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Bill No. Title CategoryCustom SummaryHouse SponsorsSenate SponsorsState Fiscal ImpactStatusHearing DateHouse CommitteeSenate Committee
HB12-1001 Rule Review Evaluation Of Educator Effectiveness PersonnelRecommended by the Committee on Legal Services. Provides for the continuation of State Board of Education rules, as adopted on November 9, 2011, which implement the statewide system to evaluate the effectiveness of licensed personnel in school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). B. Gardner (R)
C. Murray (R)
M. Johnston (D)
N. Spence (R)
No Fiscal ImpactGovernor Action - Signed: 02/15/2012Education
HB12-1008 GA & Public Input Proposed Agency Rules & Fees Rules / RegulationsAn executive branch agency of state government considering adopting rules shall establish a representative group of participants to participate in the rule-making hearing on the proposals under consideration. If an agency proposes a rule to increase fees or fines, the agency shall send written or electronic notification to each member of the general assembly notifying the members about the proposed rule or about the adoption of an emergency rule and specifying the amount of the increase in the fees or fines.C. Acree (R)C. Jahn (D)State Expenditures - FY12-13: at least $11,491, FY13-14 at least $11,491Governor Action - Signed: 05/20/2012Economic and Business DevelopmentFinance
HB12-1024 Plain Language For Ballot Titles Rules / RegulationsRequires the title board, when setting a title for a proposed initiated law or constitutional amendment, to write the title, to the extent possible, in plain, nontechnical language and in a clear and coherent manner using words with common and everyday meaning that are understandable to the average reader. Requires the same standard for the ballot title of a statewide referred measure.L. Szabo (R)N. Spence (R)Costs absorbed into existing resources. Senate Committee on State, Veterans & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 02/29/2012State, Veterans, & Military AffairsState, Veterans & Military Affairs
HB12-1039 Pay-as-you-go Requirements BudgetPrior to the passage of the long appropriation bill, the bill prohibits the appropriations committee in either house from passing a bill that requires a tax expenditure or that results in an increase or decrease in general fund spending unless the bill either specifically identifies equivalent decreases in such expenditures or offsets to the general fund or specifically identifies sufficient increases in revenue for the next state fiscal year and for any other fiscal year that new tax expenditures or changes in tax expenditures would be implemented. Defines "tax expenditure" to mean a deduction from taxable income, tax credit, tax exemption, the lowering of a tax rate, the elimination of a tax, or the elimination or reduction of a fee.D. Hullinghorst (D)Does not directly affect state revenue or expenditures, but it requires the legislature to offset the impact of certain other bills prior to passage of the Long Bill.House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely: 02/08/2012Finance
HB12-1043 Concurrent Enrollment For Early High School Grads Concurrent EnrollmentWhen developing the ICAP, requires that schools inform students and parents or guardians of the requirements for and benefits of concurrent enrollment. Encourages school districts to offer concurrent enrollment to students who complete high school graduation requirements early. K. Conti (R)K. King (R)State Expenditure - No impact on total program funding.Governor Action - Signed: 05/24/2012EducationEducation
HB12-1059 Military Spouse Practice Occupation Profession Personnel Authorizes military spouses to practice in certain regulated professions or occupations for one year if the spouse is licensed, registered, or certified in good standing to practice in another state, and agrees to be governed by Colorado law. Real estate agents, engineers, surveyors, architects, physicians, physician assistants, optometrists, and people licensed to work with fireworks are specifically excluded from the bill. If the person who is practicing in Colorado wants to continue to practice after one year, he or she must apply for authority from the appropriate licensing agency. M. Looper (R)K. King (R)Within existing appropriations. Governor Action - Signed: 10/06/2012Economic and Business DevelopmentState, Veterans & Military Affairs
HB12-1061 The Skills For Jobs Act DataRequires that the Department of Higher Education, in consultation with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Department of Regulatory Agencies), and others, produce an annual report projecting state workforce needs and the number of degrees, certificates, and other post secondary credentials that institutions of higher education and other vocational education providers in the state expect to issue in the same period. The report must also identify any workforce needs that may not be met by existing education and training programs, and the institutions that may meet these needs by expanding existing programs or developing new ones. Institutions of higher education are encouraged to use job market information in the report when planning curricula. The annual report must be provided to specified committees of the General Assembly by January 15, 2013, and each January 15th for the following 3 years. The report must also be shared with each institution of higher education and the DHE must work with CDE to distribute the report to school districts. D. Kagan (D)L. Newell (D)State Expenditures - CDHE: FY12-13 $10,000Governor Action - Signed: 04/02/2012EducationBusiness, Labor and Technology
HB12-1072 Higher Ed Prior Learning Assessments Assessments(Educational Success Task Force.) Requires that beginning in the 2013-14 academic year public institutions of higher education develop a policy or program to determine academic credit for a student's prior learning. Prior learning could include work experience, military service, community involvement, or independent study. T. Massey (R)
R. Fields (D)
K. King (R)
B. Bacon (D)
Within existing resources. Governor Action - Signed: 03/24/2012EducationEducation
HB12-1091 Reduce Student Assessments To Federal Requirements AssessmentsBeginning in 2013, the number of statewide assessments administered by CDE may not exceed federal requirements. The bill eliminates: 1) writing tests in grades 3 through 10; 2) reading and math tests in grade 9; and 3) reading, math, and science tests in grade 10. Beginning in FY 2012-13, requires the General Assembly to appropriate any cost savings from eliminating statewide assessments to the Colorado Preschool Program.J. Solano (D)B. Bacon (D)State Expenditures - State Education Fund - Colorado Preschool Program: FY12-13 $6,276,809 / State Education Fund - CDE: FY12-13 190,510, FY13-14 $6,467,319 / State Education Fund: FY12-13 ($6,467,319), FY13-14 ($6,467,319) / FTE: FY12-13 0.8House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 02/29/2012State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
HB12-1092 Concealed Handgun Carry Without Permit School SafetyCreates an exemption to the offense of carrying a concealed weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon on school, college or university grounds if the person is 21 and may legally possess a handgun in CO and the US. Amended to continue prohibition of conceal carry on K-12 public school grounds. K. Priola (R)G. Brophy (R)May change revenue collected from concealed carry permits / Potential changes in costs related to conceal carry court cases. House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely: 05/07/2012Judiciary
HB12-1109 Budget Cuts To Provide More Public School Funding School FinanceRequired the General Assembly to reduce FY 2011-12 General Fund appropriations by $198,080,870 or 7.9%, which is the rate of unemployment, and that amount to the State Education Fund. Reductions would have applied across all branches of state government, but not to the Department of Education or the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. The reduction is based on the March 1, 2012, unemployment rate as published by the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), multiplied by FY 2011-12 General Fund appropriations.W. McKinley (D)State Transfers - Transfer from the General Fund to the State Education Fund: FY12-13 ($198,080,870)House Second Reading Laid Over Daily: 04/19/2012Appropriations
HB12-1146 Funding For Dropout Recovery Programs Drop OutsAllows a school district and community college to enter into an agreement to establish a dropout recovery program allowing a student ages 16-21 who has dropped out of high school, or students at-risk of dropping out, to complete their high school requirements exclusively at a community college or district junior college. If an agreement is entered, any student enrolled in at least 7 credit hours per semester is counted as full-time in the school district's funded pupil count. If the student completes the credit hours, the school district pays the college a portion of the student's tuition, in an amount negotiated by the two parties.B. Nikkel (R)A. Giron (D)State Expenditures - General Fund appropriation to School Finance: FY13-14 at least $2,254,560Governor Action - Signed: 05/20/2012EducationEducation
HB12-1182 Suppl Approp Dept Of Education BudgetThe funded pupil count and the number of at-risk students were higher than anticipated, resulting in the need for an additional $19.8 million increase in total program funding. C. Gerou (R)M. Hodge (D)State Transfers - State Education Fund: FY11-12 $19.8MGovernor Action - Signed: 02/23/2012AppropriationsAppropriations
HB12-1185 Suppl Approp Dept Of Higher Education BudgetThe Department requests adjusting several line items with a net $0 impact to match new data about the population eligible for stipends. Statutes provide limited authority for the Department, in conjunction with the institutions, to convert up to 3.0 percent of the spending authority for stipends to fee-for service contracts, but not the other way around. In cases where the stipend eligible population varied from the forecast by more than the 3.0 percent that the Department can handle administratively with it's statutory authority, the Department requests that the JBC approve a decrease in stipend spending authority and a corresponding increase in fee-for-service contract spending authority. Also, the Department requests that in cases where the stipend eligible population exceeded the stipend appropriation the JBC approve an increase in stipend spending authority and a corresponding decrease in the fee-for service contract. C. Gerou (R)M. Hodge (D)See bill summary. Governor Action - Signed: 02/23/2012AppropriationsAppropriations
HB12-1201 Mid-year School Finance Adjustments BudgetLocal tax revenues available for school finance did not decline as much as projected and were $24.2 million higher than anticipated. The unanticipated local revenues exceed the requested increase in total program funding, the Department requested a $4.4 million decrease in the state share of districts’ total program funding (specifically a decrease in the cash funds appropriation from the State Education Fund). In addition, the Department proposed a fund source adjustment, increasing the General Fund appropriation by $19.8 million and decreasing the cash funds appropriation from the State Education Fund by $19.8 million.C. Gerou (R)P. Steadman (D)State Expenditures - State Education Fund: FY11-12 ($4,380,662)Governor Action - Signed: 03/01/2012AppropriationsAppropriations
HB12-1227 Integrated Basic Educ & Skills Training Cert Prog Adult LiteracyDirects the state board of community colleges and occupational education, conditional on the availability of moneys, to design a certificate program through which persons who are identified as needing basic skills remedial course work or who are eligible for adult literacy education may obtain a CTE certificate within 12 months by taking courses that integrate basic skills training with college-level occupational skills training. The board will collaborate with and may enter into MOUs with CDE and the Department of Labor in designing the certificate program to ensure that it can be implemented locally in collaboration with the family literacy education grant program and the work force investment program. A community college or local district junior college that chooses to implement the certificate program shall collaborate with the local entities that provide family literacy education and work force investment programs, if any. D. Young (D)No Fiscal ImpactHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 02/23/2012State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
HB12-1238 Ensuring K-3 Literacy Education Early Childhood* See extended summary on www.t2salazar.com. Repeals CBLA July 1, 2013. CO Read Act requires reading assessments be administered to students Spring of 2012-13 and READ plans for students identified as having a significant reading deficiency and funding in 13-14. Students whose disability directly impacts their reading skills will have IEPs in lieu of READ plans and be exempt from the written notice and retention conversation. Students whose limited English proficiency results in the identification of a significant reading deficiency are exempt from the written notice and retention conversation. Parents of students identified as having a significant reading deficiency, the teacher and school personnel are required to meet and consider retention as an intervention strategy. Requires a READ plan for every student identified as having a significant reading deficiency. Requires information be provided initially and updated to parents about the nature of the student’s significant reading deficiencies and details on intervention strategies. Requires written communication and a meeting with parents regarding the advancement of a student who has significant reading deficiencies moving into 4th grade. Provides between $700-1000 per SRD student for additional services such as targeted intervention services, tutoring, summer school literacy program, or full-day kindergarten. M. Hamner (D)
T. Massey (R)
M. Johnston (D)
N. Spence (R)
State Transfers into Early Literacy Fund - Transfer from the Read-to-Achieve Cash Fund: FY12-13 ($906,806); Transfer from the Tobacco Master Settlement: FY12-13 ($4.5M), FY13-14 ($4.4M); Diversion of interest from the Public School Fund (permanent fund): FY13-14 ($16.0M)/ State Expenditures - Read to Achieve Cash Fund: FY12-13 ($5.4M), FY13-14 ($4.4M); Early Literacy Fund — CDE: FY12-13 $1.1M, FY13-14 $1.0M; Early Literacy Fund — grants to LEPs: FY12-13 $4.3M, FY13-14 $4.0M; Early Literacy Fund — per pupil intervention moneys to LEPs: FY13-14 $16.0M/ FTE: FY12-13 9.8, FY13-14 8.0.Governor Action - Signed: 05/20/2012EducationState, Veterans & Military Affairs
HB12-1240 Statutory Changes To K-12 Education Other* See extended summary at www.t2salazar.com. Allows the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to accept private donations from any source to implement teacher evaluation laws (SB 10-191). Maintains the requirement that school districts post collective bargaining agreements on their websites but removes the requirement that the State Board of Education (SBE) receive and make copies available. Requires that the Office of Legislative Legal Services (OLLS) inform the Educational Data Advisory Committee (EDAC) of any introduced legislation that creates a new data-reporting requirement on K-12 education. Stipulates that for charter schools that operate a full-day kindergarten program, the schools may include their supplemental kindergarten enrollment to calculate the school's negotiated funding under the charter contract. Extends the deadlines by which the State Board of Education must adopt high school graduation guidelines, the deadline by which CDE must include diploma endorsements as indicators of student performance, and the deadline to conduct a cost study of diploma endorsements. Modifies the criteria for awarding Schools of Excellence awards. Clarifies terms used in online education by defining a program with 100 or more students as an online school. Repeals the military dependent supplemental pupil enrollment aid program that has not been funded in recent years. Increases from 6 to 10 the number of charter school food authorities. Requires CDE to inform a local board of education if it approves a letter of intent on emergency services. Requires mandatory participation by CO in assessment consortium (formerly SB 12-172) A. Kerr (D)B. Bacon (D)
K. King (R)
Within existing appropriations. Governor Action - Signed: 10/06/2012EducationEducation
HB12-1338 Transfer Of General Fund Surplus To State Ed Fund BudgetFY 2011-12. Anticipates a transfer of $136.9 million from the General Fund surplus to the State Education Fund in FY 2011-12. At a minimum, the bill will transfer $59.0 million. The additional transfer is dependent on the actual amount of General Fund revenue collected for FY 2011-12 that exceeds the March 2012 estimate of General Fund revenue prepared by OSPB. (Based on the March 2012 Legislative Council estimate, General Fund revenue will be $77.9 million more than OSPB's General Fund revenue forecast in March 2012.) FY 2012-13. Based on the March Legislative Council forecast and the JBC 's package final budget package, any additional amount of the surplus not spent on other pieces of legislation will be transferred to the State Education Fund. C. Gerou (R)M. Hodge (D)Transfer - State Education Fund: FY11-12 $136.9MGovernor Action - Signed: 05/07/2012AppropriationsAppropriations
HB12-1345 Financing Of Public Schools Budget* See extended summary at www.t2salazar.com. FY2012-13 state appropriations to K-12 education. Sets total program funding for FY 2012-13 at $5.287B. This represents a 16.11% reduction from what funding levels would have been without the negative factor. Provides an additional $1M for charter school capitol construction. Extends the supplemental online grant from one year to three years. Provides $1.3M for BOCES regional services. Restores $480K in cuts to the Counselor Corps Grant Program. Extends the statutory definition of "children with disabilities" to include persons 3-8 years of age who have been determined to experience developmental delays as defined by federal regulations. Includes funding for SB12-047 to provide for one-time administration of accuplacer to all Colorado high school students. Includes SB12-046 School Discipline. Includes $2M in funding for the Early Literacy Assessment Tool formerly included in HB12-1238 K-3 Literacy. T. Massey (R)B. Bacon (D)State Expenditures - General Fund: FY12-13 $57.2M / Cash Funds - State Education Fund: FY12-13 $2,779,120 / State Education Fund - Early Literacy Assessment: FY12-13 6,100,000, FY13-14 $7.8M / State Public School Fund: FY12-13 3,839,627Governor Action - Signed: 05/24/2012EducationEducation
SB12-015 Creating Optional Category Of Higher Ed Tuition TuitionCreates a new tuition classification of students at state-supported institutions of higher education: "standard-rate student for tuition purposes." The governing board of any institution of higher education may adopt a policy stating that the institution will not offer the standard-rate tuition classification. A student meeting the following criteria is eligible for classification as standard-rate student: 1) The student attended high school in the state for at least 3 years immediately preceding graduation or earning a general educational development equivalent degree (GED); and 2) The student is admitted to an institution of higher education within 12 months following graduation or earning a GED. 3) A student who has graduated from high school and has not been admitted to college within one year following graduation, but who otherwise satisfies the requirements in the bill, may be classified as a standard-rate student beginning with the 2012-13 academic year. The bill requires a student who does not have documentation of lawful immigration or nationality status, and applies for classification as a standard-rate student, to file an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating that he or she has applied for lawful status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so. A student who is classified as a standard-rate student for tuition purposes is not eligible to receive stipends from the College Opportunity Fund (COF) or to receive state-funded, need-based financial aid. Such students shall not be counted as residents or deemed to have established domicile based on the new tuition classification. C. Duran (D)A. Giron (D)
M. Johnston (D)
State Revenue Cash Fund - Tuition - FY12-13: up to $2.8M / FY13-14: up to $4.2M / Equal amount in state expenditures to provide higher education services to new studentsHouse Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely: 04/25/2012EducationEducation
SB12-027 Committee Of Reference Review Of Rules Rule ReviewChanges the time frame for enacted rules that the general assembly may review for statutory compliance. Any rule enacted during an applicable one-year period as a result of legislation enacted during any legislative session, may be reviewed upon legislator request by the appropriate standing committee of the legislature and approved or denied.R. Ramirez (R)M. Scheffel (R)Within existing appropriations. House Second Reading Laid Over Daily: 05/09/2012Economic and Business DevelopmentJudiciary
SB12-036 Parental Consent For Surveys In K-12 Schools OtherRequires parental consent for any student to participate in any school assessment. Also adds any request for a students social security number or religious beliefs to have parental consent to release the information. Amended to exclude threat assessments from parental approval. Also amended to require that schools minimize the use of academic time for surveys. C. Holbert (R)S. Mitchell (R)No Fiscal ImpactGovernor Action - Signed: 06/08/2012EducationEducation
SB12-045 Higher Ed Associate Degree Transfer Students Credits(Educational Success Task Force.) Requires that CCHE, in collaboration with state institutions of higher education, develop and coordinate a notification process for students who satisfy certain eligibility requirements to receive an associates degree. The notification process must begin no later than the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year. If a student completes the residency requirements at a 2-year institution, transfers to a 4-year institution, and accumulates a total of 70 credit hours, the student must be notified that they are eligible to receive an associate degree from the 2-year institution. The notification process developed by the CCHE must specify the role of CDHE, the student, and each of the institutions of higher education, with the role of the of the 4-year institutions limited to providing the eligible student's contact information. The notice to an eligible student must include the requirements for having a degree audit performed by the 2-year institution and information about the process for the student to be awarded an associate degree in the future if the degree requirements are not met or if the student chooses at that time to decline the degree award.T. Massey (R)
R. Fields (D)
E. Hudak (D)
K. King (R)
Within existing appropriations. Governor Action - Signed: 04/20/2012EducationEducation
SB12-047 Basic Skills Testing In High School Assessments(Initiated by the Education Success Task Force.) Permits a school district, a charter school, or the Charter School Institute to administer basic skills placement tests to each student in grades 9 through 12. The tests are the same placement tests in reading, writing, and mathematics used by community colleges to place first-year freshman students. The tests may be administered as often as deemed necessary; however, the state will only reimburse the cost to administer each of the test units once for each student in grades 9 through 12. The amended bill appropriates $1.0 million from the State Education Fund to reimburse the local cost to administer the tests. If a district, a charter school, or the CSI administers the tests, the student ICAP. The scores must be analyzed to determine the student's level of postsecondary and workforce readiness. Students unable to demonstrate postsecondary and workforce readiness must receive additional services in order to bring the student up to a satisfactory level of readiness.C. Holbert (R)
T. Massey (R)
K. King (R)
B. Bacon (D)
State Expenditures - State Education Fund: FY12-13 $1,000,000, FY13-14 up to $320,917House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole: 05/03/2012EducationEducation
SB12-068 No Trans Fats In Public School Foods Nutrition Prohibits public schools from making food or beverages available that contain industrially produced trans fat. The prohibition applies on school grounds during school days. It excludes foods and beverages provided as part of the federal meal program and foods involved in fundraising efforts. Districts with more than 1,000 students must prohibit trans fat; districts with less than 1,000 students are encouraged to prohibit trans fat. A public school with less than 1,000 students in a district without a coordinated district-wide food service is exempted. T. Massey (R)
C. Duran (D)
L. Guzman (D)State Expenditures - General Fund: FY12-13 $6,800Governor Action - Signed: 06/04/2012EducationAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
SB12-098 CPR Training For High School Students Curriculum / InstructionAllows public schools to offer training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Schools are encouraged to make the training available to all students in grades 9-12 and further encouraged to require that each student successfully complete the training by the 12th grade. Schools may partner with qualified public and private entities to conduct the training. T. Massey (R)S. Williams (D)NoneSenate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely: 02/16/2012Education
SB12-099 Expand Access To Academic Model Juvenile Facility OtherExpands access to services at Ridge View Youth Services Center that is owned by the state of Colorado and operated pursuant to a contract with a private provider by allowing the facility to also house and serve juveniles who are in the temporary custody of a county department of social services or who are in need of out-of-home placement. The contractor shall work with DHS to develop and maintain high-quality programming that is appropriate for and meets the needs of the juveniles placed in the facility.N. Todd (D)N. Spence (R)State Expenditures - General Fund: Potential increase.Governor Action - Signed: 04/13/2012Health and EnvironmentHealth and Human Services
SB12-106 Statutory Changes Related To Education RemediationSpecifies additional data that must be used to measure the PWR indicator: the number of K-12 graduates requiring remedial education services when enrolling in institutions of higher education. Currently, CCHE and the state-supported institutions of higher education have a process for students to test out of general education courses. This program, known as gtPATHWAYS, currently includes more than 500 lower-division general education courses in 20 subject areas approved for guaranteed transfer between public institutions. Nonpublic institutions of higher education may request that CDHE review courses the nonpublic school believes meet general education requirements for inclusion in gtPATHWAYS. If approved, these institutions may have courses included in the statewide agreements for general education credit transfers. K. King (R)Met w/i existing resources. Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 05/10/2012: 05/04/2012Education
SB12-164 Operations Of Private Postsecondary Institutions Higher EducationMakes several changes to the existing statutes concerning authorization of private colleges and universities and seminaries and bible colleges in the state. The changes generally clarify the types of institutions that are subject to authorization and specifically require the CCHE and the CDHE to set procedures for authorizing, renewing, and revoking the authorizations for private institutions. The commission must also set the amount of the fees that a private institution pays for the administration of the authorization process, including a separate fee if a private institution seeks approval of an educator preparation program. Authorizations for private colleges and universities are based on the institution's accreditation and are subject to renewal every 3 years or on the same schedule that applies for renewing the institution's accreditation, whichever is longer. Changes the terms of members appointed to the private occupational schools board so that fewer members will be appointed at one time.T. Massey (R)
N. Todd (D)
R. Heath (D)
K. King (R)
State Revenue: Cash Funds - Fees: FY12-13 $96,000, FY13-14 $96,000 / State Expenditures: State Institutions of Higher Education: FY12-13 ($96,000), FY13-14 ($96,000); Department of Higher Education Cash Funds - Fees: FY12-13 $96,000, FY13-14 $96,000House Second Reading Laid Over Daily: 05/09/2012EducationEducation
SB12-SJR009 Concerning Recognition of Career and Technical Education Month. ResolutionsBe It Resolved by the Senate of the Sixty-eighth General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the House of Representatives concurring herein: That we, the members of the Colorado General Assembly, proclaim the month of February as Career and Technical Education Month.N/ASigned by the President of the Senate: 02/08/2012
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