The bill is a technical clean-up bill and would address a drafting error in last year’s bipartisan early childhood educator tax credit bill (HB19-1005) and would be implemented as planned this tax year. TheView Update
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.
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HB 20-1427 (Caraveo & McCluskie/Fileds & Moreno) Cigarette Tobacco And Nicotine Products Tax to Support Health and Early Childhood Education Programs
This bill refers a measure to voters on this year’s November ballot that would raise taxes on cigarettes, tobacco and, for the first time, apply a tax on nicotine vaping products. In the first two and a half years, the resulting revenue would provide relief to state budget cuts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including investments in rural schools and the State Education Fund.View Update
Colorado only has licensed early care and education capacity for roughly 60 percent of the 247,000 children under six years old with all parents in the workforce. Providers identify the unavailability of qualified teachers as the most influential factor in limiting capacity.View Update
This bill would increase Basic Cash Assistance (BCA) in the TANF program to help narrow the gap created by the fact that BCA has not adjusted for cost of living since the program was created in 1996.View Update
This bill would implement common-sense policy changes to help improve vaccination rates, support public health efforts and protect parental choice for those families who opt out of vaccinations.View Update
SB20-126 (Story & Smallwood/Roberts & Van Winkle) Allow Home Child Care in Homeowners’ Association Community
This bill would allow homeowners in communities governed by a homeowners’ association to operate a family child care home in their community.View Update