Singer Stands Up For Youth in Foster Care

May 31, 2018

(May 30) – Two bill sponsored by foster youth defender Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, were signed into law today by Gov. John Hickenlooper. The first bill, HB18-1346, increases protections for 18- to 20-year-olds involved with the child welfare system or the Division of Youth Services who are also in foster care. Previously, a variety of laws

House Passes Bridges’ Bipartisan School Safety Bill

May 8, 2018

(May 8) – The House of Representatives voted unanimously this morning for Rep. Jeff Bridges’ bill to bolster school safety in Colorado’s public schools. SB18-269, sponsored by Rep. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village, and Rep. Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, establishes a $30 million fund to provide grants to local education providers for capital construction that improves school

Trio of School Safety Measures Advance

April 27, 2018

(April 26) – Three Democratic-sponsored bills to increase school safety and security moved forward in the House today. SB18-158, sponsored by Speaker Crisanta Duran and Rep. Marc Catlin, R-Montrose, would invest in technology to allow for seamless communications between schools and first responders. “When there’s a life-threatening situation at one of our schools, every second

House OKs Enhanced Youth Suicide Prevention Campaign

April 20, 2018

(April 20) – The House gave final passage today to Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet’s bill for a coordinated statewide campaign to reduce youth suicide in Colorado. “Suicide prevention does not happen at the moment of suicidality, it happens long before someone reaches crisis stage,” Rep. Michaelson Jenet said. “This bill takes a multifaceted approach to

Raising Up Foster Care

April 11, 2018

(April 10) – A package of bills to enhance Colorado’s foster care system advanced today in the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee. The four bills would improve foster care and help to address a shortage of foster families in Colorado. As the state has grown, so has the number of children needing

House Passes Buckner’s Anti-Bullying, Child Care Bills

April 2, 2018

(April 2) – A pair of bipartisan bills by Rep. Janet Buckner, D-Aurora, addressing child safety issues passed the House today. SB18-151, sponsored in the House by Reps. Buckner and Jim Wilson, R-Salida, requires the Department of Education to develop a bullying prevention policy as guidance for school districts around the state. “I named this