Capitol Update: Big progress for kids as school removal, paid family leave and bill protecting health care consumers move forward.

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 22, 2019

Each week during the 2019 session 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. See our website for complete analysis, testimony, fact sheets, vote totals, and other information to help you stay informed. Here are a few highlights from the Gold Dome this week:

Riley Kitts recaps week 12 at the state capitol

Out of Network Health Care Services (Esgar & Catlin /Gardner & Pettersen)

HB19-1174 would help protect consumers who unknowingly receive care from an out-of-network provider in a hospital or emergency room and then receive a surprise bill for this care. Read more about the bill and why the Children’s Campaign supports it here.

School Removal for Public Preschool through Second Grade (Lontine & Larson/Priola & Fields)

HB19-1194 would ensure that the standards for suspension and expulsion of young children from school are developmentally appropriate, and that young children are removed from school only to address ongoing safety concerns. The bill does not affect statute governing in-school suspensions or classroom removals. The bill would limit the amount of time for out-of-school suspensions in order to resolve safety threats. Read more about the bill and its bipartisan passage out of the House here.

FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program (Winter & Williams/Gray & Duran)

SB19-188 would create the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) program to provide partial wage-replacement benefits to an eligible individual who takes leave from work to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition or who is unable to work due to the individual’s own serious health condition, or due to certain needs arising from a family member’s active duty service. Read more about the bill and why, Sarah Barnes, our Manager of Special Policy Initiatives testified in support on behalf of the Children’s Campaign and the Raise Colorado coalition.

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit