Capitol Updates

Each week during sessions of the Colorado General Assembly, we bring you the latest news and analysis of legislation impacting the early development, health, and education of Colorado kids. Check the updates below for analysis, testimony, fact sheets, vote totals, and other information to help you stay informed. 

Need help finding specific info? Updates are sorted in reverse-chronological order, based on the date they were last updated. You can also use the update filters in the sidebar to filter this archive by update type and by Colorado Children's Campaign's position on the legislation. For additional legislative information, including capitol updates prior to 2016, please see our Legislative blog category.


HB18-1177 (Michaelson Jenet/Fenberg & Coram) Youth Suicide Prevention

Originally Posted: March 9, 2018
Last Updated: May 11, 2018

The bill requires the Office of Suicide Prevention in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to provide access to training programs related to youth suicide prevention for people who interact with youth on a regular basis, but have often not received training.

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HB18-1309 (Coleman & Wilson/Hill) Programs Addressing Educator Shortages

Originally Posted: April 27, 2018
Last Updated: May 11, 2018

This bill seeks to address teacher shortages in Colorado by requiring the Colorado Department of Higher Education to create a “grow your own educator” framework and award grants to up to 50 prospective teacher candidates in exchange for a commitment to teach for at least three years in districts experiencing teacher shortages.

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HB18-1379 (Pettersen & Wilson/Hill) Public School Finance

Originally Posted: April 13, 2018
Last Updated: May 11, 2018

The bill sets the statewide base per pupil funding amount for the 2018-19 budget year at $6,768.77, which represents an inflationary increase of 3.3 percent. The bill also reduces the budget stabilization factor by $150 million and distributes an additional $30 million to large and small rural distr

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