Capitol Update: Colorado State Budget, Medicaid Program Integrity, Health Coverage Prescription and More

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: April 7, 2017

IMG_4195capitolEach week of the 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly we’ll bring you the latest news and analysis of legislation impacting the early development, health and education of Colorado kids. Click here to read about all of the legislation we’re tracking. Here are some highlights from this week:

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

The bill would enable a focus on early learning and development and PreK-3rd grade strategies as part of our approach to turning around low-performing elementary schools.  Read more about the bill’s bi-partisan passage out of Senate Appropriations here.

SB17-272 (Priola/Pettersen & Lundeen) Measures of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

The bill adds additional measures for high school students to demonstrate college and career readiness based on the demonstration options currently included in the state’s graduation guidelines. Read more about the bill and why the Children’s Campaign supports it here.

Long Bill

The Colorado House debated the state budget, also known as the “Long Bill,” this week. Read more about ways the budget impacts Colorado kids 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