Capitol Updates: Celebrating this week’s successes for SIX priority bills
There is only a week and a half left in the 2022 legislative session! That’s right – we have until May 11 to keep on pushing positive policy changes for kids and families throughout Colorado. We are so proud to say that we anticipate all of our legislative priorities to be successful!
Earlier this week, Gov. Polis signed HB22-1295, the Department of Early Childhood and Universal Preschool implementation bill, into law. It was an amazing celebration hosted by our friends over at Clayton Early Learning. This bill was years in the making, with countless stakeholders and hundreds of hours of meetings. Thank you to the amazing partners and lawmakers who made this bill a reality. Way to go!
We still have several Children’s Campaign priorities that are successfully making their way through the legislative process. HB22-1376: Supportive Schools has already cleared multiple hurdles in the House and is close to being sent to the Senate after late introduction just two weeks ago. HB22-1259: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cleared the House and is now headed to the Senate. HB22-1289: Cover All Coloradans had its first successful Senate hearing in front of the Health & Human Services Committee. SB22-202: Mill Levy Override Match Fund passed the Senate with a strong bipartisan vote. Finally, after passing the House a few weeks ago, HB22-1010: Early Childhood Educator Tax Credit passed its first Senate committee unanimously!
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Here are this week’s Capitol Highlights:
SB22-213 (Fields & Sonnenberg/ Valdez A. & Tipper) Child Care Support Programs
This bill appropriates $100 million to child care program development, expansion, and recovery – including investments in capacity, workforce, and diverse systems of delivery. It also establishes the family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) support programs, including an advisory group and training program. In addition, the Department of Early Childhood shall make existing state programs, including home visitation, early intervention, and family resource center services, available to the FFN community. To learn more about this bill and its journey through the legislature, click here.
HB22-1395 (Larson & Young/ Zenzinger & Simpson) Transportation Innovation Program
This bill addresses the competitive Transportation Innovation Grant Program. The State Board of Education will select grantees who develop and implement innovative plans to address the public school transportation shortage. Eligible applicants shall serve students from communities who are disproportionately impacted by the transportation shortage. Grantees are required to submit an annual report explaining how they used the grant money. To learn more about this bill and its journey through the legislature, click here.