The bill codifies the existing Colorado refugee services program (program) that is administered by the state department of human services (department) pursuant to a 1994 executive order. The executive order designates the department as the state agency responsible for the development, review, and administration of Colorado's refugee services plan (state plan), in accordance with Title IV of the federal "Immigration and Nationality Act", as amended by the federal "Refugee Act of 1980". The program receives federal grant money.
The bill establishes the program in the department and designates the department as the agency responsible for the development, review, and administration of the state plan. The program must be administered in accordance with the state plan and must include certain services and assistance for refugees. The program may provide additional services and assistance to support refugee resettlement and integration. The general assembly is permitted to appropriate money to the department for the administration of the program.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)