More Progress for Roads and Bridges, More Nurses for Colorado, and Student Protection

With your help we are already making great strides in the first weeks of the new session. The Senate bill to fix our roads and bridges without a tax increase, our bill to allow nurses to earn four-year degrees at community colleges, and our bill to protect students from abuse are making progress in committees and in the media.

Senate Roads and Bridges Bill Passed Through Committee

The Senate’s bill, SB18-001, to fund Colorado’s priority roads and bridges projects has passed through the senate committee on transportation. A failure to prioritize road funding over the past decade is the main reason why Colorado has a $9 billion road maintenance backlog. This bill puts over $3 billion towards much needed road and bridge infrastructure without costing the taxpayers more money. With this bill, we continue to press forward and fight to make the Governor’s request for a transportation tax increase unnecessary.


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Nurse Bill Gets Bipartisan Support

We have garnered support on both sides of the aisle and in the media for HB18-1086, our nurse bill, that would allow Colorado community colleges to offer four year nursing degrees. This bill will have a significant positive impact on health outcomes, and help to reduce Colorado’s nursing shortage. Click here to see the Denver Post’s recent story on the bill.

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“Parents in the Dark”

Our parent notification bill continues to move forward with support from parents, teachers, and schools. At the end of the day, we want a parent notification law that makes sure parents know what’s going on, and if their child might be in an unsafe circumstance. The Denver Channel 7 produced a short documentary on the ongoing crisis. It features interviews with key policymakers, including Representative Lundeen.

Watch it here:

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Our Student-Data Privacy Law is “The Nation’s Best”

Parents need to know that there are thousands of data points tagged for everything from a student’s race, to discipline records, to family income, to disabilities. Thanks to our Student-data privacy law from 2016, we are one step closer to protecting student information. Bob Schaffer’s column takes a retrospective look at our law, and acknowledges that although it is a bellwether, there is still work to be done.

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Stay tuned for more updates throughout the session. Thank you for your continued support and engagement.


Posted on January 27, 2018 .