Capitol Update: Three priority bills are moving quickly through the House

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 25, 2022

Not one, not two, but THREE Children’s Campaign priorities took critical steps forward this week at the Capitol!  

 

To start, House Bill 22-1202: At-Risk Student Measure for School Finance passed out of the House on a very strong, bipartisan vote. Huge thanks to Reps. Herod and McCluskie! HB1202 now moves to the Senate. This success was followed up by another bipartisan final vote in the House on House Bill 22-1295: New Department of Early Childhood & Universal Preschool. Speaker of the House  Garnett and Rep. Sirota have been tremendous sponsors and champions for early childhood. That bill is also moving to the Senate. To wrap up the week, House Bill 22-1289: Cover All Coloradans made it out of the House Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Committee. Thank you, Reps. Gonzales-Gutierrez and McCluskie, for working so hard to expand health insurance coverage to all pregnant folks and kids throughout the state! 

Wow! What a week under the gold dome – and there is still plenty more to accomplish! 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: 

HB22-1304 (Roberts & Bradfield/Coleman & Gonzales) States Grants Investments Local Affordable Housing  

This bill creates two state grant programs: the local investments in transformational affordable housing grant program (affordable housing grant program), and the infrastructure and strong communities grant program (strong communities grant program), and allocates federal relief funds to these grant programs. The affordable housing grant program provides grants to local governments and nonprofits to allow them to invest in affordable housing, including through funding for eviction legal services.  The strong communities grant program provides grants to eligible local governments to allow them to invest in infrastructure projects which support affordable housing, and requires a multi-agency group to develop a list of sustainable land use best practices that will accomplish the goals of the grant program. To learn more about this bill and its journey through the legislature, click here.  

HB22-1294 (Michelson Jenet & Young/Zenzinger & Gardner) Special Education Services in Charter Schools 

This bill allows authorized charter schools to develop and administer an enrollment preference plan for children with disabilities. Through the use of these enrollment plans, charter schools must provide an appropriate, free public education in the least restrictive environment pursuant to the federal “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.” The bill specifies the criteria by which charter schools are required to abide if they participate in the administrative unit of the charter school network or collaborative. 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.