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Bill: HB20-1001
Title: Nicotine Product Regulation
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
J. Bridges (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeFinance
StatusSent to the Governor (07/02/2020)
Official Summary

Sections 1 through 8 of the bill raise the minimum age of a person
to whom cigarettes, tobacco products, and nicotine products (products)
may be sold from 18 years of age to 21 years of age.
Under current law, if a minor purchases or attempts to purchase
any one of the products, the minor may be convicted of a class 2 petty
offense subject to a $100 fine. In addition to raising the minimum age
from 18 years of age to 21 years of age, section 1 also repeals the criminal
penalty for purchasing or attempting to purchase the products as a minor.

Section 7 also prohibits a retailer from permitting a person under
18 years of age to sell or participate in the sale of products.
Section 8 also increases the minimum number of compliance
checks required of each retail location at which the products are sold to
2 per year or at least the minimum number annually required by federal
regulation, whichever number is greater.
Section 9 requires every retailer of the products in the state, on and
after July 1, 2021, to be licensed. The liquor enforcement division
(division) of the department of revenue is charged with licensing retailers
and coordinating with local authorities on retail location compliance
checks and investigations of complaints about retailers.
Section 10 prohibits: New retail locations at which products are
sold from being located within 500 feet of a school; retail locations that
sell electronic smoking device products from advertising those products
in a manner that is visible from outside the retail location; and delivery of
products directly to consumers.
Section 11 governs enforcement of the licensing requirements.
Section 12 adjusts the fine amounts for violating the prohibition
against selling products to minors from a maximum fine for a fifth or
subsequent violation within 24 months of $1,000 to $15,000 to a
maximum fine for a fourth or subsequent violation in 36 months of
$1,000 to $15,000. Additionally, the division must prohibit a retailer who
commits a second or subsequent violation within 36 months from selling
products at the retail location where the violation occurred for a specified
period of time, starting with at least 7 days for a second violation within
36 months, to at least 30 days for a third violation within 36 months, and
finally for up to 3 years for a fourth or subsequent violation within 36
months.
Additionally, section 12 establishes fines for selling or offering to
sell products without a valid state license on or after July 1, 2021, with
the amount of fines ranging from $1,000 for a first violation to $3,000 for
a third or subsequent violation. If a person sells or offers to sell products
without a valid state license at least 3 times in a 36-month period, the
person is not eligible to apply for a state license for 3 years thereafter.
Section 12 also adjusts the period within which a subsequent
violation of the prohibition against selling products from a vending
machine or the requirement to display a warning at the retail location is
subject to an increased fee from 24 months to 36 months. Further, section
12 also applies the same fine structure as exists for selling products from
a vending machine or failing to display the requisite warning to a
violation of the prohibition against allowing a person under 18 years of
age to sell or participate in the sale of products.
Sections 13 through 17 make conforming amendments.
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House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
C. Larson (R)
K. Mullica (D)
Comment
Custom Summary
Category
Position
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/23/2020)
Hearing Date
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Bill DocsBill Documents
Bill Subject- Agriculture
- Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
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History 
CCW Summary

Concerning nicotine product regulation.

Intro Date01/08/2020
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Bill: HB20-1002
Title: College Credit For Work Experience
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
T. Story (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
StatusGovernor Signed (07/08/2020)
Official Summary

Making Higher Education Attainable Interim Study
Committee. The bill requires an existing council charged with looking
at general education courses (council) to implement a plan for
determining and awarding academic credit for postsecondary education
based on work-related experience.
Furthermore, state institutions of higher education (institutions) are

required to evaluate student learning from work-related experience and
award appropriate academic credit for the experience. Also, institutions
shall accept and transfer academic credit awarded for work-related
experience as courses with guaranteed-transfer designation, unless the
council creates a plan concerning awarding and transferring academic
credit for work-related experience for courses with guaranteed-transfer
designation.

House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
M. Baisley (R)
Comment
Custom Summary
Category
Position
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/05/2020)
Hearing Date
House CommitteeEducation
Bill DocsBill Documents
Bill Subject- Higher Education
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History 
CCW Summary

Concerning a statewide plan for awarding college credit for work-related experience.

Intro Date01/08/2020
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VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1005
Title: Enhance Safe2tell
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusSenate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/27/2020)
Official Summary

School Safety Committee. Under current law, the safe2tell
program is required to provide awareness and educational materials to
preschools. The bill repeals this requirement.
The bill requires the safe2tell program to:
  • Devise a process so that all calls and texts are received
initially by a crisis operator and then non-crisis calls and
texts are routed appropriately;
  • Align the process and procedures for tips received via all

communication methods; and
  • Conduct an annual advertising campaign regarding
awareness, use, and misuse of safe2tell.
The bill allows the attorney general to disclose to law enforcement
personnel any materials or information obtained through the
implementation or operation of the program if the attorney general
reasonably deems such disclosure necessary for the prevention of
imminent physical harm or serious bodily injury to one or more persons.

House SponsorsK. Van Winkle (R)
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Comment
Custom Summary
Category
Position
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/29/2020)
Hearing Date
House CommitteeEducation
Bill DocsBill Documents
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
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History 
CCW Summary

Concerning enhancements to the safe2tell program.

Intro Date01/08/2020
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VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1007
Title: Diverse Kindergarten Through 12th Grade Educator Workforce Report
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/13/2020)
Official Summary

The bill directs the department of higher education and the
department of education to convene a workgroup on diversity in the
educator workforce (workgroup).
The department of higher education and the department of
education shall select the members of the workgroup, which shall include
but are not limited to those agencies, persons, and organizations specified

in the bill.
The workgroup shall investigate barriers to the preparation,
retention, and recruitment of a diverse educator workforce and shall
consider strategies to increase diversity in the educator workforce. The
bill includes specific issues for the workgroup to consider.
The workgroup shall submit a written report of its findings and
recommendations to the education committees of the general assembly no
later than September 30, 2021. The workgroup may submit interim
findings and recommendations during the 2021 legislative session.
Under current law, the department of higher education reports
annually concerning educator preparation programs, including
enrollment, graduation rates, outcomes of graduates, and performance on
assessments administered for licensure. The bill requires the department
to include the required information disaggregated by the candidates' or
graduates' gender, race, and ethnicity. Further, the information contained
in the annual report must be posted on the department of higher
education's and the department of education's websites.

House SponsorsJ. Coleman (D)
B. Buentello (D)
Comment
Custom Summary
Category
Position
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/17/2020)
Hearing Date
House CommitteeEducation
Bill DocsBill Documents
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Higher Education
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History 
CCW Summary

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

Intro Date01/08/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1015
Title: Future Educator Pathways Grant Program
Senate SponsorsJ. Bridges (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Official Summary

The bill creates the future educator pathways grant program (grant
program) in the department of education (department) to provide grants
to local education providers, as defined in the bill, to create future
educator pathways programs. The department shall administer the grant
program, and the state board of education (state board) shall promulgate

necessary rules for the grant program.
Future educator pathways programs prepare future educators,
including future educators in early childhood education, by providing
students with opportunities for concurrent enrollment and apprenticeships
that lead to college credit toward degrees and credentials as educators.
The state board, after consultation with the department of labor and
employment and the department of higher education, shall promulgate
rules establishing requirements for apprenticeship programs.
The bill specifies the dates by which an eligible local education
provider must apply to the department for grant money and the
information required in the grant program application. The state board
shall award grants to one or more qualified local education providers by
dates specified in the bill. A local education provider that receives a grant
is required to use the grant money for specified purposes in connection
with apprenticeship programs and concurrent enrollment. To receive a
grant, a local education provider shall commit to match state grant money
with local money equal to 25% of the grant award.
The bill specifies that the state board is required to ensure that
grants are awarded to geographically diverse local education providers
and to a mix of rural, urban, and suburban local education providers. In
addition, the state board shall award at least 20% of the total amount
awarded in grants to eligible rural local education providers, as defined
in the bill, and at least 70% of the total amount awarded in grants to
future educator pathways programs that provide apprenticeships.
The bill creates the future educator pathways fund (fund) in the
state treasury and requires the state treasurer to transfer an amount of
money specified in the bill from the general fund to the fund in the
2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 state fiscal years. The state board may
award grant program grants in a fourth year of the program if money
remains in the fund after the third grant cycle.
The department is required to submit an annual report on the grant
program to the governor and the house and senate education committees
that includes specified information, including a final report.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
B. Buentello (D)
Comment
Custom Summary
Category
Position
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/21/2020)
Hearing Date
House CommitteeEducation
Bill DocsBill Documents
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Higher Education
- Labor & Employment
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History 
CCW Summary

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

Intro Date01/08/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1028
Title: Need For Juvenile Behavioral Health Treatment
Senate SponsorsJ. Gonzales (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely (01/24/2020)
Official Summary

School Safety Committee. The bill instructs the school safety
resource center (center) to convene a working group of necessary and
interested stakeholders to assess the needs of school districts with respect
to the adequacy and availability of residential mental health treatment for
children and youth who have been identified by school personnel as

having severe behavioral or mental health disorders and potential ways
to resolve such needs. The working group is directed to gather
information on the availability, need, and cost associated with residential
treatment services for children and youth in Colorado. The center shall
use the data to prepare a report and make any legislative
recommendations to address the mental health needs of children and
youth in Colorado.
The center is required to present the report and any legislative
recommendations as part of its presentation to its committee of reference
at a hearing held pursuant to the State Measurement for Accountable,
Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act in January
2021.

House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Comment
Custom Summary
Category
Position
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/22/2020)
Hearing Date
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Bill DocsBill Documents
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
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CCW Summary

Concerning the need for services for juveniles with severe behavioral health conditions in the context of school safety, including residential treatment.

Intro Date01/08/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1032
Title: Timing K-12 Education Standards Review
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
J. Ginal (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusSent to the Governor (06/22/2020)
Official Summary

The bill requires the state board of education (state board) to
stagger the review and revision of the preschool through elementary and
secondary education standards as follows:
  • On or before July 1, 2022, and on or before July 1 every 6
years thereafter, the state board shall review and revise 1/3
of the preschool through elementary and secondary
education standards;
  • On or before July 1, 2024, and on or before July 1 every 6

years thereafter, the state board shall review and revise 1/3
of the preschool through elementary and secondary
education standards; and
  • On or before July 1, 2026, and on or before July 1 every 6
years thereafter, the state board shall review and revise the
remaining 1/3 of the preschool through elementary and
secondary education standards.
The state board shall ensure that all preschool through elementary
and secondary education standards are reviewed one time every 6 years.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
C. Kipp (D)
Comment
Custom Summary
Category
Position
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/21/2020)
Hearing Date
House CommitteeEducation
Bill DocsBill Documents
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Save to Calendar
History 
CCW Summary

Concerning the timing of education standards review.

Intro Date01/08/2020
Hearing Room
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VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1034
Title: Income Tax Deduction For 529 Account K-12 Kindergarten Through 12th-grade Expenses
Senate Sponsors
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/26/2020)
Official Summary

Current law allows contributions to a qualified state tuition
program, also known as a 529 account, so long as the distributions are

used for qualified higher education expenses, with some exceptions, but
not for elementary and secondary tuition expenses. The federal Tax Cuts
and Jobs Act, which became law in December 2017, qualified
distributions for elementary or secondary public, private, or religious
school tuition expenses. On the federal level, this allowed income tax-free
distributions for certain elementary and secondary education expenses in
addition to already authorized income tax-free distributions for higher
education expenses.
The bill makes similar changes to Colorado law to allow a
deduction for contributions to qualified state tuition programs for
elementary or secondary public, private, or religious school tuition
expenses. Designating such expenses as qualified distributions ensures
that a taxpayer does not encounter tax recapture of any claimed
deductions when such contributions are distributed for elementary or
secondary public, private, or religious school tuition expenses.

House SponsorsC. Larson (R)
Comment
Custom Summary
Category
Position
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/23/2020)
Hearing Date
House CommitteeEducation
Bill DocsBill Documents
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
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History 
CCW Summary

Concerning the alignment of the state income tax deduction for contributions to a 529 account with the changes in the federal "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" of 2017 that allow tax-free distributions for elementary and secondary tuition expenses.

Intro Date01/08/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1040
Title: Concealed Handguns On School Grounds
Senate Sponsors
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (01/23/2020)
Official Summary

With certain exceptions, current law limits the authority of a
person who holds a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun by
prohibiting a permit holder from carrying a concealed handgun on public
elementary, middle, junior high, or high school grounds. The bill removes
this limitation.

House SponsorsP. Neville (R)
Comment
Custom Summary
Category
Position
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/29/2020)
Hearing Date
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Bill DocsBill Documents
Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Save to Calendar
History 
CCW Summary

Concerning allowing concealed handgun permit holders to carry concealed handguns on school grounds.

Intro Date01/08/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1043
Title: Income Tax Credit For Early Childhood Education Fix
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
K. Priola (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Official Summary

During the first regular session of the seventy-second general
assembly, the Senate passed House Bill 19-1005 on third reading on May
3, 2019, and the governor signed the bill on May 13, 2019. Because of an
amendment to the effective date clause, the bill never took effect.
The bill was introduced with a standard act-subject-to-petition
clause (ASP clause), meaning the bill would have taken effect on August

2, 2019, unless a referendum petition was filed against the bill. However,
on April 26, 2019, the House Appropriations Committee adopted an
amendment (L.010) that added an exception to the ASP clause. The
amendment specified that If the voters at the November 2019 statewide
election do not approve a measure . . ., then this act takes effect on the
date of the official declaration of the vote thereon by the governor.
When L.010 was adopted, House Bill 19-1333 was being
considered. House Bill 19-1333 created a ballot issue that, if approved by
voters, would have allowed the state to increase the cigarette tax and
increase the tobacco products tax, would have allowed the state to create
a new tax on nicotine products, and would have used a significant portion
of the tax revenue for preschool programs and expanded learning
opportunities. The concept behind L.010 was that if the ballot issue
obtained voter approval, then the tax credit for early childhood educators
would not be necessary.
However, on May 2, 2019, the Senate postponed House Bill
19-1333 indefinitely during second reading. Since House Bill 19-1333
never passed, voters were never given an opportunity to approve the
ballot issue, and the governor never had an opportunity to declare a vote
on it. Consequently, because of the way L.010 was written, House Bill
19-1005 never took effect.
In order to give effect to the intent of the general assembly and the
governor in approving House Bill 19-1005, the exception to the effective
date needs to be repealed.

House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
J. Wilson (R)
Comment
Custom Summary
Category
Position
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/03/2020)
Hearing Date
House CommitteeEducation
Bill DocsBill Documents
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
Save to Calendar
History 
CCW Summary

Concerning the effective date of the bill creating the income tax credit for early childhood educators.

Intro Date01/08/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1048
Title: Race Trait Hairstyle Anti-discrimination Protect
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
StatusGovernor Signed (03/06/2020)
Official Summary

The bill specifies that, for purposes of anti-discrimination laws in
the context of public education, employment practices, housing, public
accommodations, and advertising, protections against discrimination on
the basis of one's race includes traits historically associated with race,
such as hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles.

House SponsorsL. Herod (D)
J. Buckner (D)
Comment
Custom Summary
Category
Position
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/22/2020)
Hearing Date
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Bill DocsBill Documents
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Housing
- Labor & Employment
Save to Calendar
History 
CCW Summary

Concerning a prohibition against discrimination based on a person's traits that are historically associated with race.

Intro Date01/08/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1058
Title: Behavior Analysts In Public Schools
Senate SponsorsJ. Bridges (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusSenate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/27/2020)
Official Summary

The bill requires an administrative unit to allow a behavior analyst
to provide medically necessary services to a student during school hours
if the student's parent or legal guardian requests such services.
The bill requires each administrative unit to adopt a policy that
outlines certain requirements for a behavior analyst who is providing
services in a school setting and parents who request the services of a

behavior analyst. An administrative unit may establish consequences for
a behavior analyst for failure to comply with the administrative unit's
policy.
The bill requires each administrative unit to establish reporting
requirements and prohibits an administrative unit from entering into a
contract or an exclusive agreement with a behavior analyst that prohibits
the parent or legal guardian from choosing a behavior analyst for the
student.

House SponsorsM. Froelich (D)
Comment
Custom Summary
Category
Position
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/22/2020)
Hearing Date
House CommitteeEducation
Bill DocsBill Documents
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
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History 
CCW Summary

Concerning services performed by a board certified behavior analyst for students during school hours.

Intro Date01/08/2020
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Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1062
Title: Colorado Student Free Expression Law
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
D. Coram (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusGovernor Signed (03/24/2020)
Official Summary

The bill clarifies that the term student publication can mean a
publication in written, broadcast, or online format. A student advisor is
required to encourage expression consistent with high standards of
English and journalism.
The bill also adds a provision to protect public school employees
from any form of retaliation resulting solely from the employee's actions

to protect a student's rights of free expression or refusing to infringe on
student conduct that is protected by the Colorado student free expression
law or by the first amendment to the United States constitution.

House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
Comment
Custom Summary
Category
Position
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/15/2020)
Hearing Date
House CommitteeEducation
Bill DocsBill Documents
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Higher Education
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History 
CCW Summary

Concerning clarifications to the Colorado student free expression law.

Intro Date01/08/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1063
Title: Fundamental Family Rights In Colorado
Senate Sponsors
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/13/2020)
Official Summary

The bill defines parental rights as the right to direct the upbringing,
education, and care of a parent's child and establishes parental rights as
a fundamental right in Colorado that is subject to strict scrutiny.

House SponsorsT. Geitner (R)
Comment
Custom Summary
Category
Position
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/30/2020)
Hearing Date
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Bill DocsBill Documents
Bill Subject- State Government
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History 
CCW Summary

Concerning fundamental family rights in Colorado.

Intro Date01/08/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1066
Title: Contribution Limits School District Director Candidate
Senate SponsorsJ. Gonzales (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/10/2020)
Official Summary

Current law regulating campaign finance does not set limits on
contributions to candidates for school district director.
Section 2 of the bill:
  • Sets aggregate limits on contributions to candidates for
school district director from persons other than small donor

committees for any regular biennial or special school
election in the amount of $2,500; and
  • Sets aggregate limits on contributions to candidates for
school district director from small donor committees for
any regular biennial or special school election in the
amount of $25,000.
The bill requires that these aggregate contribution limits be
periodically adjusted for inflation consistent with other contribution
limits.
Section 3 subjects the new contribution limits to existing statutory
provisions governing the disclosure of campaign contributions.
Section 4 contains requirements governing when a candidate for
school district director is required to disclose information concerning
campaign contributions and clarifies that such candidates are required to
file their disclosure with the secretary of state.

House SponsorsE. Sirota (D)
Comment
Custom Summary
Category
Position
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/24/2020)
Hearing Date
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Bill DocsBill Documents
Bill Subject- Elections & Redistricting
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History 
CCW Summary

Concerning the establishment of contribution limits under the "Fair Campaign Practices Act" for candidates for school district director.

Intro Date01/08/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1089
Title: Employee Protection Lawful Off-duty Activities
Senate Sponsors
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely (02/19/2020)
Official Summary

The bill prohibits an employer from terminating an employee for
the employee's lawful off-duty activities that are lawful under state law

even if those activities are not lawful under federal law.

House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
Comment
Custom Summary
Category
Position
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/01/2020)
Hearing Date
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Bill DocsBill Documents
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
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History 
CCW Summary

Concerning clarification that the prohibition on an employer terminating an employee for the employee's lawful off-duty activities extends to activities that are lawful under state law even if those activities are not lawful under federal law.

Intro Date01/10/2020
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Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1109
Title: Tax Credit Employer Contributions To Employee 529s
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
R. Gardner (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeFinance
StatusGovernor Signed (06/29/2020)
Official Summary

The bill extends the income tax credit for employer contributions
to employee 529 qualified state tuition programs for an additional 10
years.

House SponsorsA. Garnett (D)
K. Van Winkle (R)
Comment
Custom Summary
Category
Position
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/29/2020)
Hearing Date
House CommitteeFinance
Bill DocsBill Documents
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
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History 
CCW Summary

Concerning an extension of the income tax credit for employer contributions to employee 529 qualified state tuition programs.

Intro Date01/15/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1111
Title: Parent Authority To Require Educational Reforms
Senate Sponsors
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/13/2020)
Official Summary

The bill authorizes the parents of children enrolled in a
low-performing school, or the parents of children enrolled in schools that
matriculate to the low-performing school, (petitioners) to petition the
school district board of education for the low-performing school, or the
state charter school institute board if the low-performing school is an
institute charter school, (oversight board) to implement specified reforms.

A school is considered low-performing if it is required to adopt a priority
improvement or turnaround plan for 2 consecutive school years. The bill
specifies the types of reforms that petitioners may request and the
requirements for petitions. A petition must be signed by at least 50% of
the parents of students enrolled in the low-performing school or in
schools that matriculate to the low-performing school.
If an oversight board receives a valid petition, the oversight board
must hold a hearing at which the petitioners may present the requested
reforms. The oversight board may propose alternative reforms, and the
petitioners may amend the requested reforms or withdraw the petition. At
the conclusion of the meeting, if the petitioners have not withdrawn the
petition, the oversight board must vote whether to implement the reforms,
as originally presented or as amended, and adopt a plan to implement the
reforms by the following school year.
If the oversight board chooses not to approve and adopt a plan to
implement the reforms, the petitioners may submit the petition to the state
board of education (state board) and may consider recall procedures
against the oversight board if it is a school district board of education.
If the state board receives a petition, it must hold a public hearing
at which it takes testimony from the petitioners, other eligible parents, and
the oversight board concerning the requested reforms. At the conclusion
of the meeting, the state board must decide whether to require the school
district or state charter school institute, whichever is applicable, to
implement the reforms or require other specified actions. If the state
board requires the school district or the institute to take actions, the
low-performing school is subject to the same oversight and requirements
that apply to public schools that have been on priority improvement or
turnaround plans for 5 school years.

House SponsorsT. Geitner (R)
Comment
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Concerning parents' authority to request reforms for low-performing schools.

Intro Date01/15/2020
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Bill: HB20-1125
Title: Eligible Educator Supplies Tax Credit
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
R. Woodward (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Official Summary

Currently, under the federal educator expense deduction, an
eligible educator can claim a deduction, not to exceed $250, for the
purchase of school supplies and certain professional development
courses.
The bill creates a state income tax credit for an eligible educator
for the purchase of school supplies that qualify for the deduction that

exceeds $250 but are less than $750. The amount of the credit that
exceeds the educator's income taxes is refunded to the educator.

House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
M. Baisley (R)
Comment
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- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
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Concerning a state income tax credit related to eligible educators' personal expenses.

Intro Date01/15/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
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Bill: HB20-1127
Title: Extend Public Employees' Retirement Association Retiree Work After Retirement Limit
Senate SponsorsJ. Sonnenberg (R)
N. Todd (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeFinance
StatusSent to the Governor (06/16/2020)
Official Summary

Current law allows a service retiree of any division of the public
employees' retirement association (PERA) to work for a PERA employer

for limited periods and to receive a salary without reduction in benefits
under certain circumstances. Boards of cooperative services (BOCES)
provide special education services to the school districts they serve.
Almost all of these school districts are in rural parts of the state and it is
difficult for BOCES to find qualified people to serve as special service
providers in these areas. BOCES could address this issue by hiring
service retirees, but PERA's employment-after-retirement provisions,
including the limitation on the number of days in a calendar year that a
service retiree may work for a PERA employer without a reduction in
benefits, make it difficult to do so.
The bill modifies the current PERA employment-after-retirement
provisions for certain retirees hired by a BOCES if:
  • The BOCES hires the service retiree to provide services in
2 or more rural school districts as determined by the
department of education based on the geographic size of
the school district and the distance of the school district
from the nearest large, urbanized area;
  • The BOCES hires the service retiree for the purpose of
providing special services to students enrolled by the
districts served by the BOCES; and
  • The BOCES determines that there is a critical shortage of
special service providers and that the service retiree has
specific experience, skills, or qualifications that would
benefit the districts that the BOCES serves.
A service retiree who is a special service provider and who is hired
by a BOCES may receive salary without a reduction in benefits for any
length of employment in a calendar year if the service retiree has not
worked for any PERA employer during the month of the effective date of
retirement.
The bill requires a BOCES that hires the service retiree to provide
full payment of all PERA employer contributions, disbursements, and
working retiree contributions. In addition, the BOCES is required to pay
an additional amount equal to 2% of the retiree's salary to PERA.
A service retiree may not receive salary without reduction in
benefits and without limitation in a calendar year for more than 5
consecutive years, and all BOCES combined are prohibited from hiring
more than a total of 40 people over 5 years pursuant to the extension in
PERA's employment-after-retirement limitations.
PERA is required to submit a report to the general assembly
regarding specified aspects of the extension of PERA's
employment-after-retirement limitations.

House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Comment
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Concerning an extension of the employment-after-retirement limitations for retirees of the public employees' retirement association employed by a board of cooperative services after retirement.

Intro Date01/15/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1128
Title: Educator Education Requirements Special Education
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusGovernor Signed (03/24/2020)
Official Summary

For renewal of an educator license, the bill requires teachers,
special services providers, principals, and administrators to complete 10
clock hours of professional development during the term of the license
relating to increasing awareness of laws and practices relating to the
education of students with disabilities in the classroom, including but not
limited to child find and inclusive learning environments.

The bill also requires each educator preparation program,
alternative teacher program, and alternative principal preparation program
to include course work that provides educator candidates or alternative
teacher or principals with an overview of federal laws relating to the
education of students with disabilities, individualized education
programs, and child find and that teaches educators effective special
education classroom practices, including but not limited to inclusive
learning environments.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
B. Buentello (D)
Comment
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Concerning education requirements for educators to increase awareness of special education issues.

Intro Date01/15/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1131
Title: Menstrual Hygiene Products In Schools Program
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Official Summary

The bill creates in the department of public health and environment
(department) the menstrual hygiene products accessibility grant program
(grant program) to provide awards to public schools or school districts in
order to provide menstrual hygiene products at no expense to students.
The state board of health is required to promulgate rules necessary
for the implementation of the grant program.

The department shall award grants subject to available
appropriations, and may seek, accept, and expend gifts, grants, or
donations from private or public sources.

House SponsorsY. Caraveo (D)
B. Titone (D)
Comment
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- Public Health
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CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of the menstrual hygiene products accessibility program.

Intro Date01/15/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1135
Title: Replace High School Social Studies Assessment
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusSent to the Governor (07/02/2020)
Official Summary

The bill replaces the requirement that the state assessment in social
studies be administered to high school students with a requirement that
high school students take the United States citizenship test in the year
they are scheduled to graduate.

House SponsorsP. Buck (R)
B. McLachlan (D)
Comment
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Concerning a new requirement for high school students to take the United States citizenship test instead of the social studies assessment.

Intro Date01/16/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1138
Title: Public Real Property Index
Senate SponsorsJ. Bridges (D)
R. Gardner (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Official Summary

Not later than December 31, 2020, the bill requires each state
agency, state institution of higher education, and political subdivision of
the state to submit to the office of the state architect (office) a list of all

usable real property owned by or under the control of the agency,
institution, or political subdivision of the state. This list must include, if
applicable:
  • The address where the real property is located;
  • The size of the real property;
  • How the real property is zoned;
  • Contact information for the state agency, institution, or
political subdivision of the state that owns or controls the
real property;
  • The plan, if one is available, for the use, development, or
sale of the real property; and
  • A description that includes the condition of the real
property and a measurement of total area of the real
property that is vacant, unused, or underdeveloped.
Not later than December 31 of each subsequent year, each state
agency, state institution, and political subdivision of the state must submit
to the office any updates to the information the agency, institution, or
political subdivision of the state originally submitted to the office about
the usable real property the agency, institution, or political subdivision of
the state owns or controls.
Beginning July 1, 2021, whenever any state agency, state
institution of higher education, or political subdivision of the state plans
to offer any usable real property for sale, or otherwise plans to solicit any
offer to purchase real property, the agency, institution, or political
subdivision of the state shall notify the office.
Not later than July 1, 2021, the office must establish and maintain
a current database that includes the information listed above. This
database must be available free of charge to the public on the office's
website.

House SponsorsJ. Coleman (D)
C. Larson (R)
Comment
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CCW Summary

Concerning supplementing the centralized inventory of state-owned real property maintained by the office of the state architect to include all publicly owned real property.

Intro Date01/16/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1144
Title: Parent's Bill Of Rights
Senate Sponsors
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/13/2020)
Official Summary

The bill establishes a parent's bill of rights that sets forth specific
parental rights related to directing the upbringing, education, and health
care of a minor child.

House SponsorsR. Pelton (R)
Comment
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Concerning the creation of a parent's bill of rights.

Intro Date01/17/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
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Bill: HB20-1149
Title: 16-year-olds Voting In School District Elections
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Official Summary

The bill allows a person who is preregistered to vote in school
district elections beginning at 16 years of age. A school district election
is defined as an election to recall a school district officer or an election
called under title 22, Colorado Revised Statutes, including elections for:
  • The state board of education;
  • School district officers;

  • Referred measures to impose or increase mill levies or to
raise and expend property taxes;
  • Referred measures relating to the organization of or plan of
representation for school districts; and
  • Referred measures related to the financial obligations and
indebtedness of school districts.
When a person preregisters, they must receive information
concerning their eligibility to vote in school district elections and how to
update their preregistration information and obtain and cast a ballot. The
bill repeals the requirement that the voter information of preregistrants be
kept confidential.
A preregistrant is automatically registered to vote in all elections
upon turning age 18. Individuals committed to juvenile detention facilities
must be given information about their right to preregister and vote in
school district elections.
A preregistrant can circulate and sign petitions to nominate or
recall a school district officer or to initiate an election under title 22,
Colorado Revised Statutes. A preregistrant cannot run for office or be
appointed to fill a vacancy. If a juvenile is charged with an election
offense and no other crime is charged, the juvenile court is prohibited
from transferring the charge to a district court.
For any election in which preregistrants are eligible to vote and in
which the county clerk and recorder has responsibilities for the election,
the state is required to reimburse the county for the direct costs associated
with ballots sent to preregistrants. The school district's share of the costs
of the election in a cost-sharing agreement must be reduced by the
amount of the state's reimbursement.

House SponsorsS. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Comment
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- Elections & Redistricting
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Concerning participation in school district elections by individuals at least sixteen years of age.

Intro Date01/17/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
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Bill: HB20-1162
Title: Prohibit Food Establishments' Use Of Polystyrene
Senate SponsorsM. Foote (D)
T. Story (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments (05/28/2020)
Official Summary

Effective January 1, 2022, the bill prohibits a retail food
establishment from distributing an expanded polystyrene product for use
as a container for ready-to-eat food in this state. The executive director

of the department of public health and environment or the executive
director's designee may, through the attorney general, seek injunctive
relief against a retail food establishment that violates the prohibition.

House SponsorsL. Cutter (D)
J. Singer (D)
Comment
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House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
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Bill Subject- Energy
- Natural Resources & Environment
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Concerning a prohibition against a retail food establishment's distribution of an expanded polystyrene product for use as a container for ready-to-eat food.

Intro Date01/21/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1186
Title: Teachers' Rights Opt-in Organization Membership
Senate Sponsors
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/25/2020)
Official Summary

Current law states that a school district cannot require, by
inference or otherwise, a teacher to become a member of a group or
organization as part of their employment contract or agreement. The bill
clarifies that a teacher has the right to opt in or opt out of membership in
a group or organization at any time.
The state board of education is required to promulgate rules that

require the department of education to notify in writing or electronically
teachers, at least 2 times per year, of their rights relating to opting in or
out of membership in a group or organization related to their employment.

House SponsorsL. Liston (R)
Comment
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Category
Position
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Concerning teachers' rights related to membership in organizations related to their employment.

Intro Date01/30/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1231
Title: Amend Programs Addressing Educator Shortages
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/26/2020)
Official Summary

The bill amends and repeals, in part, the existing grow your own
educator program to authorize local education providers, including school
districts, charter schools, and boards of cooperative services, to establish
local grow your own educator programs that give high school students the
opportunity to participate in a teacher preparation pathway in which high
school students can receive college credit for course work that leads to an
education or related degree or credential at a 2- or 4-year institution of
higher education. The department of education, in consultation with the

department of higher education, shall create a framework for local grow
your own educator programs, including the accumulation of transferable
postsecondary credit.
As part of the grow your own educator program, the bill creates a
grow your own educator scholarship to award $5,000 to students in higher
education preparation programs who have completed not less than the
final 24 credit hours required for an education or related degree or
credential and agree to work as an educator in a Colorado public school
upon completion of the degree or credential. In awarding scholarships, the
state board shall prioritize students who participated in a local education
provider's grow your own educator program while in high school and who
complete their final field work in a school of the local education provider.
Next, the state board shall prioritize scholarships to students who
participated in a local education provider's grow your own educator
program while in high school and who commit to teaching in a content
shortage area or in a rural area.
The bill amends the teacher of record license to apply to students
participating in a Colorado-approved program of preparation and who
will be employed with a local education provider experiencing a critical
teacher shortage, without the need to show that no other licensed
applicant has applied. The bill removes references to the grow your own
educator program that no longer apply.
The bill amends the teacher of record program to remove the
requirement that a teacher participating in the program must fill a position
for which no other licensed applicant has applied.
The bill directs the Colorado commission on higher education, in
collaboration with the governing boards and the higher education council,
to negotiate statewide degree transfer agreements so that statewide degree
transfer agreements are in place no later than 2022 for educator
preparation programs, including but not limited to elementary and
secondary education; early childhood education; special education;
speech and language pathology; occupational therapy; world languages;
mathematics; science; and STEM, as defined in statute. Credits
accumulated pursuant to a statewide degree transfer agreement apply to
the transfer of course work, regardless of whether the course work was
successfully completed at a 2-year or 4-year state institution of higher
education and regardless of whether the credit is being transferred to a
2-year or 4-year state institution of higher education.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
Comment
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CCW Summary Concerning strategies to address educator shortages.

 

Intro Date01/31/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1235
Title: Colorado Department Of Education Support For Family Engagement Practices
Senate Sponsors
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Official Summary

The bill establishes the position of family-school partnership
coordinator (coordinator) in the department of education. The coordinator
supports local education providers with researching, designing, and
implementing research-based family-school partnerships and supports
educator preparation programs that provide training to educators related
to implementing family-school partnerships. The coordinator is required

to prepare a report every year that describes innovations that advance
family engagement practices and provides information about research and
resources available to local education providers and educator preparation
programs that may assist in implementing family-school partnerships.

House SponsorsJ. Coleman (D)
C. Larson (R)
Comment
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CCW Summary Concerning advancing research-based family-school partnerships in Colorado.

 

Intro Date01/31/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1238
Title: Safe And Healthy Learning Environments For Students
Senate Sponsors
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/26/2020)
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of education (department) to give
preference to grant applicants that articulate a strong, comprehensive
approach to significantly reduce the use of school policing, school

resource officers, and invasive security technologies and practices, and
implement evidence-based or promising practices designed to promote
school safety and healthy learning environments. The department shall
also give preference to grant applicants that demonstrate the applicant's
current use of evidence-based or promising practices designed to promote
school safety and healthy learning environments.
The preference criteria only applies to the student re-engagement
grant program, the expelled and at-risk student services grant program,
the school bullying prevention and education grant program, and the
behavioral health care professional matching grant program.

House SponsorsS. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Comment
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Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
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CCW Summary

Concerning grant program funding opportunities for public schools that promote the use of developmentally appropriate strategies to ensure healthy learning environments for students.

Intro Date01/31/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1240
Title: Early College Program And P-tech School Expansion
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
B. Rankin (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Official Summary

The bill creates the early college policy development advisory
group (advisory group) to design and recommend policies and changes to
law to support the statewide development of and funding for early college

programs and p-tech schools. The bill specifies the membership of the
advisory group, which is appointed by the governor and must include
members of the education leadership council, and the specific duties of
the advisory group. In completing its duties, the advisory group must
coordinate with the education leadership council. The advisory group
must prepare an interim report and a final report of its findings and
recommendations, and submit the reports by December 1, 2020, and
December 1, 2021, respectively, to the governor, the education leadership
council, the state board of education (state board), the Colorado
commission on higher education (CCHE), and the education committees
of the general assembly. The bill creates a legislative advisory council to
provide advice and comment to the advisory group.
The bill expands the existing concurrent enrollment expansion and
innovation grant program to include grants for specified purposes related
to providing opportunities for students to simultaneously enroll in
postsecondary courses or engage in work-based learning opportunities
while enrolled in high school.
The bill extends for 2 additional budget years funding for students
who enroll in an early college program that was approved before June 6,
2018, and who enroll in postsecondary courses in the fifth or sixth year
of high school.
The bill authorizes the distribution of state financial assistance to
students who enroll in postsecondary courses while still enrolled in high
school.

House SponsorsJ. McCluskie (D)
P. Will (R)
Comment
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CCW Summary

Concerning expanding opportunities for high school students to enroll in postsecondary courses, and, in connection therewith, creating the early college policy development advisory group.

Intro Date01/31/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1260
Title: School Finance Adjustment To 2019-20 Total Program
Senate SponsorsB. Rankin (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeAppropriations
StatusGovernor Signed (03/11/2020)
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The general assembly recognizes that
the actual funded pupil count and the actual at-risk pupil count for the
2019-20 budget year are higher than anticipated when the appropriation
amount was established during the 2019 legislative session, resulting in
an increase in total program for the 2019-20 budget year.
In addition, specific ownership tax revenue was less than

anticipated, but local property tax revenue was more than anticipated,
resulting in a net increase in the local share of total program funding. The
increase in the local share of total program funding offsets a portion of
the increase in total program.
The bill declares the general assembly's intent to maintain the
budget stabilization factor at the dollar amount of the original
appropriation.
In addition, the total program amount set forth in statute must be
increased to reflect the passage of House Bill 19-1262, concerning state
funding for full-day kindergarten.
The bill makes an appropriation to increase the state share of total
program.

House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Comment
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Concerning adjustments in the amount of total program funding for public schools for the 2019-20 budget year, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Intro Date02/03/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1269
Title: Create School Safety Account And Related Tax Credits
Senate Sponsors
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/18/2020)
Official Summary

The bill creates the Child Safety Account Act, which allows for
a student who is directly affected by or involved in a safety incident

occurring at a public school, but is not the perpetrator, to qualify for a
child safety account. A child safety account is an account that must be
used to pay for eligible expenses necessary for the education of the
qualified student.
The bill requires the department of education (department) to
contract with an entity that will administer the child safety account
program (administering entity).
Upon the creation of a child safety account, the department shall
transfer to the administering entity an amount equal to the state share of
per pupil revenues of the enrolling school district or institute charter
school for the budget year in which the account is created and deduct the
amount transferred from that amount that the department distributes to the
school district's or institute charter school's budget for the budget year.
The general assembly shall annually appropriate to the department
the amount required to be transferred from the department to the
administering entity for the child safety accounts. In a budget year in
which the general assembly does not appropriate a sufficient amount to
fully fund the child safety accounts, the department shall reduce the
amount transferred to the administering entity for distribution to each
child safety account by the same percentage that the deficit bears to the
amount required to fully fund the child safety accounts.
If a child safety account has been closed, any amount remaining in
the account must be transferred to the department, and the department
shall transfer the money to the treasurer for deposit into the general fund.
In order to qualify for a child safety account, the parent of a
student must apply to the administering entity.
A child safety account continues to be active, without need for
renewal, until the qualified student completes twelfth grade or ceases to
be enrolled in a participating school or nonpublic home-based educational
program.
Any unexpended amount left in the child safety account at the end
of a school year remains in the account and may be expended on eligible
expenses in subsequent school years and used for eligible expenses while
the student remains enrolled in an institution of higher education.
The administering entity is required to monitor the expenses made
from money in child safety accounts. If it appears the money in a child
safety account was used for an expense that was not an eligible expense,
the administering entity is required to convene a review committee to
determine whether the expense was an eligible expense, and if not an
eligible expense, whether it was a good-faith mistake. The review
committee is required to take appropriate action depending upon the
outcome of the review.
The administering entity is required to oversee
scholarship-granting organizations. A scholarship-granting organization
shall accept scholarship applications from qualified students with child
safety accounts, who shall use the awarded amounts to pay for eligible
expenses above the amount credited to the child safety account. The
scholarship-granting organization shall also accept donations from
individuals or corporations for scholarship applicants.
The bill creates an income tax credit for parents of qualified
students with child safety accounts for payments of eligible expenses
above the amount provided through a child safety account.
The bill creates a tax credit to encourage donations for individuals
or corporations that donate to scholarship-granting organizations for
scholarships for qualified students with child safety accounts.

House SponsorsP. Neville (R)
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Bill: HB20-1276
Title: Individualized Student Degree Programs
Senate Sponsors
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (03/05/2020)
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado individualized combined degree pilot
program (pilot program) that the department of higher education must
administer, working with the department of education. The pilot program
is designed to assist school districts and charter schools in providing
individualized degree programs that enable a participating student to

design and complete an educational program that is unique to the student
and results in the simultaneous completion of a high school diploma and
a baccalaureate degree during the 4 years in which the student is enrolled
in high school.
A school district or charter school may apply to participate in the
pilot program by submitting an application to the department of higher
education, which shall select up to 10 participants. Each participating
school district and charter school must establish a local individualized
combined degree program (local program), which must meet specified
requirements. Each participating school district or charter school must
transfer a specified percentage of per pupil revenue to the individualized
degree account created for each participating student that is enrolled in
the school district or charter school.
The bill specifies that each student who participates in a local
program must, with the student's parents, select individuals to serve as an
advisory board to help the student design and complete the student's
individualized degree program. The student's individualized degree
program may be an existing baccalaureate degree program at an
institution of higher education or may be designed specifically to meet the
student's unique educational and career goals. A uniquely designed degree
program must meet specified requirements and is subject to approval by
the Colorado commission on higher education. Each participating student
must apply for federal and state student financial assistance. A portion of
the money annually appropriated for state student financial assistance
must be distributed to students participating in local programs based on
each student's demonstrated financial need.
Each participating student must create an individual degree
account with collegeinvest. The money that the student receives from the
school district or charter school and the state and federal financial
assistance that the student receives must be credited to the account. The
student, with the approval of the student's parent and advisory board,
must use the money in the student's account only to pay for the costs
incurred in obtaining the student's baccalaureate degree.
On or before January 15, 2024, and annually thereafter through
2030, the department of higher education, working with the department
of education, shall prepare a report concerning the effectiveness of the
pilot program and submit the report to the governor, the Colorado
commission on higher education, the state board of education, and the
education committees of the general assembly. The pilot program is
repealed, July 1, 2030.

House SponsorsT. Geitner (R)
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Concerning empowering students to complete an individually designed bachelors degree without charge while enrolled in high school.

Intro Date02/03/2020
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Bill: HB20-1280
Title: CDHE Data For Student Return On Investment Metrics
Senate SponsorsJ. Bridges (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusGovernor Signed (03/27/2020)
Official Summary

The bill authorizes the department of higher education
(department) to collect the data necessary to calculate return on
investment metrics similar to the student cost and employment outcome
information for certain higher education institutions not currently covered
in the department's annual return on investment report. The department

may include the information collected in its annual return on investment
report.

House SponsorsC. Larson (R)
C. Kipp (D)
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Concerning authorizing the department of higher education to collect the data necessary to calculate return on investment metrics related to student outcomes.

Intro Date02/03/2020
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Bill: HB20-1282
Title: Radio Communications Policies Of Gov Entities
Senate Sponsors
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Transportation & Local Government Postpone Indefinitely (03/04/2020)
Official Summary

The bill requires each entity of the state government; each entity
of the government of each city, county, and city and county; and special
districts, school districts, and institutions of higher education
(governmental entity) that encrypts all of its radio communications to
enact an encryption policy.
An encryption policy must include access to unencrypted radio

communications by members of the media and standards that prevent the
governmental entity from imposing unreasonable and burdensome
limitations on access to radio communications. When enacting an
encryption policy, a governmental entity must consider including in the
policy access to unencrypted radio communications for the general public
through alternative means, such as delayed online transmission. Prior to
enacting an encryption policy, a governmental entity must seek input from
members of the Colorado media and the general public.

House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
K. Van Winkle (R)
Comment
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- Local Government
- State Government
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Concerning promoting open radio communications policies by governmental entities.

Intro Date02/03/2020
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Hearing Time
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Bill: HB20-1283
Title: Administration Of Inhaler For Respiratory Distress
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (03/05/2020)
Official Summary

The bill amends existing law relating to the administration of
epinephrine auto-injectors to include permitting public schools to obtain
a stock supply of inhalers containing albuterol (inhaler) that the school
nurse or trained school personnel may administer to a student who the
school nurse or trained personnel believe is experiencing respiratory
distress. Persons administering an inhaler must complete training on

administering an inhaler and on recognizing symptoms of respiratory
distress.
The state board of education, with assistance from the department
of public health and environment, shall promulgate rules for the
administration of inhalers to students, including education and training
necessary for personnel administering inhalers.
The inhalers may be obtained and used through standing orders
and protocols issued by a licensed physician and other medical personnel
with prescriptive authority. Schools may seek monetary donations to
purchase inhalers and may enter into arrangements with manufacturers
and suppliers to obtain inhalers at reduced prices or for free.
If a school district acts consistent with the law and does not engage
in willful or wanton conduct that causes damages, the school, school
district, and school employees are immune from civil liability for any
damages related to administering the inhaler to a student who was
believed to be in respiratory distress.
In addition, the bill amends existing law relating to the
administration of epinephrine auto-injectors outside of school settings to
include permitting authorized entities, such as recreation camps,
amusement parks, and sports arenas, to obtain a stock supply of inhalers
containing albuterol to administer to persons believed to be in respiratory
distress. Persons administering the inhalers for authorized entities must
complete training on administering an inhaler and on recognizing
symptoms of respiratory distress.
The inhalers may be obtained and used through standing orders
and protocols issued by a licensed physician and other medical personnel
with prescriptive authority. Authorized entities may seek monetary
donations to purchase inhalers.
If an authorized entity acts consistent with the law and does not
engage in willful or wanton conduct that causes damages, the authorized
entity and its employees are immune from criminal liability or civil suit
for any damages related to administering the inhaler to a person who was
believed to be in respiratory distress.
A physician, school nurse, pharmacist, and other medical
personnel acting in accordance with the law are not subject to discipline
by a licensing board for either administering an inhaler in a school or for
prescribing inhalers for a school or a designated entity.

House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
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Concerning the administration of an inhaler to persons in respiratory distress.

Intro Date02/04/2020
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Bill: HB20-1287
Title: Colorado Rights Act
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (03/05/2020)
Official Summary

The bill allows a person who has a right, privilege, or immunity
secured by the Colorado constitution that is infringed upon to bring a civil
action for the violation. The attorney general can also bring an action
under the same circumstances. A plaintiff who prevails in the lawsuit is
entitled to reasonable attorney fees, and a defendant in an individual suit
is entitled to reasonable attorney fees for defending any frivolous claims.

Qualified immunity and a defendant's good faith but erroneous belief in
the lawfulness of his or her conduct are not defenses to the civil action.
The civil action has a two-year statute of limitations. The bill requires a
public entity to indemnify its public employees in a claim unless the
employee is convicted of a crime related to the claim.

House SponsorsM. Soper (R)
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Bill Subject- Civil Law
- Courts & Judicial
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Concerning enforcement of Colorado constitutional rights in Colorado state courts.

Intro Date02/04/2020
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Bill: HB20-1288
Title: Increase Curriculum Transparency School Literacy
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
B. Rankin (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Official Summary

The bill amends the Colorado READ Act to require each local
education provider to post on its website:
  • The core and supplemental reading curriculum, or a
detailed description of the reading curriculum, by grade,
used in each of its schools;
  • The core and supplemental reading instructional programs

and intervention reading instruction, services, and other
supports provided in each of its schools;
  • The number of students enrolled in kindergarten and first
through third grades who have READ plans, as well as the
number of students who have achieved reading
competency; and
  • The local education provider's budget and narrative
explanation for the use of the Colorado READ Act
intervention money.

House SponsorsJ. Rich (R)
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Concerning transparency in reading programs implemented in public schools.

Intro Date02/04/2020
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Bill: HB20-1295
Title: Education Accountability And Accreditation Systems Audit
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/26/2020)
Official Summary

The bill directs the state auditor to contract with a public or private
entity to conduct a performance audit of the statewide public education
accountability and accreditation systems. The bill specifies the issues that
the performance audit must address. By October 1, 2021, and following
release by the legislative audit committee, the final report of the

performance audit must be submitted to the commissioner of education,
the state board of education, and the education committees of the general
assembly.
The bill specifies the authority of the state auditor to access
records and information held by public schools, school districts, and the
state charter school institute.

House SponsorsS. Bird (D)
J. Wilson (R)
Comment
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Concerning a performance audit of the statewide systems used to measure the performance of the elementary and secondary public education system of the state.

Intro Date02/12/2020
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Bill: HB20-1300
Title: Changes To Local School Food Purchasing Program
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
J. Bridges (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeAgriculture and Natural Resources
StatusGovernor Signed (03/27/2020)
Official Summary

For the local school food purchasing program, the bill:
  • Makes technical changes to when a local education
provider may apply to the program and when the
department of education (department) selects providers;
  • Requires the department to ensure geographic and district
pupil size diversity among providers;

  • Changes the limit for the number of lunches that all local
education providers provided in the prior year to 10
million;
  • Changes the reimbursement formula to $0.05 for every
meal that the local education provider provided in the
previous year; and
  • Specifies that if the department does not spend the full
appropriation for the program, up to 5% of the
appropriation is available to the department in the
following year to pay for the required evaluation and
report.

House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
R. Pelton (R)
Comment
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Concerning technical changes to the local school food purchasing program.

Intro Date02/13/2020
Hearing Room
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Bill: HB20-1301
Title: Electronic Attendance In School District Board Meeting
Senate SponsorsJ. Sonnenberg (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusGovernor Signed (03/18/2020)
Official Summary

Under existing law, a school district board of education (board)
may adopt a policy that allows board members to participate in board
meetings electronically, but a quorum of board members is required to be
physically present in one location to convene a meeting. The bill requires
that board members attending electronically be included in the number of
members present necessary to convene a meeting.

The bill expresses the general assembly's intent that a board's
policy authorizing electronic participation include a procedure for
ensuring that electronically participating members have real-time access
to materials presented at the meeting.

House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
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Concerning electronic attendance in meetings of school district boards of education.

Intro Date02/13/2020
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Bill: HB20-1312
Title: Behavioral Health Training Requirements Educator License
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
D. Hisey (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeFinance
StatusGovernor Signed (07/08/2020)
Official Summary

The bill creates a requirement that of the 90 hours of professional
development training currently required for educator licensure renewal
during the term of the educator's license, at least 10 of those hours must
include some form of behavioral health training that is culturally
responsive and trauma- and evidence-informed.
The bill requires teacher preparation programs to include in

program graduation requirements that each teacher candidate in an initial
educator licensure program complete at least 10 hours of behavioral
health training that is culturally responsive and trauma- and
evidence-informed.

House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
B. Titone (D)
Comment
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Concerning behavioral health training requirements for educator licensure.

Intro Date02/21/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
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Bill: HB20-1336
Title: Holocaust And Genocide Studies In Public Schools
Senate SponsorsS. Fenberg (D)
D. Hisey (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
StatusGovernor Signed (07/08/2020)
Official Summary

The bill requires the state board to adopt standards related to
Holocaust and genocide studies on or before July 1, 2021.
The bill requires each school district board of education and

charter school to incorporate the standards on Holocaust and genocide
studies adopted by the state board into an existing course that is currently
a condition of high school graduation for school years beginning on or
after July 1, 2022.
The bill requires the department of education to create and
maintain a publicly available resource bank of materials pertaining to
Holocaust and genocide courses and programs, which must be available
for access by public schools no later than July 1, 2021.

House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
E. Sirota (D)
Comment
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Concerning requiring the satisfactory completion of a course that includes Holocaust and genocide studies as a condition of high school graduation in public schools.

Intro Date03/02/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB20-1357
Title: Media Literacy Implementation
Senate Sponsors
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/26/2020)
Official Summary

The bill requires the department to create and maintain an online
resource bank of materials and resources pertaining to media literacy. At
a minimum, the resource bank must include the materials and resources
recommended in the media literacy advisory committee's report.
The bill requires the department, upon the request of a school

district and subject to available resources, to provide technical assistance
to a school district with implementing policies and procedures, best
practices, and recommendations related to media literacy.
The bill requires the state board to review and adopt revisions that
implement media literacy within reading, writing, and civics standards on
or before June 30, 2021.

House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
L. Cutter (D)
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Concerning implementing the recommendations of the media literacy advisory committee in elementary and secondary education created in House Bill 19-1110.

Intro Date03/06/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
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Bill: HB20-1358
Title: K-12 Seizure Safe Schools
Senate Sponsors
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/26/2020)
Official Summary

The bill requires the parent or legal guardian (parent) of a student
who has been diagnosed with a seizure disorder, including epilepsy,
(student) to submit a signed seizure action plan (plan) to the school if the
student may need assistance with seizure-related care in a school setting.
The parent is required to provide updated information to the plan when
necessary.

K-12 public schools are required to, and private schools are
encouraged to, provide annual seizure-related training to school personnel
who have direct contact with or supervise students who have a seizure
disorder.

House SponsorsH. McKean (R)
K. Mullica (D)
Comment
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- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Health Care & Health Insurance
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Concerning seizure action plans for K-12 students who have been diagnosed with a seizure disorder.

Intro Date03/09/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: SB20-001
Title: Expand Behavioral Health Training For K-12 Educators
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments (05/28/2020)
Official Summary

School Safety Committee. The bill requires the department of
education (department) to offer a train the trainer program (program)
designed to improve school culture, promote youth behavioral and mental
health, and prepare attendees to teach a youth behavioral and mental
health training course. The department must make the program available
to employees of a school district, charter school, or board of cooperative

services (local education provider). A local education provider and its
employees are not required to participate in the program. The department
may enter into an agreement with an organization to provide the program.
The department is required to annually evaluate the effectiveness of the
program. The general assembly is required to annually appropriate up to
$1 million for the program. The program is repealed June 30, 2024.
The program must include evidence-based instruction on, and
prepare an attendee to teach a youth behavioral and mental health training
course that includes, any of the following subjects:
  • Using trauma-informed approaches to improve overall
school climate and culture;
  • Identifying behavioral and mental health challenges and
substance use disorders;
  • Restorative practices for addressing youth behavioral and
mental health challenges;
  • Improving youth social and emotional health;
  • Bullying prevention and intervention strategies;
  • Encouraging positive bystander behavior;
  • Best practices for providing assistance in noncrisis
situations;
  • De-escalation of crisis situations; or
  • Identifying and accessing available behavioral and mental
health resources and substance use disorder support
services and treatment.

House SponsorsE. Sirota (D)
K. Van Winkle (R)
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Concerning expanding behavioral health training for kindergarten through twelfth grade educators.

Intro Date01/08/2020
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Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: SB20-004
Title: Postsecondary Education Loan Repayment Assistance
Senate SponsorsS. Fenberg (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeFinance
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/10/2020)
Official Summary

The bill creates the Get on Your Feet Student Loan Repayment
Assistance Program to provide no more than 24 monthly payments on a
qualified loan on behalf of a qualified recipient.
A qualified recipient is required to satisfy eligibility and program
participation requirements.

The department of higher education is required to administer the
program pursuant to guidelines promulgated by the commission on higher
education.
A person who received a program award but did not satisfy all
eligibility and program participation requirements may be required to
fully or partially reimburse the state.

House SponsorsL. Herod (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
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Concerning creating a student loan repayment assistance program for postsecondary education.

Intro Date01/08/2020
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VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: SB20-009
Title: Expand Adult Education Grant Program
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
B. Rankin (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusGovernor Signed (07/08/2020)
Official Summary

Under existing law, the adult education and literacy grant program
(grant program) is focused on workforce development partnerships to
provide adult education that leads to increased levels of employment. The
bill 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 actively

participate as citizens in a democratic society.
The bill expands the grant program to provide grants to adult
education providers that enter into an education attainment partnership
with elementary and secondary education providers or higher education
providers to assist adults in attaining basic literacy and numeracy skills
that lead to additional skill acquisition, that may lead to postsecondary
credentials and employment, and that assist adults in providing academic
support to their own children or to children for whom they provide care.
The bill allows the state board of education, in awarding grants, to give
preference to adult education programs that serve populations that are
underserved by federal funding.

House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
M. Catlin (R)
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Concerning expansion of the adult education and literacy grant program.

Intro Date01/08/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: SB20-014
Title: Excused Absences In Public Schools For Behavioral Health
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusGovernor Signed (03/23/2020)
Official Summary

School Safety Committee. Current law requires school districts
to adopt a written policy setting forth the school district's attendance
requirements. The bill requires the policy to include excused absences for
behavioral health concerns.

House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
L. Cutter (D)
Comment
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Concerning excused absences in public schools resulting from behavioral health concerns.

Intro Date01/08/2020
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VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: SB20-015
Title: Student Access To Transportation To Other Schools
Senate SponsorsO. Hill (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/19/2020)
Official Summary

The bill allows a school district to provide transportation, or
reimburse a parent or guardian for providing transportation, to the schools
of its district to a student from any other Colorado school district who is

enrolled in its schools, if the student is, or has been in the preceding
school year, eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch under the national
school lunch program or who is a student with a disability and who is, or
was in the preceding school year, receiving special education services.

House SponsorsS. Humphrey (R)
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Concerning providing access to public school options for certain high-need students by authorizing a school district in which the student is enrolled to provide transportation for the student.

Intro Date01/08/2020
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Bill: SB20-016
Title: Notify If School Employee Gives Drugs To Students
Senate SponsorsB. Rankin (R)
R. Fields (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusHouse Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (03/03/2020)
Official Summary

Under existing law, a school district, charter school, or board of
cooperative services notifies parents of students enrolled in a school if an
employee working in the school or who had contact with students is

charged with certain felony offenses relating to violence, drugs, or
unlawful sexual behavior.
The bill adds the following offenses to the parent notification
requirements:
  • Any violation that involves the sale, dispensing,
distribution, or transfer to a student of certain controlled
substances, marijuana, or marijuana concentrates; and
  • Unlawfully providing any alcohol beverage to a student or
contributing to the delinquency of a minor relating to
providing any alcohol beverage to a student.

House SponsorsM. Soper (R)
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Concerning amending the existing parent notification law to require notification of charges brought against public school employees relating to the provision of illegal substances to students.

Intro Date01/08/2020
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Bill: SB20-025
Title: Conservancy District Boards Art And Beautification Projects
Senate SponsorsL. Garcia (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeAgriculture and Natural Resources
StatusGovernor Signed (03/11/2020)
Official Summary

Current law authorizes the board of directors of a conservancy
district (board) to participate in the development of parks and recreational

facilities within the district. The bill permits a board to consider such
participation a current expense of the district.
The bill also authorizes a board to participate in artistic and
beautification projects that improve the aesthetic appearance of
waterways within the district and to consider such participation a current
expense of the district.

House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
B. Buentello (D)
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Concerning authorization of the board of directors of a conservancy district to participate in certain projects within the district, and, in connection therewith, authorizing such a board to consider such participation a current expense of the district.

Intro Date01/08/2020
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Bill: SB20-027
Title: School District School Safety Plans
Senate SponsorsL. Crowder (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/12/2020)
Official Summary

The bill directs each district school board to issue a request for
proposal for a district-wide school safety assessment. Each district shall
select and contract with a school safety expert for an evaluation of each
public school in the district. The expert shall report its evaluation and
recommendations to the board, and the board shall vote on each
recommendation. The board shall present the approved recommendations

to the state board of education, which shall vote on the recommendations
and provide funding to the district to cover the costs of the approved
recommendations. The state board of education shall report to the
legislature's education committees on the recommendations it receives,
approves, and funds.

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Concerning school safety plans for all schools in each school district.

Intro Date01/08/2020
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Bill: SB20-050
Title: Eligible Educator Supplies Tax Credit
Senate SponsorsR. Woodward (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeFinance
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (02/06/2020)
Official Summary

Currently, under the federal educator expense deduction, an
eligible educator can claim a deduction, not to exceed $250, for the
purchase of school supplies and certain professional development
courses.
The bill creates a state income tax credit for an eligible educator
for the purchase of school supplies that qualify for the deduction that

exceeds $250 but are less than $750. The amount of the credit that
exceeds the educator's income taxes is refunded to the educator.

House SponsorsM. Baisley (R)
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Concerning a state income tax credit related to eligible educators' personal expenses.

Intro Date01/08/2020
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Bill: SB20-052
Title: Smart School Bus Safety Pilot Program
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/10/2020)
Official Summary

The bill creates the smart school bus safety pilot program (pilot
program) in the department of public safety (department) to increase the
safety of students and the security of school buses. The department is
required to enter into an agreement with an organization to administer the
pilot program (program administrator). The program administrator must
notify school districts of the program; develop and maintain a website,

online service, online application, or mobile application, or a combination
thereof, to provide secure parental notification, at no cost to parents,
relating to school bus and student status; recruit school bus drivers;
inform and educate the public about school bus transportation safety; and
develop funding sources for school transportation safety.
The department awards 3-year grants to school districts for the
provision of hardware and software that will allow the bus to
communicate directly with first responders by voice communication and
by using a silent duress alarm; the maintenance of that equipment;
training; and providing secure parental notification, at no cost to parents,
relating to school bus and student status. The program administrator must
provide support for grant recipients.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
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Concerning the creation of the smart school bus safety pilot program.

Intro Date01/08/2020
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Bill: SB20-059
Title: Sexual Assault On A Student By An Educator
Senate SponsorsD. Hisey (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusHouse Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (05/26/2020)
Official Summary

Under current law, a secondary school teacher who has sexual
contact with a student who is 18 years of age or older may not have
committed a crime. The bill provides that a person who subjects a student
at the school at which the person is an educator to sexual contact commits
the crime of sexual assault on a student by an educator.

House SponsorsC. Larson (R)
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Concerning sexual assault on a student by an educator.

Intro Date01/08/2020
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Bill: SB20-066
Title: Highly Effective Teachers And Low-performing Schools
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (01/29/2020)
Official Summary


The bill creates the highly effective teacher incentives program
(program) to enable school districts, boards of cooperative services that
operate public schools, and charter schools (local education providers) to
offer salary bonuses to attract highly effective teachers to teach in
elementary, middle, or junior high schools that are implementing priority
improvement or turnaround plans (low-performing schools).
The department of education (department) and the state board of
education (state board) will implement the program by distributing grants
in 2-year cycles. The amount of a grant is based on the number of highly
effective teachers who meet the requirements for receiving salary bonuses
and are employed by local education providers in low-performing
schools. Each local education provider that applies and meets the
requirements for a grant will receive a grant, subject to available
appropriations. A local education provider may use the grant only to pay
nonbase-building salary bonuses to eligible highly effective teachers. A
local education provider that receives a grant and is already paying
incentives to highly effective teachers who teach in low-performing
schools must pay the bonuses funded by the grant money in addition to
the other incentives.
A highly effective teacher must meet specified criteria to receive
the salary bonus. The amount of the salary bonus depends on whether the
teacher was working in a high-performing local education provider and
changed employment to work in a low-performing school or is continuing
to work in a low-performing school and whether the highly effective
teacher works in a low-performing elementary, middle, or junior high
school.
The bill creates the highly effective teacher incentives fund (fund),
which consists of a one-time appropriation of $4 million from the state
education fund. The state board will disburse approximately one-half of
the money in the fund in the first grant cycle and approximately one-half
of the money in a second grant cycle.
By December 15, 2025, the department must submit to the
education committees of the general assembly a report concerning the
implementation and effectiveness of the program.

House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
L. Saine (R)
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Concerning distribution of grant money to local education providers to fund incentives for highly effective teachers as identified by objective measures of student academic growth to teach in low-performing schools, and, in connection therewith, creating the "Greatest Resources for Education Are Teachers Act" and making an appropriation.

Intro Date01/08/2020
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Bill: SB20-072
Title: Human Sexuality Education Notification Requirement
Senate SponsorsR. Gardner (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/03/2020)
Official Summary

Current law requires a public school that offers human sexuality
education to provide to the parent or legal guardian of each student, prior
to commencing the planned curriculum, written notification of the ability
to excuse a student and a detailed, substantive outline of the topics and
materials to be presented during the planned curriculum. The bill requires

an electronic notification to be provided to the parent or legal guardian of
each student, in addition to the written notification, 90 days prior to
commencing the planned curriculum. The notification must include the
date the planned curriculum will be taught and it must be sent separately
from any other school notifications. Any materials used during the
planned curriculum must be made available for viewing online 90 days
prior to the commencement of the planned curriculum.

House SponsorsC. Larson (R)
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Concerning the requirement to provide information to parents regarding the materials used during comprehensive human sexuality instruction.

Intro Date01/10/2020
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Bill: SB20-073
Title: No 529 Account Income Tax Deduction for K-12 Expenses
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
T. Story (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/26/2020)
Official Summary

The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which became law in

December 2017, added distributions for elementary or secondary school
expenses as qualified distributions from a qualified state tuition program,
also known as a 529 account, thereby allowing, on the federal level,
income tax-free distributions for elementary and secondary school
expenses in addition to already authorized income tax-free distributions
for higher education expenses.
The bill amends Colorado law to ensure that a taxpayer may not
claim a deduction for contributions to qualified state tuition programs for
elementary or secondary school expenses and clarifies that such expenses
are not qualified distributions.

House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
L. Cutter (D)
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Concerning amendments to the state income tax deduction for contributions to a qualified 529 account to ensure that the state income tax deduction is not aligned with the changes in the federal "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" of 2017 that allow tax-free distributions for elementary and secondary school expenses.

Intro Date01/10/2020
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Bill: SB20-074
Title: Bonuses For Highly Effective Teachers
Senate SponsorsP. Lundeen (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeFinance
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (02/11/2020)
Official Summary

The bill creates the highly effective teacher bonus program to
provide money to school districts, boards of cooperative services that
operate public schools, and charter schools (local education providers) to

pay bonuses to teachers who are rated as highly effective and to provide
monetary incentives to recruit highly effective teachers. The department
of education (department) will distribute the money to each local
education provider based on a formula that takes into account the number
of teachers employed by the local education provider. Each local
education provider must submit to the department a report concerning its
use of the money, and the department must provide a summary of the
reports to the state board of education and the education committees of
the general assembly.

House SponsorsD. Williams (R)
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Concerning support for local education providers to provide monetary rewards for teachers rated highly effective, and, in connection therewith, creating the highly effective teacher bonus program.

Intro Date01/13/2020
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Bill: SB20-081
Title: School Information For Apprenticeship Directory
Senate SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
J. Bridges (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusGovernor Signed (03/20/2020)
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of labor and employment to
collaborate with the department of education to include in the Colorado
state apprenticeship resource directory the name and contact information
for at least one designated apprenticeship training program contact for
every public high school and school district.

House SponsorsT. Sullivan (D)
C. Larson (R)
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Concerning including school information in the Colorado state apprenticeship resource directory.

Intro Date01/13/2020
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Bill: SB20-089
Title: Educator Pay Raise Fund
Senate SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
L. Garcia (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments (05/28/2020)
Official Summary

The bill creates the educator pay raise program (program) to
provide funding to school districts and charter schools to assist them in
increasing their minimum teacher salaries to the district required
minimum teacher salary amount specified in the bill and the minimum
hourly wage paid to other employees to the district required minimum

hourly wage amount specified in the bill. A school district or charter
school that seeks to participate in the program must submit an application
to the department of education (department) that meets the requirements
specified in the bill. A school district or charter school may choose to
participate to increase minimum teacher salaries or the minimum hourly
wage, or both. The department shall review the applications and
recommend to the state board of education (state board) those applicants
that should be selected to participate in the program. In selecting program
participants, the department and the state board must prioritize those
applicants that demonstrate the greatest financial need. The bill specifies
criteria to apply in determining the prioritization. As a condition of
participating in the program, each participant seeking to increase teacher
salaries must increase its minimum teacher salary to the district required
minimum teacher salary amount and each participant seeking to increase
the hourly wage must increase its minimum hourly wage to the district
required minimum hourly wage amount. In the first year in which a
school district or charter school participates, the amount required for the
increases is paid through the program. In the second and subsequent years
of participation, each program participant is required to contribute an
increasing amount of matching money while the amount that the program
participant receives is decreased over time. The department determines
the amount of matching money and the amount that a program participant
receives based on schedules for increasing teacher salaries and schedules
for increasing the hourly wage adopted by rule of the state board. A
program participant may continue participating in the program so long as
the participant meets the matching money requirement and continues to
qualify for the program. A program participant no longer qualifies for the
program when the department determines that the participant has
sufficient resources to pay the district required minimum teacher salary
amount or the district required minimum hourly wage amount or both, as
applicable, without assistance.
The bill creates the educator pay raise fund (fund), which consists
of the greater of 10% or $15 million of the gross income annually earned
on the public school lands and any other money that the general assembly
may appropriate or transfer to the fund.
Beginning in the 2022 regular legislative session, the department
shall include in its annual report to the joint education committee
information concerning implementation of the program.

House SponsorsS. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
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Concerning funding assistance to increase the minimum amounts paid to persons employed by local education providers.

Intro Date01/13/2020
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Bill: SB20-095
Title: Middle School Students Concurrent Enrollment Information
Senate SponsorsC. Holbert (R)
L. Garcia (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusGovernor Signed (06/29/2020)
Official Summary

The bill directs the community college system to work with school
districts and charter schools to provide information to the parents of
students enrolled in grades 6 through 8 concerning concurrent enrollment
opportunities available in grades 9 through 12.

House SponsorsR. Bockenfeld (R)
J. Coleman (D)
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Concerning providing information concerning concurrent enrollment to parents of middle school students.

Intro Date01/13/2020
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Bill: SB20-103
Title: Common Guidelines School District Open Enrollment
Senate SponsorsJ. Tate (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/13/2020)
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of education in conjunction with
school district boards of education to recommend to the state board of
education (state board) policies and procedures for students to open enroll
in schools of the school district or programs within the students' school
districts and to open enroll in schools and programs of other school

districts. The policies and procedures must include, in part, the length of
and start and end dates for the application process, the dates by which
school districts shall notify students of acceptance into a program or
school, and the variability allowed in application format.
Based on the recommendations, the state board shall promulgate
rules relating to the open enrollment process that are applicable, if
possible, to the open enrollment process for the 2021-22 school year.

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Concerning establishing common application guidelines for choice of schools of school districts that ensure opportunity for all students.

Intro Date01/14/2020
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
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Bill: SB20-111
Title: School Transportation Grant Program
Senate SponsorsD. Hisey (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/12/2020)
Official Summary

The bill creates the school transportation grant program (grant
program) in the department of education (department) to provide grant
awards to public schools or school districts to increase transportation
services to students.
The state board of education is required to promulgate rules
necessary for the implementation of the grant program.

The department shall award grants subject to available
appropriations.

House SponsorsM. Soper (R)
D. Valdez (D)
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Concerning the creation of a school transportation grant program.

Intro Date01/15/2020
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Bill: SB20-112
Title: College Trust Scholarship For Early Graduation
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeFinance
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (02/13/2020)
Official Summary

The bill creates the college trust scholarship program (scholarship
program) in the department of higher education (department) to disburse
scholarship awards to institutions of higher education, as defined in the
bill, on behalf of eligible graduates who are awarded a high school
diploma from a Colorado public high school prior to enrolling in the

fourth year of high school.
The savings to the state due to the student graduating high school
early is used for the scholarship award and to add money to the state
education fund to eliminate the budget stabilization factor applied to total
program funding under the public school finance formula.
The scholarship award is equal to the greater of a portion of the
average state share amount of the statewide average per pupil funding for
public elementary and secondary schools or $3,000. The scholarship
award is disbursed to the postsecondary program on behalf of the eligible
graduate and may be used for the eligible graduate's cost of attendance for
the postsecondary program, as determined by the department.
An eligible graduate must enroll in a postsecondary program by the
eligible graduate's twenty-first birthday or the eligible graduate forfeits
the award; except that the department has the ability to waive this
requirement in exceptional or unforseen circumstances. An eligible
graduate may continue to use any unused portion of the scholarship award
until the eligible graduate's twenty-sixth birthday, at which time the
unused portion of the scholarship award is forfeited. Forfeited scholarship
awards are transferred to the state education fund to be used first to
eliminate the budget stabilization factor in the public school finance
formula.
The bill requires the department to report annually to certain
committees of the general assembly certain information relating to the
scholarship program.
The bill creates the college trust scholarship fund and specifies the
characteristics of the fund. Interest and income from the fund and any
money from forfeited scholarships is transferred to the state education
fund.

House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
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Concerning the creation of a college trust scholarship for students who graduate early from Colorado public high schools.

Intro Date01/15/2020
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Bill: SB20-117
Title: School Employee Paycheck Transparency
Senate SponsorsJ. Cooke (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/12/2020)
Official Summary

The bill requires local education employers to disclose to their
employees the amount of money deducted from the employees' wages and
salaries payable to a third party that is used for lobbying or political
activity. The bill requires the local education employers to collect the
necessary information from third-party entities in order to compile the

disclosure information.

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Concerning a requirement that a local education employer disclose deductions from an employee's earnings that are used to pay for certain political activities.

Intro Date01/24/2020
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Bill: SB20-124
Title: School Construction Guideline Utility Consultation
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
C. Hansen (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
StatusGovernor Signed (07/02/2020)
Official Summary

Under current law, the public school capital construction
assistance board establishes guidelines for considering applications for
money from the public school capital construction assistance fund. The
bill adds to the considerations in the guidelines consulting with the local
electric utility on beneficial electrification and distributed generation

opportunities.

House SponsorsP. Will (R)
B. Buentello (D)
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CCW Summary Concerning adding to the public school facility construction guidelines a requirement to consult with the local electric utility.
Intro Date01/24/2020
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Bill: SB20-131
Title: Reimbursement To P-tech Schools For College Costs
Senate SponsorsM. Foote (D)
C. Holbert (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/13/2020)
Official Summary

Beginning in the 2020-21 budget year, the bill allows a school
district, a board of cooperative services, a charter school, or the state
charter school institute (local education provider) that operates a
pathways in technology early college high school (p-tech school) to apply
to the department of education (department) for reimbursement for the
amount of tuition and fees and the costs of books and materials incurred

in enrolling p-tech school students in postsecondary courses. The amount
of the reimbursement is based on the average of the in-state tuition for
local district colleges or community colleges, depending on the type of
institution that provides the course, and is payable only for each
successfully completed course credit hour. The state board of education
must promulgate rules to implement the reimbursements. For the 2020-21
budget year and each budget year thereafter, the general assembly is
directed to appropriate at least $2 million for the amount of the
reimbursements. As part of the annual budget preparation process, the
department will report the actual amount reimbursed and the amount
expected to be reimbursed in the current and future budget years.

House SponsorsK. Mullica (D)
M. Soper (R)
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Concerning funding for pathways in technology early college high schools.

Intro Date01/27/2020
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Bill: SB20-137
Title: FERPA Waiver For Behavioral Health Services
Senate SponsorsR. Gardner (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusSenate Committee on Health & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely (02/12/2020)
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of education (department) to make
available on the department's website to all public schools a waiver form

that a parent or legal guardian may use to waive for one school year the
provisions of the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of
1974 (FERPA), as necessary to allow school personnel to communicate
with behavioral health care providers about a student's health records. The
waiver form must include an explanation that signing the waiver is
optional. The bill requires public schools to include the waiver form in
the materials for pupil registration.

House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
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Concerning a voluntary waiver of the federal "Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974" to allow school personnel to communicate with behavioral health care providers about a student's health records.

Intro Date01/27/2020
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Bill: SB20-149
Title: Automatic Law Waivers For Rural School Districts
Senate SponsorsL. Crowder (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/12/2020)
Official Summary

The bill directs the state board of education (state board) to
identify by rule a list of statutes and rules for which a rural school district
board of education (local board) may invoke an automatic waiver. A local
board may invoke an automatic waiver by adopting a resolution and
transmitting the resolution to the state board and the commissioner of
education. The local board may invoke the automatic waiver on behalf of

the entire rural school district or for one or more identified schools of the
district. An automatic waiver remains in effect until revoked by the local
board through adoption of a resolution. A rural school district that
invokes an automatic waiver must identify the automatic waiver on its
website and, starting July 1, 2021, provide a standardized description of
and rationale for each automatic waiver of statute and the contact
information for a school district employee who can explain the automatic
waiver. The department of education, working with a statewide
association that represents school districts, must adopt standardized
descriptions of and rationales for each of the statutes included on the list
of automatic waivers for rural school districts adopted by the state board.

House SponsorsR. Pelton (R)
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Concerning automatic waivers of law for rural school districts.

Intro Date01/27/2020
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Bill: SB20-158
Title: Professional Training For Educators
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusGovernor Signed (06/30/2020)
Official Summary

The bill makes changes to the assistance programs that are
designed to increase the number of educators within the state, especially
in rural school districts, by:
  • Expanding the educator loan forgiveness program by
making it available to individuals who graduate from any
preparation program that leads to educator licensure and

removing the limitation of no more than 100 new
participants per year;
  • Clarifying that a stipend provided to teacher candidates in
rural areas does not constitute student financial assistance;
and
  • Clarifying that a teaching fellow may choose to have a
teaching fellowship program stipend awarded as student
financial assistance or wages for employment.
The bill amends the program requirements that the department of
higher education and the Colorado commission on higher education
(commission) must review when approving educator preparation
programs (programs). Under existing law, following a review, the
commission may approve a program, place the program on probation
status, or terminate the program. The bill adds the option of granting the
program conditional approval and directs the commission to adopt
policies regarding how long a program may remain on conditional
approval or probation and how a program is moved from one approval
level to another. A program that receives conditional approval may
continue accepting new students, but a program on probationary status
cannot accept new students.
Under existing law, the state board of education (state board)
reviews the content of educator preparation programs to ensure the
content prepares teachers to meet the teacher quality standards and qualify
for licensure. The bill clarifies that the state board, based on the content
review, may recommend that an educator preparation program be placed
on conditional approval or probation and that the commission must work
with the state board in determining the status of educator preparation
programs.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
B. McLachlan (D)
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Concerning measures related to providing professional training for educators.

Intro Date02/04/2020
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Bill: SB20-163
Title: School Entry Immunization
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
J. Gonzales (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusGovernor Signed (06/26/2020)
Official Summary

The bill codifies a definition of nonmedical exemption to mean
an immunization exemption based upon a religious belief whose
teachings are opposed to immunizations or a personal belief that is
opposed to immunizations.
Under current law, each student must submit to a school, as
defined in section 25-4-901, either a certificate of immunization, a

certificate of medical exemption, or a statement of nonmedical exemption
for an immunization for a religious or personal belief. The bill requires
the department of public health and environment (department) to develop
standardized forms and a submission process for persons who want to
claim a nonmedical exemption for an immunization for a religious or
personal belief. A person who wants to claim a nonmedical exemption for
an immunization for a religious or personal belief can do so by submitting
to the school either:
  • A certificate of completion of the online education module;
or
  • A certificate of nonmedical exemption.
The bill requires the department to annually evaluate the state's
immunization practices, including an examination of best practices and
guidelines recommended by the advisory committee on immunization
practices. The state board of health may update the state's immunization
practices pursuant to the annual evaluation.
The bill creates a vaccine-protected children standard, whereby the
immunization rate goal for every school is 95% of the student population
to be vaccinated. The bill requires the department to amend an
immunization document it currently publishes annually to include
information about the vaccine-protected children standard. Every school
shall publish its immunization rate and exemption rate on the document
and annually distribute it to the parents, legal guardians, and students of
the school.
The bill requires, as applicable, a practitioner who is a licensed
physician, physician assistant, advanced practice nurse, or person
authorized pursuant to title 12 to administer immunizations within their
scope of practice to students and to submit immunization, medical, or
nonmedical exemption data to the immunization tracking system. The
practitioner is not subject to a regulatory sanction for noncompliance.

House SponsorsK. Mullica (D)
D. Roberts (D)
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Concerning the modernization of the school entry immunization process.

Intro Date02/11/2020
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Bill: SB20-175
Title: Assessment Score On A Student's Transcript
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
B. Rankin (R)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusGovernor Signed (07/08/2020)
Official Summary

The bill prohibits a student's assessment score from being
indicated on the student's high school transcript unless the student
chooses to indicate an assessment score on the transcript.

House SponsorsB. Titone (D)
B. McLachlan (D)
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Intro Date02/20/2020
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Bill: SB20-184
Title: Add To Public School Financial Literacy Standards
Senate SponsorsP. Lundeen (R)
J. Bridges (D)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (05/26/2020)
Official Summary

The bill directs the state board of education (state board) to review,
during the first review of standards performed after July 1, 2021,
standards relating to the knowledge and skills that a student should
acquire in school to ensure that the financial literacy standards for ninth
through twelfth grade include an understanding of the costs associated
with obtaining a postsecondary degree or credential and how to budget
for and manage the payment for those costs, including managing student
loan debt; understanding credit cards and credit card debt; and

understanding retirement plans, including investments and retirement
benefits.
The bill adds to the resources contained in the existing financial
literacy resource bank created and maintained by the state board specific
references relating to assessing the affordability of higher education and
how to budget and pay for higher education, as well as how to manage
student loan debt; understanding credit cards and credit card debt; and
understanding retirement plans, including investments and retirement
benefits.
Under current law, school districts are encouraged to adopt a
financial literacy curriculum and to make completion of a course in
financial literacy a graduation requirement. The bill adds assessing the
affordability of higher education and how to budget and pay for higher
education, as well as how to manage student loan debt, to the suggested
financial literacy curriculum, as well as familiarizing students with the
process and required forms to apply for financial aid, grants, and
scholarships.

House SponsorsP. Buck (R)
C. Kipp (D)
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Concerning financial literacy standards for public schools.

Intro Date02/25/2020
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