Capitol Update: The 2022 Legislative Session kicks off in-person with a promise of 120 consecutive days
The 2022 Legislative Session has officially kicked off! On Wednesday, legislators made their way back to the capitol in Denver to reconvene for the year. Even though COVID-19 is still spreading rapidly, all signs point to the legislature trying to return to business as usual, and as best they can. The previous two sessions had been mired by the pandemic, forcing members to take some unprecedented breaks in the middle of their work. But for 2022, legislative leadership has indicated that they plan to meet for the full, consecutive 120 days allowed for the annual session. That means, along with you all, we at the Children’s Campaign have 120 days to affect as much positive change as possible for Colorado kids and families.
The legislature started its opening week with the typical pomp and circumstance. Leaders from both parties in both chambers outlined their respective agendas and goals for the year in Opening Day speeches with focuses on making Colorado more affordable, investing in education, and enhancing public safety. Gov. Polis also delivered his State of the State address, as is customary on the second day of session. The governor touched on similar themes as the legislators and even showed off his musical talents in a few tongue-and-cheek moments. You can find recordings of the legislator speeches here and the governor’s State of the State here.
So here we go! 120 days to make sure lawmakers are focused on child care and preschool. 120 days to push for investments in K-12 education. 120 days to expand health coverage to ALL families. 120 days to make sure Colorado kids have the resources and stability they need to thrive. It’s going to be a great legislative session. Be sure to check back often for more info and updates on the latest legislation and happenings from the Colorado State Capitol!