By Ed Bowditch, RMFU Government Relations For Colorado
This week, the legislature stayed busy as more bills were introduced (nearing 300!) while others passed third readings. Governor Polis’ presented his free full-day kindergarten plan to the Joint House & Senate Education committees on Wednesday, sparking conversation about how the plan will be funded and what that means for schools that already offer full-day kindergarten.
Meanwhile, legislators spent ample time debating bills impacting tobacco regulations and sexual education requirements.
Bill action this week:
- HB19-1015 Recreation Of The Colorado Water Institute – passed Senate Ag and moves to 2nd reading.
- HB19-1082 Water Rights Easements – passed House Ag and 2nd and 3rd readings.
- SB19-018 Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Age – passed Senate 3rd reading and faces House Transportation on 2/5.
- HB19-1148 Change Maximum Criminal Penalty One Year To 364 Days – assigned to Judiciary.
- HB19-1154 Patient Choice Of Pharmacy – assigned to Health & Insurance.
- HB19-1162 Expand Farm Equipment Sales And Use Tax Exemption – assigned to Finance.
Upcoming bill action:
- HB19-1113 Protect Water Quality Adverse Mining Impacts – House Rural Affairs & Ag 2/4.
- SB19-047 Remove Unauthorized Persons From Vacant Land – Senate Local Govt. 2/5.
- HB19-1132 School Incentives To Use Colorado Food And Producers – House Rural Affairs & Ag on 2/7.
- SB19-063 Infant And Family Child Care Action Plan – Senate Approps 2/8.