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Bill Detail: HB19-1239

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Title Census Outreach Grant Program
Status Governor Signed (05/23/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • State Government
House Sponsors K. Tipper (D)
Y. Caraveo (D)
Senate Sponsors K. Priola (R)
F. Winter (D)
House Committee State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 03/12/2019

In the division of local government (division) the bill creates the
2020 census outreach grant program (grant program) in the department
of local affairs (department) to provide grants to local governments,
intergovernmental agencies, councils of government, housing authorities,
school districts, and nonprofit organizations (eligible recipients) to

support the accurate counting of the population of the state for the 2020
The department, in coordination with the grant program committee
(committee), which is also created in the division, is required to
implement and administer the grant program and to develop policies and
procedures necessary for such implementation and administration.
The committee is created in the division to make recommendations
to the department regarding the policies and procedures to review grant
applications and to make recommendations to the department regarding
which applications to approve for the grant award. The committee
consists of 7 members, 3 of whom are appointed by the governor and 4
of whom are appointed, one each, by the speaker of the house of
representatives, the president of the senate, and the minority leaders of the
house of representatives and the senate.
The bill specifies that eligible recipients may use grant money to
conduct 2020 census outreach, promotion, and education to focus on
hard-to-count communities in the state and to increase the self-response
rate and accuracy of the 2020 census. Eligible recipients may also use
grant money to further award grants to other local governments,
intergovernmental agencies, councils of government, housing authorities,
school districts, or nonprofit organizations.
To receive a grant, an eligible recipient must submit an application
to the department in accordance with the policies and procedures
developed by the department. The bill specifies the information that an
application must include at a minimum.
The committee is required to review the applications received and
to make recommendations to the department regarding which grant
applications to approve. In developing its recommendations, the
committee is required to consider whether the eligible recipient will be
conducting outreach in hard-to-count communities and the size and
geographic and demographic diversity of the hard-to-count communities
in which outreach, education, and promotion of the 2020 census will
occur as provided by all eligible recipients that receive grant money.
Subject to available appropriations and in accordance with the
recommendation of the committee, the department is required to award
grants for the purposes of the grant program on or before November 1,
2019, and to distribute the grant money to eligible recipients that were
awarded grants within 30 days after the grants are awarded.
Each eligible recipient that received a grant through the grant
program is required to submit a report to the department including
information to be determined by the department. The department is
required to submit a report to the local government committees of the
senate and the house of representatives, or any successor committees, and
to the governor regarding the census outreach conducted through the
grant program.
For the 2019-20 fiscal year, the bill directs the general assembly
to appropriate $12 million to the department to award grants to eligible
recipients for the purposes of the grant program. In addition, the
department may solicit, accept, and expend gifts, grants, or donations
from private or public sources for the purposes of the grant program.
On or before May 1, 2026, and on or before May 1 every 10 years
thereafter, the department and the office of the governor are required to
develop a strategic action plan, including a discussion of necessary
funding for the plan, for outreach and promotion for a successful count
of the population in Colorado during the upcoming decennial census.

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