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Bill: HB20-1002
Title: College Credit For Work Experience
Bill Subject- Higher Education
Official Summary

Making Higher Education Attainable Interim Study
Committee. The bill requires an existing council charged with looking
at general education courses (council) to implement a plan for
determining and awarding academic credit for postsecondary education
based on work-related experience.
Furthermore, state institutions of higher education (institutions) are

required to evaluate student learning from work-related experience and
award appropriate academic credit for the experience. Also, institutions
shall accept and transfer academic credit awarded for work-related
experience as courses with guaranteed-transfer designation, unless the
council creates a plan concerning awarding and transferring academic
credit for work-related experience for courses with guaranteed-transfer
designation.

House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
M. Baisley (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
T. Story (D)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (07/08/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1003
Title: Rural Jump-start Zone Act Modifications
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
Official Summary

The bill:
  • Extends the rural jump-start program for an additional 5
years;
  • Changes the existing competition clause to specify that a
new business applying for rural jump-start program
benefits cannot compete with an existing business in the
rural jump-start zone in which the business will be located
or in any distressed county that is contiguous to the rural

jump-start zone; and
  • Adds economic development organizations as authorized
entities to apply to:
  • Form a rural jump-start zone; or
  • To allow a new business to participate in the rural
jump-start program.

House SponsorsD. Roberts (D)
J. Rich (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Scott (R)
K. Donovan (D)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (07/06/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1006
Title: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Human Services
Official Summary

Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative
Commission. The bill directs the department of human services
(department) to design, implement, and operate a statewide program of
early childhood mental health consultation (program). The purpose of the
program is to support mental health care across the state in a variety of
early childhood settings and practices. Specifically, the program must be

designed to:
  • Increase the number of qualified and appropriately trained
early childhood mental health consultants (mental health
consultants) for on-site consultations; and
  • Utilize the mental health consultants, through on-site visits,
to support a variety of early childhood settings and
practices from the prenatal period through 8 years of age.
The program must also include a:
  • Model of consultation for mental health consultants
(model) that includes job qualifications and expectations,
expected outcomes, and guidance on ratios of mental health
consultants and the settings they support. The model must
include standards and guidelines for mental health
consultants developed from evidence-based programs.
  • Professional development plan for mental health
consultants;
  • Certification process for mental health consultants; and
  • A published list of certified mental health consultants.
The bill requires the department to actively collect data related to
the program and make regular reports on the program to the joint budget
committee of the general assembly and as part of its annual State
Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART)
Government Act hearing.
The department, in collaboration with the department of health
care policy and financing, is directed to explore additional funding
options for the program.

House SponsorsJ. McCluskie (D)
E. Sirota (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
T. Story (D)
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1007
Title: Diverse Kindergarten Through 12th Grade Educator Workforce Report
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Higher Education
Official Summary

The bill directs the department of higher education and the
department of education to convene a workgroup on diversity in the
educator workforce (workgroup).
The department of higher education and the department of
education shall select the members of the workgroup, which shall include
but are not limited to those agencies, persons, and organizations specified

in the bill.
The workgroup shall investigate barriers to the preparation,
retention, and recruitment of a diverse educator workforce and shall
consider strategies to increase diversity in the educator workforce. The
bill includes specific issues for the workgroup to consider.
The workgroup shall submit a written report of its findings and
recommendations to the education committees of the general assembly no
later than September 30, 2021. The workgroup may submit interim
findings and recommendations during the 2021 legislative session.
Under current law, the department of higher education reports
annually concerning educator preparation programs, including
enrollment, graduation rates, outcomes of graduates, and performance on
assessments administered for licensure. The bill requires the department
to include the required information disaggregated by the candidates' or
graduates' gender, race, and ethnicity. Further, the information contained
in the annual report must be posted on the department of higher
education's and the department of education's websites.

House SponsorsJ. Coleman (D)
B. Buentello (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/13/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1011
Title: Helping Others Manage Early Childhood Act
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Human Services
Official Summary

Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative
Commission. The bill creates the Helping Others Manage Early
(HOME) Childhood Act (HOME Act). The HOME Act consists of 3
components:
  • A public awareness campaign (campaign), implemented by
a third-party entity contracted by the department of human

services (department). The campaign will target those
persons connected with early childhood in some fashion,
from families to providers, and inform them on what is
expected from early childhood providers, what is expected
from children by the time they enter kindergarten, and what
resources are available throughout the state.
  • A series of multicounty workshops directed at early
childhood providers to provide information on best
practices for effective early childhood education. The
multicounty workshops will also provide information on
the requirements and procedures for licensure.
  • A series of regional workshops designed to educate
interested providers on how to start an early child care
center or preschool, as well as any requirements and
procedures for licensure.
The bill directs that the department provide adequate child care for
the multicounty and regional workshops to allow for maximum
attendance.
The bill includes a repeal date of 2023 with a provision for a
mandatory prior review of the effectiveness of the 3 components.

House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
J. Wilson (R)
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
T. Story (D)
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1012
Title: Child Welfare Program Children Developmental Disabilities
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Human Services
Official Summary

The bill makes changes to a program (program) within the
department of human services (department) for children and youth with
intellectual and developmental disabilities or co-occurring disorders
(children and youth). The scope of rules to be promulgated by the
department for the program is expanded to include planning for services

for children and youth who become 18 years of age while in the program;
access to behavioral health services; wait list management; process for a
child or youth who is at risk for out-of-home placement; and program
evaluation.
Current law only allows for a county department of human or
social services to submit an application to the program for a child or
youth. The bill extends this option to the parent or legal guardian of the
child or youth, and extends all notification requirements related to the
program to the parent or legal guardian as well.
The bill updates reimbursement provisions so that if a child or
youth is not in the custody of a county department of human or social
services or the department, the department shall directly reimburse the
licensed provider where the child or youth is placed.
Beginning on or before September 1, 2020, the department is
required to compile and make public an annual report on the program.

House SponsorsL. Landgraf (R)
M. Young (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
R. Gardner (R)
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1015
Title: Future Educator Pathways Grant Program
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Higher Education
- Labor & Employment
Official Summary

The bill creates the future educator pathways grant program (grant
program) in the department of education (department) to provide grants
to local education providers, as defined in the bill, to create future
educator pathways programs. The department shall administer the grant
program, and the state board of education (state board) shall promulgate

necessary rules for the grant program.
Future educator pathways programs prepare future educators,
including future educators in early childhood education, by providing
students with opportunities for concurrent enrollment and apprenticeships
that lead to college credit toward degrees and credentials as educators.
The state board, after consultation with the department of labor and
employment and the department of higher education, shall promulgate
rules establishing requirements for apprenticeship programs.
The bill specifies the dates by which an eligible local education
provider must apply to the department for grant money and the
information required in the grant program application. The state board
shall award grants to one or more qualified local education providers by
dates specified in the bill. A local education provider that receives a grant
is required to use the grant money for specified purposes in connection
with apprenticeship programs and concurrent enrollment. To receive a
grant, a local education provider shall commit to match state grant money
with local money equal to 25% of the grant award.
The bill specifies that the state board is required to ensure that
grants are awarded to geographically diverse local education providers
and to a mix of rural, urban, and suburban local education providers. In
addition, the state board shall award at least 20% of the total amount
awarded in grants to eligible rural local education providers, as defined
in the bill, and at least 70% of the total amount awarded in grants to
future educator pathways programs that provide apprenticeships.
The bill creates the future educator pathways fund (fund) in the
state treasury and requires the state treasurer to transfer an amount of
money specified in the bill from the general fund to the fund in the
2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 state fiscal years. The state board may
award grant program grants in a fourth year of the program if money
remains in the fund after the third grant cycle.
The department is required to submit an annual report on the grant
program to the governor and the house and senate education committees
that includes specified information, including a final report.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
B. Buentello (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Bridges (D)
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1016
Title: Increase Quality In Early Childhood Education Programs
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Official Summary

Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative
Commission. The bill requires the department of human services (state
department) to provide technical assistance and financial incentives to
programs that are rated at a level one or 2 in the Colorado shines system
(system) to support the programs in advancing to a higher quality level,
and to programs that are rated at a level 3, 4, or 5 to support the programs

in maintaining a high-quality level or advancing to a higher quality level.
Each early childhood council (council) shall support the state department
with this assistance by providing local community outreach and
engagement strategies.
The bill requires each council seeking to apply for
school-readiness quality improvement funding (funding) to describe how
the council will target and recruit programs that are rated in the system at
a level one or higher in the council's 3-year school readiness plan.
Councils that received funding prior to the 2020-21 fiscal year must
amend the council's 3-year school readiness plan.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1028
Title: Need For Juvenile Behavioral Health Treatment
Bill Subject- Children & Domestic Matters
- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Official Summary

School Safety Committee. The bill instructs the school safety
resource center (center) to convene a working group of necessary and
interested stakeholders to assess the needs of school districts with respect
to the adequacy and availability of residential mental health treatment for
children and youth who have been identified by school personnel as

having severe behavioral or mental health disorders and potential ways
to resolve such needs. The working group is directed to gather
information on the availability, need, and cost associated with residential
treatment services for children and youth in Colorado. The center shall
use the data to prepare a report and make any legislative
recommendations to address the mental health needs of children and
youth in Colorado.
The center is required to present the report and any legislative
recommendations as part of its presentation to its committee of reference
at a hearing held pursuant to the State Measurement for Accountable,
Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act in January
2021.

House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Gonzales (D)
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely (01/24/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1053
Title: Supports For Early Childhood Educator Workforce
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Human Services
Official Summary

Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative
Commission. The bill directs the state board of human services (state
board) in the department of human services (DHS) to establish licensing
standards that will allow an early care and education program to be
licensed for a period of time determined by the state board if one or more
early childhood educators have pursued DHS-approved early childhood

credentials but have not yet completed the credential and other
state-board-determined quality, safety, and supervision conditions are
met.
The state board shall also promulgate rules allowing an early
childhood educator to earn points toward an early childhood credential
based on the candidate's prior experience and demonstrated competency.
The bill directs DHS and the department of education (CDE) to
streamline and align the early childhood professional credential, child
care program licensing, and educator licensing to make requirements
clear and consistent and to reduce the administrative burden and
paperwork burden relating to credentialing and licensing of early
childhood educators.
The bill directs DHS to analyze and prepare a written report every
2 years on the gap between Colorado's current supply of early childhood
educators and the current and future need for early childhood educators
in the state. The report will be posted on DHS's website.
The bill directs DHS and CDE to direct resources to support
concurrent enrollment opportunities and career pathways for high school
students and other nontraditional students interested in earning college
credit toward becoming an early childhood educator.
The bill creates the early care and education recruitment and
retention grant and scholarship program in DHS (grant and scholarship
program). DHS shall administer the program directly or by contract. The
state board shall establish an application process for the grant and
scholarship program, and DHS shall award grants and scholarships to
eligible individuals or entities for the purposes of increasing the number
of individuals qualified as early childhood educators to teach in a
program serving children 5 years of age or younger and to retain early
childhood educators teaching in those programs.
Individuals and entities eligible for a grant or scholarship include
individuals pursuing a career in early childhood education, nonprofit
entities that administer scholarship programs aligned with the purposes
of the grant and scholarship program, licensed early care and education
programs, and institutions of higher education that administer scholarship
programs aligned with the purposes of the grant and scholarship program.
The bill includes a list of eligible expenditures of the grant or
scholarship money, including, among others, payment of tuition and other
expenses for courses that lead to a degree or credential as an early
childhood educator or a higher degree or qualification that results in
retention of an educator; payment for the costs of coaching, mentoring,
professional development, and other costs and programs that lead to
credentialing; payments to licensed providers; and money for programs,
schools, and institutions of higher education to establish
grow-your-own programs to support individuals completing
qualifications to become early childhood educators.
The bill creates a fund for the grant and scholarship program and
requires DHS to report on the grant and scholarship program at least
every 2 years and post the report on its website.
The bill creates the early childhood educator apprenticeship
program (apprenticeship program) in the division of employment and
training (division) in the department of labor and employment (CDLE).
The division shall administer the apprenticeship program. The executive
director of CDLE shall establish program standards relating to eligibility
criteria for local entities, including workforce development programs,
nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and early
childhood councils, to receive money to support existing apprenticeship
programs and to implement new apprenticeship programs for early
childhood educators. The bill includes the approved uses of funding
provided through the apprenticeship program. The bill creates a fund for
the apprenticeship program.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
E. Sirota (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
T. Story (D)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (07/08/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1086
Title: Insurance Coverage Mental Health Wellness Exam
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
Official Summary

The bill adds a requirement, as part of mandatory health insurance
coverage of preventive health care services, that health plans cover an
annual mental health wellness examination of up to 60 minutes that is
performed by a qualified mental health care provider. The coverage must:
  • Be comparable to the coverage of a physical examination;

  • Comply with the requirements of federal mental health
parity laws; and
  • Not require any deductibles, copayments, or coinsurance
for the mental health wellness examination.

House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
C. Larson (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/10/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1110
Title: Higher Education Student Emergency Assistance Grants
Bill Subject- Higher Education
Official Summary

The bill creates the emergency completion and retention grant
program (grant program) in the department of higher education

(department). The department implements the grant program by annually
distributing an amount to each state institution of higher education
(institution) to use in awarding emergency assistance grants to eligible
students who are experiencing qualifying financial emergencies. The bill
describes minimum procedures an institution shall adopt for the financial
aid director at the institution to award the emergency assistance grants.
The department is required to include in the annual financial aid report
submitted to the joint budget committee a summary of the implementation
of the grant program and an evaluation of its effect in increasing the
retention and completion rates at institutions.

House SponsorsT. Exum Sr. (D)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
K. Donovan (D)
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1113
Title: Mental Health Educational Resources
Bill Subject- Human Services
Official Summary


No later than July 1, 2020, the department of human services
(department), with assistance from other departments and organizations,
shall create and maintain a website that provides internet links to relevant
information and resources available to individuals seeking behavioral
health care services. The website must include information about the
Colorado SEE ME campaign and the national suicide prevention hotline,
demographic-specific information about behavioral health care providers
available in each geographic region, internet links to each behavioral
health care provider's website, and internet links to skilled nursing
facilities available in each geographic region.
No later than April 1, 2021, the department shall issue a request for
proposal to contract with an organization to develop and distribute
community- and demographic-specific targeted messaging related to the
website. The messaging must be distributed no later than January 1, 2022.
The bill allows a health care professional who is required to
complete continuing competency requirements to take a course in mental
health education to satisfy the continuing competency requirements.

House SponsorsL. Landgraf (R)
K. Van Winkle (R)
B. Titone (D)
Senate SponsorsP. Lundeen (R)
J. Bridges (D)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (07/08/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1128
Title: Educator Education Requirements Special Education
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Official Summary

For renewal of an educator license, the bill requires teachers,
special services providers, principals, and administrators to complete 10
clock hours of professional development during the term of the license
relating to increasing awareness of laws and practices relating to the
education of students with disabilities in the classroom, including but not
limited to child find and inclusive learning environments.

The bill also requires each educator preparation program,
alternative teacher program, and alternative principal preparation program
to include course work that provides educator candidates or alternative
teacher or principals with an overview of federal laws relating to the
education of students with disabilities, individualized education
programs, and child find and that teaches educators effective special
education classroom practices, including but not limited to inclusive
learning environments.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
B. Buentello (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (03/24/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1139
Title: Peer Support Professionals Behavioral Health
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
- Health Care & Health Insurance
Official Summary

The bill adds definitions for peer support professional and
recovery support services organization for the purposes of permissible
claims submitted for reimbursement under the medical services program.
A recovery support services organization (recovery organization) may bill
and submit for reimbursement certain eligible peer support services
(support services) provided by peer support professionals. The department

of human services (department) is responsible for approving a recovery
support services organization for reimbursement for support services. The
bill sets forth detailed criteria for approval by the department, and the
department is given rule-making authority to establish other criteria and
standards as necessary.
The bill creates a refundable income tax credit available for
income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2021, but before
January 1, 2031, for eligible peer support professionals (eligible
individuals) who have worked in Colorado at least part-time for at least
3 years in the behavioral health sector and who either return to school or
who graduate and return to work in the public or private health care
sector. The tax credit is available for 4 consecutive years for eligible
individuals who return to school and for 3 consecutive years for eligible
individuals who return to work after attending school. The office of
behavioral health in the department of human services (office) shall, in
conjunction with the department of human services, review
documentation supplied by eligible individuals seeking the tax credit and
provide certification to the department of revenue if eligibility criteria for
the tax credit is met. The office may not issue tax credit certificates that
total more than $100,000 per income tax year.

House SponsorsR. Pelton (R)
Y. Caraveo (D)
Senate Sponsors
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1154
Title: Workers' Compensation
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
Official Summary

The bill:
  • Clarifies when payments for benefits and penalties payable
to an injured worker are deemed paid (section 1);
  • Adds guardian and conservator services to the list of
medical aid that an employer is required to furnish to an
employee who is incapacitated as a result of a work-related
injury or occupational disease (section 2);
  • Requires a claimant for mileage reimbursement for travel
related to obtaining compensable medical care to submit a
request to the employer or insurer within 120 days after the
expense is incurred and requires the employer or insurer to
pay or dispute mileage within 30 days of submittal and to
include in the brochure of claimants' rights an explanation
of rights to mileage reimbursement and the deadline for
filing a request (sections 2 and 7);
  • Clarifies that offsets to disability benefits granted by the
federal Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance
Amendments of 1965 only apply if the payments were not
already being received by the employee at the time of the
work-related injury (section 3);
  • Prohibits the reduction of an employee's temporary total
disability, temporary partial disability, or medical benefits
based on apportionment under any circumstances; limits
apportionment of permanent impairment to specific
situations; and declares that the employer or insurer bears
the burden of proof, by a preponderance of evidence, at a
hearing regarding apportionment of permanent impairment
or permanent total disability benefits (section 4);
  • Adds the conditions that, in order for an employer or
insurer to request the selection of an independent medical
examiner when an authorized treating physician has not
determined that the employee has reached maximum
medical improvement (MMI), an examining physician must
serve a written report to the authorized treating physician
specifying that the examining physician has determined
that the employee has reached MMI; the authorized treating
physician must examine the employee at least 20 months
after the date of the injury and determine that the employee
has reached MMI; the authorized treating physician must
be served with a written report indicating MMI; and the
authorized treating physician has responded that the
employee has not reached MMI or has failed to respond
within 15 days after service of the report (section 5);
  • Changes the whole person impairment rating applicable to
an injured worker from 25% to 19% for purposes of
determining the maximum amount of combined temporary
disability and permanent partial disability payments an
injured worker may receive (section 6);
  • Prohibits an employer or insurer from withdrawing an
admission of liability 2 years after the date the admission of
liability on the issue of compensability was filed, except in
cases of fraud (section 7);
  • Prohibits the director of the division of workers'
compensation or an administrative law judge from
determining issues of compensability or liability unless
specific benefits or penalties are awarded or denied at the
same time (section 8);
  • Clarifies the scope of authority of prehearing
administrative law judges (section 9);
  • Increases the threshold amount that an injured worker must
earn in order for permanent total disability payments to
cease and allows for annual adjustment of the threshold
amount starting in 2021 (section 11); and
  • Clarifies the orders that are subject to review or appeal
(sections 10 and 12).

House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
K. Van Winkle (R)
Senate SponsorsV. Marble (R)
J. Bridges (D)
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1197
Title: 2-1-1 Statewide Human Services Referral System
Bill Subject- Human Services
- Telecommunications & Information Technology
Official Summary

The bill amends with relocated provisions the human services
referral service authorized by the Colorado 2-1-1 collaborative to provide
assistance through the dissemination of information to residents of
Colorado about applicable programs and services provided by
government, private, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations and local

communities regarding emergency shelter and food, as well as human
services programs.
The bill requires the department of human services (department)
to award an annual grant of $200,000 to the Colorado 2-1-1 collaborative
for human services referral services and specifies the purposes for which
the Colorado 2-1-1 collaborative and human services referral service
provider may use the grant money.
The bill requires the Colorado 2-1-1 collaborative to provide one
or more specific duties described in the bill. Human services referral
services include, in part, providing statewide referral services; enabling
referrals through telephone, text, chat, and e-mail; providing trained
professionals to perform problem assessments and service navigation; and
providing information regarding vital services, such as food and shelter.
The bill requires annual reporting by the department to certain
committees of the general assembly.
The bill includes an appropriation to the department of $200,000
for the 2020-21 state fiscal year for the Colorado 2-1-1 collaborative.

House SponsorsJ. Rich (R)
M. Snyder (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Bridges (D)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (06/22/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1240
Title: Early College Program And P-tech School Expansion
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Official Summary

The bill creates the early college policy development advisory
group (advisory group) to design and recommend policies and changes to
law to support the statewide development of and funding for early college

programs and p-tech schools. The bill specifies the membership of the
advisory group, which is appointed by the governor and must include
members of the education leadership council, and the specific duties of
the advisory group. In completing its duties, the advisory group must
coordinate with the education leadership council. The advisory group
must prepare an interim report and a final report of its findings and
recommendations, and submit the reports by December 1, 2020, and
December 1, 2021, respectively, to the governor, the education leadership
council, the state board of education (state board), the Colorado
commission on higher education (CCHE), and the education committees
of the general assembly. The bill creates a legislative advisory council to
provide advice and comment to the advisory group.
The bill expands the existing concurrent enrollment expansion and
innovation grant program to include grants for specified purposes related
to providing opportunities for students to simultaneously enroll in
postsecondary courses or engage in work-based learning opportunities
while enrolled in high school.
The bill extends for 2 additional budget years funding for students
who enroll in an early college program that was approved before June 6,
2018, and who enroll in postsecondary courses in the fifth or sixth year
of high school.
The bill authorizes the distribution of state financial assistance to
students who enroll in postsecondary courses while still enrolled in high
school.

House SponsorsJ. McCluskie (D)
P. Will (R)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
B. Rankin (R)
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1263
Title: Eliminate Sub-minimum Wage Employment
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
Official Summary

The bill phases out sub-minimum wage employment for employers
that hold a special certificate from the United States department of labor
that authorizes employers to pay employees whose earning capacity is

impaired by age, physical or mental deficiency, or injury less than the
minimum wage. The bill requires each employer that holds a special
certificate to submit a transition plan to the Colorado department of labor
and employment detailing how the employer plans to phase out
sub-minimum wage employment.
The bill requires the employment first advisory partnership in the
department of labor and employment to develop actionable
recommendations to address structural and fiscal barriers to phase out
sub-minimum wage employment and successfully implement competitive
integrated employment and report the recommendations to the general
assembly.
The bill requires the department of health care policy and
financing to grant money to private employers, not to exceed $25,000 per
employer, to provide assistance in developing and implementing a
transition plan to phase out sub-minimum wage employment. The bill
requires the department of health care policy and financing to add
employment-related services for individuals with intellectual and
developmental disabilities.

House SponsorsY. Caraveo (D)
R. Pelton (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Gonzales (D)
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1270
Title: One Parent Consent For Behavioral Health Services
Bill Subject-
- Children & Domestic Matters
- Health Care & Health Insurance
Official Summary

The bill authorizes a physician or a mental health professional
(professional) to evaluate or treat a minor patient (minor) for a behavioral
health disorder with the consent of only one parent or legal guardian of
the minor if both parents have legal decision-making authority over the
minor. The professional shall act in the best interest of the minor and

provide services for a behavioral health disorder only in accordance with
the professional's own advice or recommendation. The bill defines a
minor as a person who is under 15 years of age.

House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
Position
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments (05/28/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1275
Title: In-state Tuition At Community College For Military
Bill Subject- Higher Education
Official Summary

The bill allows an active or honorably discharged member of the
armed forces of the United States or a dependent of said member
eligibility for in-state tuition status at a community college regardless of
whether the person satisfies Colorado domicile or residency status.

House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
D. Hisey (R)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (03/27/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1276
Title: Individualized Student Degree Programs
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado individualized combined degree pilot
program (pilot program) that the department of higher education must
administer, working with the department of education. The pilot program
is designed to assist school districts and charter schools in providing
individualized degree programs that enable a participating student to

design and complete an educational program that is unique to the student
and results in the simultaneous completion of a high school diploma and
a baccalaureate degree during the 4 years in which the student is enrolled
in high school.
A school district or charter school may apply to participate in the
pilot program by submitting an application to the department of higher
education, which shall select up to 10 participants. Each participating
school district and charter school must establish a local individualized
combined degree program (local program), which must meet specified
requirements. Each participating school district or charter school must
transfer a specified percentage of per pupil revenue to the individualized
degree account created for each participating student that is enrolled in
the school district or charter school.
The bill specifies that each student who participates in a local
program must, with the student's parents, select individuals to serve as an
advisory board to help the student design and complete the student's
individualized degree program. The student's individualized degree
program may be an existing baccalaureate degree program at an
institution of higher education or may be designed specifically to meet the
student's unique educational and career goals. A uniquely designed degree
program must meet specified requirements and is subject to approval by
the Colorado commission on higher education. Each participating student
must apply for federal and state student financial assistance. A portion of
the money annually appropriated for state student financial assistance
must be distributed to students participating in local programs based on
each student's demonstrated financial need.
Each participating student must create an individual degree
account with collegeinvest. The money that the student receives from the
school district or charter school and the state and federal financial
assistance that the student receives must be credited to the account. The
student, with the approval of the student's parent and advisory board,
must use the money in the student's account only to pay for the costs
incurred in obtaining the student's baccalaureate degree.
On or before January 15, 2024, and annually thereafter through
2030, the department of higher education, working with the department
of education, shall prepare a report concerning the effectiveness of the
pilot program and submit the report to the governor, the Colorado
commission on higher education, the state board of education, and the
education committees of the general assembly. The pilot program is
repealed, July 1, 2030.

House SponsorsT. Geitner (R)
Senate Sponsors
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (03/05/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1280
Title: CDHE Data For Student Return On Investment Metrics
Bill Subject- Higher Education
Official Summary

The bill authorizes the department of higher education
(department) to collect the data necessary to calculate return on
investment metrics similar to the student cost and employment outcome
information for certain higher education institutions not currently covered
in the department's annual return on investment report. The department

may include the information collected in its annual return on investment
report.

House SponsorsC. Larson (R)
C. Kipp (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Bridges (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (03/27/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1284
Title: Secure Transportation Behavioral Health Crisis
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Human Services
Official Summary

The bill creates a regulatory and service system to provide secure
transportation services, with different requirements than traditional
ambulance services, for individuals experiencing a behavioral health
crisis. Mobile crisis services, units linked to the walk-in crisis services,
and crisis respite services may arrange for secure transportation in
response to a behavioral health crisis. The department of human services

shall allow for the development of secure transportation alternatives.
The board of county commissioners of the county in which the
secure transportation service is based (commissioners) shall issue a
license to an entity (licensee), valid for one year, that provides secure
transportation services if the minimum requirements set by rule by the
state board of health are met or exceeded. The commissioners shall also
issue operating permits, valid for 12 months following issuance, to each
vehicle operated by the licensee. A fee may be charged for each license
to reflect the direct and indirect costs to the applicable county in
implementing secure transportation services licensure. The state board of
health is given authority to promulgate rules concerning secure
transportation licensure.
The department of health care policy and financing is directed to
create and implement a secure transportation benefit on or before January
1, 2022.
Language is added to exempt secure transportation services from
regulation under the public utilities commission.

House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Bridges (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1298
Title: Treat Economic Development Income Tax Credits Differently
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
Official Summary

Current law allows the Colorado economic development
commission to allow, subject to an annual maximum program amount,
certain businesses that make a $100 million strategic capital investment

in the state, and subject to the requirements of the specified income tax
credits, to treat any of the following income tax credits allowed to the
business as either carry forwardable for a 5-year period or transferable:
  • Colorado job growth incentive tax credit;
  • Enterprise zone income tax credit for investment in certain
property;
  • Income tax credit for new enterprise zone business
employees; and
  • Enterprise zone income tax credit for expenditures for
research and experimental activities.
This bill extends this program for another 3 years.

House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
D. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Garcia (D)
J. Tate (R)
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (05/28/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1299
Title: Enterprise Zone Investment Tax Credit For Renewable Energy Investments
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
Official Summary


The bill extends the tax years that a taxpayer may elect to receive
a refund of 80% of the amount of an enterprise zone investment tax credit
for renewable energy investments. Under current law, if a taxpayer elects
such a refund, the taxpayer forgoes the remaining 20% of the amount of
the enterprise zone investment tax credit.
The bill also adds investments in energy storage systems as a
qualified renewable energy investment.

House SponsorsR. Pelton (R)
M. Young (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Crowder (R)
M. Foote (D)
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (05/28/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1309
Title: Income Tax Credit For Telecommuting Employees
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
Official Summary

The bill creates a temporary income tax credit for employers in an
amount of $1,000 for each employee that is allowed to telecommute at
least two-thirds of the time that the employee is expected to work. Any
part of the income tax credit that is not used may be carried forward for
a 10-year period but may not be refunded.

House SponsorsR. Holtorf (R)
Senate SponsorsL. Crowder (R)
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely (05/27/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1312
Title: Behavioral Health Training Requirements Educator License
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Official Summary

The bill creates a requirement that of the 90 hours of professional
development training currently required for educator licensure renewal
during the term of the educator's license, at least 10 of those hours must
include some form of behavioral health training that is culturally
responsive and trauma- and evidence-informed.
The bill requires teacher preparation programs to include in

program graduation requirements that each teacher candidate in an initial
educator licensure program complete at least 10 hours of behavioral
health training that is culturally responsive and trauma- and
evidence-informed.

House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
B. Titone (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
D. Hisey (R)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (07/08/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1360
Title: 2020-21 Long Bill
Bill Subject- State Revenue & Budget
Official Summary
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (06/22/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1395
Title: End Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment, and Key Training Act Grants Transfer Money To General Fund
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- Labor & Employment
Official Summary


Joint Budget Committee. The bill precludes the department of
labor and employment from awarding or issuing grants under the Skilled
Worker Outreach, Recruitment, and Key Training Act, also known as the
WORK Act, as of the effective date of the bill. Additionally, the state
treasurer is directed to transfer any balance in the WORK fund as of
September 1, 2020, and September 1, 2021, to the general fund. The
program is repealed on September 30, 2021. The bill adjusts the 2020
long bill by eliminating the $3.3 million appropriation for the program.

House SponsorsK. Ransom (R)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
B. Rankin (R)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (06/26/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: HB20-1396
Title: Work Force Dev Council Online Career Platform
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
- Telecommunications & Information Technology
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The state work force development
council (state council), in collaboration with the department of higher
education, the department of labor and employment, and the department
of human services (state agencies), is required to implement and maintain
a free online platform (platform) to provide Coloradans with personalized

information to assist them in making career and education planning
decisions; except that this requirement is subject to available
appropriations or money from other sources. The state council and the
state agencies may conduct outreach and training for the individuals who
provide career counseling and for the public to promote awareness of the
platform.
For the purposes of implementing and maintaining the platform,
the state council may receive money from other state agencies, the general
assembly may appropriate money to the state council, and the state
council may solicit, accept, and expend gifts, grants, and donations. The
state council may transfer any money appropriated by the general
assembly for the purposes of the platform to the department of higher
education to implement and maintain the platform, to disseminate
information regarding the platform, and to provide training about the
platform.
The governor's office of information technology (office) is
required to ensure that the platform complies with state and federal
information technology security and privacy requirements and standards.
To ensure such compliance, the office is required to ensure that the
contract for the platform includes a requirement that the vendor conduct
an external security assessment that complies with the office's
requirements and standards and that the assessment and remediation plan
be shared with the office. In addition, the state auditor may, in his or her
discretion, conduct an audit or assessment of the online platform and of
the administration and maintenance of the platform.
The authority to implement and maintain the platform is repealed,
effective June 30, 2025. Before the repeal, the joint technology committee
is required to assess the impact, effectiveness, and compliance with state
and federal information technology requirements and standards of the
platform and to make a recommendation to the general assembly
regarding whether to continue the platform.
The bill specifies that the department of higher education shall
provide certain notice that it is already required by law to provide to
certain students and parents of students in Colorado, through the
platform. In addition, the bill repeals requirements that each board of
education and the state charter school institute ensure that students in the
sixth grade are registered with a previously used online platform, known
as College in Colorado.
The bill repeals the talent pipeline cash fund and authorizes the
general assembly to appropriate money from the general fund to the state
council for the purposes of the state council. The bill also specifies that
state council requirements related to career pathways are subject to
available appropriation or money from other sources.
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House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Rankin (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (06/26/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-001
Title: Expand Behavioral Health Training For K-12 Educators
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Human Services
Official Summary

School Safety Committee. The bill requires the department of
education (department) to offer a train the trainer program (program)
designed to improve school culture, promote youth behavioral and mental
health, and prepare attendees to teach a youth behavioral and mental
health training course. The department must make the program available
to employees of a school district, charter school, or board of cooperative

services (local education provider). A local education provider and its
employees are not required to participate in the program. The department
may enter into an agreement with an organization to provide the program.
The department is required to annually evaluate the effectiveness of the
program. The general assembly is required to annually appropriate up to
$1 million for the program. The program is repealed June 30, 2024.
The program must include evidence-based instruction on, and
prepare an attendee to teach a youth behavioral and mental health training
course that includes, any of the following subjects:
  • Using trauma-informed approaches to improve overall
school climate and culture;
  • Identifying behavioral and mental health challenges and
substance use disorders;
  • Restorative practices for addressing youth behavioral and
mental health challenges;
  • Improving youth social and emotional health;
  • Bullying prevention and intervention strategies;
  • Encouraging positive bystander behavior;
  • Best practices for providing assistance in noncrisis
situations;
  • De-escalation of crisis situations; or
  • Identifying and accessing available behavioral and mental
health resources and substance use disorder support
services and treatment.

House SponsorsE. Sirota (D)
K. Van Winkle (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
Position
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments (05/28/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-002
Title: Rural Economic Development Initiative Grant Program
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
Official Summary

The bill creates the rural economic development initiative (REDI)
grant program in the department of local affairs (department) to provide
grants for projects that create new jobs through a new employer or the
expansion of an existing employer and for projects that create diversity
and resiliency in the local economies of rural communities. The
department is required to administer the REDI grant program in

collaboration with the Colorado office of economic development.
Entities eligible to receive REDI grant program money include
local governments and organizations or individuals working in
partnership with a local government, where the local government serves
as the grant administrator, including intergovernmental agencies, councils
of government, housing authorities, beginning farmers, the Southern Ute
Indian Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, nonprofit economic
development organizations, and private employers.
The bill specifies criteria that the department is required to
consider when evaluating grant applications and requires the department
to prioritize applications that would create new jobs. The bill specifies the
types of projects for which REDI grants may be awarded to eligible
recipients and requires grant recipients to provide matching funds.
If the department determines that a rural community needs
resources or assistance because it has been impacted by a significant
economic event or an anticipated event that has been announced, the
department may use all or a portion of the money appropriated for the
purposes of the REDI grant program for the purposes of the Rural
Economic Advancement of Colorado Towns (REACT) Act.
The executive director of the department is required to adopt
policies and procedures for the administration of the REDI grant program
and is also required to produce a report summarizing the use of all money
that was awarded as grants from the REDI grant program in the preceding
fiscal year.

House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
B. Buentello (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
D. Coram (R)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (06/29/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-004
Title: Postsecondary Education Loan Repayment Assistance
Bill Subject- Higher Education
Official Summary

The bill creates the Get on Your Feet Student Loan Repayment
Assistance Program to provide no more than 24 monthly payments on a
qualified loan on behalf of a qualified recipient.
A qualified recipient is required to satisfy eligibility and program
participation requirements.

The department of higher education is required to administer the
program pursuant to guidelines promulgated by the commission on higher
education.
A person who received a program award but did not satisfy all
eligibility and program participation requirements may be required to
fully or partially reimburse the state.

House SponsorsL. Herod (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate SponsorsS. Fenberg (D)
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/10/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-006
Title: Amend Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative
Bill Subject- Higher Education
Official Summary

Making Higher Education Attainable Interim Study
Committee. The bill amends provisions relating to the Colorado
opportunity scholarship initiative, including:
  • Removing the definition of tuition assistance and
replacing it with a definition for financial assistance that

is tied to cost of attendance, as defined in the bill, and
making amendments throughout to reflect the changed
terms;
  • Removing the statutory restriction that not more than 10%
of money in the fund in any fiscal year may be awarded to
state agencies and nonprofit organizations for student
success and support services and for other services, and the
requirement that a certain percentage of the money
awarded for student success and support services and for
other services be awarded to nongovernmental entities;
  • Removing the requirement that the initiative be
administered from existing personnel;
  • Changing the current provision that, to the extent
practicable, scholarships must be equally distributed
between students who are eligible for federal PELL grants
and students within a certain range of income. Instead, the
bill requires scholarships to be equitably distributed
between students with an expected family contribution, as
defined in the bill, of less than 100% of the annual federal
PELL grant award and students with an expected family
contribution between 100% and 250% of the annual federal
PELL grant award.
  • Removing references to obsolete reports and requirements.
The bill appropriates $5 million to the Colorado opportunity
scholarship initiative fund to implement the initiative.

House SponsorsC. Kipp (D)
M. Baisley (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
T. Story (D)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (03/20/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-009
Title: Expand Adult Education Grant Program
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Official Summary

Under existing law, the adult education and literacy grant program
(grant program) is focused on workforce development partnerships to
provide adult education that leads to increased levels of employment. The
bill recognizes that, in addition to increasing employment, adult education
is necessary to ensure an adult population that is better prepared to
support the educational attainment of the next generation and actively

participate as citizens in a democratic society.
The bill expands the grant program to provide grants to adult
education providers that enter into an education attainment partnership
with elementary and secondary education providers or higher education
providers to assist adults in attaining basic literacy and numeracy skills
that lead to additional skill acquisition, that may lead to postsecondary
credentials and employment, and that assist adults in providing academic
support to their own children or to children for whom they provide care.
The bill allows the state board of education, in awarding grants, to give
preference to adult education programs that serve populations that are
underserved by federal funding.

House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
M. Catlin (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
B. Rankin (R)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (07/08/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-014
Title: Excused Absences In Public Schools For Behavioral Health
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Official Summary

School Safety Committee. Current law requires school districts
to adopt a written policy setting forth the school district's attendance
requirements. The bill requires the policy to include excused absences for
behavioral health concerns.

House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
L. Cutter (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (03/23/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-015
Title: Student Access To Transportation To Other Schools
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Official Summary

The bill allows a school district to provide transportation, or
reimburse a parent or guardian for providing transportation, to the schools
of its district to a student from any other Colorado school district who is

enrolled in its schools, if the student is, or has been in the preceding
school year, eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch under the national
school lunch program or who is a student with a disability and who is, or
was in the preceding school year, receiving special education services.

House SponsorsS. Humphrey (R)
Senate SponsorsO. Hill (R)
Position
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/19/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-029
Title: Cost Of Living Adjustment For Colorado Works Program
Bill Subject- Human Services
Official Summary

For the state fiscal year commencing July 1, 2020, the amount of
basic cash assistance a Colorado works program recipient (recipient)
receives must equal or exceed 100% of the amount of basic cash
assistance in 2019 plus 10%.
Commencing July 1, 2021, the department must annually increase

the amount of basic cash assistance a recipient receives by a cost of living
adjustment equal to 1.5% or the federal social security administration's
cost of living adjustment that year, whichever is greater.
The joint budget committee (JBC) must review the sustainability
of the Colorado long-term works reserve to fund the cost of living
adjustment, and, if the JBC deems necessary, identify additional sources
of funding.

House SponsorsJ. Coleman (D)
M. Duran (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
D. Moreno (D)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (07/02/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-031
Title: Improve Student Success Innovation Pilot
Bill Subject- Higher Education
Official Summary

Making Higher Education Attainable Interim Study
Committee. The bill creates the improve student success innovation pilot

program (pilot program) in the department of higher education
(department) to implement a program designed to incentivize
collaboration among multiple institutions of higher education to improve
student success and increase the number of students who complete
postsecondary education.
When selecting a program or programs for the pilot program, the
department and commission on higher education (commission) shall
prioritize program proposals that address common barriers to student
success and the completion of postsecondary education, as well as other
factors.
The department and commission shall submit an annual report to
the joint budget committee of the general assembly and the education
committees of the house of representatives and the senate regarding the
efficacy of the program.
The general assembly shall appropriate $20 million each year for
the 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 fiscal years, from the general fund to
the department to distribute to the state institutions of higher education
selected to implement their projects.
The pilot program repeals on July 1, 2024.

House SponsorsT. Sullivan (D)
C. Kipp (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
T. Story (D)
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/10/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-054
Title: Rural Development Grant Program Creation
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
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 or for the programmatic expenses of economic
development organizations that help promote early stage rural businesses.

Early stage rural businesses must be at the seed stage of capital financing,
have raised less than $500,000 of third-party capital, and must be able to
provide nonstate matching funding equal to at least 1/3 of the grant
award. Grants to the early stage rural businesses 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 SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely (02/06/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-066
Title: Highly Effective Teachers And Low-performing Schools
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Official Summary


The bill creates the highly effective teacher incentives program
(program) to enable school districts, boards of cooperative services that
operate public schools, and charter schools (local education providers) to
offer salary bonuses to attract highly effective teachers to teach in
elementary, middle, or junior high schools that are implementing priority
improvement or turnaround plans (low-performing schools).
The department of education (department) and the state board of
education (state board) will implement the program by distributing grants
in 2-year cycles. The amount of a grant is based on the number of highly
effective teachers who meet the requirements for receiving salary bonuses
and are employed by local education providers in low-performing
schools. Each local education provider that applies and meets the
requirements for a grant will receive a grant, subject to available
appropriations. A local education provider may use the grant only to pay
nonbase-building salary bonuses to eligible highly effective teachers. A
local education provider that receives a grant and is already paying
incentives to highly effective teachers who teach in low-performing
schools must pay the bonuses funded by the grant money in addition to
the other incentives.
A highly effective teacher must meet specified criteria to receive
the salary bonus. The amount of the salary bonus depends on whether the
teacher was working in a high-performing local education provider and
changed employment to work in a low-performing school or is continuing
to work in a low-performing school and whether the highly effective
teacher works in a low-performing elementary, middle, or junior high
school.
The bill creates the highly effective teacher incentives fund (fund),
which consists of a one-time appropriation of $4 million from the state
education fund. The state board will disburse approximately one-half of
the money in the fund in the first grant cycle and approximately one-half
of the money in a second grant cycle.
By December 15, 2025, the department must submit to the
education committees of the general assembly a report concerning the
implementation and effectiveness of the program.

House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
L. Saine (R)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
Position
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (01/29/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-074
Title: Bonuses For Highly Effective Teachers
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
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 to the department a report concerning its
use of the money, 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 SponsorsD. Williams (R)
Senate SponsorsP. Lundeen (R)
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (02/11/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-081
Title: School Information For Apprenticeship Directory
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Labor & Employment
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of labor and employment to
collaborate with the department of education to include in the Colorado
state apprenticeship resource directory the name and contact information
for at least one designated apprenticeship training program contact for
every public high school and school district.

House SponsorsT. Sullivan (D)
C. Larson (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
J. Bridges (D)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (03/20/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-089
Title: Educator Pay Raise Fund
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Official Summary

The bill creates the educator pay raise program (program) to
provide funding to school districts and charter schools to assist them in
increasing their minimum teacher salaries to the district required
minimum teacher salary amount specified in the bill and the minimum
hourly wage paid to other employees to the district required minimum

hourly wage amount specified in the bill. A school district or charter
school that seeks to participate in the program must submit an application
to the department of education (department) that meets the requirements
specified in the bill. A school district or charter school may choose to
participate to increase minimum teacher salaries or the minimum hourly
wage, or both. The department shall review the applications and
recommend to the state board of education (state board) those applicants
that should be selected to participate in the program. In selecting program
participants, the department and the state board must prioritize those
applicants that demonstrate the greatest financial need. The bill specifies
criteria to apply in determining the prioritization. As a condition of
participating in the program, each participant seeking to increase teacher
salaries must increase its minimum teacher salary to the district required
minimum teacher salary amount and each participant seeking to increase
the hourly wage must increase its minimum hourly wage to the district
required minimum hourly wage amount. In the first year in which a
school district or charter school participates, the amount required for the
increases is paid through the program. In the second and subsequent years
of participation, each program participant is required to contribute an
increasing amount of matching money while the amount that the program
participant receives is decreased over time. The department determines
the amount of matching money and the amount that a program participant
receives based on schedules for increasing teacher salaries and schedules
for increasing the hourly wage adopted by rule of the state board. A
program participant may continue participating in the program so long as
the participant meets the matching money requirement and continues to
qualify for the program. A program participant no longer qualifies for the
program when the department determines that the participant has
sufficient resources to pay the district required minimum teacher salary
amount or the district required minimum hourly wage amount or both, as
applicable, without assistance.
The bill creates the educator pay raise fund (fund), which consists
of the greater of 10% or $15 million of the gross income annually earned
on the public school lands and any other money that the general assembly
may appropriate or transfer to the fund.
Beginning in the 2022 regular legislative session, the department
shall include in its annual report to the joint education committee
information concerning implementation of the program.

House SponsorsS. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
L. Garcia (D)
Position
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments (05/28/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-095
Title: Middle School Students Concurrent Enrollment Information
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Official Summary

The bill directs the community college system to work with school
districts and charter schools to provide information to the parents of
students enrolled in grades 6 through 8 concerning concurrent enrollment
opportunities available in grades 9 through 12.

House SponsorsR. Bockenfeld (R)
J. Coleman (D)
Senate SponsorsC. Holbert (R)
L. Garcia (D)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (06/29/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-111
Title: School Transportation Grant Program
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Official Summary

The bill creates the school transportation grant program (grant
program) in the department of education (department) to provide grant
awards to public schools or school districts to increase transportation
services to students.
The state board of education is required to promulgate rules
necessary for the implementation of the grant program.

The department shall award grants subject to available
appropriations.

House SponsorsM. Soper (R)
D. Valdez (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Hisey (R)
Position
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/12/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-112
Title: College Trust Scholarship For Early Graduation
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Higher Education
Official Summary

The bill creates the college trust scholarship program (scholarship
program) in the department of higher education (department) to disburse
scholarship awards to institutions of higher education, as defined in the
bill, on behalf of eligible graduates who are awarded a high school
diploma from a Colorado public high school prior to enrolling in the

fourth year of high school.
The savings to the state due to the student graduating high school
early is used for the scholarship award and to add money to the state
education fund to eliminate the budget stabilization factor applied to total
program funding under the public school finance formula.
The scholarship award is equal to the greater of a portion of the
average state share amount of the statewide average per pupil funding for
public elementary and secondary schools or $3,000. The scholarship
award is disbursed to the postsecondary program on behalf of the eligible
graduate and may be used for the eligible graduate's cost of attendance for
the postsecondary program, as determined by the department.
An eligible graduate must enroll in a postsecondary program by the
eligible graduate's twenty-first birthday or the eligible graduate forfeits
the award; except that the department has the ability to waive this
requirement in exceptional or unforseen circumstances. An eligible
graduate may continue to use any unused portion of the scholarship award
until the eligible graduate's twenty-sixth birthday, at which time the
unused portion of the scholarship award is forfeited. Forfeited scholarship
awards are transferred to the state education fund to be used first to
eliminate the budget stabilization factor in the public school finance
formula.
The bill requires the department to report annually to certain
committees of the general assembly certain information relating to the
scholarship program.
The bill creates the college trust scholarship fund and specifies the
characteristics of the fund. Interest and income from the fund and any
money from forfeited scholarships is transferred to the state education
fund.

House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (02/13/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-120
Title: Apprentice Examinations And Professional Licenses
Bill Subject-
- Labor & Employment
- Professions & Occupations
Official Summary

The bill requires electrician apprentices and plumbing apprentices
who have been registered with their respective boards for at least 6 years
to take a license examination on a periodic basis until the apprentice
passes the examination.
The bill requires an employer, an apprenticeship program
registered with the United States department of labor's employment and
training administration, and a state apprenticeship council recognized by
the United States department of labor that employs an apprentice in

Colorado to track the number of practical training hours and, for
electrician apprentices, the classroom hours of each apprentice and
provide the information to the state electrical board or the state plumbing
board, as applicable. The boards must provide the reported information
to the department of regulatory agencies' online apprenticeship directory.

House SponsorsT. Sullivan (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (07/07/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-131
Title: Reimbursement To P-tech Schools For College Costs
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Official Summary

Beginning in the 2020-21 budget year, the bill allows a school
district, a board of cooperative services, a charter school, or the state
charter school institute (local education provider) that operates a
pathways in technology early college high school (p-tech school) to apply
to the department of education (department) for reimbursement for the
amount of tuition and fees and the costs of books and materials incurred

in enrolling p-tech school students in postsecondary courses. The amount
of the reimbursement is based on the average of the in-state tuition for
local district colleges or community colleges, depending on the type of
institution that provides the course, and is payable only for each
successfully completed course credit hour. The state board of education
must promulgate rules to implement the reimbursements. For the 2020-21
budget year and each budget year thereafter, the general assembly is
directed to appropriate at least $2 million for the amount of the
reimbursements. As part of the annual budget preparation process, the
department will report the actual amount reimbursed and the amount
expected to be reimbursed in the current and future budget years.

House SponsorsK. Mullica (D)
M. Soper (R)
Senate SponsorsM. Foote (D)
C. Holbert (R)
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/13/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-137
Title: FERPA Waiver For Behavioral Health Services
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of education (department) to make
available on the department's website to all public schools a waiver form

that a parent or legal guardian may use to waive for one school year the
provisions of the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of
1974 (FERPA), as necessary to allow school personnel to communicate
with behavioral health care providers about a student's health records. The
waiver form must include an explanation that signing the waiver is
optional. The bill requires public schools to include the waiver form in
the materials for pupil registration.

House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Gardner (R)
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Health & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely (02/12/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-143
Title: Funding Higher Education Student Transition Programs
Bill Subject- Higher Education
Official Summary

The bill establishes the higher education student transition pilot
program (pilot program) in the department of higher education
(department) to provide grants to partnering 2-year and 4-year institutions
of higher education that establish a transition program that allows
students to enroll in courses and access student services at both of the
partnering institutions. Grants are awarded for one year and are renewed

annually if the partnering institutions continue to operate a transition
program. The pilot program is repealed, effective June 30, 2026.
In order to be eligible for a grant, a 2-year institution and a 4-year
institution must enter into a memorandum of understanding to establish
a transition program. An individual institution is not eligible for a grant.
Participation in the transition program must be free for each student,
though students are responsible for tuition and fees for enrolling in
courses and using student services. A transition program must:
  • Classify each participating student as a student of both
partnering institutions and allow the student to enroll in
courses at either partnering institution;
  • Provide participating students with access to the same
student services and benefits available to a student enrolled
in either partnering institution and offer wraparound
support services; and
  • Include a comprehensive advising program to ensure that
the courses students are taking satisfy the requirements for
a degree at both the 2-year institution and the 4-year
institution.

House SponsorsM. Young (D)
Senate SponsorsT. Story (D)
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/10/2020)
Hearing Date

Bill: SB20-158
Title: Professional Training For Educators
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Official Summary

The bill makes changes to the assistance programs that are
designed to increase the number of educators within the state, especially
in rural school districts, by:
  • Expanding the educator loan forgiveness program by
making it available to individuals who graduate from any
preparation program that leads to educator licensure and

removing the limitation of no more than 100 new
participants per year;
  • Clarifying that a stipend provided to teacher candidates in
rural areas does not constitute student financial assistance;
and
  • Clarifying that a teaching fellow may choose to have a
teaching fellowship program stipend awarded as student
financial assistance or wages for employment.
The bill amends the program requirements that the department of
higher education and the Colorado commission on higher education
(commission) must review when approving educator preparation
programs (programs). Under existing law, following a review, the
commission may approve a program, place the program on probation
status, or terminate the program. The bill adds the option of granting the
program conditional approval and directs the commission to adopt
policies regarding how long a program may remain on conditional
approval or probation and how a program is moved from one approval
level to another. A program that receives conditional approval may
continue accepting new students, but a program on probationary status
cannot accept new students.
Under existing law, the state board of education (state board)
reviews the content of educator preparation programs to ensure the
content prepares teachers to meet the teacher quality standards and qualify
for licensure. The bill clarifies that the state board, based on the content
review, may recommend that an educator preparation program be placed
on conditional approval or probation and that the commission must work
with the state board in determining the status of educator preparation
programs.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (06/30/2020)
Hearing Date
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