Capitol Week in Review

Current Events & News | 04/12/2019

Amy Pitlik
Government Affairs Director

We had a busy week that not even a (disappointing) bomb cyclone could slow down! Our Stand members have been regulars at the Capitol lately, delivering testimonies in support of full-day Kindergarten and a grant that would target ninth grade success.

You can read “Glamma” (glam + grandma!) Lisa’s testimony urging members of the House Education Committee to support state funding for full-day Kindergarten here. If you’re interested in learning more about HB-1276, which focuses on ensuring high school freshmen stay on track for graduation, read testimonies delivered by two moms, Eulalia and Acacia, and by our Executive Director, Krista Spurgin here.

Interested in following along on the journey of these bills? Check out our Twitter and our Instagram! We are always posting updates about the incredible parents and community members who come out to advocate for Colorado’s kids.

Monday:

  • 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) passed a third reading in the Senate without amendments.
  • SB-102, Innovation School Operating as a Community School (Sen. Zenzinger, D-Arvada; Rep. Titone, D-Arvada) was signed by the Governor.
  • SB-170, Inquiry Into College Applicant Criminal History (Sen. Rodriguez, D-Denver; Sen. Tate, R-Centennial; Rep. Herod, D-Denver) was passed a third reading in the Senate without amendments.
  • 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 a third reading in the House without amendments.

Tuesday:

  • HB-1236, Workforce Diploma Pilot Program (Rep. Gray, D-Broomfield; Rep. Sullivan, D-Centennial; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora) was referred, with amendments, by the House Education Committee to Appropriations.
  • 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) were both referred, unamended, to the House Committee of the Whole.

Thursday:

  • HB-1192, Inclusion of American Minorities in Teaching Civil Government (Rep. Gonzales-Gutierrez, D-Denver; Rep. Buentello, D-Swink; Sen. Gonzales, D-Denver) and 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) were introduced in the Senate and assigned to Education.
  • HB-1276, Ninth Grade Success Grant Program (Rep. Buentello, D-Swink; Rep. Exum, D-Colorado Springs; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Coram, R-Montrose) was introduced in the House and assigned to Education and Appropriations. Learn about a successful ninth grade support program here.
  • SB-010, Professional Behavioral Health Services for Schools (Sen. Fields, D-Aurora; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Rep. Valdez, D-La Jara) was introduced in the House and assigned to Education and Appropriations.
  • SB-179, Enhance School Safety Incident Response Grant Program (Sen. Lee, D-Colorado Springs; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida) passed a second reading in Senate committee with amendments.
  • SB-199, READ Act Implementation Measures (Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Rankin, R-Carbondale; Rep. McCluskie, D-Dillon; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida) was referred by the Senate, with amendments, to Appropriations. Read more about updates to the READ Act here.
  • SB-204, Public School Local Accountability Systems (Sen. Story, D-Littleton; Rep. James Arndt, D-Fort Collins; Rep. Bird, D-Westminster) and SB-216, High School Innovative Learning Pilot (Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village; Rep. Bird, D-Westminster) were introduced in the Senate and assigned to Education.

Friday:

  • HB-1120, Youth Mental Health Education and Suicide Prevention (Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City; Rep. Roberts, D-Eagle; Sen. Fenberg, D-Boulder) passed 2nd reading in the House.  
  • HB-1134, Identification and Interventions for Students with Dyslexia (Rep. Buckner, D-Aurora; Rep. Wilson, R-Salida; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora) passed 2nd reading in the House.
  • HB-1171,  Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act (Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City; Sen. Fields, D-Aurora; Sen. Priola, R-Henderson) passed 2nd reading in the House.
  • HB-1262, State Funding for Full-day Kindergarten (Rep. Wilson, R-Salida; Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango; Sen. Bridges, D-Greenwood Springs) jpassed 2nd reading in the House.

Coming up this week:

On Monday, conference committees will report on SB-207, FY 2019-20 Long Bill (Sen. Moreno, D-Commerce City; Rep. Esgar, D-Pueblo) in the Senate. On Tuesday, HB-1277, Computer Science Grant Program (Rep. Esgar, D-Pueblo; Rep. Cutter, D-Evergreen; Sen. Todd, D-Aurora; Sen. Winter, D-Thornton) will be up in the House Education Committee.

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