Every year from mid-January to early May, 100 state senators and representatives gather at the State Capitol to learn about critical issues facing our state, debate and vote on legislation, and create and balance the Colorado state budget. While the legislature is in session, check this page to see updates on what's happening at the Capitol for early childhood.
|Bill Number||Title||Bill Sponsors||Bill Summary||Status|
|HB18-1064||Training Program Prevention Child Sexual Abuse||Rep. Michaelson- Jennet |Sens. Coram & Fields||The bill directs the Colorado children's trust fund board to develop and administer a training program to prevent child sexual abuse (program) for early childhood providers and others who interact with young children. It concerns a training program to prevent child sexual abuse for persons who work with young children in some capacity as part of their employment, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.||Passed, Signed by Governor 5/24/2018|
|HB18-1335||County Child Care Assistance Program Block Grants||Rep. Young | Sen. Lundeberg||This bill created significant changes to how funds are allocated for each county and increased consistency of program implementation statewide. It sets a new statewide floor, up from 165% of the Federal Poverty Level to 185% of the Federal Poverty Level; extends post-eligibility period to 12 months, and restricts county opt outs from state rates and income/eligibility setting. It also allows for longer periods of non-temporary disruptions in eligible activities.||Passed, Signed by Governor 6/6/2018|
|HB18-1004||Continue Child Care Contribution Tax Credit||Reps. Coleman & Wilson| Sens. Tate & Kefalas||This bill reauthorizes the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit (CCCTC), which allows a taxpayer who makes a monetary contribution to promote child care in the state to receive an income tax credit that is equal to 50 percent of the total value of the contribution. This credit is set to expire at the end of next year and the bill extends the credit for five years. The CCTC is available to taxpayers who contribute to child care, foster care, youth shelters, residential treatment centers, before- and after-school programming, and grant programs to help families afford child care outside of school hours.||Passed, Signed by Governor 5/30/2018|
|HB18-1006||Infant Newborn Screening||Reps. Hamner & Liston | Sens. Gardner & Moreno||All babies born in the United States receive voluntary newborn screening through state-managed programs. Newborn screening helps in the early identification of potentially life-threatening genetic and metabolic conditions as well as hearing loss. This bill would update the Colorado screening law to strengthen genetic and metabolic screening, require the state laboratory to be open for six days a week to ensure the timeliness and results of the screenings, and enhances follow-up services among families and medical providers after screenings are completed. The bill also creates a newborn hearing screening fund to ensure that there are sufficient follow-up services available for families who need to be rescreened for hearing loss.||Passed, Signed by Governor 6/4/2018|
|HB18-1208||Expand Child Care Expenses Income Tax Credit||Reps. Duran & Winter| Sen. Martinez Humenik||The bill expands the current Child Care Expenses Income Tax Credit to additional middle-income families. Currently, an individual or family with a federal adjusted gross income of $60,000 or less is allowed a state income tax credit for child care expenses that is a percentage of their federal tax credit. The amount of the state credit depends on their income. The bill would expand the state credit by allowing a resident earning below $150,000 a year to claim a tax credit for child care expenses at 80 percent of the federal tax credit.||Passed, Signed by Governor 5/22/2018|
|SB18-013||Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act||Sens. Fields & Gardner| Rep. Jenet||Colorado law provides lunches at no charge to public school children in pre-K through fifth grade who would otherwise have to pay for a reduced-price lunch. This bill would extend the grade of eligibility to eighth grade. A wide body of research supports the health and educational benefits of providing children a healthy and nutritious lunch at school, which reduces food insecurity, obesity rates, and poor health outcomes for kids. Pre-adolescence is a period of nutritional vulnerability; children in middle school require sufficient calories and a well-balanced diet for developmental growth.||Passed, Signed by Governor 5/29/2018|