Capitol Update: Day 120 on the books at the State Capitol
The 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly wrapped up this week with several big bills impacting kids passing just before the deadline. We’ll have a full summary of legislative wins and misses on behalf of kids next week. In the meantime, read below about the bills passed this week and watch a fun video created by Sen. Rhonda Fields on the last day—featuring the final page of our KIDS COUNT-Down Calendar.
Click here to read our full analysis of bills passed this week. Here are few highlights:
SB17-267 (Sonnenberg & Guzman/ K. Becker & J. Becker) Sustainability of Rural Colorado
This bill includes provisions that: 1) convert the Hospital Provider Fee into an enterprise fund; 2) lower the cap on the amount of revenue the state can collect before revenue must be returned to taxpayers in the form of rebates; 3) provide additional funds to rural school districts; and 4) require each state government agency to propose a smaller budget next year. Read more about the bill’s passage, other policy changes and what it would do for rural Colorado here.
HB 17-1002 (Pettersen & Exum/Kefalas) Renewing the Child Care Tax Credit for Low Income Families
Continuing this highly successful tax strategy that supports families’ access to child care so that they can work is vital. Read more about the bill and its bipartisan passage out of the House and Senate here.
HB17-1375 (Pettersen & Sias) Distributing Mill Levy Override Revenue to Schools
The bill requires school districts that collect local revenue from mill levies to develop a plan to share funds equally, or to distribute 95 percent of the per pupil amount to innovation or charter schools in the district beginning in the 2019-20 budget year. The bill passed with bipartisan support and now awaits the governor’s signature. Read more here.
Be sure to stay tuned for the Children’s Campaign’s 2017 legislative impacts in KidsFlash next week!