Category: Capitol Update

LEGISLATIVE IMPACTS 2017

The Colorado Children’s Campaign is the leading voice for kids at the Colorado State Capitol and in communities across the state. Since 1985 we’ve worked with policymakers from every corner of the state and every political perspective to improve the …

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SB17-267 (Sonnenberg & Guzman/Becker K. & Becker J.) Sustainability of Rural Colorado

Summary: This bill includes provisions that: 1) convert the Hospital Provider Fee into an enterprise fund; 2) lower the cap on the amount of revenue the state can collect before revenue must be returned to taxpayers in the form of …

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HB17-1375 (Pettersen & Sias) Distributing Mill Levy Override Revenue to Schools

Summary: This compromise bill took the place of SB17-061 (Additional Funding Charter School Operating Costs), which died this week in the House Education Committee. The bill requires school districts that collect local revenue from mill levies to develop a plan …

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HB17-1355 (Young/Lundberg) County Block Grant Money to Child Care Quality Programs

Summary: The bill expands uses of the county allocation for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program funding to allow counties to invest in specific child care quality initiatives. Position: The Children’s Campaign’s appreciates the bill’s focus on 1) the …

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HB17-1353 (Young/Lundberg) Implement Medicaid Delivery & Payment Initiatives

Summary: The bill codifies the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC), the primary Medicaid delivery system in Colorado. Position: The Colorado Children’s Campaign supports the bill and the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing’s work to continue to deliver care in …

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HB17-1340 (Lundeen & Garnett) Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance

Summary: This bill creates a legislative interim committee to study the current school finance structure and to make recommendations for K-12 education funding in Colorado. The bill specifies the number of members that must serve on the committee and how …

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HB17-1332 (Bridges & Wilson/Smallwood & Fenberg) Teacher Licensure Programs in Nonpublic Child Care & Preschool Facilities

Summary: This bill would expand the settings in which a teacher may receive an alternative teacher license to include licensed nonpublic child care and preschool facilities. Position: The Children’s Campaign strongly supports this bill as a way to increase the …

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HB 17-1002 (Pettersen & Exum/Kefalas) Renewing the Child Care Tax Credit for Low Income Families

Summary: Many working families in our state who struggle to get by on low wages are not getting the full benefit of a common-sense tax break. That’s because federal government put overly tight limits on the Child and Dependent Care …

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School Finance Act

SB 17-296 (Pettersen/Hill) was approved by the legislature this week. The bill sets the statewide base per pupil funding amount for the 2017-18 budget year at $6,546.20. Across the state, this means an estimated increase of $261.8 million in FY2017-18 …

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SB17-103 (Merrifield) Early Learning Strategies in Education Accountability

Summary: This bill would enable a focus on early learning and development and K-3rd grade strategies as part of the state’s approach to turning around low-performing schools. For schools that serve children in kindergarten through third grade, this bill, as …

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