2018 School Finance Bill Passes House

April 20, 2018

(April 19) – The annual school finance bill – the best news Colorado’s students have received in at least a decade – passed the House of Representatives tonight. “We are prioritizing our woefully underfunded schools,” Rep. Brittany Pettersen told the House. “While I know we still have a lot of work to do, we have

Herod Responds to Latest GOP Effort to Weaken CCRD

April 20, 2018

(April 19) – Rep. Leslie Herod said today that she shares concerns about a continuing Republican effort to weaken the Colorado Civil Rights Division. Rep. Herod, D-Denver, is a prime sponsor, with Speaker Crisanta Duran, of HB18-1256, a bill to continue the CCRD, a resource for individuals who face discrimination, including Coloradans of color, LGBTQ

House Renews Advanced Industries Export Program

April 20, 2018

(April 19) – Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp won preliminary House approval tonight for her bill to continue a successful business development program to help Colorado companies enter the export market. HB18-1135, sponsored by Reps. Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, and Jim Wilson, R-Salida, continues the advanced industries export program, which provides support by the state Office of Economic Development

House OKs Bridges Bill Cracking Down on Data Breaches

April 20, 2018

(April 19) – Rep. Jeff Bridges’ bill to protect Coloradans’ private data from abuse in events like the massive Equifax data breach won voice-vote approval in the House tonight. HB18-1128, sponsored by Rep. Bridges, D-Greenwood Village, and Cole Wist, R-Centennial, tightens standards for companies and holds them accountable for data breaches. “The massive data breach

Duran Voices ‘Serious Concerns’ on CCRD Changes

April 19, 2018

(April 19) – Speaker Crisanta Duran reacted today to Senate amendments to HB18-1256, a bill to continue the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and Civil Rights Division. Here is her statement: “Our goal is to ensure that Coloradans have the right to work and live in Colorado without fear of discrimination and harassment in their jobs

When Minimum Wage Is Not Enough

April 18, 2018

(April 18) – The House Local Government Committee advanced a bill today to allow counties and cities to increase the minimum wage in their localities beyond the state minimum wage, currently $10.20 an hour. HB18-1368, sponsored by Reps. Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, and Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, would allow local governments to adjust their minimum wage

House OKs Bill Improving Drivers License Program

April 18, 2018

(April 18) – A bipartisan bill to improve access to a program to reduce the number of unlicensed, uninsured drivers on Colorado roads passed the House today. SB18-108, sponsored in the House by Reps. Jeni Arndt, D-Fort Collins, and Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, removes obstacles that have restricted access to a program launched in 2013 to

A Go-To Office for CO Mental Health Concerns

April 18, 2018

(April 17) – For the thousands of Coloradans frustrated by lack of access to mental health services, a bill by Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet offers hope for a brighter future. “Nearly half a million Coloradans are not getting the mental health and substance use treatment they need,” said Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City. “People in

House Passes Two Bills to Tackle Teacher Shortage

April 17, 2018

(April 16) – A pair of bills to address the statewide teacher shortage passed the House today. HB18-1189, sponsored by Reps. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, and Lang Sias, R-Arvada, creates a pilot program to expand residencies, in which aspiring teachers are paired with experienced mentor teachers in the classroom. “We need to continue to look at

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