Capitol Updates: We support limiting penalties for “juvenile truancy,” more transparency in drug pricing, and extending AP incentives

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 2, 2018



Pssst: The 2018 KIDS COUNT in Colorado! will be released March 22. Stay tuned!

Each week during sessions of the Colorado General Assembly, we bring you the latest news and analysis of legislation impacting the early development, health, and education of Colorado kids. Three highlights of action this week are below, and see our website for more analysis, testimony, fact sheets, vote totals, and other information to help you stay informed. Here are a few highlights from this week:

HB18-1156 (Lee/Holbert) Limit Penalties for Juvenile Truancy

This bill prohibits a court from placing a child in a juvenile detention facility for truancy. Currently, if a child between the ages of six and 17 has four unexcused absences in a month or 10 unexcused absences during the academic year, a judge may place the child in a juvenile detention facility. Read more about the bill and why the Children’s Campaign supports it here.

 HB18-1260 (Ginal & Jackson/Moreno) Prescription Drug Price Transparency

This bill requires prescription drug manufacturers to provide advance public notice of drug price increases and an explanation of price increases that exceed 10 percent in the previous two years. The bill also requires health insurers to report annually on spending for the top 25 drugs that are most costly, most prescribed, and have the highest price increases each year. Read more about the bill and why the Children’s Campaign supports it here.

HB18-1193 (Wilson & McLachlan) Extend Advanced Placement Incentives Program

This bill extends the advanced placement incentives pilot program for three years and adds reporting requirements to help gauge the program’s success, including the number of students who enroll in advanced placement courses, those who take AP exams, and those who earn a score of 3 or higher on the exams. Read more about the bill, the Children’s Campaign’s support, and its next steps 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