Capitol Update – Jan. 18, 2013

Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: January 18, 2013

Today, the General Assembly will complete its first full week of legislative work, with more than 100 bills introduced in the House and nearly 70 bills in the Senate.

The Colorado ASSET bill, a Children’s Campaign priority, was introduced this week. Educators, students and advocates rallied at the Colorado State Capitol this week to urge lawmakers to quickly pass legislation to make college affordable for all Colorado graduates, regardless of citizenship status. Rallying for the seventh year in a row, supporters of the Colorado ASSET bill say now is the time to allow undocumented Colorado high school graduates to pay in-state tuition at Colorado public colleges and universities. The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to debate this important measure next Thursday, Jan. 24. Read more about the bill here.

Additionally, two other Children’s Campaign priority bills have been scheduled to be heard in committee:

  • School Breakfast: House Bill-13-1006, to support healthy development and student achievement by extending the School Breakfast After the Bell Nutrition Program to more schools with high populations of low-income students, is set to be considered by the House Education Committee on Monday, Jan. 28. Click here to download a fact sheet.
  • CHP+ Waiting Period: Senate Bill 13-008, to ensure families can more easily access Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) health benefits and streamline program administration by eliminating the three month waiting period for children moving from employer-supported private coverage, is scheduled to be considered by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Click here to download a fact sheet.

Read more about our 2013 legislative priorities.

Tara Manthey

About Tara Manthey

Tara McLain Manthey joined Colorado Children's Campaign as Communications Director in May 2012. She previously worked in communications at The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in Aurora and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in Little Rock, Ark. Tara was a newspaper reporter covering education and government for nine years in Oregon, Washington state and Arkansas. A native of the Colorado mountain region and an alumna of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Tara lives in Denver with her husband and two small children.