Capitol Updates: Exclusionary discipline for young children, charter funding, and contraceptive supplies bills move forward

capitol update 0317Each week of the 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly we’ll bring you the latest news and analysis of legislation impacting the early development, health and education of Colorado kids. Click here for a full list of the legislation we’re tracking. Here are some highlights from this week:

HB 17-1210 (Lontine & Buckner/Priola & Fields) Addressing Out-of-School Suspension & Expulsion of Young Children

A high quality, nurturing environment in the early school years unlocks the potential of all of our children to learn about themselves and the world. This bill would update statute to offer better guidance to administrators regarding out-of-school suspensions & expulsions for young children. Read more about the bill’s bipartisan passage out of House Education committee on Monday and its next steps here.

SB17-061 (Hill & William/Sias) Additional Funding Charter School Operating Costs

All public school students deserve to receive equal access to the same basic level of funding when local tax dollars are raised. Read more about the bill’s bipartisan passage out of the Senate and why the Children’s Campaign is a supporter. Read more about the bill here.

HB 17-1186 (Pettersen & Landgraf/Coram) Health Coverage Prescription Contraceptives Supply

Reducing unintended pregnancies, through policies like those in this bill, allows women to finish their educations and become financially secure before starting a family, thereby helping to reduce the risks of poverty for kids. This bill would require health benefit plans to provide contraception coverage to reimburse providers for initially dispensing a three-month supply of prescription contraceptives and subsequently for dispensing a 12-month supply of the same prescription contraceptive to the insured person.  Read more about the bill’s status and why the Children’s Campaign supports it here.

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