Capitol Update: With the State Budget finalized, Colorado’s legislators hear bills that have been waiting in committee including HB1222 for Family Child Care Homes and more
The pace is starting to pick up at the State Capitol! With the State Budget finalized, bills that have been parked in committees waiting for funding will now continue through the process. The hope is that session concludes by the end of May, so we are expecting a flurry of bills to move and move quickly.
This week, we would like to highlight a legislative term-the Senate Consent Calendar. When it comes to voting as a chamber, our State Senate does things a little bit differently than their House colleagues. In the Senate, bills that passed out of their committees unanimously and are not expected to generate any more debate can be placed on the Consent Calendar. Then, one vote is taken for all bills on that consent calendar to move forward without any further discussion. It is a way for bills to move as a group and speed up the process.
So why are we talking about the Senate Consent Calendar? Well, we are talking about it because one of our priority policies for the session, HB1222 for Family Child Care Homes, passed its Senate committee unanimously and was placed on the Consent Calendar! That means there is no more debate expected, and it only needs to clear a couple more procedural votes before being sent to the Governor’s desk to become law. This bill will help cut back a lot of red tape and unnecessary hoops that providers have to go through just to care for kids out of their own homes. Huge thank you to all the providers and advocates who showed up in support of this great bill! What a tremendous win for our family child care providers!
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Here are this week’s Capitol Updates:
Protection of Pregnant People in Perinatal Period (Buckner/Herod)
This bill would address multiple issues in statute to increase autonomy for pregnant and birthing people throughout the perinatal period and ensure they are treated with dignity and respect. If passed, it would improve malpractice insurance coverage of vaginal birth after a previous cesarean section. To learn more about this bill and its journey through the legislature, click here.
Standardized Health Benefit Plan Colorado Option (Roberts & Jodeh/Donovan)
This bill would require the Commissioner of Insurance to develop a standardized health insurance plan for individual and small group markets that: offers coverage at bronze, silver and gold levels; is offered through Colorado’s health insurance exchange; offers a standardized set of benefits developed through a stakeholder process; and provides first-dollar, predictable coverage for certain high value services. To learn more about this bill and its journey through the legislature, click here.
Fifth Day School Enrichment Programs Funding (Esgar & Will/Garcia & Hisey)
This bill would create the Fifth-Day Academic Enrichment and Support Grant Program. This program would award grants on a three-year cycle to eligible community-based organizations who provide supplemental educational programs to students in kindergarten through twelfth grade on the fifth day for students in schools that have a four-day school week. It would give the State Board of Education the authority to award grants in a three-year cycle for purposes specified in the bill, including to provide supplemental educational programming and to provide meals. To learn more about this bill and its journey through the legislature, click here.