With the Governor issuing a statewide stay-at-home order effective until at least April 11, the Legislature will likely extend their recess past the original March 30 date.
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It has been an odd week at the Capitol. While there are certainly things to celebrate like the introduction of the Public Healthcare Option bill and the continued approval of our priority bill to add a cost of living adjustment to the Basic Cash Benefit, the spread of COVID-19 has certainly dominated conversations.
The sun is shining, bills are moving, and the Children’s Campaign has been at the Capitol all week working hard on behalf of kids and families! It was another busy week under the Gold Dome as several bills and budget requests continued on their journeys to becoming law.
We are in the thick of it now! We are about one week away from being halfway through the 2020 session, and things are really heating up. A 120-day session means that a lot of work needs to crammed into a few short months.
This week, we joined 120 high school students from across the state who rallied at the State Capitol to call for more equitable funding of schools. The students are advocates with Colorado Youth Congress (CYC), an organization that is empowering youth across Colorado to lead systems change on issues
Capitol Update: Basic Cash Assistance approved unanimously after moving hearing, vaccine bill introduced, EITC/CTC expansion introduced
Unanimous! That’s right, Senate Bill 29, a bill that we are working on with partners at the Colorado Center on Law and Policy to increase the Basic Cash Assistance benefit for families enrolled in the TANF program passed unanimously out of its first committee!
A full week means a full workload! We didn’t have any Children’s Campaign priority bills up for a vote this week, but that doesn’t mean that we weren’t still busy advocating under the Gold Dome.
We had our first priority bill in committee! Earlier today House Bill 20-1006, a bill to officially establish an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation program, passed out of the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee.
The Children’s Campaign also held our annual Breakfast Data Walk at the Capitol, and it was a smash hit! This year’s topic was Ten Trends in Child Well-Being: What every policymaker should know about Colorado’s kids in 2020.