Capitol Updates: February 21, 2024

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: February 21, 2024

As we inch closer to the halfway point of the 2024 legislative session, we invite you to attend our Mid-Session Update Webinar. The Colorado Children’s Campaign policy team will offer insight into what’s happened so far this year in each of our issue areas: family economic prosperity, early childhood, youth success, and child & family health. Register today!

What we’re watching:  

Title X Funding: SJR24-008, which would provide funding to reliable and effective family planning services, passed out of the Senate last Friday and will head to the House. The Colorado Children’s Campaign provided a letter of support for this resolution. We believe access to high-quality family planning services is essential so that people can ensure autonomy over their bodies and chart their own futures. Thanks to Sens. Janet Buckner and Janice Marchman for your support!  Learn more about SJR24-008.

Continuity of Health-Care Coverage Change: This bill expands the continuity of health care protections and would allow pregnant people to receive covered care from their current health care provider through the end of their postpartum care even if they switch to a new health insurance carrier in the middle of their perinatal care, if they choose.  We’re excited that SB24-09 passed out of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee unanimously last Thursday and now heads to the Senate floor. Senior Policy Analyst Hunter Nelson testified in support of the bill last week. Learn more about SB24-093.

Director of Early Childhood Melissa Mares with partners and legislators after a hearing related to the Department of Early Childhood.

Rulemaking Authority of the Executive Director of the Department of Early Childhood: The House Health and Human Services Committee voted to extend the Department of Early Childhood’s executive rulemaking authority last week. We supported this decision, which will allow the Department of Early Childhood to continue to develop and implement programs efficiently in its early years and which preserves the Rules Advisory Council, which gives families and providers a voice in rulemaking. Melissa Mares, Director of Early Childhood, testified in support last Wednesday.

Other bills on the move:  

Racial Equity Study – SB24-053: This bill would require History Colorado to produce a study to determine any historical and ongoing effects of slavery and subsequent systemic racism on Black Coloradans. We see the impacts of systemic racism in health, education, and financial prosperity, and a study could help us acknowledge these impacts and take steps to create a more equitable state. This bill passed out of the Senate Committee on Finance and is headed to Appropriations.

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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.