April 4, 2012

(Denver) – Rep. Crisanta Duran’s bill to invest money in workforce and entrepreneurial training for the unemployed passed the House today with a 48 to 16 vote.

HB12-1272, sponsored by Rep. Duran (D-Denver) would invest $8 million in enhanced unemployment benefits for unemployed people who want workforce or entrepreneurial training. This bill would help those currently out of work get training they need to get back into the workforce while also receiving unemployment benefits.

The bill had an unusual journey to the House floor as it passed the Business and Economic Development Committee on a bipartisan vote and then failed to receive the necessary votes to be sent to the full House for debate when first called up in Appropriations. However, the bill was not postponed indefinitely, and when it was called up again for a second vote, it passed with bipartisan support.

Rep. Duran said she was happy a bipartisan bill to help Coloradans get back to work passed the House.

“This bill is an innovative and creative approach to ensuring we are doing everything possible to get Coloradans back to work,” Duran said. “People who are unemployed want to get back to work, but they need skills for the jobs available. This program will guarantee they can get that training.”

The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Robert Ramirez (R-Westminster), now moves on to the Senate, where it is sponsored by Sen. Linda Newell (D-Littleton).

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