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H_ED_2021A 05/13/2021 02:25:36 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
Date 05/13/2021
Attendance
Baisley X
Caraveo X
Geitner X
Kipp X
Larson X
Lontine X
Michaelson Jenet *
Young X
McLachlan X
Time 02:25:36 PM to 05:38:21 PM
Place Old State Library
This Meeting was called to order by McLachlan
This Report was prepared by Nina Forbes
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB21-1304 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
SB21-172 Lay Over
HB21-1295 Lay Over

HB21-1304 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


02:25:55 PM  
Speaker Garnett and
Representative Sirota and introduced House Bill 21-1304. The bill creates
the new Department of Early Childhood and establishes a transition working
group and advisory group to adopt a transition plan for the new department
as well as recommendations for a statewide, voluntary preschool program.
 
02:44:41 PM  
Lisa Humberd, representing Consortium of Directors of Special Education, testified to amend the bill.
02:44:55 PM  
Gini Pingenot, representing
Colorado Counties, Inc., testified in a neutral position on the bill.
02:48:44 PM  
Anna-Jo Haynes, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
02:53:42 PM  
Diana Herrera, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
02:58:46 PM  
Lorena Garcia, representing Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition, testified in support of the bill.
03:02:01 PM  
Jeanne McQueeney, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
03:09:16 PM  
George Welsh, representing Canon City Schools, testified in support of the bill.
03:12:39 PM  
Adeeb Khan, representing
Delta Dental of Colorado, Colorado Succeeds, Executives Partnering to Invest
in Children, and the Early Childhood Leadership Commission, testified in
support of the bill.
03:16:05 PM  
Melissa Colsman, representing Colorado Department of Education, was available to answer committee questions.
03:19:54 PM  
Mary Alice Cohen,
representing the Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado
Office of Early Childhood, was available to answer questions.

03:19:55 PM  
Additional written testimony is available as Attachment A.
03:19:57 PM  
Speaker Garnett and
Representative Sirota introduced and explained amendment L.001 (Attachment
B).


03:24:09 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Kipp
Seconded Larson
Baisley
Caraveo
Geitner
Kipp
Larson
Lontine
Michaelson Jenet
Young
McLachlan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:24:11 PM  
Speaker Garnett and
Representative Sirota gave closing remarks on the bill.


03:32:58 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1304, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Kipp
Seconded Larson
Baisley No
Caraveo Yes
Geitner No
Kipp Yes
Larson Yes
Lontine Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Young Yes
McLachlan Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-172 - Lay Over


03:33:12 PM  
Representatives Ortiz and Gonzales-Gutierrez, co-sponsors, introduced Senate Bill 21-172. The bill creates the Educator Pay Raise Cash Fund.
03:50:01 PM  
The bill sponsors
responded to questions from the committee.
04:02:10 PM  
Robert Mitchell and
Emma McCann, representing Rural Education, testified in support of the
bill.
04:06:29 PM  
Amie Baca-Oehlert,
representing the Colorado Education Association, testified in support of
the bill.
04:09:47 PM  
Lara Center, representing Jeffco Education Support Professionals Association (JESPA), testified in support of the bill.
04:13:31 PM  
Daniel Pollert, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
04:16:49 PM  
The bill sponsors requested that the bill be laid over for action only at a later date.



HB21-1295 - Lay Over


04:37:34 PM  
The chair laid over
House Bill 21-1295 to a later date.


05:38:21 PM   The committee adjourned.






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