Capitol Update: Our priority bills are sprinting toward the finish line

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 6, 2022

We are in the final days of the 2022 legislative session! That’s right, there are just THREE days left! A handful of Children’s Campaign priorities are still waiting to go through their final votes, but all are sprinting in the right direction as we approach May 11. When this session is all said and done, we are confident that we will look back on these 120 days knowing that we were able to accomplish a lot for the children and families of Colorado.  

With the help of countless advocates like you, we will be able to say that we expanded health insurance to pregnant people and kids without proper documentation, established a brand-new state Department of Early Childhood, set up Universal Preschool, and ensured our early childhood educators are better compensated.  We also helped make much-needed changes to school finance and school climate to ensure our students are in supportive learning environments; and helped families with low incomes access the resources they need to make ends meet and stay safely housed. That is A LOT to be proud of! We are honored to have worked with such a diverse pool of dedicated advocates throughout this session, pushing for so much positive change across a variety of areas that will positively impact the wellbeing of Colorado’s kids and families.  

Three days left. We can do this! Our dedicated policy and advocacy team tracks hundreds of bills that impact Colorado kids and families every legislative session. To view the bills we have been tracking this legislative session, click here.         

 

Here are this week’s Capitol Highlights:   

HB22-1414 (Gonzales-Gutierrez & Michaelson-Jenet/Pettersen & Fields) Healthy Meals for all Public School Students 

The bill refers a question to voters in November to fund a program to reimburse every meal served by a participating school district, support the ability for schools to purchase healthy and local food, and ensure fair wages to front-line food service employees. To learn more about this bill and its journey through the legislature, click 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.