Capitol Update: Child Tax Credit, housing, dental benefits, and more move ahead

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 1, 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:

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Dental Services for Pregnant Women in Child Health Plan Plus: HB19-1038 (Duran & Lontine/Ginal & Story) —This bill would provide dental insurance for the 900 pregnant Coloradans each year who use Colorado’s Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) for their health insurance. Currently, these pregnant individuals do not have any coverage for oral health care. Read more about why the Children’s Campaign supports the bill here.

Time Period to Cure Lease Violation: HB19-1118 (Jackson & Galindo/Williams)—This bill would increase the amount of notice that a landlord must provide to a tenant in the event of a lease violation before a landlord can initiate eviction proceedings. Read more about the bill and why the Children’s Campaign testified in support here.

Child Tax Credit: HB19-1164 (Singer/Zenzinger & Priola)—This bill would fund the state Child Tax Credit, which was created by the legislature in 2013, now that the intent of the trigger to fund the CTC has been met. In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could begin collecting online sales tax and Colorado will begin collecting this sales tax this year, satisfying the intent behind the trigger for the state Child Tax Credit. The state credit would be available to families with children age five and under in an amount between five percent and 30 percent of the federal Child Tax Credit based on income. Read more about the bill and why the Children’s Campaign testified in support here.

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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 www.coloradokids.org.