Only 10 days left in the 2021 legislative session, legislators hear hundreds of legislations including bills on family planning services and early childhood system
Tremendous progress is being made for kids and families at the Capitol as we near the end of session! With only two weeks left, we continue to work with our partners to get all our priority bills across the finish line. This week, we received great news on an issue area we have been working on for nearly five years. House Bill 1164, which will correct longstanding errors in our property tax system that funds school finance, was ruled constitutional by the Colorado Supreme Court. This monumental bill will allow our state to put more money into our public education system and help thousands of kids across Colorado receive a high-quality education. You can hear more about the details of this decision on this week’s episode of our podcast, The West Steps.
K-12 wasn’t the only area we saw success in this week. Some of our other bills in health and early childhood are also on the move! Be sure to follow our capitol updates each week as we finish out this session strong.
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Total Program Mill Levy Tax Credit (Esgar & Garnett/Zenzinger & Fenberg)
The Children’s Campaign strongly supports the bill because of its potential to correct a long-standing error in our property tax system that funds school finance. Historically, local property tax rates to support education were consistent across districts, but today they vary widely across the state, forming the foundation of our inequitable school finance system. To learn more about this bill and its journey through the legislature, click here.
Family Planning Service for Eligible Individuals (Pettersen)
The bill would increase the number of Coloradans who would qualify for Medicaid covered family planning services by increasing the income eligibility limits for these services. This bill helps support the health and wellbeing of families and children by reducing unintended pregnancies, empowering people who can become pregnant to attain their education goals, helping create financially secure and strong families, and reducing the number of people who need to use Medicaid and CHP+ for pregnancy and postpartum coverage. To learn more about this bill and its journey through the legislature, click here.
Early Childhood System (Sirota & Garnett/Fenberg &Buckner)
The bill would consolidate various early childhood programs currently scattered across multiple state agencies into the Colorado Department of Early Childhood. It would also initiate a community-informed process to unify early childhood services in the new department via engagement of the Early Childhood Leadership Commission, existing agencies, and affected organizations and individuals. To learn more about this bill and its journey through the legislature, click here.