Capitol Update – Jan. 18, 2013

Written by: Beza Taddess
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.

Beza Taddess

About Beza Taddess

Beza Taddess is the Communications Director at the Colorado Children's Campaign. In this role, she manages our communications team in advancing and supporting the Children’s Campaign’s work through digital and traditional communications strategies. Beza strives to apply inclusive and innovative communications protocols to ensure all people are seen and heard. She joined the Children’s Campaign as part of the Public Interest Fellowship Program in 2015 after graduating with a degree in Sociology from Colorado College. She received her master’s degree from University of Colorado Denver in May of 2021.