4 More Bills to Tackle Teacher Shortage Advance

April 24, 2018

(April 23) – Four Democratic-sponsored bills to address Colorado’s chronic teacher shortage passed the House Education Committee today, for a total of six bills in the 2018 legislative process that seek to make it easier to attract and retain teachers. “In Colorado we have 3,000 teacher positions unfilled,” said Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango. “These bills

Equal Pay Bills Take Next Steps

April 24, 2018

(April 23) – The House Finance Committee approved two bills today to help close the wage gap in Colorado. Currently, the gender wage gap is projected to not close until 2057 in Colorado and 2059 nationally. “Women are the sole breadwinners in seventy-five percent of hardworking families in Colorado,” Rep. Buckner said. “We are fighting for

House OKs Extension of Esgar’s Jobs Bill

April 20, 2018

(April 20) – Rep. Daneya Esgar’s bipartisan bill to extend a program to prepare students for middle-skill jobs won final House approval today. The House voted 47-14 for HB18-1266, sponsored by Rep. Esgar, D-Pueblo, with Rep. Jim Wilson, R-Salida. It would extend a pilot program begun by her in 2016 to incentivize school districts to

House OKs Enhanced Youth Suicide Prevention Campaign

April 20, 2018

(April 20) – The House gave final passage today to Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet’s bill for a coordinated statewide campaign to reduce youth suicide in Colorado. “Suicide prevention does not happen at the moment of suicidality, it happens long before someone reaches crisis stage,” Rep. Michaelson Jenet said. “This bill takes a multifaceted approach to

House Passes 3 Bills on Dems’ Opioid Epidemic Agenda

April 20, 2018

(April 19) – Three major components of the House Democrats’ effort to combat the epidemic of opioid addiction in Colorado won voice-vote approval in the House tonight. HB18-1136 is Rep. Brittany Pettersen’s bill for a tenfold increase in residential and inpatient substance abuse treatment through Medicaid coverage, mostly by drawing down federal funds. Currently, Medicaid

2018 School Finance Bill Passes House

April 20, 2018

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

Herod Responds to Latest GOP Effort to Weaken CCRD

April 20, 2018

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

House Renews Advanced Industries Export Program

April 20, 2018

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

House OKs Bridges Bill Cracking Down on Data Breaches

April 20, 2018

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

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