Earlier today, our Parent Notification bill passed out of the Colorado House on a 58 to 3 (4 Excused) vote. Under the terms of HB18-1269, districts (or other local education providers) must notify parents of charges brought against an employee who has contact with students for a list of felony offenses including child abuse, crimes of violence like murder or kidnapping, unlawful sexual contact or sexual assault.
An essential role of parents in ensuring the safety and quality of their children's education is to remain active, engaged and fully informed about what is occurring in their children's classrooms and school environment. Sadly, information parents need has not always been made available in Colorado schools as recent media reports have demonstrated.
We have been working to shape this policy from the first day of this session in January and believe the bill strikes the right balance between student protection and employee due process.
Rallied Support for 117 Fire Victims
On Thursday, Rep. Lundeen called the 117 fire to the attention of the general assembly. As many of you know, the 117 fire has been raging in southern El Paso County with the help of high winds.
At least 23 homes have burned, but thankfully there have been no reported deaths or serious injuries. Sixteen families have been displaced and hundreds of residents remain under evacuation orders.
If you or a loved one are in need of assistance, please refer to the contact information below:
Red Cross: 800-417-0495
Fire Information: 719-575-8888
Residents who have lost their homes should call: 323-8736
Click here to watch Rep Lundeen’s comments on the Colorado House Floor: https://youtu.be/Hkm1HPYM6O4?t=26m36s
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Joint Town Hall Meeting
Please join us for a joint town hall meeting to discuss the current legislative session and issues that affect House District 19, and the entire state of Colorado.
I am eager to hear your concerns for our community and our state. It is my goal to be your voice at the capitol.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Pikes Peak East Library
5550 North Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
The town hall meeting will also include State Senator Kent Lambert and State Representatives Terri Carver and Shane Sandridge. We hope to see you there!
Stay tuned for more updates throughout the session. Thank you for your continued support and engagement.