB-1059, Remove Redundant Language in Educator Licensing (Rep. Arndt, D-Fort Collins; Sen. Tate, R-Centennial) was signed by Governor Polis.
  • HB-1100, Prohibit Use Restriction on School District Property (Rep. Geitner, R-Monument) was sent to the Governor.

Tuesday:

  • 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 referred by the House Education Committee to the House Committee of the Whole with amendments.

Wednesday:

  • HB-1186, School Employment Background Check Clarification (Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village; Sen. Cooke, R-Greeley) was introduced in the Senate and assigned to Education.

Thursday:

  • 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)  passed in the Senate Education Committee.
  • 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)  passed in the Senate Local Government Committee.
  • HB-1187, Increase Student Aid Application Completion Rates (Rep. Coleman, D-Denver; Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village)  was referred with amendments to Appropriations by the House Committee on Education.
  • 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 in the House Education Committee.
  • HB-1201, Board of Education Executive Session Negotiations Strategy (Rep. Kipp, D-Fort Collins; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida)  passed in the Senate Education Committee.
  • 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 with no amendments.
  • SB-129, Regulation Of Online Schools (Sen. Story, D-Littleton; Rep. Froelich, D-Greenwood Village) passed a second reading with amendments in committee.

Friday:

  • HB-1192, Inclusion of American Minorities in Teaching Civil Government (Rep. Gonzales-Gutierrez, D-Denver; Rep. Buentello, D-Swink; Sen. Gonzales, D-Denver)  was passed with Amendments during a House Special Order on the floor.
  • SB-095, Five-year Review of Higher Education Funding Formula (Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Holbert, R-Parker; Rep. Hansen, D-Denver)  was laid over without amendments by the House.

Coming up this week:

Coming up this week: HB-1192 and SB-102 will go through a third and final reading in the House on Monday. On Tuesday, SB-003, Educator Loan Forgiveness Program (Sen. Zenzinger, D-Arvada; Sen. Coram, R-Montrose; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida) will be in Senate Appropriations and SB-179, Enhance School Safety Incident Response Grant Program (Sen. Lee, D-Colorado Springs; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida) will be heard in the Senate Finance Committee. Also on Tuesday, HB-1194 and SB-183 will go through a second reading in the House.  

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