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Bill: HB17-1003
Title: Strategic Plan To Address Teacher Shortages
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CCW Summary

Concerning a strategic action plan to address teacher shortages in Colorado.

Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
StatusHouse Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments (03/23/2017)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/17/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/17/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
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Comment
Custom Summary

Requires that CDHE study teacher shortages in Colorado, identify root causes, and recommend strategies for improving the recruitment and retention of teachers in all areas of the state. CDHE is required to collaborate with institutions of higher education, CDE, school districts, and other education associations and advocacy groups, to prepare a strategic plan related to teacher shortages. 

Official Summary

The bill requires the department of higher education in partnership
with the department of education to examine recruitment, preparation,
and retention of teachers and to prepare a strategic plan to address teacher
shortages in school districts and public schools within the state. The
departments must collaborate with institutions of higher education, school
districts, and other educational interest groups in preparing the plan. The
department of higher education must submit the plan to the Colorado
commission on higher education, the state board of education, and the
education committees of the general assembly by December 1, 2017.

House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments (03/23/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1003
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1004
Title: College Credit For Military Education And Training
Position
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CCW Summary

Concerning a statewide metric for awarding college credit for military education and training.

Bill Subject- Higher Education
- Military & Veterans
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Education (01/11/2017)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
D. Michaelson (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/17/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/17/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary

Requires CCHE, in consultation with state institutions of higher education, to create a statewide metric for awarding college credit for measurable military education and training that is applicable to the completion of a postsecondary degree or certificate. Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, institutions of higher education shall award credit for military education and training pursuant to the statewide metric.

Official Summary

The bill requires the Colorado commission on higher education, in
consultation with state institutions of higher education, to create a
statewide metric for awarding college credit for measurable military
education and training that is applicable to the completion of a
postsecondary degree or certificate. Beginning in the 2018-19 academic
year, institutions of higher education shall award credit for military
education and training pursuant to the statewide metric. During the
regular legislative session prior to its implementation, the department of
higher education shall report to the general assembly on the statewide
metric for military credit.

House SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
D. Michaelson (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeEducation
Senate Committee
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Education (01/11/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1004
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1007
Title: Tax Benefit Employer Collegeinvest Contribution
Position
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CCW Summary

Concerning a tax benefit for an employer who contributes to an employee's collegeinvest account, and, in connection therewith, enacting the 'Increase College Savings Act'.

Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
- Higher Education
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Education + Finance (01/11/2017)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsA. Garnett (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Fiscal Notes 
Hearing Date
Fiscal Notes 
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary

Allows an employer, whether filing as an individual or a corporation, to claim a deduction for any amount that the employer contributes to an employee's college trust account or savings account that is administered by collegeinvest. 

Official Summary

The starting point for determining state income tax liability is
federal taxable income. This number is adjusted for additions and
subtractions (deductions) that are used to determine Colorado taxable
income, which amount is multiplied by the state's 4.63% income tax rate.
The bill allows an employer, whether filing as an individual or a
corporation, to claim a deduction for any amount that the employer
contributes to an employee's college trust account or savings account that
is administered by collegeinvest. This deduction may be claimed even if
the contribution has already been deducted from the employer's federal
taxable income.

House SponsorsA. Garnett (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Gardner (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate Committee
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Education + Finance (01/11/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1007
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1039
Title: Restorative Justice Communication Issues
Position
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CCW Summary

Concerning communication issues related to restorative justice.

Bill Subject- Civil Law
- Courts & Judicial
- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
StatusGovernor Signed (03/20/2017)
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
House SponsorsP. Lee (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/24/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/24/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary

Makes several modifications to restorative justice practices within the criminal justice system to provide the offender an opportunity to accept responsibility for the harm caused to the victim and the community, to promote victim healing, and to enable the participants to agree on consequences, which may include apologies, community service, reparation, and counseling, among others.

Official Summary

The bill makes all communications during the restorative justice
process made by all participants in the process confidential unless:
  • All participants in the process, including the restorative
justice program or restorative justice facilitator, consent in
writing to waive confidentiality of specific communications
for a stated purpose;
  • An offender or other participant commits a chargeable
offense as part of a restorative justice or restorative practice
communication;
  • A report is made by a statutory mandatory reporter of
behavior that threatens the safety of a child under 18 years
of age; or
  • Disclosure of a communication is necessary and relevant to
an action alleging willful or wanton misconduct of a
restorative justice facilitator or organization.
The bill requires the restorative justice program or facilitator to
disclose those exceptions and any other applicable exceptions prior to
starting the process.
The bill requires the court, during the arraignment advisement, to
inform the defendant that if convicted the sentence may include
restorative justice practices. The bill allows the district attorney to include
restorative justice practices as part of a recommended sentence in a plea
bargain. The bill directs that the presentence report must include an
assessment of the defendant's suitability for restorative justice practices.

House SponsorsP. Lee (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Kagan (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusGovernor Signed (03/20/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1039
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 45
No:  18
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 52
No:  0
Yes: 28
No:  18
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1041
Title: Inform Students And Parents Of Education Leading To Jobs
Position
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CCW Summary

Concerning measures to inform students of education opportunities leading to jobs.

 

Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Labor & Employment
StatusGovernor Signed (03/20/2017)
Senate CommitteeEducation
House SponsorsP. Covarrubias (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/22/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/22/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary

Encourages but does not require that discussions with students and parents about ICAPs and concurrent enrollment options include information concerning the military enlistment test, including suggestions on how to prepare for the test. 

Official Summary

The bill requires a school district, board of cooperative services,
or charter school (local education provider) that provides concurrent
enrollment to provide a notice to students and parents twice each year that
explains the number of credits and types of credentials a student may earn
through concurrent enrollment and the types of jobs that are available to
persons who hold those types of credentials. The bill requires the
postsecondary and work force readiness statewide coordinator to provide
information to local education providers concerning the types of jobs that
require the certificates that are available through concurrent enrollment
and the availability of those jobs around the state.
If a student chooses to follow a career pathway created by the state
work force development council, the bill requires a student's individual
career and academic plan (ICAP) to include the student's progress in
completing the courses and other learning experiences outlined in the
pathway. In assisting a student and his or her parent in creating the ICAP,
the public school must explain to the student and parent the various career
pathways and the types of certificates and jobs to which the pathways lead
and discuss the skills and educational opportunities available through
military enlistment.

House SponsorsP. Covarrubias (R)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusGovernor Signed (03/20/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1041
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 52
No:  12
Yes: 26
No:  9
Yes: 53
No:  0
Yes: 25
No:  21
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1064
Title: Misuse Of Electronic Images By A Juvenile
Position
Hearing Time
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CCW Summary

Concerning creating the crime of misuse of electronic images by a juvenile.

 

Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
- Telecommunications & Information Technology
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (01/11/2017)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsY. Willett (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/24/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/24/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary

Creates a crime of misuse of electronic images by a juvenile. It is an affirmative defense to this crime if it occurred as a result of coercion, intimidation, or harassment; or if the recipient of the image did not solicit or request the image, did not participate in or encourage the making of it, did not transmit or distribute it, and took reasonable steps to either destroy, delete, or report the image to authorities within 72 hours. This crime is a class 2 misdemeanor unless specific conditions are met, in which case it is a class 1 petty offense.

Official Summary

The bill creates the crime of misuse of electronic images by a
juvenile. The offense prohibits a juvenile from knowingly distributing,
displaying, or publishing through digital or electronic means, or
possessing, a sexually explicit image of himself or herself or of another
juvenile who, as depicted in the image, is within 4 years of age of the
charged juvenile. If a juvenile is charged with the crime of misuse of
electronic images by a juvenile, he or she cannot be charged with sexual
exploitation of a child. It is an affirmative defense to the distribution
offense if the juvenile committed the act as a result of coercion,
intimidation, or harassment. It is an affirmative defense to the possession
offense if the juvenile:
  • Did not solicit or request to be supplied with the image or
images; and
  • Did not participate in or encourage the making of the image
or images; and
  • Did not transmit or distribute the image or images to
another person; and
  • Took reasonable steps to either destroy or delete the images
within 72 hours or reported the receipt of such image or
images to law enforcement or a school official within 72
hours.

House SponsorsY. Willett (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate Committee
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (01/11/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1064
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1176
Title: PERA Public Employees' Retirement Association Retirees Employed By Rural School Districts
Position
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CCW Summary

Concerning an extension of the employment after retirement limitations for retirees of the public employees' retirement association employed by a rural school district after retirement.

Bill Subject- Local Government
- State Government
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/15/2017)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsJ. Becker (R)
B. McLachlan (D)
House CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/02/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/02/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary

Modifies the current PERA employment after retirement provisions for certain retirees hired by an employer in the school division if: 1) The employer that hires the service retiree is a rural school district, as defined by certain CDE criteria, and the school district enrolls 6,500 students or fewer in K-12th grade; 2) The school district hires the service retiree for the purpose of providing classroom instruction or school bus transportation to students enrolled by the district or for the purpose of being a school food services cook; and 3) The school district determines that there is a critical shortage of qualified teachers, school bus drivers, or school food services cooks, as applicable, and that the service retiree has specific experience, skills, or qualifications that would benefit the district. Also requires the employer that hires the service retiree to provide full payment of all PERA employer contributions, disbursements, and working retiree contributions.

Official Summary

Current law allows a service retiree of any division of the public
employees' retirement association (PERA) to work for a PERA employer
for limited periods and to receive a salary without reduction in benefits
under certain circumstances. Several rural school districts in the state
have recently experienced a shortage of teachers, school bus drivers, and
school food services cooks and would ideally address the shortages by
hiring service retirees. PERA's employment after retirement provisions,
including the limitation on the number of days in a calendar year that a
service retiree may work for a PERA employer without a reduction in
benefits, make it difficult for school districts to fill their vacancies with
retired teachers, school bus drivers, and school food services cooks.
The bill modifies the current PERA employment after retirement
provisions for certain retirees hired by an employer in the school division
if:
  • The employer that hires the service retiree is a rural school
district as determined by the department of education based
on certain criteria and the school district enrolls 6,500
students or fewer in kindergarten through 12th grade;
  • The school district hires the service retiree for the purpose
of providing classroom instruction or school bus
transportation to students enrolled by the district or for the
purpose of being a school food services cook; and
  • The school district determines that there is a critical
shortage of qualified teachers, school bus drivers, or school
food services cooks, as applicable, and that the service
retiree has specific experience, skills, or qualifications that
would benefit the district.
A service retiree who is a teacher, a school bus driver, or a school
food services cook and who is hired by an employer in the school division
that satisfies the criteria above may receive salary without a reduction in
benefits for any length of employment in a calendar year if the service
retiree has not worked for any PERA employer during the month of the
effective date of retirement.
In addition, the bill requires the employer that hires the service
retiree to provide full payment of all PERA employer contributions,
disbursements, and working retiree contributions.
A service retiree may not receive salary without reduction in
benefits and without limitation in a calendar year for more than 6
consecutive years.

House SponsorsJ. Becker (R)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Sonnenberg (R)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/15/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1176
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1180
Title: Tuition Assistance For Certificate Programs
Position
Hearing Time
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CCW Summary

Concerning requirements for the tuition assistance program for students enrolled in career and technical education certificate programs.

Bill Subject- Higher Education
StatusSent to the Governor (03/22/2017)
Senate CommitteeEducation
House SponsorsF. Winter (D)
P. Lawrence (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/16/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/16/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary

Clarifies that the tuition assistance program for students enrolled in career and technical education certificate programs is available to students who are enrolled in certificate programs that do not meet the minimum credit hour requirements for the federal Pell grant program and who meet an income eligibility standard set by CCHE.

Official Summary

Under the existing tuition assistance program for students enrolled
in career and technical education certificate programs (certificate
programs), students enrolled in certificate programs may qualify for
tuition assistance if they meet the income eligibility requirements for the
federal Pell grant program but the certificate program does not meet the
Pell grant minimum credit hour requirements. Under the bill, the tuition
assistance program is available to students who are enrolled in certificate
programs that do not meet the minimum credit hour requirements for the
federal Pell grant program and who meet an income eligibility standard
set by the Colorado commission on higher education. The bill clarifies
that tuition assistance means money a student may use to pay for tuition,
fees, and course materials.

House SponsorsF. Winter (D)
P. Lawrence (R)
Senate SponsorsA. Kerr (D)
T. Neville (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusSent to the Governor (03/22/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1180
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 58
No:  7
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 54
No:  0
Yes: 39
No:  7
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1181
Title: Required State Assessment For Ninth-grade Students
Position
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CCW Summary

Changes 9th grade testing requirement to align those tests with 10th grade exams.

Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Education (03/10/2017)
Senate CommitteeEducation
House SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/16/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/16/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary

Repeals the requirement that each LEP administer the state assessment in math and English language arts to 9th grade students. Instead, requires each LEP during the spring semester administer a state-selected 9th grade assessment that is aligned with both the 9th grade content standards and the 10th grade assessment. 

Official Summary

Under existing law, each local education provider must administer
the state assessments in math and English language arts to ninth-grade
students and must administer a state-selected assessment to tenth-grade
students. The bill repeals the requirement to administer the state
assessment to ninth-grade students. Instead, local education providers
must administer a state-selected ninth-grade assessment that is aligned
with the ninth-grade content standards and the assessment administered
to tenth-grade students. The department of education must ensure that,
under the testing schedule, ninth-grade students take the state-selected
assessment in the spring semester.

House SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
K. Priola (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Education (03/10/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1181
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 65
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 37
No:  0
Yes: 28
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1183
Title: Mental Health Professional Disclosures Repeal Effect Clause
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning the repeal of the condition required to be satisfied for a provision of law governing the disclosure of communications with mental health professionals to take effect.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/27/2017 - No Amendments (03/23/2017)
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
House SponsorsM. Foote (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/17/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/17/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary

The US Department of HHS has notified Colorado that the data-sharing provision in HB16-1063 is not contrary to the HIPAA privacy rule and therefore does not qualify for an exception. Passed in 2016, HB16-1063 allows mental health professionals to disclose to school and school district personnel and law enforcement agencies communications with a client if the client makes statements or exhibits behaviors that create an articulable and significant threat against a school or its occupants.

Official Summary

In 2016, the general assembly enacted House Bill 16-1063, which
allows mental health professionals to disclose to school and school
district personnel and law enforcement agencies communications with a
client if the client makes statements or exhibits behaviors that create an
articulable and significant threat against a school or its occupants. The
effect of the legislation was contingent on receipt from the secretary of
the federal department of health and human services (HHS) of an
exception to the privacy rule under the federal Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
The state received notice from HHS that the legislation is not
contrary to the HIPAA privacy rule and therefore does not qualify for an
exception. Accordingly, the bill repeals the contingency provision.

House SponsorsM. Foote (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Gardner (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/27/2017 - No Amendments (03/23/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1183
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 60
No:  5
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 37
No:  0
Yes: 23
No:  5
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1194
Title: Technical Changes For P-tech Schools
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Higher Education
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Education (03/10/2017)
Senate CommitteeEducation
House SponsorsM. Foote (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/27/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/27/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary

Amends the definition of a P-Tech high school to include a P-Tech program that operates within a host school. In addition, in applying school accreditation requirements and reporting graduation rates, a P-Tech student is counted as a high school graduate in the year in which the student completes the LEP's or host school's minimum high school graduation requirements. A P-Tech school or the host school shall notify the department of education prior to a P-Tech student's 12th grade year if the student will be enrolled in the P-Tech school for grades 13 or 14.

Official Summary

The bill amends the definition of a pathways in technology early
college (p-tech) high school to include a p-tech program that operates
within a host school.
In addition, in applying school accreditation requirements and
reporting graduation rates, a p-tech student is counted as a high school
graduate in the year in which the student completes the local education
provider's or host school's minimum high school graduation requirements.
A p-tech school or the host school shall notify the department of
education prior to a p-tech student's twelfth-grade year if the student will
be enrolled in the p-tech school for grades 13 or 14.

House SponsorsM. Foote (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Cooke (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Education (03/10/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1194
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 64
No:  1
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 36
No:  1
Yes: 28
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1201
Title: Science Technology Engineering Math Diploma Endorsement
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning authorization for granting a high school diploma endorsement in the combined disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
StatusHouse Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (03/21/2017)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsJ. Coleman (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/08/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/08/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary

Authorizes a LEP to grant a high school diploma endorsement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to students who demonstrate mastery in STEM. To obtain the endorsement, a student must complete the high school graduation requirements at a high level of proficiency, complete 12 credit hours in STEM courses, achieve a specified score on one of several specified mathematics assessments, and successfully complete a final capstone project. To successfully complete the capstone project, the student must achieve a high proficiency level of mastery, as set by the LEP, for each of the specified competencies. The LEP is required to work with STEM-related business and industrial leaders and higher ed institutions in setting the high proficiency levels of mastery. The LEP must annually notify students and their parents beginning in 6th grade of the requirements for obtaining a STEM diploma endorsement.

Official Summary

The bill authorizes a school district, board of cooperative services,
or institute charter high school (local education provider) to grant a high
school diploma endorsement in science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics (STEM) to students who demonstrate mastery in STEM. To
obtain the endorsement, a student must complete the high school
graduation requirements at a high level of proficiency, complete 12 credit
hours in STEM courses, achieve a minimum score specified in the bill on
one of several specified mathematics assessments, and successfully
complete a final capstone project. To successfully complete the capstone
project, the student must achieve a high proficiency level of mastery, as
set by the local education provider, for each of the competencies specified
in the bill. The local education provider is required to work with
STEM-related business and industrial leaders and institutions of higher
education in setting the high proficiency levels of mastery. The local
education provider must annually notify students and their parents
beginning in sixth grade of the requirements for obtaining a STEM
diploma endorsement.

House SponsorsJ. Coleman (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (03/21/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1201
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 59
No:  5
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 37
No:  0
Yes: 22
No:  5
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1207
Title: No Detention Facility Requirement Youth Ages 10-12
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Concerning the requirement for the department of human services to place a juvenile who is ten years of age and older but less than thirteen years of age in a detention facility unless the juvenile is charged with a serious offense.

Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Courts & Judicial
- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
- Human Services
StatusHouse Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/07/2017)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsP. Lee (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/06/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/06/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary

States that no juvenile aged 10, 11, or 12 may be ordered to detention in the Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) within the Department of Human Services unless he or she was arrested for a felony or a weapons charge. 

Official Summary

The bill creates provisions that remove the requirements for the
department of human services to receive, detain, or provide care for any
juvenile who is 10 years of age and older but less than 13 years of age,
unless the juvenile has been arrested or adjudicated for a felony or a
weapons charge that is a misdemeanor or felony. Provisions remain in
statute for other programs and services for the age group that will no
longer require placement of the juvenile in a detention facility.

House SponsorsP. Lee (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/07/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1207
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1210
Title: School Discipline For Preschool Through 2nd Grade
Position
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CCW Summary

Concerning the discipline of preschool through second grade students enrolled in publicly funded education programs.

Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs (03/23/2017)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
S. Lontine (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/06/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/06/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
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Custom Summary

Prohibits a school district, BOCES, charter school, or public preschool program from expelling a student enrolled in grades Pre-K through 3rd, except as specifically required by federal law, and allows the enrolling entity to impose an out of-school suspension on the student only under specified circumstances for 3 school days. Under additional specified circumstances, the enrolling entity may extend the out-of-school suspension to a total of 5 school days. Each school district and charter school must ensure that its school discipline code reflects the requirements specified in the bill. Also requires districts to adopt prevention and early intervention strategies to reduce the need for early childhood and early elementary grade suspensions and expulsions. 

Official Summary

With regard to students enrolled in preschool, kindergarten, first
grade, or second grade, the bill prohibits a school district, board of
cooperative services, charter school, or public preschool program
(enrolling entity) from expelling a student, except as specifically required
by federal law, and allows the enrolling entity to impose an out-of-school
suspension on the student only under specified circumstances for 3 school
days. Under additional specified circumstances, the enrolling entity may
extend the out-of-school suspension to a total of 5 school days. Each
school district and charter school must ensure that its school discipline
code reflects the requirements specified in the bill. The state board of
education cannot waive the provisions concerning expulsion and
suspension of young students for school districts or charter schools.
The bill specifies that school districts are required to adopt
prevention and early intervention strategies to reduce the need for early
childhood and early elementary grade suspensions and expulsions. The
bill expands the expelled and at-risk student services grant program to
include services for preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary grade
students and their families.

House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
S. Lontine (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
R. Fields (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs (03/23/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1210
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 40
No:  24
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 37
No:  0
Yes: 3
No:  24
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1211
Title: Educators Professional Development Discipline Strategies
Position
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Concerning professional development for educators regarding disciplinary strategies for young students.

Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
StatusHouse Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (03/22/2017)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsJ. Coleman (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/08/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/08/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
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Custom Summary

Creates the Discipline Strategies Pilot Program to provide money to LEP's for professional development for educators in the use of culturally responsive methods of student discipline for students enrolled in grades Pre-K through 3rd and developmentally appropriate responses to the behavioral issues of those students. 

Official Summary

The bill creates the discipline strategies pilot program (pilot
program) to provide money to school districts, boards of cooperative
services, and charter schools for professional development for educators
in the use of culturally responsive methods of student discipline for
students enrolled in preschool through third grade and developmentally
appropriate responses to the behavioral issues of students enrolled in
preschool through third grade. The department of education (department)
and the state board of education (state board) must implement the pilot
program by reviewing applications, awarding grants, and preparing a
report concerning implementation of the pilot program, including its
success in reducing the use of exclusionary discipline practices. The
department must submit the report to the state board, the joint budget
committee, and the education committees of the general assembly.
The pilot program must be paid for exclusively with gifts, grants,
and donations, and the department and the state board are not required to
implement the pilot program in a year in which they do not receive a
sufficient amount in gifts, grants, and donations.

House SponsorsJ. Coleman (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (03/22/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1211
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 41
No:  24
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 37
No:  0
Yes: 4
No:  24
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1230
Title: Protect Colorado Residents From Federal Government Overreach
Position
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Concerning protection for Colorado residents from federal government overreach based on a person's status.

Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
- Immigration
- State Government
StatusHouse Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments (03/23/2017)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsJ. Salazar (D)
D. Esgar (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/14/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/14/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary

Prohibits a state or political subdivision from aiding, assisting, or providing information to the federal government with regard to: 1) A CO resident's race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, or religious affiliation; 2) Creating, maintaining, or updating a registry for the purpose of identifying Colorado residents based on race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, or religious affiliation; 3) Marking or otherwise placing a physical or electronic identifier on a person based on his or her race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, or religious affiliation; and 4) Allowing the use of state or local lands or resources in interning, arresting, or detaining a person based on his or her race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, or religious affiliation.

Official Summary

The bill prohibits a state or political subdivision from:
  • Providing the race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration
status, or religious affiliation of a Colorado resident to the
federal government without determining it is for a legal and
constitutional purpose;
  • Aiding or assisting the federal government in creating,
maintaining, or updating a registry for the purpose of
identifying Colorado residents based on race, ethnicity,
national origin, immigration status, or religious affiliation;
  • Aiding or assisting the federal government or a federal
agency in marking or otherwise placing a physical or
electronic identifier on a person based on his or her race,
ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, or religious
affiliation; and
  • Aiding or assisting, including using state or local lands or
resources, the federal government in interning, arresting, or
detaining a person based on his or her race, ethnicity,
national origin, immigration status, or religious affiliation.

House SponsorsJ. Salazar (D)
D. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Guzman (D)
D. Kagan (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments (03/23/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1230
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1242
Title: New Transportation Infrastructure Funding Revenue
Position
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CCW Summary

Concerning transportation funding.

Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
StatusHouse Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Finance (03/22/2017)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsC. Duran (D)
D. Mitsch Bush (D)
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/21/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/21/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
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Custom Summary

Requires a ballot question to be submitted to Colorado voters  at the November 2017 statewide election that seeks approval for the state to temporarily increase the rate of the state sales and use tax for 20 years beginning in 2018. If the voters approve the temporary sales and use tax rate increase, the new revenue generated is allocated solely for transportation infrastructure funding purposes, including requirements to fund several specific projects.  New revenues must be allocated to specific projects, including: 1) $300M annually to the state highway fund for use by CDOT; 2) 70% to counties and municipalities in equal total amounts; and 3) 30% to a newly created multimodal transportation
options fund. If the voters approve the temporary state sales and use tax rate increase, CDOT may issue up to a specified amount of TRANs notes for the purpose of funding transportation projects that are part of CDOT's strategic transportation investment program and are on CDOT's priority list for funding. Also eliminates the statutorily required transfers of 2% of general fund revenue to the HUTF that are currently scheduled to be made for FY's 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20. 

Official Summary

Section 15 of the bill requires a ballot question to be submitted to
the voters of the state at the November 2017 statewide election that seeks
approval for the state to temporarily increase the rate of the state sales and
use tax for 20 years beginning in 2018. If the voters approve the
temporary sales and use tax rate increase, the new revenue generated is
allocated solely for transportation infrastructure funding purposes, with
specific projects to be funded required to be included in the 2017 ballot
information booklet provided to the voters of the state, as follows:
  • $300 million annually to the state highway fund for use by
the department of transportation (CDOT); and
  • Of the remaining new revenue:
  • 70% to counties and municipalities in equal total
amounts; and
  • 30% to a newly created multimodal transportation
options fund (fund).
If the voters approve the temporary state sales and use tax rate
increase:
  • CDOT may issue up to a specified amount of transportation
revenue anticipation notes (TRANs) for the purpose of
funding transportation projects that are part of CDOT's
strategic transportation investment program and are on
CDOT's priority list for funding and the transportation
commission must covenant that amounts it allocates on an
annual basis to pay TRANs shall be paid: First, from $50
million from any legally available money under its control
other than the new sales and use tax revenue; next, from the
new sales and use tax revenue; and last, if necessary, from
any other legally available money under its control any
amount needed for payment of the TRANs until the
TRANs are fully repaid;
  • The revenue allocations to counties and municipalities are
further allocated to each county and municipality in
accordance with certain existing statutory formulas used to
allocate highway users tax fund (HUTF) money to each
county and municipality;
  • The existing statutory requirement that at least 10% of the
sales and use tax net revenue and other general fund
revenue that may be transferred or appropriated to the
HUTF and subsequently credited to the state highway fund
must be expended for transit purposes of transit-related
capital improvements is repealed;
  • A transportation options account and a pedestrian and
active transportation account are created in the fund and the
transportation commission is required to designate the
percentages of fund revenue to be credited to each account
subject to the limitations that for any given fiscal year no
more than 75% of the revenue may be credited to the
transportation options account and at least 25% of the
revenue must be credited to the pedestrian and active
transportation account;
  • A multimodal transportation options committee of
gubernatorial appointees representing transit agencies,
transportation planning organizations, local governments,
and CDOT is created as a type 1 agency within CDOT for
the purpose of allocating the money in the transportation
options account of the fund for transportation options
projects throughout the state. Under the supervision and
guidance of the committee, the transit and rail division of
CDOT is required to solicit, receive, and evaluate proposed
transportation options projects and propose funding for
interregional transportation options projects. Any
transportation options project receiving funding from the
transportation options account of the fund must also be
funded by at least an equal total amount of local
government, regional transportation authority, or transit
agency funding.
  • CDOT is required to allocate the money in the pedestrian
and active transportation account of the fund for projects
for transportation infrastructure that is designed for users
of nonmotorized mobility-enhancing equipment;
  • Transfers of 2% of general fund revenue to the HUTF that
are scheduled under current law to be made for state fiscal
years 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20 are eliminated;
  • The state road safety surcharges imposed on motor vehicles
weighing 10,000 pounds or less are reduced for the same
period during which the rates of the state sales and use
taxes are increased. The resulting reduction in state fee
revenue is taken entirely from the share of such fee revenue
that is kept by the state so that county and municipal
allocations of such revenue are not reduced.
  • CDOT must annually report to the joint budget committee,
legislative audit committee, house transportation and
energy committee, and senate transportation committee
regarding its use of TRANs proceeds and must post the
reports and certain user-friendly project-specific
information on its website; and
  • The transportation revenue anticipation notes citizen
oversight committee is created to provide oversight of the
expenditure by the department of the proceeds of additional
TRANs. The committee must annually report to the
transportation legislation review committee regarding its
activities and findings.

House SponsorsC. Duran (D)
D. Mitsch Bush (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Baumgardner (R)
K. Grantham (R)
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Finance (03/22/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1242
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1251
Title: Reporting Requirements By Higher Education Agencies To General Assembly
Position
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CCW Summary Concerning the scheduled repeal of reports by higher education agencies to the general assembly.

 

Bill Subject- Higher Education
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Education (03/10/2017)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsD. Nordberg (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/22/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/22/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
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Custom Summary

Addresses the reporting requirements of higher education agencies, including repealing the report to the legislature every 4 years regarding the need for reorganizing the structure of CO's higher education system and continues indefinitely the reporting requirements to send a number of currently required reports to the general assembly.  

Official Summary

Statutory Revision Committee. Pursuant to section 24-1-136
(11)(a)(I), Colorado Revised Statutes, any report that is required to be
made to the general assembly by an executive agency or the judicial
branch on a periodic basis expires on the day after the third anniversary
of the date on which the first report was due unless the general assembly,
acting by bill, continues the requirement. The bill addresses the reporting
requirements of higher education agencies.
Sections 3, 7, 8, and 13 of the bill repeal reports that were
scheduled to repeal according to section 24-1-136 (11)(a)(I). Currently
there is no repeal date listed in the organic statute.
Section 3 of the bill also adds a repeal date in the organic statute
that coincides with the scheduled repeal date specified in section
24-1-136 (11)(a)(I).
Sections 1, 2, 4 through 6, 9 through 12, and 14 through 16 of
the bill amend the organic statute to continue indefinitely the reporting
requirements to send a report to the general assembly notwithstanding the
repeal date specified in section 24-1-136 (11)(a)(I).

House SponsorsD. Nordberg (R)
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate Committee
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Education (03/10/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1251
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1258
Title: Renaming Delta-Montrose Technical College
Position
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CCW Summary

Concerning renaming Delta-Montrose technical college to technical college of the Rockies.

Bill Subject- Higher Education
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Education (03/14/2017)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsY. Willett (R)
M. Hamner (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/23/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/23/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
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Custom Summary

Changes the name of Delta-Montrose Technical College to Technical College of the Rockies.

Official Summary

The bill changes the name of Delta-Montrose technical college
to technical college of the Rockies.

House SponsorsY. Willett (R)
M. Hamner (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
D. Coram (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate Committee
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Education (03/14/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1258
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1276
Title: Restrict Restraints On Public School Students
Position
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CCW Summary

Concerning prohibiting the use of certain restraints upon public school students.

Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Human Services
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Education (03/17/2017)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Fiscal Notes 
Hearing Date
Fiscal Notes 
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
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Custom Summary

With certain exceptions, the bill prohibits the use of a chemical, mechanical, or prone restraint upon a public school student. Each LEP is required to annually report each documented use of restraint to CDE.  Also requires an LEP to include in its conduct and discipline code information concerning their policies for the use of restraint and seclusion on students, including information concerning the process for filing a complaint regarding the use of restraint or seclusion.

Official Summary
House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate Committee
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Education (03/17/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1276
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: HB17-1287
Title: Achieving A Vision For Education In Colorado
Position
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CCW Summary

Concerning achieving a vision for education in Colorado.

Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Education (03/23/2017)
Senate Committee
House SponsorsM. Hamner (D)
B. Rankin (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Fiscal Notes 
Hearing Date
Fiscal Notes 
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
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Custom Summary
Official Summary

The bill creates a strategic planning legislative steering committee (steering committee) to lead the statewide effort to establish a vision for education in the state (vision) and create a strategic statewide education plan (strategic plan) to achieve the vision. The bill creates an executive advisory board consisting of representatives from the departments of education and higher education, a co-chair of the early childhood leadership commission, and a representative from the governor's office. The chair and vice-chair of the steering committee will appoint a statewide advisory board consisting of representatives of the pertinent education stakeholder groups from around the state. The steering committee must contract with a nonprofit, nonadvocacy organization to act as facilitator for the steering committee and the advisory boards.

The bill describes the duties of the steering committee to be completed, with assistance from the advisory boards and the facilitator, in 4 phases. The duties include:

 

  • Reviewing and synthesizing input already collected by the departments of education and higher education concerning the state education system;
  • Reviewing research to identify the critical elements of the existing state education system and benchmarking the elements as implemented in Colorado against the elements as implemented in high-performing states and countries;
  • Creating a structure and process for soliciting and synthesizing input from around the state to create the vision and the strategic plan; and
  • After creating the vision and the strategic plan, overseeing the ongoing implementation of the strategic plan, including measuring the state's progress toward achieving the vision, periodically reviewing the vision and strategic plan, and, if necessary, revising the vision and strategic plan.

The steering committee must establish the timeline for creating the vision and the strategic plan and for beginning to implement the strategic plan. Beginning November 15, 2017, the steering committee must submit an annual report to the state board of education, the Colorado commission on higher education, the governor, and the education committees of the general assembly summarizing the work it completes each year and recommending legislative and regulatory changes, if necessary.

The steering committee and the advisory boards are not subject to sunset review.

House SponsorsM. Hamner (D)
B. Rankin (R)
Senate SponsorsA. Kerr (D)
K. Priola (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate Committee
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Education (03/23/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill HB17-1287
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-005
Title: Handgun Safety Training For School Employees
Position
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CCW Summary

Concerning handgun safety training courses for school employees, and, in connection therewith, permitting certain school employees to carry concealed handguns in public schools.

Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Local Government
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/22/2017)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
House SponsorsP. Neville (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/15/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/15/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary

Persons with a permit to carry a concealed handgun (permittee) may carry a concealed handgun onto the grounds of a public school if: 1) the permittee completes a school employee handgun safety course provided by a county sheriff; 2) the local school district board of education has approved the safety course curriculum; 3) the permittee receives permission from the local board of education to carry a concealed handgun on school grounds; and 4) the permittee has notified the school administration that he or she may be carrying a concealed handgun on school grounds. Allows a local school board to approve a safety course curriculum and allow a permittee who has completed the above requirements to carry a handgun on school grounds. Each board may establish a maximum number of employees who may carry a concealed handgun in each school. Should school districts adopt these policies, they must incorporate them into the district's safe school plan

Official Summary

The bill allows a county sheriff to provide a handgun safety
training course to any employee of any public elementary, middle, junior
high, or high school who also possesses a permit to carry a concealed
handgun. A sheriff who provides a handgun safety training course shall
consult with the board of education of each school district in the sheriff's
county, and, as may be appropriate, with the state charter school institute,
to establish the curriculum for the course. The sheriff and each school
district board, and, as may be appropriate, the state charter school
institute, shall ensure that the curriculum includes consideration of any
existing emergency response framework.
A person who possesses a valid permit to carry a concealed
handgun (permittee) who is employed by a school district, charter school,
or institute charter school may carry a concealed handgun onto the
grounds of any school or charter school of the district or of the institute
charter school if:
  • The permittee has successfully completed a school
employee handgun safety course provided by a county
sheriff;
  • The local board of education of the school district (local
board) or, in the case of an institute charter school, the state
charter school institute, has approved the curriculum of the
sheriff's department that provided the handgun safety
course;
  • The permittee has received permission from the local board
or, in the case of an institute charter school, from the state
charter school institute, to carry a concealed handgun onto
school grounds; and
  • The permittee has notified the administration of the school,
charter school, or institute charter school that he or she may
be carrying a concealed handgun on school grounds.
Each local board and the state charter school institute may:
  • Establish a maximum number of employees who may carry
a concealed handgun in each school, charter school, and
institute charter school; and
  • Deny permission to carry a concealed handgun to any
employee if granting permission to the employee would
result in such a limit being exceeded.

House SponsorsP. Neville (R)
Senate SponsorsC. Holbert (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/22/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-005
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 18
No:  17
Yes: 0
No:  17
Yes: 18
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-012
Title: Competency Restoration Services And Education
Position
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CCW Summary

Concerning competency restoration services for defendants deemed incompetent to proceed.

Bill Subject- Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Human Services
- Public Health
StatusSenate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations (02/06/2017)
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
House SponsorsP. Lee (D)
House Committee
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/01/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/01/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary

Establishes the Office of Behavioral Health in DHS as the agency responsible for restoration education and the coordination of competency restoration services. It sets forth the duties, responsibilities, and reporting requirements of the office. Requires the provision of restoration services and a juvenile's participation occur in a timely manner. Under current law, the court must review a juvenile's progress toward competency at least every 90 days. For juveniles in custody, the court must review a juvenile's progress toward competency every 30 days. 

Official Summary

Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning the Treatment
of Persons with Mental Illness in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice
Systems.
The bill addresses various issues relating to the restoration of
competency for juveniles and adults in the juvenile and criminal justice
systems, including:
  • Requiring the court to consider whether restoration to
competency services should occur on an outpatient basis if
the defendant is on bond or summons;
  • Requiring that, in addition to providing competency
restoration services in the least restrictive environment, the
provision of such services and a juvenile's participation in
those services occur and are reviewed by the court in a
timely manner;
  • Establishing the unit within the department of human
services that administers behavioral health programs and
services, including those relating to mental health and
substance abuse, also known as the office of behavioral
health (office), as the entity responsible for the oversight of
restoration education and the coordination services
necessary to competency restoration; and
  • Setting forth the duties of the office related to competency
restoration services and education.

House SponsorsP. Lee (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Martinez Humenik (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusSenate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations (02/06/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
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Votes on Bill SB17-012
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-016
Title: County Choice Child Protection Teams
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Concerning the optional creation of a child protection team by a county.

Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Human Services
- Local Government
- State Government
StatusHouse Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (03/21/2017)
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
House SponsorsD. Nordberg (R)
T. Kraft-Tharp (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/10/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/10/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
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Makes the use of child protection teams optional for all counties, regardless of the number of referrals received by the county. 

Official Summary

Legislative Audit Committee. Current law requires the creation
of a child protection team for any county or group of contiguous counties
receiving more than 50 referrals related to child abuse or neglect in a
year. Other counties or groups of contiguous counties are encouraged, but
not required, to establish a child protection team. The bill makes it
optional for all counties and groups of contiguous counties to establish a
child protection team.

House SponsorsD. Nordberg (R)
T. Kraft-Tharp (D)
Senate SponsorsC. Jahn (D)
T. Neville (R)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusHouse Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (03/21/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-016
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 64
No:  0
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 54
No:  0
Yes: 45
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-025
Title: Marijuana Education Materials Resource Bank
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Concerning the development of marijuana education materials.

Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
- Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
- State Revenue & Budget
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services (02/06/2017)
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/17/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/17/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
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Directs CDE to: 1) By July 1, 2017, to create and maintain a resource bank for public schools to use without charge that consists of materials and curricula pertaining to marijuana use; and 2) Upon request of a public school, to provide technical assistance in designing age-appropriate curricula on marijuana use.

Official Summary

Committee on Cost-benefit Analysis of Legalized Marijuana
in Colorado. The bill directs the department of education:
  • By July 1, 2017, to create and maintain a resource bank for
public schools to use without charge that consists of
materials and curricula pertaining to marijuana use; and
  • Upon request of a public school, to provide technical
assistance in designing age-appropriate curricula on
marijuana use.
The bill authorizes resource bank expenses to be paid from the
marijuana tax cash fund.

House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Baumgardner (R)
C. Holbert (R)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services (02/06/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-025
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 35
No:  0
Yes: 17
No:  0
Yes: 18
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-039
Title: Education Income Tax Credits For Nonpublic School
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Concerning the creation of income tax credits for nonpublic education.

Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations (02/07/2017)
Senate CommitteeFinance
House Sponsors
House Committee
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/03/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/03/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
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Custom Summary

Creates a transferable income tax credit for taxpayers who enroll their dependent child in a home-based or private school, or who offer a scholarship to a child who enrolls in a private school. Qualifying taxpayers may receive credits based on enrollment type beginning in tax year 2018 for the 2017-2018 school year. To qualify, the child must have attended a public school on a full-time basis the year before enrolling in a private school, or must have attended public school as of or following the enactment date of the bill prior to enrolling in a home-based school. Taxpayers may then qualify for the credit each year until their child graduates or returns to public school. To determine available tax credit amounts, the Department of Education is required to provide the statewide average per pupil funding amount to the DOR by December 15th of each applicable tax year. 

Official Summary

The bill establishes a private school tuition income tax credit for
income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2018, that allows any
taxpayer to claim a credit when the taxpayer enrolls a dependent qualified
child in a private school or the taxpayer provides a scholarship to a
qualified child for enrollment in a private school and the private school
issues the taxpayer a credit certificate for either enrolling a dependent
qualified child in the private school or providing a scholarship to a
qualified child for enrollment in the private school.
The credit may be carried forward for 3 years but may not be
refunded, and the department of revenue is granted rule-making authority.
In addition, the credit may be transferred, subject to certain limitations.
The amount of the credit is:
  • For any qualified child attending a private school on a
full-time basis as described in the state board of education
rules, an amount equal to either the tuition paid or the
scholarship provided to a qualified child, as applicable, or
50% of the previous year's state average per pupil revenues,
whichever is less; and
  • For any qualified child attending a private school on a
half-time basis as described in the state board of education
rules, an amount equal to either the tuition paid or the
scholarship provided to a qualified child, as applicable, or
25% of the previous year's state average per pupil revenues,
whichever is less.
The bill also establishes an income tax credit for income tax years
commencing on or after January 1, 2018, that allows any taxpayer who
uses home-based education for a qualified child to claim an income tax
credit in an amount equal to:
  • $1,000 for a taxpayer who uses home-based education for
a qualified child who was enrolled on a full-time basis as
described in the state board of education rules in a public
school in the state prior to being taught at home; and
  • $500 for a taxpayer who uses home-based education for a
qualified child who was enrolled on a half-time basis as
described in the state board of education rules in a public
school in the state prior to being taught at home.
The credit may be carried forward for 3 years but may not be refunded.
In addition, the credit may be transferred, subject to certain limitations.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsK. Lundberg (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeFinance
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations (02/07/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-039
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-061
Title: Additional Funding Charter School Operating Costs
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Concerning distribution of additional operational funding to charter schools.

Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (03/14/2017)
Senate CommitteeEducation
House SponsorsP. Rosenthal (D)
L. Sias (R)
House Committee
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/01/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/01/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
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Custom Summary

Makes several changes to current law governing the distribution of mill levy override revenue to charter schools. 1) Mill levy override revenue: Beginning in FY17-18, school districts are required to share revenue from mill levy overrides with charter schools. Requires districts to calculate a per pupil mill levy share based on override revenue and the district's funded pupil count, and phase in the distribution by 1/3 amounts with 100% sharing required by 2020-21. Exempts override revenue from mills that a growing district may levy for capital construction, and mills any district may levy for bonded debt. Districts and state-funded CSI schools are not required to share override revenue if the authorized revenue is for specific purposes (e.g., full day K), and the charter school does not provide that specific program. Allows school districts to ask their voters to allow for no changes in MLO sharing.  2) Creates the Mill Levy Equalization Fund within the state Treasury.  The fund is subject to annual appropriation by the legislature and any money appropriated will be distributed to CSI schools on a per pupil basis. 

Official Summary

Beginning in the 2017-18 budget year, the bill requires a school
district to distribute revenue it receives from ongoing local property tax
mill levies equally, on a per-student basis, to the school district charter
schools. Under specified circumstances, the school district may distribute
the revenue using a different calculation. The bill does not require a
school district to redistribute to charter schools any amount of the mill
levy revenue that it distributed in budget years before the 2017-18 budget
year.
The bill directs the department of education to calculate a mill levy
equalization payment for each institute charter school in the amount of the
per pupil share of the mill levy overrides of an institute charter school's
accounting district. The state will pay the mill levy equalization amounts,
subject to annual appropriations.

House SponsorsP. Rosenthal (D)
L. Sias (R)
Senate SponsorsA. Williams (D)
O. Hill (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (03/14/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-061
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 22
No:  13
Yes: 5
No:  12
Yes: 17
No:  1
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-062
Title: Student Free Speech Public Higher Education Campuses
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Concerning the right to free speech on campuses of public institutions of higher education.

 

Bill Subject- Civil Law
- Higher Education
StatusSenate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (03/22/2017)
Senate CommitteeEducation
House SponsorsS. Humphrey (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/28/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/28/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
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Custom Summary

Prohibits an institution of higher education from restricting a student's right to speak in a public forum, including speaking verbally, holding a sign, or distributing materials. Institutions of higher education may not designate an area of campus as a free speech zone and any current free speech zones must be converted to a monument or a memorial. The Attorney General, appropriate district attorney, or student who was subjected to the violation may file suit for relief up to one year after an alleged violation occurred. 

Official Summary

The bill prohibits public institutions of higher education from
restricting a student's constitutional right to speak in any way in a public
forum, including speaking verbally, holding a sign, or distributing flyers
or materials. Additionally, a public institution of higher education shall
not impose unreasonable restrictions on the time, place, and manner of
student speech that occurs in a public forum and is protected by the first
amendment. Court actions for violations of the provisions of the bill are
allowed and include recovery of reasonable court costs and attorney fees.
Public institutions of higher education are prohibited from designating
any area on campus as a free speech zone.

House SponsorsS. Humphrey (R)
J. Bridges (D)
Senate SponsorsT. Neville (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusSenate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (03/22/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-062
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 64
No:  0
Yes: 34
No:  0
Yes: 53
No:  0
Yes: 45
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-068
Title: School Counselors Early Support For Students
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Concerning early support for student success through access to school counselors, and, in connection therewith, serving all grades through the behavioral health care professional matching grant program and the school counselor corps grant program.

Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Education (02/27/2017)
Senate CommitteeEducation
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/15/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/15/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
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Custom Summary

Expands applicant eligibility to include elementary schools for both the School Counselor Corps Grant Program and the School Behavioral Health Care Professional Matching Grant Program.  

Official Summary

Under current law, a public school that includes any of grades 7
through 12 is eligible to receive a grant through the behavioral health care
professional matching grant program. Sections 2 to 5 of the bill add
elementary schools to the list of public schools eligible to receive a grant
through the program.
Under current law, a public middle, junior, or high school is
eligible to receive a grant through the school counselor corps grant
program. Sections 6 to 10 of the bill add elementary schools to the list of
public schools eligible to receive a grant through the program.

House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Education (02/27/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-068
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 23
No:  9
Yes: 17
No:  0
Yes: 6
No:  9
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-107
Title: Reward Access To Arts Education In Public Schools
Position
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Concerning measures to reward public education entities that provide student access to arts education programs.

Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations (02/13/2017)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
House Committee
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/06/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/06/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
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Custom Summary

Beginning with the 2017-18 academic year, requires that CDE consider modifying the state's public school accountability and accreditation system by adding a 5th performance indicator based on access to courses or educational programs in the arts. Requires that the State Board of Education adopt rules for awarding performance credit to schools and districts for arts offerings. In determining the amount of additional credit, the board must also take into account a district's or school's geographic location, and the percentage of enrolled students who qualify for free or reduced price meals. Schools and districts are required to report to CDE the courses or programs they provide in the arts, and make assurances to CDE that those courses meet or exceed applicable academic standards.

Official Summary

Under current law, the accreditation for school districts and the
state charter school institute (institute) and the level of performance for
public schools is based on the attainment of specified performance
indicators. The bill creates an additional performance indicator that
measures the degree to which a public school, a school district, or the
institute provides access to courses or educational programs in dance,
drama and theater, music, and visual arts. The state board of education
must adopt rules by which a public school, a school district, or the
institute will receive additional credit toward the accreditation or
performance ratings based on the arts performance indicator.

House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Merrifield (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations (02/13/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-107
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-114
Title: Accountability For School Districts & Schools
Position
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Concerning accountability in the elementary and secondary public education system.

Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Education (01/27/2017)
Senate CommitteeEducation
House Sponsors
House Committee
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/15/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/15/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
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Custom Summary

Creates a new performance indicator for assigning accreditation categories that measures the improvement achieved over the preceding 4 school years by a public school, school district, the state charter school institute, and the state as a whole in student scores on state assessments and in closing the achievement and growth gaps. Repeals the State Board's authority to remove a school district's or the institute's accreditation based on performance under a priority improvement or turnaround plan.

Official Summary

Under existing law, the department of education (department)
considers the performance of each school district and the state charter
school institute (institute) on specified indicators when assigning
accreditation categories. The bill creates a new performance indicator that
measures the improvement achieved over the preceding 4 school years by
a public school, school district, the state charter school institute, and the
state as a whole in student scores on state assessments and in closing the
achievement and growth gaps. The bill directs the state board of
education (state board) and the department to place the greatest emphasis
on the academic growth performance indicator when determining the
appropriate accreditation category for each school district and the
institute.
Under existing law, the department may recommend that the state
board remove a school district's or the institute's accreditation if the
school district or institute is accredited with turnaround plan and fails to
make substantial progress under the turnaround plan or the school district
or institute is accredited with priority improvement plan or lower for 5
consecutive school years. If the state board removes accreditation, it
specifies the corrective actions the school district or institute must take to
be accredited again.
The bill repeals the authority to remove a school district's or the
institute's accreditation based on performance under a priority
improvement or turnaround plan. If a school district or the institute fails
to make substantial progress under a priority improvement or turnaround
plan and is accredited with priority improvement plan or lower for 5
consecutive school years, the commissioner of education must assign the
state review panel to critically evaluate the school district's or institute's
performance and recommend one or more corrective actions. The state
board must specify the corrective actions the school district or institute
must take.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Education (01/27/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-114
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-123
Title: Seal Of Biliteracy For High School Diplomas
Position
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CCW Summary

Concerning a high school diploma endorsement for biliteracy.

Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
StatusSent to the Governor (03/23/2017)
Senate CommitteeEducation
House SponsorsM. Hamner (D)
J. Wilson (R)
House CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/03/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/03/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
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Custom Summary

Authorizes a local education provider to grant a diploma endorsement in biliteracy to a student who demonstrates proficiency in English and at least one foreign language. Establishes the requirements a graduating high school student must meet to obtain the biliteracy endorsement, including passing a world language AP test with a score of 3 or higher, and/or passing the English language arts portion of an IB test with a score of 4 or higher.

Official Summary

The bill authorizes a school district, BOCES, or institute charter
high school to grant a diploma endorsement in biliteracy to a student who
demonstrates proficiency in English and at least one foreign language.
The bill establishes the requirements a graduating high school student
must meet to obtain the biliteracy endorsement.

House SponsorsM. Hamner (D)
J. Wilson (R)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusSent to the Governor (03/23/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-123
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 48
No:  16
Yes: 30
No:  5
Yes: 53
No:  1
Yes: 25
No:  20
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-152
Title: Implement Changes Made By Amendment 71
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Concerning the implementation of voter-approved changes to the Colorado constitution that make it more difficult to amend the state constitution, and, in connection therewith, prohibiting a petition for an initiated amendment to the state constitution from being submitted to voters unless the petition is signed by the constitutionally required number of registered electors who reside in each state senate district and total number of registered electors, and requiring at least fifty-five percent of the votes cast on any amendment to the state constitution to adopt the amendment unless the amendment only repeals in whole or in part a provision of the state constitution, in which case requiring a majority of the votes cast on the amendment to adopt the amendment.

Bill Subject- Elections & Redistricting
- State Government
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations (03/16/2017)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
C. Kennedy (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/09/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/09/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
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Custom Summary

Updates Colorado statutes to reflect the changes to the constitution under Amendment 71. The amendment requires the number of signatures gathered be equal to or greater than 2% of the registered voters coming from each state Senate district in order to place a constitutional initiative on the ballot increases the percentage of votes required to adopt a constitutional amendment to 55%, except for proposals that only repeal part of the state constitution.

Official Summary

The bill implements changes to the Colorado constitution approved
by voters at the 2016 general election that make it more difficult to amend
the state constitution by:
  • Prohibiting a petition for an initiated state constitutional
amendment to be submitted to voters for approval or
rejection unless the petition is signed by the constitutionally
specified number of registered electors who reside in each
state senate district and total number of registered electors;
and
  • Requiring at least 55% of the votes cast on any state
constitutional amendment to adopt the amendment; except
that only a simple majority of the votes cast is necessary to
adopt a state constitutional amendment that only repeals in
whole or in part a provision of the state constitution.
When a draft of a ballot issue that proposes a state constitutional
amendment is filed with the title board, the title board must decide if the
proposed constitutional amendment only repeals in whole or in part a
provision of the state constitution for purposes of determining the
required percentage of votes cast to adopt the amendment. The designated
representatives of the proponents or any registered elector who is not
satisfied with the title board's decision may appeal the decision by filing
a motion for rehearing to the title board. Decisions of the title board at the
rehearing on this issue may be directly appealed to the Colorado supreme
court in the same manner as ballot title and fiscal impact abstract appeals.
The bill requires the secretary of state to notify proponents of a
petition for an initiated state constitutional amendment of the number and
boundaries of the state senate districts in existence and the number of
registered electors in each state senate district at the time the petition
format is approved. The secretary of state must validate signatures on a
petition for an initiated state constitutional amendment by random
sampling. If the random sample establishes that the number of valid
signatures is 90% or less of the total number of registered electors needed
to declare the petition sufficient, the secretary of state is required to deem
the petition to be not sufficient. If the random sample establishes that the
number of valid signatures is more than 90% of the total number of
registered electors needed to declare the petition sufficient, the secretary
of state is required to order the examination of each signature filed.
After the examination of a petition for an initiated constitutional
amendment, the secretary of state is required to issue a statement as to
whether a sufficient number of valid signatures from each state senate
district and a sufficient total number of valid signatures appear to have
been submitted to certify the petition to the ballot. If the secretary of state
declares that the petition appears not to have either a sufficient number
of valid signatures from each state senate district, a sufficient total
number of valid signatures, or both, the secretary of state's statement shall
specify the number of sufficient and insufficient signatures from each
state senate district, the total number of sufficient or insufficient
signatures, or both, as applicable. The bill allows the proponents of the
petition to cure an insufficiency of signatures in one or more state senate
districts, the total valid signatures, or both, as applicable.

House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
C. Kennedy (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Court (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations (03/16/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-152
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 28
No:  7
Yes: 15
No:  2
Yes: 13
No:  5
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-200
Title: Reward Excellence With Annual Redirected Dollars
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Concerning raising academic excellence in the public schools by distributing up to one percent of public school funding based on a competitive determination of academic excellence among peer school districts commencing in the 2018-19 budget year.

Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (03/23/2017)
Senate CommitteeEducation
House SponsorsC. Navarro (R)
House Committee
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/09/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/09/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary

Creates the 'Rewarding Excellence With Annual Redirected Dollars Act' or 'REWARD Act' to award excellence funding to school districts that achieve a level of success in student performance above that of their peer districts. Beginning in FY18-19 CDE shall annually award excellence funding to the top 10 highest-performing non-rural school districts and to the top 10 highest-performing rural school districts, for a total of 20 districts. The program is funded by redirecting 1% of statewide total program funding, after application of the negative factor, for the applicable budget year. CDE shall reduce the state's share of total program funding for the applicable budget year by the amount of excellence funding, proportionately reducing each school district's state share of total program funding. CDE shall distribute 35% of the excellence funding to the top 20 highest-performing school districts in equal shares, and the remaining 65% of excellence funding to those school districts on a per-pupil basis. School districts, including the institute, shall transfer to a district charter school or an institute charter school 100% of the charter school's per-pupil allocation of the total amount of excellence funding received by the school district or the institute.

 

Official Summary

The bill creates the Rewarding Excellence With Annual
Redirected Dollars Act or REWARD Act (program) to award
excellence funding to school districts that achieve a level of success in
student performance above that of their peer districts. The bill defines
school district to include school districts and the state charter school
institute (institute).
The bill directs the department of education (department) to
annually identify peer school districts by categorizing all school districts
as either non-rural or rural, as defined in the bill, and then group the
school districts within those categories based on demographically similar
student populations. Once peer school districts are identified, the
department shall compare those school districts to determine which
school districts outperform their peer school districts using objective
measures of student performance. The bill includes eligibility criteria for
participation in the program.
The department shall annually award excellence funding to the top
10 highest-performing non-rural school districts and to the top 10
highest-performing rural school districts, for a total of 20 districts.
The program is funded by redirecting 1% of statewide total
program funding, after application of the negative factor, for the
applicable budget year. The department shall reduce the state's share of
total program funding for the applicable budget year by the amount of
excellence funding, proportionately reducing each school district's state
share of total program funding.
The department shall distribute 35% of the excellence funding to
the top 20 highest-performing school districts in equal shares, and the
remaining 65% of excellence funding to those school districts on a
per-pupil basis. School districts, including the institute, shall transfer to
a district charter school or an institute charter school 100% of the charter
school's per-pupil allocation of the total amount of excellence funding
received by the school district or the institute.
The program is implemented beginning in the 2018-19 budget
year, and excellence funding is based on the school districts' student
performance in the budget year immediately preceding the applicable
budget year.
The department shall reduce the amount of excellence funding by
the department's reasonable and necessary direct costs incurred in
implementing the program.

House SponsorsC. Navarro (R)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeEducation
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (03/23/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-200
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

Bill: SB17-207
Title: Strengthen Colorado Behavioral Health Crisis System
Position
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
CCW Summary

Concerning strengthening Colorado's statewide response to behavioral health crises, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Human Services
StatusSenate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/22/2017)
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
House SponsorsJ. Salazar (D)
L. Sias (R)
House Committee
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/21/2017)
Hearing Date
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/21/2017)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Comment
Custom Summary

Strengthens the statewide framework for developing a coordinated, comprehensive, appropriate, and preferred behavioral health crisis response system. Clarifies the role of the crisis system and makes necessary enhancements to the existing framework through establishing systems to help Colorado end the use of jails and correctional facilities as placement options for individuals placed on emergency mental health holds if they have not also been charged with a crime and enhances the ability of emergency departments to serve individuals who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The crisis system is intended to provide an appropriate first line of response to individuals in need of an emergency 72-hour mental health hold. The statewide framework created by the crisis system strengthens community partnerships and ensures that first responders are equipped with a variety of options for addressing behavioral health crises that meet the needs of the individual in a clinically appropriate setting. Requires that, on or before January 1, 2018, all walk-in centers throughout the state be appropriately designated, adequately prepared, and properly staffed to accept an individual in need of an emergency 72-hour mental health hold. DHS shall ensure consistent training for professionals who have regular contact with individuals who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis. DHS shall conduct a needs and capacity assessment of the crisis system. The Office of Behavioral Health is required to submit a report on or before November 1, 2017, and on or before May 1, 2018, concerning the status of funding, the use of new and existing resources, and the implementation of additional behavioral health crisis services. This report is separate and in addition to the information the department is required to provide concern. 

Official Summary

The bill clarifies the intent of the general assembly for establishing
a coordinated behavioral health crisis response system (crisis system).
The crisis system is intended to be a comprehensive, appropriate, and
preferred response to behavioral health crises in Colorado. By clarifying
the role of the crisis system and making necessary enhancements, the bill
puts systems in place to help Colorado end the use of jails and
correctional facilities as placement options for individuals placed on
emergency mental health holds if they have not also been charged with a
crime and enhances the ability of emergency departments to serve
individuals who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The crisis
system is intended to provide an appropriate first line of response to
individuals in need of an emergency 72-hour mental health hold. The
statewide framework created by the crisis system strengthens community
partnerships and ensures that first responders are equipped with a variety
of options for addressing behavioral health crises that meet the needs of
the individual in a clinically appropriate setting.
The bill expands and strengthens the current crisis system in the
following ways:
  • Encourages crisis system contractors in each region to
develop partnerships with the broad array of crisis
intervention services in the region;
  • Requires crisis system contractors to be responsible for
community engagement, coordination, and system
navigation for key partners in the crisis system. The goals
of community coordination are to formalize key
relationships within contractually defined regions, pursue
collaborative programming for behavioral health services,
and coordinate interventions as necessary with behavioral
health crises in the region.
  • Increases the ability of all crisis services facilities,
including walk-in centers, acute treatment units, and crisis
stabilization units within the crisis system, regardless of
facility licensure, to adequately care for an individual
brought to the facility in need of an emergency 72-hour
mental health hold;
  • Expands the ability of mobile response units to be available
within 2 hours, either face-to-face or using telehealth
operations for mobile crisis evaluations;
  • Recognizes the obligations of hospitals and hospital-based
emergency departments under federal law to screen and
stabilize every patient who comes to the hospital-based
emergency department, including those patients
experiencing a behavioral health crisis; and
  • Requires that, on or before January 1, 2018, all walk-in
centers throughout the state be appropriately designated,
adequately prepared, and properly staffed to accept an
individual in need of an emergency 72-hour mental health
hold.
The department of human services (department) shall ensure
consistent training for professionals who have regular contact with
individuals who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The
department shall conduct a needs and capacity assessment of the crisis
system.
The office of behavioral health is required to submit a report on or
before November 1, 2017, and on or before May 1, 2018, concerning the
status of funding, the use of new and existing resources, and the
implementation of additional behavioral health crisis services. This report
is separate and in addition to the information the department is required
to provide concerning the crisis system in its annual SMART report to the
general assembly.
The bill removes language from statute that allows, at any time for
any reason, an individual who is being held on an emergency 72-hour
mental health hold to be detained or housed in a jail, lockup, or other
place used for the confinement of persons charged with or convicted of
criminal offenses. The effective date of this component of the bill is May
1, 2018.
An appropriation from the marijuana tax cash fund is authorized.

House SponsorsJ. Salazar (D)
L. Sias (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Cooke (R)
D. Kagan (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
StatusSenate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/22/2017)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Category
Votes on Bill SB17-207
Vote Totals       House Senate Dem Rep Other
        Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0
Yes: 0
No:  0

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