Capitol Update: Maternal mortality, school lunch for high schoolers, and child care action plan move ahead

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: February 15, 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:

Riley Kitts at the Colorado State Capitol recapping week 7

Maternal Mortality Review Committee: HB19-1122 (Buckner & Landgraf/ Fields & Gardner) would codify Colorado’s Maternal and Mortality Review Committee (MMRC) in statute. The MMRC is required to review cases of maternal mortality that occur in Colorado, identify trends and patterns in deaths and develop recommendations to prevent maternal deaths through legislation, policies, rules and best practices. The bill would require CDPHE to make regular recommendations to the legislature based on the findings of the MMRC to address clinical and societal causes of death. Learn more about the bill’s first hearing and why the Children’s Campaign testified in support here. Also see coverage of this week’s emotional testimony from CBS4, The Denver Post and Fox31.

Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act: HB19-1171 (Michaelson Jenet) would support students in high school by eliminating the reduced-price lunch copay and expand access to school lunches at no charge for students who would otherwise be eligible for reduced-price lunch. Colorado has already eliminated this copay for students in preschool through eighth grade. Learn more about the bill and why the Children’s Campaign strongly supports it here.

Infant and Family Child Care Action Plan: HB19-063 (Priola & Story/Buentello & Valdez) would require the Colorado Department of Human Services, in partnership with the Early Childhood Leadership Commission and other stakeholders, to create a strategic action plan by December 2019 to address the declining availability of infant care and family child care homes in Colorado. Read more about the bill and why the Children’s Campaign strongly supports it 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.