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LAC Lobbyists: Jeanette Abelman & Holly Monkman

Bill No. Title PositionCommentStatusHearing DateHearing TimeHearing RoomCCW SummaryFull TextFiscal NotesHouse SponsorsSenate SponsorsHouse CommitteeSenate CommitteeVotesLobbyistsSave to Calendar
HB20-1007 Diverse Kindergarten Through 12th Grade Educator Workforce Report b

3/15/20 sent to appropriations. 6/13/20 Postponed Indefinetly

Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely: 06/13/2020

Concerning increasing the diversity of Colorado's educators in elementary and secondary public schools.

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 08/06/2020J. Coleman (D)
B. Buentello (D)
R. Fields (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
EducationEducationVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
HB20-1015 Future Educator Pathways Grant Program b

1/28/20 sent to appropriations. 6/16/20 Amendments failed.

House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed: 06/16/2020

Concerning the creation of a program to award grants to local education providers that provide a future educator pathways program for students.

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 08/06/2020J. Wilson (R)
B. Buentello (D)
J. Bridges (D)EducationVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
HB20-1016 Increase Quality In Early Childhood Education Programs b

2/4/20 sent to appropriations. Amendments failed. 

House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed: 06/16/2020

Concerning state assistance to increase quality levels in early childhood education programs.

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 02/19/2020J. Wilson (R)
J. McCluskie (D)
B. Pettersen (D)EducationVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
HB20-1053 Supports For Early Childhood Educator Workforce b

2/4/20 sent to appropriations. 6/11/20 Senate thrid reading passed No amendments 

Governor Signed: 07/08/2020

Concerning measures to support the early childhood educator workforce.

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 06/08/2020J. Wilson (R)
E. Sirota (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
T. Story (D)
EducationState, Veterans and Military AffairsVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
HB20-1125 Eligible Educator Supplies Tax Credit b

2/3/20 sent to appropriations. 6/1/620 Amedments failed. 

House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed: 06/16/2020

Concerning a state income tax credit related to eligible educators' personal expenses.

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 01/30/2020B. Buentello (D)
M. Baisley (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
R. Woodward (R)
FinanceVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
HB20-1128 Educator Education Requirements Special Education c

Covered by Holly. Governor signed. 

Governor Signed: 03/24/2020

Concerning education requirements for educators to increase awareness of special education issues.

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 01/28/2020J. Wilson (R)
B. Buentello (D)
K. Priola (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
EducationEducationVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
HB20-1135 Replace High School Social Studies Assessment c

6/10/20 third reading passed.  House considered senate amendments rusult was to concur repass

Governor Signed: 07/13/2020

Concerning a new requirement for high school students to take the United States citizenship test instead of the social studies assessment.

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 07/29/2020P. Buck (R)
B. McLachlan (D)
N. Todd (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
EducationEducationVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
HB20-1231 Amend Programs Addressing Educator Shortages c

Bill was PI'd on May 26, 2020

House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely: 05/26/2020 Concerning strategies to address educator shortages.

 

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 07/14/2020J. Wilson (R)N. Todd (D)EducationVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
HB20-1235 Colorado Department Of Education Support For Family Engagement Practices c

2/20/20 referred to approriations. 6/16/20 Amendments failed. 

House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed: 06/16/2020 Concerning advancing research-based family-school partnerships in Colorado.

 

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 07/28/2020J. Coleman (D)
C. Larson (R)
EducationVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
HB20-1312 Behavioral Health Training Requirements Educator License c

Covered by Holly.6/11/20 senate third reading passed no amendments 

Governor Signed: 07/08/2020

Concerning behavioral health training requirements for educator licensure.

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 06/09/2020D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
B. Titone (D)
N. Todd (D)
D. Hisey (R)
EducationFinanceVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
HB20-1336 Holocaust And Genocide Studies In Public Schools c

3/12/20 sent to appropriations. referred to COW on 6/3/20.  Passed 2rd reading as amended 6/4/20 hearing for final passage set for 6/5/20. 6/10/20 senate third reading passed no amendments 

Governor Signed: 07/08/2020

Concerning requiring the satisfactory completion of a course that includes Holocaust and genocide studies as a condition of high school graduation in public schools.

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 06/04/2020D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
E. Sirota (D)
S. Fenberg (D)
D. Hisey (R)
EducationState, Veterans and Military AffairsVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
HB20-1357 Media Literacy Implementation b

Bill was PI'd on May 26, 2020

House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely: 05/26/2020

Concerning implementing the recommendations of the media literacy advisory committee in elementary and secondary education created in House Bill 19-1110.

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 07/23/2020B. McLachlan (D)
L. Cutter (D)
EducationVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
HB20-1418 Public School Finance c

House considered senate amendments result was to concur -repass 6/12/20

Governor Signed: 06/30/2020

Concerning the financing of public schools, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations.

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 07/22/2020K. Becker (D)N. Todd (D)EducationFinanceVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
SB20-009 Expand Adult Education Grant Program b

Covered by Holly.

 2/19, HM: This bill proposes expanding the existing Adult Education & Literacy grant program by allowing adult education providers that partner with elementary & secondary education providers or higher ed providers to apply for grants for the purpose of assisting adults in basic literacy & numeracy education.  Currently the pool of organizations that may apply for the grants is limited to those that focus on workforce development. 

In 2015 the adult education and literacy grant program was created with a focus on workforce development partnerships in order to provide adult education that leads to increased levels of employment. SB009 recognizes that, in addition to increasing employment, adult education is necessary to ensure an adult population that is better prepared to support the educational attainment of the next generation and to actively participate as citizens in a democratic society.

The bill was heard in the Senate Education Committee on 1/29 and referred to Appropriations 5-0. Amendment L001 asks for an additional $500,000 in funding from the General Fund.  The amendment was adopted on a vote of 3-2.

6/1 HM - The Amendment has been dropped, no additional funding is requested.

Stats/Info:

  • Colorado has 300,000 adults lacking a high school diploma; 41% of them have less than a 9th grade education.
  • Colorado is 49th in the nation in adult education funding.
  • From testimony provided by the Center for Work, Education & Employment: Of their native English speaking participants, 40% have literacy skills at 6th grade or less and 65% have numeracy skills at 6th grade or less.
  • According to Senator Rankin, studies have shown that improving basic literacy & numeracy skills not only improves the state’s economy but also reduces reliance on government support and improves the outcomes of the children of these adult learners.
  • Senator Zenzinger had a map of senate districts showing the percentage of the district population age 25 years & older without a high school diploma.  For the senators in attendance the percentages ranged from 2.4% for District 9 to 24.2% for District 21.

The current program has $1 million in funding from the state & $7 million in funding from the fed, totaling $8 million.           

League Position:
Under Social Policy, LWVCO supports equal opportunity for all, promoting social & economic justice.    From the LWVUS Program Guide: In more specific terms, the kinds of programs the League supports include:

  • Programs in basic education, occupational education, and retraining when needed at any point of an individual’s working career.

  • Federal financial aid to help needy students remain in high school and to take advantage of post-high school training and education. 

 

 

Governor Signed: 07/08/2020

Concerning expansion of the adult education and literacy grant program.

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 06/03/2020B. McLachlan (D)
M. Catlin (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
B. Rankin (R)
EducationEducationVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
SB20-023 Colorado Working Group On School Safety b

Covered by Holly.

Passed Senante on 3rd reading 35-0.

This bill born out of the results of the School Safety Audit Report published in Sept. 2019.  Bill sponsors said the report highlighted practices & school design that has had positive results, but it also highlighted gaps and uncoordinated efforts resulting in wasted resources.

KEY RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS 

  • §  The existing patchwork of school safety programs creates a risk of uncoordinated efforts, gaps in services, and challenges in determining reach and impact. For the years and programs we reviewed, we observed: 
    • ?  Eight of the12programswereviewed,across all four departments, touch on aspects of student mental and behavioral health, but are not coordinated. 
    • ?  Both Safe2Tell and the School Safety Resource Center offered trainings on similar topics, including bullying, mental health, school violence, and suicide, but have not coordinated their messaging or coverage of school districts. 
    • ?  There is no mechanism to determine the reach and impact of the programs in combination. 
  • §  Some programs work cooperatively. For example, in Fiscal Year 2019 the Departments of Education and Public Safety communicated about some of their grant programs to prevent duplication in funding of approved projects. Similarly, the Departments of Law and Public Health and Environment work together to provide funding for suicide prevention programs. 

The working group may contract with a consultant to optimize the alignment and effectiveness of the school safety efforts in Colorado and identify evidence-based best practices. The general assembly may appropriate money to the working group for a consultant, and the working group can accept gifts, grants, and donations.

The working group will consist of 13 members including executive director of public safety, commissioner of education, executive director of public health & environment, executive director of the dept of human services, attorney general, director of the school safety resource center, 2 school superintendents (one rural, one urban/suburban), 2 law enforcement officers (chief of police; county sheriff), state architect, 2 members student/parent involved in a school shooting appointed by senate leaders.

LWVCO: The education of a young child is a shared responsibility.  The school must provide a safe environment where learning can and does happen.

Governor Signed: 07/07/2020

Concerning creating a multi-agency working group to address school safety.

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 06/05/2020K. Van Winkle (R)
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
R. Gardner (R)
J. Gonzales (D)
EducationEducationVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
SB20-029 Cost Of Living Adjustment For Colorado Works Program b

LWVUS has supported a variety of specific programs for income assistance and has supported adequate funding of income assistance.  LWVCO supported the Colorado Works Program Omnibus bill.  It would seem to follow that LWVCO would support funding that adjusts for inflation. bill laid over to 12/31/20 with no amendments on 5/26/20. sent to education committee 6/3/20. 6/10/20 senate considered house amendments result was to concur-repass

Governor Signed: 07/02/2020

Concerning an annual cost of living adjustment to the amount of basic cash assistance a Colorado works program recipient receives.

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 06/09/2020J. Coleman (D)
M. Duran (D)
R. Fields (D)
D. Moreno (D)
EducationFinanceVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
SB20-089 Educator Pay Raise Fund c

5/28/20 laid over to 12/31/20. no amendments

Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments: 05/28/2020

Concerning funding assistance to increase the minimum amounts paid to persons employed by local education providers.

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 01/27/2020S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)J. Danielson (D)
L. Garcia (D)
EducationVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
SB20-158 Professional Training For Educators c

Passed second reading with amendments 6/3/20. On 6/9/20 house third reading passed-no amendments 

Governor Signed: 06/30/2020

Concerning measures related to providing professional training for educators.

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 06/03/2020J. Wilson (R)
B. McLachlan (D)
N. Todd (D)EducationEducationVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
SB20-185 The Colorado Imagination Library Program b

Covered by Holly. 6/13/20 Senate considered house amendments- result was to concur-repass

Governor Signed: 07/10/2020

Concerning the creation of the Colorado imagination library program.

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 06/09/2020J. Wilson (R)
K. Tipper (D)
J. Tate (R)
J. Bridges (D)
Energy and EnvironmentEducationVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
SB20-200 Implementation Of CO Colorado Secure Savings Program b

This bill promotes the LWVUS goal of promoting self-suficiency for individuals and famiilies. the bill was referred to approrations unamended on  5/26/20. Referred to to COW 6/4/20. On 6/13/20 senate considered house amendments result was to concur repass 

Governor Signed: 07/14/2020

Concerning the implementation of the Colorado secure savings program to increase the amount of retirement savings by Colorado's private sector workers.

Full Text of BillFiscal Notes : 06/09/2020T. Kraft-Tharp (D)
K. Becker (D)
K. Donovan (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
State, Veterans, and Military AffairsFinanceVotes all LegislatorsLobbyists
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