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Bill: HB19-1002
Title: Leadership Professional Development For School Principals
Official Summary

The bill creates the school leadership pilot program (program) to
provide professional development for public elementary, middle, and high
school principals. During the 2019-20 budget year, the department of
education (department) is directed to design and implement the program
or contract with a nonprofit entity to design and implement the program.
The program must include identification of high-quality school principals

who will interact with the school principals selected to receive
professional development through the program. The program must also
include professional development in distributive and collaborative
leadership skills with the goal of improving educator retention, school
climate and culture, and student outcomes.
School principals may apply to receive professional development
through the program during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 budget years. The
department or the contracted entity must review the applications and
recommend participants to the state board of education (state board), who
shall select the participants. Subject to available appropriations, the state
board must provide grants to the employing entities of the school
principals who participate in the program either as high-quality school
principals or to receive professional development. The grants are paid
from money appropriated to the school leadership pilot program fund
created in the bill.
By March 15, 2020, the department must report to the education
committees of the general assembly concerning the design of the
program. By January 15, 2022, the department must report to the
education committees concerning implementation of the program,
including recommendations for whether the program should be continued.
The program is repealed, effective July 1, 2022.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/31/2019)

Bill: HB19-1004
Title: Proposal For Affordable Health Coverage Option
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of health care policy and

financing and the division of insurance in the department of regulatory
agencies (departments) to develop and submit a proposal (proposal) to
certain committees of the general assembly concerning the design, costs,
benefits, and implementation of a state option for health care coverage.
Additionally, the departments shall present a summary of the proposal at
the annual joint hearings with the legislative committees of reference
during the interim before the 2020 legislative session.
The proposal must contain a detailed analysis of a state option and
must identify the most effective implementation of a state option based
on affordability to consumers at different income levels, administrative
and financial burden to the state, ease of implementation, and likelihood
of success in meeting the objectives described in the bill. The proposal
must also identify any necessary changes to state law to implement the
proposal.
In developing the proposal, the departments shall engage in a
stakeholder process that includes public and private health insurance
experts, consumers, consumer advocates, employers, providers, and
carriers. Further, the departments shall review any information relating to
a pilot program operated by the state personnel director as a result of
legislation that may be enacted during the 2019 legislative session.
The departments shall prepare and submit any necessary federal
waivers or state plan amendments to implement the proposal, unless a bill
is filed within the filing deadlines for the 2020 legislative session that
substantially alters the federal authorization required for the proposal and
the bill is not postponed indefinitely in the first committee.

House SponsorsM. Catlin (R)
D. Roberts (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/17/2019)

Bill: HB19-1005
Title: Income Tax Credit For Early Childhood Educators
Official Summary

The bill provides an income tax credit to eligible early childhood
educators who hold an early childhood professional credential and who,
for at least 6 months of the taxable year, are either the head of a family
child care home or are employed with an eligible early childhood
education program or a family child care home. The bill specifies that an
early childhood education program must have achieved at least a level 2

quality rating under the Colorado shines quality rating and improvement
system and either has fiscal agreements with the Colorado child care
assistance program or is a program that meets the federal early head start
or head start standards. The amount of the credit is dependent on the
eligible early childhood educator's credentialing level and is annually
adjusted for inflation.

House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
J. Wilson (R)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
K. Priola (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/13/2019)

Bill: HB19-1008
Title: Include Career And Technical Education In Building Excellent Schools Today Program
Official Summary

The bill amends the Building Excellent Schools Today Act to
allow the public school capital construction assistance board (board) to
provide grants to support career and technical education capital
construction, which is defined as:
  • New construction or retrofitting of public school facilities

for certain career and technical education programs; and
  • Equipment necessary for individual student learning and
classroom instruction, including equipment that provides
access to instructional materials or that is necessary for
professional use by a classroom teacher.
The bill requires the board to report annually to the capital
development committee and to the education and finance committees of
the house of representatives and the senate, or to any successor
committees, concerning the issuance and denial of career and technical
education capital construction grants during the preceding year.

House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
C. Larson (R)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/07/2019)

Bill: HB19-1013
Title: Child Care Expenses Tax Credit Low-income Families
Official Summary

For income tax years prior to January 1, 2021, a resident individual
who has a federal adjusted gross income of $25,000 or less may claim a
refundable state income tax credit for child care expenses for the care of

a dependent who is less than 13 years old. The tax credit is equal to 25%
of eligible child care expenses that the individual incurred during the
taxable year, up to a maximum amount of $500 for a single dependent or
$1,000 for 2 or more dependents. The bill makes the tax credit permanent.

House SponsorsT. Exum Sr. (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/14/2019)

Bill: HB19-1016
Title: Basic Skills Placement Tests For High School
Official Summary

Under existing law, an institution of higher education (institution)
is required to administer basic skills placement or assessment tests (tests)
in English and math to matriculated students. The institution must select

the tests from among those that meet standards established by the
Colorado commission on higher education (CCHE). The bill prohibits an
institution from using tests that are not available for use by school
districts and high schools, including early colleges. CCHE must ensure
that this requirement is included in the standards for these tests.

House SponsorsT. Geitner (R)
Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (01/31/2019)

Bill: HB19-1017
Title: Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade Social And Emotional Health Act
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado K-5 Social and Emotional Health
Act (act). The act requires the department of education (department) to
select a pilot school district (pilot district) to participate in a pilot program
that ensures that a school social worker, as defined in the act, is dedicated
to each of grades kindergarten through fifth grade. To the extent possible,
the school social worker shall follow the same students through each

grade. The general assembly shall appropriate the resources necessary for
the pilot district to hire or contract with the additional school social
workers.
The department shall select a pilot district that meets the
characteristics outlined in the bill, including high poverty, ethnic
diversity, and a large concentration of students in the foster care system.
Among other responsibilities consistent with the school social
worker license, the school social worker shall provide needed services to
students and their families in the pilot district, including identifying
learning disabilities, conducting functional behavior assessments and
developing behavior intervention plans, identifying food insecurities, and
helping eligible students and their families access public benefits.
Services must be provided at school and during school hours, as
appropriate.
The pilot program begins operation during the 2020-21 school year
and repeals in July 2027. The department shall contract with a
professional program evaluator (evaluator) to conduct a preliminary
evaluation in 2024 and a final evaluation before the repeal of the pilot
program. The evaluator shall establish the method for the pilot district's
data collection and monitor data throughout the pilot program.
The evaluator shall evaluate the effectiveness of services provided
by the pilot program on the academic, mental, and physical health and
well-being of the student cohorts within the scope of the pilot program.
The bill requires the department to request money for pilot
program administration, employment contracts for social workers, and the
pilot program evaluation through the annual budget process.

House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/10/2019)

Bill: HB19-1024
Title: Colorado Youth Advisory Council Review Committee
Official Summary

The Colorado youth advisory council (council) is comprised of 4
legislative members and 40 nonlegislative members who are between 14
and 19 years of age. The council meets 4 times each year to examine,
evaluate, and discuss the issues, interests, and needs affecting Colorado
youth. On or before April 30 each year, the council reports to legislative
committees a summary of the council's work and recommendations.

The bill creates the Colorado youth advisory council review
committee (review committee). The review committee is comprised of the
legislative members of the council, 5 nonlegislative council members who
are appointed by the council, and one member of the legislative council.
The 5 legislative members of the review committee serve as voting
members. All other members are nonvoting members. The review
committee may meet up to 3 times each interim and recommend up to 3
bills to the legislative council.

House SponsorsH. McKean (R)
B. Buentello (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
D. Coram (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/30/2019)

Bill: HB19-1025
Title: Limits On Job Applicant Criminal History Inquiries
Official Summary

The bill prohibits employers from:
  • Advertising that a person with a criminal history may not
apply for a position;
  • Placing a statement in an employment application that a
person with a criminal history may not apply for a position;
or

  • Inquiring about an applicant's criminal history on an initial
application.
An employer may obtain a job applicant's criminal history at any
time.
An employer is exempt from the restrictions on advertising and
initial employment applications when:
  • The law prohibits a person who has a particular criminal
history from being employed in a particular job;
  • The employer is participating in a program to encourage
employment of people with criminal histories; or
  • The employer is required by law to conduct a criminal
history record check for the particular position.
The department of labor and employment is charged with
enforcing the requirements of the bill and may issue warnings and orders
of compliance for violations and, for second or subsequent violations,
impose civil penalties. A violation of the restrictions does not create a
private cause of action, and the bill does not create a protected class under
employment anti-discrimination laws. The department is directed to adopt
rules regarding procedures for handling complaints against employers.

House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
L. Herod (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Foote (D)
R. Rodriguez (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/28/2019)

Bill: HB19-1036
Title: Annual Stipends For Certified School Professionals
Official Summary

The bill adds nationally certified school psychologists as school
professionals eligible for annual stipends awarded by the department of
education (department) if the school psychologist meets the requirements
set forth in the bill.
The bill clarifies that school counselors are school professionals
who have been eligible for annual stipends awarded by the department

pursuant to the same requirements for teachers and principals.
The bill corrects the name of the national board for professional
teaching standards by removing the word principal from the title.

House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (02/28/2019)

Bill: HB19-1052
Title: Early Childhood Development Special District
Official Summary

The bill authorizes the creation of early childhood development
service districts (districts) to provide services for children from birth
through 8 years of age. Early childhood development services are defined
to include early care and educational, health, mental health, and
developmental services, including prevention and intervention. Districts
are authorized to seek voter approval to levy property taxes and sales

taxes in the district to generate revenues to provide early childhood
development services.
The district must be organized pursuant to the Special District
Act as modified by the bill. Under the bill, all eligible electors in the
proposed district, rather than only property owners, are able to vote on the
organization of the district and related ballot issues. The service plan for
a proposed district is not required to be submitted to the planning
commission for each county in which the special district is proposed to
be located, and instead is submitted directly to the board of county
commissioners (board) for such counties. In addition, the bill directs that
the board shall not accept or act upon the request of a person owning
property in the proposed service area to have his or her property excluded
from the special district. The court conducting a hearing for the petition
is also directed to not accept or act upon such a petition to exclude
property from the district. The districts are governed by the Special
District Act; except that they are not subject to provisions concerning the
inclusion or exclusion of property, procedures for the levy and collection
of taxes, the certification and notice of special district taxes for general
obligation indebtedness, property tax reduction agreements, and public
improvement contracts.
A district is authorized to contract with or work with another
district or other provider of early childhood development services to
provide services throughout the district.

House SponsorsJ. McCluskie (D)
J. Rich (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Bridges (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (04/03/2019)

Bill: HB19-1075
Title: Tax Credit Employer-assisted Housing Pilot Program
Official Summary

As a pilot program to promote employer-assisted housing projects
in rural areas, for income tax years commencing on or after January 1,
2019, but prior to January 1, 2023, the bill creates a state income tax
credit for a donation a taxpayer makes to a sponsor that is used solely for
the costs associated with employer-assisted affordable housing in a rural

area. The bill defines sponsor to mean the Colorado housing and
finance authority, a housing authority operated by a county or
municipality, a nonprofit corporation that has been designated as a
community development corporation under the federal tax code, or an
international, nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization whose
mission is concentrated on constructing affordable housing.
The amount of the credit allowed by the bill is 20% of the
approved donation amount; except that the aggregate amount of the credit
awarded to any one taxpayer is limited to $400 in any one income tax
year.
The bill contains additional requirements pertaining to the manner
in which the taxpayer submits information to receive the tax credit. The
bill also requires periodic reporting of information on the use of the tax
credit.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (05/09/2019)

Bill: HB19-1093
Title: Higher Education Fixed-rate Tuition Contracts
Official Summary

Under current law, a state-supported institution of higher education
(institution) may offer a student a fixed-rate tuition contract. The bill
requires each state-supported 4-year institution to offer a fixed-rate tuition
contract for bachelor degree programs. Community colleges may offer a
student a fixed-rate tuition contract.

The fixed-rate tuition must be valid until the earlier of the student's
completion of the degree program, the completion of 140 credit hours, or
5 years. All students admitted to the same class and enrolled in the same
degree program must receive the same fixed rate.
The bill includes provisions relating to the transferability of the
fixed-rate contract among campuses of the same institution, as well as the
student's transfer to a different institution.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (03/14/2019)

Bill: HB19-1097
Title: General Fund Reductions
Official Summary

For income tax years commencing on and after January 1, 2019,
the bill:
  • Reduces both the individual and the corporate state income

tax rate from 4.63% to 4.25%; and
  • Reduces the state alternative minimum tax by 0.38%.
The bill also requires the state controller to:
  • Proportionally void general fund appropriations for each
principal department, except for the department of
education, for the 2018-19 state fiscal year in an amount
totaling $374.3 million;
  • For the 2019-20 state fiscal year, to proportionally reduce
the general fund appropriations for each principal
department, except for the department of education, as set
forth in the 2019 annual general appropriations act in an
amount totaling $760.7 million.

House SponsorsP. Neville (R)
Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (01/22/2019)

Bill: HB19-1107
Title: Employment Support Job Retention Services Program
Official Summary

The bill creates the employment support and job retention services
program (program) within the division of employment and training
(division) in the department of labor and employment (department) to

provide emergency employment support and job retention services to
eligible individuals in the state. The bill requires the director of the
division (director) to contract with an entity to administer the program to
provide reimbursement for employment support and job retention services
provided to eligible individuals statewide. In order to be eligible for
services for which a service provider may be reimbursed under the
program, an individual must be 16 years of age or older, be eligible to
work in the United States, have a household income that is at or below the
federal poverty line, and be underemployed or unemployed and actively
involved in employment preparation, job training, employment pursuit,
or job retention activities. The director is required to establish procedures
and guidelines to implement and set parameters for the operation of the
program.
The general assembly is required to appropriate money annually
to the employment support and job retention services cash fund created
in the bill for allocation to the division to implement and operate the
program. The department is authorized to accept gifts, grants, and
donations for the implementation and operation of the program. The
program is repealed, effective September 30, 2022.

House SponsorsJ. Coleman (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
R. Fields (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/28/2019)

Bill: HB19-1120
Title: Youth Mental Health Education And Suicide Prevention
Official Summary

The bill allows a minor 12 years of age or older to seek and obtain
psychotherapy services with or without the consent of the minor's parent
or guardian. A registered psychotherapist or licensed social worker
providing psychotherapy services to a minor may, with the consent of the
minor, advise the minor's parent or legal guardian of the psychotherapy
services provided.
The bill requires the department of education, in consultation with
the office of suicide prevention (office), the youth advisory council, and

the suicide prevention commission, to create and maintain a mental health
education literacy resource bank. The resource bank is available to the
public free of charge.
The bill requires the state board of education to adopt standards
related to mental health, including suicide prevention.

House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
D. Roberts (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/16/2019)

Bill: HB19-1121
Title: Fifth-year High School & ASCENT Program Students
Official Summary

Current law allows a school district to include in its pupil
enrollment students who were enrolled in a school that was designated as
an early college before June 6, 2018, and who, after completing 4 years
of high school, enroll for the 2018-19 or 2019-20 budget year in
postsecondary courses. The bill extends this authority for one year to

include students who enroll in postsecondary courses for the 2020-21
budget year.
Under current law, the department of education (department)
designates as ASCENT program participants qualified students who meet
specified criteria. Beginning in the 2021-22 budget year, the bill directs
the department to first designate from among the qualified students who
meet the existing criteria each qualified student who meets additional
criteria that indicate the student is likely to complete a high-demand
postsecondary certificate or degree during the ASCENT program year.
The concurrent enrollment advisory board must consult with several
departments, the governing boards of state higher education institutions,
and local education providers to develop guidelines for implementing the
prioritization requirement.

House SponsorsJ. McCluskie (D)
D. Roberts (D)
Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (05/09/2019)

Bill: HB19-1137
Title: Expand Teacher Cadet Program Include Early Childhood Education
Official Summary

Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative
Commission. The bill clarifies that high school students who are
interested in early childhood education may participate in the teacher
cadet program.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
D. Valdez (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/28/2019)

Bill: HB19-1151
Title: Special Education Opportunity Scholarships
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado special education opportunity
scholarship program (program) to provide scholarships to parents of
eligible students with disabilities to use in purchasing services from an
education provider or other educational services as selected by the parent.
The department of education (department) must select up to 3 entities
(scholarship facilitators) to implement the program by establishing and
maintaining an account for each participating eligible student. The
administrative costs of the scholarship facilitators are paid from money

deposited in each account.
An eligible student who participates in the program receives a
scholarship in an amount equal to the statewide per pupil revenues plus
the amount of per pupil special education funding plus a proportional
share of the funding for students with multiple disabilities if the eligible
student has multiple disabilities. The eligible student must not be enrolled
in a public school so long as the student is receiving a scholarship. The
parent of a participating eligible student must use the money in the
student's account to purchase educational services or materials, as
described in the bill, and maintain a record of and receipts for services
and materials purchased. A parent may not accept any payment, rebate,
or illegitimate refund from a provider from whom the parent purchases
educational services or materials. The bill establishes the process for
investigating and addressing, if necessary, any alleged misuse of
scholarship money.
The bill specifies the duties of the scholarship facilitators,
including publicizing the program, reporting specified information to the
department, establishing the method for paying money out of the
accounts, monitoring parents' use of the money in the accounts, and
approving educational services providers.

House SponsorsT. Geitner (R)
Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/14/2019)

Bill: HB19-1161
Title: Comprehensive Physical Education Instruction Pilot
Official Summary

The bill creates the health and wellness through comprehensive
quality physical education instruction pilot program (pilot program) in the
department of education (department).
The purpose of the pilot program is to allow a school or a school
district, as defined in the bill, serving any of grades K-8, to apply for

grant money to implement a pilot program in a school or in schools of a
school district. The pilot program must be implemented in all K-8 grades
in the school or school district.
Pilot program grants are for 3 academic years and are awarded to
at least 15 but not more than 30 eligible schools or school districts for a
total of not more than $3 million awarded annually, including department
administrative expenses. Pilot program grants are awarded in February
prior to the first academic year to allow grantees to create a 3-year plan
for the use of the grant money.
The bill includes application deadlines and criteria for the award
of grants. The department will review grant applications and make
recommendations to the state board of education for the award of the pilot
program grants.
Grant money awarded through the pilot program can be used only
to implement comprehensive quality physical education instruction, as
described in the bill. The bill lists the components that must be included
in a comprehensive quality physical education instruction program.
The department shall contract with a program evaluator for
purposes of completing a program evaluation of the pilot program at the
end of the 3-year grant period. The bill lists program evaluation criteria.
First priority shall be given to a vendor proposal from a state-supported
institution of higher education that has the expertise necessary to assess
the impact of the pilot program.
The bill requires annual reporting to the education committees of
the senate and the house of representatives.

House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
J. Wilson (R)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
K. Priola (R)
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole (05/01/2019)

Bill: HB19-1176
Title: Health Care Cost Savings Act of 2019
Official Summary

The bill creates the health care cost analysis task force (task force).

The president of the senate, the minority leader of the senate, the speaker
of the house of representatives, and the minority leader of the house of
representatives shall each appoint 2 legislative members to the task force.
The governor shall appoint 9 members to the task force. The executive
directors of the departments of human services, public health and
environment, and health care policy and financing, or their designees, also
serve on the task force.
The task force is required to issue a request for proposals and
select an analyst to complete a health care cost analysis of 4 health care
financing systems. The health care financing systems to be analyzed are:
  • The current health care financing system, in which
residents receive health care coverage from private and
public insurance carriers or are uninsured;
  • A public option system in which health benefit plans are
sold through, and revenues and premiums are received
from, the Colorado health benefit exchange, with additional
funding as necessary through the general fund;
  • A multi-payer universal health care financing system, in
which competing insurance carriers or health maintenance
organizations receive payments from a public financing
authority; and
  • A publicly financed and privately delivered universal
health care system that directly compensates providers.
The analyst is required to use the same specified criteria when
conducting the analysis of each health care financing system.
The task force is required to report the findings of the analyst to
the general assembly.
The task force may seek, accept, and expend gifts, grants, and
donations for the analysis. The general assembly may appropriate money
to the health care cost analysis cash fund for the purposes of the task
force, the analysis, and reporting requirements.

House SponsorsE. Sirota (D)
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Foote (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/31/2019)

Bill: HB19-1187
Title: Increase Student Aid Application Completion Rates
Official Summary

The bill requires the general assembly to appropriate $250,000
each year for the 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 fiscal years from the
general fund to the state board of education. The state board of education
shall distribute the appropriation to education providers that receive a
grant under the school counselor corps grant program, for the purpose of
educating and supporting students and families with the completion and

submission of the free application for federal student aid or applications
for state student aid.

House SponsorsJ. Coleman (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Bridges (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/13/2019)

Bill: HB19-1190
Title: Repeal Of Mill Levy Equalization Fund
Official Summary

Effective June 30, 2019, the bill repeals the mill levy equalization
fund through which the general assembly appropriated money to the state
charter school institute for distribution to institute charter schools.

House SponsorsC. Kipp (D)
Senate Sponsors
StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (03/05/2019)

Bill: HB19-1196
Title: Financial Aid For Students With In-state Tuition
Official Summary
House SponsorsS. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/13/2019)

Bill: HB19-1206
Title: Higher Education Supplemental Academic Instruction
Official Summary
House SponsorsJ. Coleman (D)
C. Larson (R)
Senate SponsorsP. Lundeen (R)
J. Bridges (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (04/25/2019)

Bill: HB19-1210
Title: Local Government Minimum Wage
Official Summary

The bill allows a unit of local government to enact laws
establishing a minimum wage within its jurisdiction.

House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
R. Galindo (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
D. Moreno (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/28/2019)

Bill: HB19-1223
Title: Social Security Disability Application Assistance
Official Summary
House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
C. Larson (R)
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/31/2019)

Bill: HB19-1236
Title: Workforce Diploma Pilot Program
Official Summary

The bill creates the workforce diploma pilot program (program) in
the department of education (department) to award completion payments
to qualified providers for the attainment of certain outcomes achieved by
eligible students enrolled in the courses or programs, including earning
high school diplomas, course credits, or industry-recognized training
certificates. The department shall administer the program.

Based on criteria listed in the bill, the department shall prepare a
list of qualified providers. A qualified provider may be a public,
nonprofit, or private accredited, degree-granting organization with at least
2 years of experience in providing adult dropout recovery services
resulting in an accredited high school diploma, as well as other criteria.
The bill includes performance standards for qualified providers
and allows the department to suspend or remove providers from the list
of qualified providers for failing to meet those standards.
The bill sets forth the amount of the payments qualified providers
receive for each performance goal met by their eligible students.
Qualified providers receiving payments must report certain
information to the department. The department shall report to certain
committees of the general assembly summarizing the information
reported by qualified providers.
The bill repeals the program in 2022.

House SponsorsM. Gray (D)
T. Sullivan (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (06/01/2019)

Bill: HB19-1241
Title: University of Colorado Training And Scholarships Rural Physicians
Official Summary


The bill requires the university of Colorado school of medicine
(school) to provide scholarships to students who:
  • Will complete clinical studies in a rural or frontier area in
Colorado;
  • Have demonstrated financial need; and
  • Have committed in writing to living and serving as
physicians in rural or frontier areas in Colorado that are
also primary care health professional shortage areas for at
least 4 years following the completion of their residency
training.
The bill requires the school to submit an annual written report to
the education committees of the house of representatives and senate
concerning the operation of the school's rural track during the preceding
academic year.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
B. Buentello (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
D. Hisey (R)
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (05/09/2019)

Bill: HB19-1252
Title: College Credit For Work Experience
Official Summary

The bill requires the council created and existing pursuant to
section 23-1-108.5 (council) to implement a plan for determining and
awarding academic credit for postsecondary education based on past and
present work-related experience.
As a part of the plan, the council must also determine how
academic credit for postsecondary education will transfer to the extent

possible from career and technical education programs and technical
certificate programs to state public 2-year and 4-year institutions of
higher education.
The council must consult with representatives from state
institutions of higher education, representatives of the Colorado work
force development council, and representatives from growing industries
in implementing the plan.
The bill requires state institutions of higher education to develop
plans to evaluate whether postsecondary education was acquired by work
experience and to accept and transfer academic credit awarded for
work-related experience as courses with guaranteed-transfer designation
or as a part of a statewide articulation agreement.
The bill supplements Colorado's student bill of rights to include a
provision declaring that the council shall implement a plan to award
academic credit for past and present work-related experience.

House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
T. Geitner (R)
Senate SponsorsP. Lundeen (R)
J. Bridges (D)
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (05/01/2019)

Bill: HB19-1257
Title: Voter Approval To Retain Revenue For Ed & Transp
Official Summary

Beginning with the 2018-19 fiscal year, the bill authorizes the state

to annually retain and spend all state revenues in excess of the
constitutional limitation on state fiscal year spending that the state would
otherwise be required to refund. The bill is a referendum that will be
submitted to the voters at the statewide election held on November 5,
2019, and approval of the ballot title at the election constitutes a
voter-approved revenue change to the constitutional limitation on state
fiscal year spending.
If approved, an amount of money equal to the state revenues
retained under this measure is designated as part of the general fund
exempt account. The general assembly is required to appropriate or the
state treasurer is required to transfer this money to provide funding for:
  • Public schools;
  • Higher education; and
  • Roads, bridges, and transit.
Legislative council staff will be required to specify this retained
amount and its associated uses in an annual report that it currently
prepares related to revenue retained and spent under referendum C. In
addition, the state auditor is required to contract with a private entity to
annually conduct a financial audit regarding the use of the money that the
state retains and spends under this measure.

House SponsorsK. Becker (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Court (D)
K. Priola (R)
StatusSigned by the President of the Senate (05/14/2019)

Bill: HB19-1262
Title: State Funding For Full-day Kindergarten
Official Summary

Under existing law, the school finance formula provides funding
for half-day kindergarten educational programs plus a small additional
amount of supplemental kindergarten funding. The bill provides funding
through the school finance formula for full-day kindergarten educational
programs. A student enrolled in a full-day kindergarten educational
program will be funded at the same amount as students enrolled full-time

in other grades. A student enrolled in a half-day kindergarten educational
program will be funded as a half-day student plus the existing amount of
supplemental kindergarten funding.
Under existing law, many school districts charge parents of
students enrolled in full-day kindergarten a fee to fund the full-day
kindergarten educational program. After passage of the bill, a school
district or a charter school that provides a full-day kindergarten
educational program shall not charge fees for attending kindergarten other
than those fees that are routinely charged to parents of students enrolled
in other grades and are applicable to the kindergarten educational
program. However, if the general assembly stops funding kindergarten
students as full-time pupils, then a school district or charter school may
resume charging a fee or tuition for the unfunded portion of the school
day.
Under existing law, a school district may use a half-day preschool
position to enroll a child in full-day kindergarten. The bill prohibits using
a preschool position to enroll a child in full-day kindergarten. A school
district that used preschool positions in this manner in the 2018-19 budget
year will retain the positions in the 2019-20 budget year and budget years
thereafter to the extent the school district fills the positions with preschool
students.
The bill directs a school district that is not offering a full-day
kindergarten educational program as of the 2019-20 school year to submit
a plan to the department of education addressing how it could phase in a
full-day kindergarten educational program, but a school district is not
required to offer a full-day kindergarten educational program.
If a charter school seeks to expand an existing half-day
kindergarten educational program to full day, it must notify the charter
authorizer and amend the charter contract, if necessary. If the authorizer
objects to the program expansion, the charter school and the authorizer
must negotiate a change to the charter contract. If the parties cannot
agree, the charter school may appeal the issue to the state board of
education for a determination. Any renegotiation of the charter school's
contract must be limited to the issue of expanding the kindergarten
educational program.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Bridges (D)
R. Fields (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/21/2019)

Bill: HB19-1273
Title: Colorado Partnership For Quality Jobs And Services Act
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado Partnership for Quality Jobs and

Services Act to facilitate the creation of formal labor-management
partnership agreements between state employees in the state personnel
system and the executive branch of state government. The bill specifies
that certain employees in the state personnel system, due to the nature and
responsibilities of their jobs, are not able to participate in partnership
agreements. State employees who are allowed to participate in partnership
agreements are designated covered employees.
Partnership units: The bill specifies that a partnership unit is a
group of covered employees who have similar job classifications and who
are in a unit for representation by a nonprofit organization that represents
covered employees (employee organization). The bill creates partnership
units composed of covered employees in specified occupational groups.
If a partnership unit was created pursuant to the existing Colorado
executive order that authorizes partnership agreements (executive order)
and the partnership unit has chosen an employee organization to
exclusively represent it (certified employee organization), the partnership
unit will continue to be represented by its existing certified employee
organization.
Certified employee organizations: An employee organization
that wants to represent an unrepresented partnership unit may file a
petition with the department of labor and employment (department)
requesting that it hold an election to allow covered employees in the
partnership unit to elect an employee organization to represent it. The
department is required to provide notice of the petition and other
employee organizations may be included on the ballot in the election.
The department is required to conduct an election to determine
which employee organization will be the certified employee organization
of the partnership unit. The ballot must allow covered employees to vote
not to be represented by an employee organization. If one employee
organization receives a majority of the votes, the department is required
to certify the employee organization as the certified employee
organization of the partnership unit.
The bill specifies circumstances under which the department is not
allowed to hold an election for a partnership unit to select a certified
employee organization. The bill also specifies that a covered employee or
an employee organization may initiate a process to decertify a certified
employee organization for a partnership unit.
Rights of covered employees and certified employee
organizations: The bill specifies that a covered employee may work with
an employee organization and communicate with other covered
employees to form a partnership agreement. Certified employee
organizations have the right to reasonable access to areas where covered
employees work to hold meetings, post notices, and provide information
to covered employees.
Duties of the certified employee organization: The bill specifies
that a certified employee organization is required to represent the interests
of all covered employees in the partnership unit, regardless of
membership in the employee organization. The bill also specifies the
process by which a covered employee may initiate a grievance regarding
the interpretation of a partnership agreement. In addition, the bill
prohibits a certified employee organization from engaging in a strike,
work stoppage, or group sickout against the state or any of its agencies or
departments.
Duties of the state: The bill specifies that the state is required to:
  • Make payroll deductions for membership dues and other
payments that covered employees authorize to be made to
the certified employee organization;
  • Notify the certified employee organization when a covered
employee is hired, promoted, or transferred to a new
partnership unit;
  • Periodically provide specified information about covered
employees to each certified employee organization;
  • Allow a certified employee organization to attend
orientations for new covered employees;
  • After the state and the certified employee organization
reach a partnership agreement, submit a request to the
general assembly for sufficient appropriations to implement
terms of the partnership agreement requiring the
expenditure of money; and
  • Engage in good faith in all aspects of the partnership
process.
Partnership agreements: A certified employee organization and
the state are required to discuss and draft written partnership agreements,
which are binding on the state, the certified employee organization, and
covered employees. Partnership agreements that govern matters impacting
all covered employees in all of the represented partnership units are
required to be negotiated collaboratively with all certified employee
organizations; except that a certified employee organization may opt out
of joint negotiations for the partnership units it represents.
A partnership agreement is required to provide a grievance
procedure to resolve disputes over the interpretation, application, and
enforcement of any provision of the partnership agreement. A partnership
agreement is also required to continue in full force and effect until it is
replaced by a subsequent partnership agreement.
If disputes arise during the formation of a partnership agreement,
the certified employee organization and the state are required to engage
in the dispute resolution process established by the bill.
Duties of the state personnel director: The state personnel
director (director) is required to enforce certain aspects of the partnership
agreement process. The director is authorized to conduct hearings to
adjudicate disputes regarding the rights of covered employees and the
rights and duties of certified employee organizations and the state under
partnership agreements. The director is required to determine and impose
appropriate administrative remedies to address violations of rights or
duties pursuant to the Colorado Partnership for Quality Jobs and
Services Act.
Court review: The bill specifies the circumstances under which
the director or a party to a partnership agreement may request court
review of the final action of the director or an arbitrator's decision and
specifies the standards under which the court may conduct such review.
Court review may be requested as follows:
  • The director may request that the court of appeals enforce
orders issued by the director in connection with partnership
agreements;
  • Any person or party affected by a final rule, order, or
decision of the director may appeal to the district court for
further relief;
  • A party to a partnership agreement may seek enforcement
or vacation of an arbitrator's decision on a grievance
concerning the interpretation, application, and enforcement
of a partnership agreement in district court; and
  • Either the state or a certified employee organization may
challenge the final judgment of an arbitrator's judgment
resolving a dispute in the formation of a partnership
agreement in district court.

House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Garcia (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (05/09/2019)

Bill: HB19-1276
Title: Ninth Grade Success Grant Program
Official Summary

The bill establishes the ninth grade success grant program (grant
program) to provide money for school districts, boards of cooperative
services (local education providers), and charter schools to implement a

ninth grade success program to assist ninth-grade students in developing
the skills they need to graduate from high school and be successful
postgraduation. The grant program is funded through the student
re-engagement grant program fund.
The bill specifies the minimum application requirements for a
local education provider or charter school that chooses to apply for a
grant. The department of education (department) shall administer the
grant program by reviewing applications and making recommendations
to the state board of education (state board), which will award the grants.
In making recommendations and awarding grants, the department and the
state board shall prioritize those applying local education providers and
charter schools that have 4-year high school graduation rates that rank in
the bottom 20% of the 4-year high school graduation rates statewide. The
bill includes additional criteria that the department and the state board
must consider. A local education provider or charter school that receives
a grant must provide matching money or in-kind contributions in amounts
set by the state board, not to exceed specified percentages.
Each local education provider and charter school that receives a
grant must use the money to implement a ninth grade success program
that meets the requirements specified in the bill. Each grant recipient must
report information concerning its ninth grade success program, including
evaluation data for several specified outcome measures. The department
must submit a report concerning the implementation of the grant program
to the state board and to the education committees of the general
assembly.

House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
T. Exum Sr. (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
D. Coram (R)
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole (05/01/2019)

Bill: HB19-1277
Title: Computer Science Grant Program
Official Summary

The bill creates in the department of education (department) the
computer science courses and clubs grant program (grant program) to
provide money to public schools or school districts in order to increase
enrollment or participation of traditionally underrepresented students in
computer science courses or clubs.
The bill requires the state board of education (board) to promulgate

rules necessary for the implementation of the grant program.
The bill requires the board to give priority to grant applications
that:
  • Demonstrate how the applicant will use the grant to serve
a high-poverty student population, a high percentage of
minority students, students in rural areas, or a high
percentage of female students;
  • Expose students to diverse professionals within the
computer science industry; or
  • Demonstrate a low number of computer science education
courses or clubs offered in the public school or school
district, if any.
The bill appropriates $250,000 each year for the 2020-21, 2021-22,
and 2022-23 fiscal years, from the general fund to the department. The
department shall distribute the money to the education providers that
receive a grant.
The bill requires each grant recipient to submit a report to the
board.

House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
L. Cutter (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
F. Winter (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/30/2019)

Bill: HB19-1293
Title: Government Youth Apprenticeship Program Stipends
Official Summary

The bill creates the government youth apprenticeship stipend
program (program) in the state work force development council (council)
to provide grants to certain nonprofit organizations to enable the
nonprofit organizations to provide stipends to governmental entities that
offer government youth apprenticeships. The bill specifies that

governmental entities include the state and any state agency or institution,
including the judicial and legislative departments, a county, city and
county, incorporated city or town, school district, special improvement
district, and authority.
The bill specifies the dates by which a nonprofit organization must
apply to the council for grant money and dates by which the council is
required to award and distribute the grants to one or more nonprofit
organizations. The nonprofit organizations that receive a grant are
required to use the grant money to distribute stipends to governmental
entities that apply for the stipend.
The bill specifies limitations on the amount of the stipend that may
be provided to a governmental entity for a single government youth
apprenticeship. The bill also specifies limitations on the number of
stipends that may be provided to a single governmental entity in any
calendar year. In addition, the bill specifies that a nonprofit organization
that receives grant money is required to use at least 20% of the total
amount awarded to provide stipends to governmental entities located in
a rural area.
A governmental entity must apply to a nonprofit organization that
received a grant to receive a stipend for its government youth
apprenticeship. To be eligible to receive a stipend, a governmental entity
is required to satisfy certain specified criteria, including the contribution
of at least $2,000 toward the costs of a government youth apprenticeship.
A governmental entity that receives a stipend is required to use the money
from the stipend, as well as the $2,000 that the governmental entity
contributes to the government youth apprenticeship, only for certain
specified purposes.
The bill creates the government youth apprenticeship stipend fund
(fund) in the state treasury and requires the state treasurer to transfer $2
million from the general fund to the fund in the 2019-20, 2020-21, and
2021-22 state fiscal years.
The council is required to submit an annual report on the program
as part of the Colorado talent pipeline report that is prepared and
submitted to the governor and the general assembly.

House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
A. Garnett (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Bridges (D)
B. Rankin (R)
StatusHouse Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely (04/17/2019)

Bill: HB19-1294
Title: Transfer Apprenticeship Credit To College Credit
Official Summary

The bill requires the chief administrative officer of the Colorado

community college system, or his or her designee, to convene a working
group to determine the most efficient and appropriate manner in which to
facilitate the transfer of earned construction industry registered
apprenticeship program credit to college credit. If possible, the chief
administrative officer shall include representatives from varying
community colleges, area technical schools, local district colleges,
relevant 4-year institutions that grant bachelor degrees, applicable union
and non-union labor organizations, and other interested parties. The
working group is required to meet during the interim following the first
regular session of the seventy-second general assembly. The bill specifies
issues in connection with the transfer of earned construction industry
registered apprenticeship program credits to college credit that the
working group is required to consider.
The working group is required to solicit input from subject matter
experts, including, but not necessarily limited to, labor organizations,
community college administrators, and people who are in or have
completed registered apprenticeship programs. The working group is also
required to submit to the general assembly its recommendations for the
most efficient and appropriate manner in which to facilitate the transfer
of earned construction industry registered apprenticeship program credits
to college credit, including any recommendations for necessary
legislation.

House SponsorsA. Benavidez (D)
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
Senate SponsorsT. Story (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/28/2019)

Bill: HB19-1306
Title: Monitoring Colorado Call Center Job Losses
Official Summary

The bill requires a business to notify the office of economic
development (OED) of any plans to terminate customer service employee
positions and employees who are employed by or work on behalf of a call
center in those positions in the state and relocate the duties of those
positions outside of the United States.
The bill requires the OED to maintain and make public a list of

businesses that have terminated and relocated customer service employee
positions outside of the United States.

House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
R. Galindo (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Rodriguez (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/28/2019)

Bill: HB19-1312
Title: School Immunization Requirements
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of public health and environment
(department) to:
  • Develop a standardized form and submission process to
claim a medical exemption to an immunization; and
  • Develop a standardized form and submission process to
claim a religious or personal belief exemption to an

immunization.
The department is:
  • Required to develop educational materials regarding
immunizations to distribute to health care providers and
facilities;
  • Required to present immunization exemption information
during its annual SMART Act hearing; and
  • Required to use the existing immunization tracking system.
The state board of health is:
  • Required to promulgate rules adopting the medical
exemption recommendations from the advisory committee
on immunization practices of the centers for disease control
and prevention in the federal department of health and
human services, or any successor entity (ACIP);
  • Required to promulgate rules adopting the immunization
recommendations from the ACIP;
  • Allowed to promulgate rules adopting additional
immunizations not recommended by ACIP; and
  • Allowed to promulgate rules establishing the timing by
which schools, parents, legal guardians, and students must
demonstrate compliance with immunization requirements.
Concerning the immunization tracking system, the bill:
  • Requires a licensed physician, physician assistant, or
advanced practice nurse to inform a parent or legal
guardian who is claiming a medical exemption that he or
she may choose to exclude the student's immunization
information from the immunization tracking system before
the student's immunization data is sent to the immunization
tracking system;
  • Requires the department or local or county, district, or
municipal public health agency to inform a parent, legal
guardian, or student who is claiming a religious or personal
belief exemption that he or she may choose to exclude the
student's immunization information from the immunization
tracking system before the student's immunization data is
sent to the immunization tracking system; and
  • Requires a practitioner who is a licensed physician,
physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse to submit
immunization and medical exemption data to the
immunization tracking system. However, the practitioner is
not subject to a regulatory sanction for noncompliance.

House SponsorsK. Mullica (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
J. Gonzales (D)
StatusSenate Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments (05/02/2019)

Bill: HB19-1314
Title: Just Transition From Coal-based Electrical Energy Economy
Official Summary

The bill creates the just transition office in the division of
employment and training in the department of labor and employment.
Beginning in 2025, the office, led by a director, will administer the
following:
  • Benefits to coal transition workers to enable them to
support themselves and their families and to access and

complete education and training, resulting in being hired
for high-quality jobs; and
  • Grants to eligible entities in coal transition communities
that seek to create a more diversified, equitable, and vibrant
economic future for those communities.
An electric utility that proposes to retire a coal-fueled electric
generating facility shall submit to the office a workforce transition plan
at least 90 days before the retirement of the facility.
The bill creates a just transition advisory committee to advise the
director regarding implementation of the bill.

House SponsorsK. Becker (D)
R. Galindo (D)
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
K. Donovan (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/28/2019)

Bill: SB19-003
Title: Educator Loan Forgiveness Program
Official Summary

The bill makes changes to the teacher loan forgiveness program,
renaming it the educator loan forgiveness program (program) and revising
the eligibility criteria for the program.
The program:
  • Repays up to $5,000 of qualified educational loans for up
to 5 years for teachers and other educators employed in

qualified positions under the program; and
  • Targets teachers and other educators employed in
hard-to-fill positions due to geography or content area.
The department of education (department) is required to annually
identify the content shortage areas that qualify for the program.
Subject to available appropriations, the Colorado commission on
higher education (commission) shall approve up to 100 new participants
in the program each year, and the bill specifies the criteria the
commission shall use to prioritize applicants, if necessary.
The program includes the educator loan forgiveness fund, and the
commission shall adopt policies that ensure that loan repayment is made
only on qualified loans for educators in qualified positions.
The commission shall prepare an annual report for the general
assembly that includes information concerning the content shortage areas
identified by the department and information concerning the program
participants.
The bill extends the repeal date of the program.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/29/2019)

Bill: SB19-009
Title: Financial Incentives For Rural Educators
Official Summary

Under existing law, the department of higher education
(department) annually awards up to 40 stipends of not more than $2,800
to students enrolled in teacher preparation programs who agree to teach
in a rural school or rural school district. The bill removes the limit on the
number of stipends and increases the amount to $4,000.
Under existing law, the department also annually awards up to 60

stipends to educators in rural schools and rural school districts who are
seeking certain certifications. The bill removes the limit on the number
of stipends.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/25/2019)

Bill: SB19-010
Title: Professional Behavioral Health Services For Schools
Official Summary

The bill allows grant money to be used for behavioral health care
services at recipient schools and specifies that grants may also fund
behavioral health services contracts with community providers. The bill
requires the department of education (department) to prioritize grant
applications based on the school's need for additional health
professionals, and grant applicants must specify the extent to which the

school has seen an increase in activities or experiences that affect
students' mental well-being.
The bill allows a community provider to commit money to schools.
It also changes the amount the department can expend to offset the costs
incurred in implementing the program from 3% to 5% of money
appropriated for the program.
The bill allows school districts to enter into agreements with
specified groups to implement evidence-based, school-wide behavior
supports and strategies to build and support positive school climates,
including providing behavioral health services and supports; implement
strategies to reduce the incidence of suspension and expulsion; and
implement alternatives to suspension or expulsion.

House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
D. Valdez (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/10/2019)

Bill: SB19-022
Title: Bonuses For Highly Effective Teachers
Official Summary

The bill creates the highly effective teacher bonus program to
provide money to school districts, boards of cooperative services that
operate public schools, and charter schools (local education providers) to

pay bonuses to teachers who are rated as highly effective and to provide
monetary incentives to recruit highly effective teachers. The department
of education (department) will distribute the money to each local
education provider based on a formula that takes into account the number
of teachers employed by the local education provider. Each local
education provider must submit a report concerning its use of the money
to the department, and the department must provide a summary of the
reports to the state board of education and the education committees of
the general assembly.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsP. Lundeen (R)
StatusSenate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (01/17/2019)

Bill: SB19-056
Title: Veterans Employment Preference By Private Employer
Official Summary

The bill allows private employers to give preference to veterans of
the armed forces or the National Guard when hiring, promoting, and
retaining employees as long as the veterans are as qualified as other
individuals. The bill clarifies that employers who adopt a program that
gives preferences to veterans are not committing a discriminatory or

unfair labor practice.

House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
Senate SponsorsD. Hisey (R)
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (01/30/2019)

Bill: SB19-057
Title: Employee Information Student Loan Repayment Programs
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of personnel to develop and
annually distribute informational materials to state employees concerning
federal student loan repayment programs and loan forgiveness programs
for which state employees may be eligible. The department of personnel
may use existing federal informational materials, if available. The
informational materials may be distributed by e-mail or through a regular

mailing or communication to state employees. The department of
personnel shall update the materials at least annually and distribute any
updated materials.
In addition, the department of personnel must distribute the
informational materials to:
  • The department of education, for distribution to school
district, charter school, institute charter school, and boards
of cooperative services employees;
  • The department of higher education, for distribution to
employees at state institutions of higher education;
  • The secretary of state, for dissemination to nonprofit public
service organizations, as defined in the bill, with
encouragement for these organizations to distribute the
informational materials to their employees; and
  • The division of local government in the department of local
affairs, for distribution to cities, counties, cities and
counties, special districts, and other local government
entities, with encouragement for those entities to distribute
the informational materials to their employees.

House SponsorsJ. McCluskie (D)
Senate SponsorsS. Fenberg (D)
T. Story (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/15/2019)

Bill: SB19-060
Title: Educator Supplies Tax Credit
Official Summary

Currently, under the federal educator expense deduction an eligible
educator can claim a deduction, not to exceed $250, for the purchase of
school supplies and certain professional development courses.
The bill creates a state income tax credit for an eligible educator
for the cost of expenses that qualify for the deduction that exceed $250
but are less than $750. The amount of the credit that exceeds the

educator's income taxes is refunded to the educator.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsO. Hill (R)
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (02/05/2019)

Bill: SB19-063
Title: Infant And Family Child Care Action Plan
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of human services (department),
in consultation with the early childhood leadership commission
(commission) and various stakeholders, to draft a strategic action plan
addressing the declining availability of family child care homes and infant
child care.
The bill requires the department to submit the completed strategic

action plan to the commission, the state board of human services, the joint
budget committee, the health and human services and education
committees of the senate or any successor committees, and the public
health care and human services and education committees of the house of
representatives or any successor committees no later than December 1,
2019.

House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
A. Valdez (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
T. Story (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (04/23/2019)

Bill: SB19-067
Title: Rural Development Grant Program Creation
Official Summary

The bill creates the rural development grant program to be
administered by the Colorado office of economic development. The
grants are to be awarded to early stage rural businesses that are primary
employers in a rural area with the potential to export goods or services
outside of the rural area. The businesses must be at the seed stage of

capital financing, have raised less than five hundred thousand dollars of
third-party capital, and are able to provide nonstate matching funding
equal to at least one-third of the grant award. The grants may be used for
developing prototypes, proof of business concepts, or proof of business
models. The grants are funded from the general fund and are limited to no
more than $150,000 per early stage rural business per year.

House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments (05/01/2019)

Bill: SB19-069
Title: Nonpublic School Teacher Development Programs
Official Summary

Under existing law, school districts, charter schools, and the state
charter school institute are permitted to operate induction programs for
teachers, special services providers, principals, and administrators, and
alternative licensure programs for teachers and principals who do not hold
professional licenses. The bill clarifies that nonpublic schools may
operate such programs.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
B. Buentello (D)
Senate SponsorsP. Lundeen (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/18/2019)

Bill: SB19-074
Title: Support For Literacy Enrichment For Young Students
Official Summary

The bill creates the literacy enrichment scholarship program
(program) for students in kindergarten or grades one through 3 who are

identified as having a significant reading deficiency. The scholarship
amount is limited to $500 per student per year and may be used by the
student's parent to purchase literacy enrichment products and services for
the student.
The department of education (department) must implement the
program by contracting with a nonprofit entity to administer distribution
of the scholarship money. The administering entity will accept
applications and confirm that the applying student and his or her parents
meet the eligibility requirements. The administering entity will then notify
the department, and the department will forward the scholarship amount
for the eligible student to the administering entity, which will deposit the
money in the eligible student's account. The administering entity must
establish a money transfer service by which the parent of an eligible
student may withdraw money from the account. A parent may use the
scholarship money only for literacy enrichment purposes and may not
accept payments from literacy enrichment providers. The bill specifies
procedures for enforcing these requirements.
By January 31, 2023, the department must evaluate whether the
program is successful in assisting students to improve literacy skills. The
department must submit the evaluation to the state board of education and
the education committees of the general assembly.
The general assembly will appropriate money annually for the
program to the literacy enrichment scholarship fund, which is created in
the bill. The program is repealed, effective July 1, 2025.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsP. Lundeen (R)
StatusSenate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (01/31/2019)

Bill: SB19-085
Title: Equal Pay For Equal Work Act
Official Summary

The bill removes the authority of the director of the division of
labor standards and statistics in the department of labor and employment
(director) to enforce wage discrimination complaints based on an
employee's sex and instead permits an aggrieved person to bring a civil
action in district court to pursue remedies specified in the bill.

The bill allows exceptions to the prohibition against a wage
differential based on sex if the employer demonstrates that a wage
differential is based upon one or more factors, including:
  • A seniority system;
  • A merit system; or
  • A system that measures earnings by quantity or quality of
production.
The bill prohibits an employer from:
  • Seeking the wage rate history of a prospective employee;
  • Relying on a prior wage rate to determine a wage rate;
  • Discriminating or retaliating against a prospective
employee for failing to disclose the employee's wage rate
history; and
  • Discharging or retaliating against an employee for actions
by an employee asserting the rights established by the bill
against an employer.
The bill requires an employer to announce to all employees
employment advancement opportunities and job openings and the pay
range for the openings. The director is authorized to enforce actions
against an employer concerning transparency in pay and employment
opportunities, including fines of between $500 and $10,000 per violation.

House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
J. Danielson (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/22/2019)

Bill: SB19-095
Title: Five-year Review Of Higher Education Funding Formula
Official Summary

The bill requires the Colorado commission on higher education
(commission) to conduct a review of the funding formula for institutions
of higher education every 5 years and to submit a report on recommended
changes to specified committees of the general assembly on or before
November 1 of the year in which the review was conducted. It also
specifies certain steps that the commission shall take in conducting the

review.

House SponsorsC. Hansen (D)
H. McKean (R)
Senate SponsorsC. Holbert (R)
N. Todd (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (04/04/2019)

Bill: SB19-097
Title: Area Technical College Grant Program
Official Summary

The bill establishes a grant program to provide money to area
technical colleges (ATC) for specified capital construction and equipment
purchases. An ATC may submit a request to the Colorado commission on
higher education (commission). The commission may include the grant
request in its budget request for ATCs in the following state fiscal year.
If the ATC receives grant money, the ATC must submit a report back to
the commission in any year in which it expends grant money.

House SponsorsJ. McCluskie (D)
M. Soper (R)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
T. Story (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (04/16/2019)

Bill: SB19-098
Title: Cost-based Reimbursement For Rural Hospitals
Official Summary

The bill requires Colorado's program of medical assistance to pay
rural critical access hospitals and sole community hospitals for outpatient
hospital services pursuant to a cost-based reimbursement methodology
using 100% of actual cost.
Prior to implementing the cost-based reimbursement methodology

for outpatient hospital services, the department of health care policy and
financing (state department) shall convene a stakeholder group consisting
of representatives of the affected hospitals and other persons or entities
to consult with the state department on the elements of the cost-based
reimbursement methodology and its implementation.
The bill makes a conforming amendment.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsL. Crowder (R)
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (02/12/2019)

Bill: SB19-102
Title: Innovation School Operating As A Community School
Official Summary

Under existing law, a public school may become an innovation
school by submitting an innovation plan to its local school board and
having the local school board approve that plan. The bill defines
community school and permits a public school to include in its
innovation plan that it will operate as a community school.

House SponsorsB. Titone (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (04/08/2019)

Bill: SB19-171
Title: Apprenticeships And Vocational Technical Training
Official Summary

The bill requires the Colorado department of labor and
employment (department) to create the Colorado state apprenticeship
resource directory. The department is required to collect detailed
information on each apprenticeship program in the state, including the
application process, requirements for enrollment, costs, and program
outcomes. The department is required to promote the availability of the

directory.

House SponsorsT. Sullivan (D)
R. Galindo (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
J. Bridges (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/28/2019)

Bill: SB19-176
Title: Expanding Concurrent Enrollment Opportunities
Official Summary
House SponsorsT. Geitner (R)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate SponsorsP. Lundeen (R)
J. Bridges (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/20/2019)

Bill: SB19-183
Title: Alternate Procedure To Reorganize School Districts
Official Summary

The bill creates an alternate process for the dissolution and
annexation of a school district. Pursuant to the bill, if a school district
meets specified criteria, the board of education of the school district
(local school board) may seek dissolution and annexation of the school
district by convening an organization planning committee (committee)

that consists of representation from the local school board of the
dissolving school district and the local school boards of the contiguous
school districts. The local school board of the dissolving school district
must notify the commissioner of education (commissioner) when a
committee is formed. The committee must create a proposed plan of
organization (plan) that dissolves the convening school district and
annexes the territory of the dissolved school district to one or more of the
contiguous school districts. The bill specifies the issues that the
committee must consider in creating the plan.
After adopting the proposed plan, the committee must submit the
proposed plan to the commissioner and the local school boards of the
affected school districts and provide notice of public hearings on the
proposed plan. After holding public hearings, the committee must work
with the commissioner to develop and adopt a final plan of organization.
Within a set time after the final plan is adopted, the local school board of
each affected school district must adopt the final plan by written
resolution. If a local school board does not adopt the plan and there are
only 2 affected school districts, or if the plan is not approved by at least
2 of the affected school districts, the committee is dissolved. If fewer than
all but at least 2 of the affected school districts approve the plan, the
committee may continue and prepare a new plan that involves only the
school districts of the local school boards that approved the final
approved plan.
Following approval of a final plan by the local school boards of all
of the affected school districts, the county clerk and recorder for each
affected county must file a map and legal description of the annexing
school districts with the commissioner. The final plan takes effect on the
date specified in the plan, and the final plan must be available for public
review upon request. If the dissolved district has a certain level of
indebtedness that is not bonded indebtedness, an annexing school district,
after the effective date of the annexation and subject to voter approval,
may levy a temporary tax of a specified amount on the annexed property
to retire the indebtedness.
The bill clarifies that, if the dissolving school district has bonded
indebtedness existing as of the date of the dissolution and annexation and
the annexing school district or school districts do not vote to assume the
amount of the bonded indebtedness, the bonded indebtedness continues
to be paid by the existing levy against the property of the dissolved school
district, collected by the annexing school district or school districts.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
K. Priola (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (04/16/2019)

Bill: SB19-188
Title: FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program
Official Summary

The bill creates the family and medical leave insurance (FAMLI)
program and the division of family and medical leave insurance (division)
in the department of labor and employment to provide partial wage
replacement benefits to an eligible individual who takes leave from work:
  • To care for a new child or a family member with a serious
health condition;

  • Because the eligible individual is unable to work due to the
individual's own serious health condition or because the
individual or a family member is the victim of abusive
behavior; or
  • Due to certain needs arising from a family member's active
duty service.
Each employee and employer in the state will pay one-half the cost
of a premium as specified in the bill, which premium is based on a
percentage of the employee's yearly wages. The premiums are deposited
into the family and medical leave insurance fund, and family and medical
leave benefits are paid to eligible individuals from the fund. The division
is established as an enterprise, and premiums paid into the fund are not
considered state revenues for purposes of the taxpayer's bill of rights
(TABOR).

House SponsorsM. Gray (D)
M. Duran (D)
Senate SponsorsA. Williams (D)
F. Winter (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/30/2019)

Bill: SB19-189
Title: Sunset Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board
Official Summary

Sunset Process - Senate Education Committee. The bill
implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory

agencies' sunset review by continuing the concurrent enrollment advisory
board indefinitely.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
L. Cutter (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (06/03/2019)

Bill: SB19-190
Title: Teacher Preparation Program Support
Official Summary

The bill allows an institution of higher education (institution) to
enter into a fee-for-service contract with the department of higher
education (department) for the delivery of an approved educator

preparation program or an alternative teacher program (preparation
program) as a specialty program if the preparation program meets the
requirements specified in the bill, including strong partnerships with
school districts, boards of cooperative services that operate public
schools, and charter schools (local education providers); a full-year of
classroom residency co-teaching alongside a mentor teacher; and
financial support for teacher candidates during the year of classroom
residency.
A partnership may include one or more institutions and one or
more local education providers. Through a partnership, the institution and
local education providers may identify teaching schools to provide
clinical practice opportunities, induction programs for program graduates,
professional development for mid-career and veteran teachers, and work
exchange opportunities for program faculty and teachers employed by the
local education providers.
The bill specifies that the full year of classroom residency must
ensure that the teacher candidate is mentored by a highly effective veteran
teacher who holds a master certificate from the department of education.
A preparation program may provide training for mentor teachers, and a
mentor teacher who completes the training and at least one year as a
mentor teacher may apply to the department of education for a mentor
teacher license endorsement. For a school year in which a mentor teacher
mentors a teacher candidate, the preparation program and the local
education provider must jointly provide a stipend to the mentor teacher
of at least $2,000. A mentor teacher may count service as a mentor
teacher as professional development for purposes of renewing the
teacher's license and master certificate. The bill provides that, during the
year of classroom residency, the preparation program in which a teacher
candidate is enrolled must pay the teacher candidate a stipend of at least
$15,000.
The bill creates the classroom residency design grant program
(grant program) to provide grants to preparation programs and local
education providers that together design a classroom residency program.
The preparation program and local education provider must also work
with an established teacher residency program in designing the new
classroom residency program. The department administers the grant
program, and the Colorado commission on higher education
(commission) awards the grants.
The bill requires the department to prepare an annual report
concerning the opportunities for clinical practice, induction program
support, and other professional development provided by preparation
programs. The department must submit the report to the commission, the
department of education, the state board of education, and the education
committees of the general assembly. The department must also post the
report on its website.
The bill relocates with nonsubstantive changes the existing
collaborative educator preparation grant program and the Rural Colorado
Grow Your Own Educator Act, which provides grants for teaching
fellowship programs.
The bill directs the department of education to collaborate with the
department of higher education to create a mentor teacher endorsement
for teachers who hold master certificates and provide mentoring and
oversight for teacher candidates.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
B. Rankin (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/10/2019)

Bill: SB19-196
Title: Colorado Quality Apprenticeship Training Act Of 2019
Official Summary

The bill modifies procurement requirements for state contracts for
public projects. The bill makes the following changes:
Invitation for bids: Currently, all construction contracts for public
projects that do not receive federal money may be solicited by invitation
for bids. The bill specifies that only a construction contract for a public
project that is reasonably expected to cost $1 million or less may be

solicited by invitation for bids.
Competitive sealed best value bids: Currently, all construction
contracts for public projects that do not receive federal money may be
awarded by competitive sealed best value bidding. The bill specifies that,
unless prohibited by federal law, a construction contract for a public
project that is reasonably expected to cost over $1 million is required to
be awarded through competitive sealed best value bidding or integrated
project delivery, and a construction contract for a public project that is
reasonably expected to cost $1 million or less may be awarded through
competitive sealed best value bidding or integrated project delivery.
Current law specifies the evaluation factors that are required to be
included in an invitation for competitive sealed best value bids for a
public project. The bill adds several required evaluation factors including
the craft labor staffing plan for the project for the bidder and the bidder's
subcontractors, the anticipated utilization by the bidder and its
subcontractors of apprentices registered with federal or state
apprenticeship agencies to complete the work under the contract, and the
safety plan and safety record of the bidder and the bidder's subcontractors.
Disclosure of subcontractors: The bill requires any contractor
that responds to a competitive solicitation for a public project to disclose,
in its initial bid or proposal, the top 5 subcontractor disciplines it plans to
use to fulfill the requirements of the contract. The bill specifies how the
top 5 subcontractor disciplines are measured and requires contractors to
disclose subcontractors for the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing
requirements of the contract, even if they are not included in the top 5
disciplines.
Apprenticeship utilization requirements: The general contractor
for a public project financed in whole or in part by state money in the
amount of $1 million or more is required to submit, prior to the contract
award, documentation to the contracting agency that certifies that all
subcontractors used on the project participate in apprenticeship training
programs that have been approved by a federal or state apprenticeship
agency and have a proven record of graduating apprentices for at least 3
of the past 5 years. The contractor is required to provide specified
supporting documentation to the contracting agency and the agency is
required to make the documentation available to the public on its website.
A contractor that plans to submit a bid for a public project may request a
waiver of the apprenticeship requirements and the contracting agency is
required make public all waivers and the specific rationale for granting
the waiver.
Integrated project delivery: Current law specifies that integrated
project delivery is a project delivery method in which there is a
contractual agreement between an agency and a single participating entity
for the design, construction, alteration, operation, repair, improvement,
demolition, maintenance, or financing, or any combination of these
services, for a public project. The bill adds additional evaluation factors
that a contracting agency is required to use to evaluate proposals and the
capabilities of participating entities. The additional factors include
information about past performance and experience of the bidder, the
bidder's project management plan for the contract, the bidder's staffing
plan, the bidder's safety plan and safety record, the bidder's job standards,
and the availability and use of domestically produced iron, steel, and
related manufactured goods to execute the contract.

House SponsorsA. Garnett (D)
M. Duran (D)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
J. Danielson (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/28/2019)

Bill: SB19-199
Title: READ Act Implementation Measures
Official Summary

The bill makes several changes concerning implementation of the
Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ act)
by school districts, charter schools, and boards of cooperative services

that operate schools (local education providers) as follows:
  • Requiring that instructional programming and services for
teaching reading be focused on the areas of phonemic
awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, reading
fluency including oral skills, and reading comprehension
(foundational reading skills);
  • Directing each local education provider to adopt a reading
education program plan for each of the schools operated by
the local education provider, specifying the minimum
contents of each plan, directing the local education
provider to report to the department of education
(department), and directing the department to monitor
implementation of the plan;
  • Specifying that students with significant reading
deficiencies (SRD) and students who read below grade
level must receive a specified minimum amount of
educator-assisted reading time each day;
  • Requiring each local education provider to annually post
online for public access information concerning the
percentage of students who are identified as having SRD,
the percentage of students who are not identified as having
SRD but are reading below grade level, and the amount and
use of money that the local education provider receives as
per-pupil intervention money and through the early literacy
grant program.
The bill directs the department to develop and implement a public
information campaign to emphasize the importance of learning to read by
third grade and to highlight the local education providers that achieve
high percentages of third-grade students who are reading at grade level.
The bill directs the department to contract with one or more entities to
independently evaluate whether a local education provider's use of
per-pupil intervention money or early literacy grant program money
results in students making measurable progress toward reading
competency.
The bill changes the distribution of money appropriated from the
early literacy fund by reducing the amount distributed as per-pupil
intervention money, increasing the amount distributed through the early
literacy grant fund, and adding distributions to pay for the public
information campaign and the reading certification program.
The bill changes the procedure for distributing the per-pupil
intervention money by:
  • Requiring a local education provider to provide
information and meet certain requirements in order to
receive the money;
  • Authorizing the department to monitor and, if necessary,
audit the use of the money throughout the budget year;
  • Expanding the allowable uses of the per-pupil intervention
money to include purchasing core reading instructional
programs and purchasing technology, including software,
to assist in assessing and monitoring student progress; and
  • Capping the amount of per-pupil intervention money that
a local education provider may retain from year to year.
The bill amends the early literacy grant program to provide
that, if the department, at the completion of a grant, determines that the
program implemented with the grant money was successful in moving
students toward reading competency, the state board of education must
automatically renew the grant and increase the grant amount if necessary
to enable the grant recipient to expand the program.
The bill requires a local education provider to report the scores
attained by students on the interim reading assessments if the local
education provider uses per-pupil intervention money to purchase
instructional programming in reading.
The bill directs the department to create a reading certification
program that is focused on the foundational reading skills and must
include 3 tiers: Paraprofessional certification; educator certification; and
reading coach certification. Each local education provider must obtain
reading certifications for their educators at the educator or reading coach
level and may obtain reading certifications at the paraprofessional level
for other employees and for parents, upper-grade students, and other
community members who request training through the local education
provider. The reading certifications are free to local education providers
and the persons obtaining the certification.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
B. Rankin (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/10/2019)

Bill: SB19-204
Title: Public School Local Accountability Systems
Official Summary

The bill creates the local accountability system grant program in
the department of education (department) to provide grant money to local

education providers that adopt local accountability systems to supplement
the state accountability system. A local accountability system may include
additional measures for determining achievement of the state performance
indicators and additional indicators of student success, but the measures
do not affect the accreditation rating assigned to a school district or the
type of plan that a school must adopt. A local education provider may use
grant money to work with one or more accountability system partners,
which may be public or private institutions of higher education or private
nonprofit entities. The department shall review applications and
recommend to the state board of education (state board) the applicants
that may receive a grant and the amount of the grant. The state board shall
award the grants subject to available appropriations.
A local education provider that adopts a local accountability
system may submit to the department a supplemental performance report
that includes information collected through the local accountability
system. The local education provider may also use an alternative format
for the type of performance plan that the local education provider is
required to implement. The department must post the supplemental
performance reports and alternatively formatted plans on the department's
data portal.
Starting no later than July 15, 2020, the department must convene
an annual meeting of the local education providers that implement local
accountability systems to share information. Beginning January 15, 2021,
the department shall submit an annual report to the state board and the
education committees of the general assembly concerning implementation
of local accountability systems and implementation of the grant program.
The department shall also post the report on its website and, upon request
of a local education provider, provide information concerning the
measures implemented through local accountability systems.

House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
S. Bird (D)
Senate SponsorsT. Story (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (06/03/2019)

Bill: SB19-215
Title: Parents Encouraging Parents Conference
Official Summary

The bill creates parents encouraging parents conferences for
parents of children with disabilities who are enrolled in public schools in
Colorado. The department of education shall provide for the conferences
and related lodging and food for attendees. The bill requires a specified
conference curriculum.

House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Rodriguez (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/29/2019)

Bill: SB19-216
Title: High School Innovative Learning Pilot
Official Summary

The bill creates the high school innovative learning pilot program
(pilot program) to support school districts, boards of cooperative services,
and charter schools (local education providers) in providing innovative
learning opportunities to students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 (high
school students). Each local education provider that is selected to

participate in the pilot program is allowed, for purposes of school finance,
to count all high school students as full-time pupils regardless of whether
they meet the required number of teacher-pupil instruction and contact
hours for full-time enrollment.
A local education provider may apply to participate in the pilot
program by submitting an application that, among other things, describes
the local education provider's innovative learning plan (plan). The bill
specifies other requirements for the application and requirements for the
plan. The department of education (department) implements the pilot
program by reviewing the applications and recommending to the state
board of education (state board) the applicants that should participate in
the pilot program, and the state board selects the participants. The
recommendations and selections must be based on criteria specified in the
bill. The bill limits the number of pilot program participants in the first
year but states the intent of the general assembly to increase participation
to 100% by the 2025-26 budget year.
The bill creates a grant program to award grants to local education
providers that do not enroll any part-time high school students. A grant
recipient must use the grant money to create and implement a plan and
may request assistance from the contracting entity in creating the plan. A
grant may be renewed for a total of 3 budget years.
The bill directs the department to contract with a statewide
nonprofit entity to assist the department and local education providers in
applying to participate in the pilot program, participating in the pilot
program and the grant program, evaluating the pilot program and grant
program, and preparing a report concerning implementation of the pilot
program and grant program. The bill specifies information that each
participating local education provider must submit to the department
concerning its participation in the pilot program or grant program and
requires the department to prepare an annual report summarizing the
information and evaluating the success of the pilot program and grant
program in increasing high school student participation in innovative
learning opportunities.
The pilot program and the grant program are repealed July 1, 2025.

House SponsorsS. Bird (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Bridges (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/10/2019)

Bill: SB19-220
Title: Hemp Regulation Alignment With 2018 Federal Farm Bill
Official Summary

In 2018, the federal government enacted the Agricultural
Improvement Act of 2018 (federal act), which removed hemp from

schedule I of the federal Controlled Substances Act. The federal act
requires the United States department of agriculture (USDA) to develop
a plan for the regulation of hemp and authorizes each state to seek
approval from the USDA to have primary regulatory authority over hemp
production within the state by preparing and submitting a state plan of
regulation to the secretary of the USDA.
The bill updates the laws governing Colorado's industrial hemp
regulatory program to align with the federal act and to put the department
of agriculture in a position to prepare and submit a state plan to the
secretary of the USDA.

House SponsorsL. Saine (R)
J. Arndt (D)
Senate SponsorsV. Marble (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/29/2019)

Bill: SB19-231
Title: Colorado Second Chance Scholarship
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado second chance scholarship
(scholarship) in the department of higher education for youth previously
committed to the division of youth services in the department of human

services.
The bill requires the executive director of the commission on
higher education to appoint a program coordinator to counsel and support
scholarship recipients.
The bill creates an advisory board to establish the scholarship
criteria and select scholarship recipients.

House SponsorsT. Exum Sr. (D)
K. Tipper (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
J. Bridges (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/28/2019)

Bill: SB19-240
Title: Industrial Hemp Products Regulation
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill sets the annual registration fee that a
wholesale food manufacturer that produces an industrial hemp product is
required to pay to the department of public health and environment at
$300, regardless of the manufacturer's gross annual sales.
Sections 2 and 3 authorize local governments to adopt ordinances
or resolutions regulating the storage, extraction, processing, or

manufacturing of industrial hemp or industrial hemp products; however,
if the ordinances or resolutions are in conflict with state regulation, then
state law controls.

House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
L. Saine (R)
Senate SponsorsV. Marble (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/29/2019)

Bill: SB19-246
Title: Public School Finance
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill increases the statewide base per pupil funding
for the 2019-20 budget year by $182.76 to account for inflation, for a new
statewide base per pupil funding of $6,951.53.
Section 2 sets the minimum district total program funding for the
2019-20 budget year. The district total program funding reflects a $102
million reduction in the dollar amount of the budget stabilization factor
over the prior budget year.
Section 3 amends the professional development and student

support program (program) for English language learners and educators
who work with English language learners to distribute money
appropriated for the program's services and educator professional
development activities proportionately, based on the level of English
language proficiency of the students served by the program.
Section 4, for the 2019-20 budget year, distributes $25 million on
a per pupil basis to large rural school districts and small rural school
districts, including district charter schools and each institute charter
school whose accounting district is a large or small rural school district.
Large rural school districts share 55% of the appropriation, and small
rural school districts share 45% of the appropriation. The bill bases the
distribution on a school district's funded pupil count for the 2018-19
budget year. The bill specifies the intended uses of the money.
Section 5 distributes $5 million to school districts, including
district charter schools and the state charter school institute schools, to
address behavioral health issues in schools. Each school district and the
state charter school institute receive an initial allocation of $20,000. The
remaining appropriation is then distributed on a per pupil basis to the
school district and state charter school institute based on the school
district's total funded pupil count for the 2018-19 budget year and the
total student enrollment in institute charter schools for the 2018-19 budget
year.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/10/2019)

Bill: SB19-247
Title: Educator Performance Evaluation System Requirements
Official Summary

Under existing law, each licensed teacher receives a written

evaluation, at least 50% of which must be based on student academic
growth. Under the bill, 30% of the evaluation must be based on student
academic growth and at least 20% on other measures determined by the
school district board of education or the board of cooperative services to
support student, educator, and system success.
The bill creates a working group consisting of the commissioner
of education, or his or her designee, several members appointed by the
governor who represent teachers, administrators, parents, students, and
education policy experts, and 6 legislators appointed by legislative
leadership. The working group shall review the implementation of
educator performance evaluation systems in Colorado and in other states
and countries, identify best practices in performance evaluation, and make
recommendations to the general assembly and the state board of
education to improve the implementation and use of performance
evaluations. The working group must complete its report by November
1, 2019, and submit it to the state board of education and the education
committees of the general assembly. The department of education will
post the report on the department's website. The working group is
repealed, effective July 1, 2020.

House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
S. Bird (D)
Senate SponsorsT. Story (D)
StatusSenate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (04/25/2019)

Bill: SB19-253
Title: Exempt CDE Department Of Education From Office Of Information Technology
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. Currently the department of education
is included in the definition of state agency as used in the office of
information technology (office) provisions. The bill excludes the
department of education from this definition.
In addition, the bill clarifies that although the department of

education is not a state agency for purposes of the office, the chief
information officer may enter into contracts with the department of
education for the purpose of providing disaster recovery services.

House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
K. Ransom (R)
Senate SponsorsB. Rankin (R)
StatusHouse Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (04/30/2019)
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