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H_ED_2024A 02/29/2024 01:46:44 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
Date 02/29/2024
Attendance
Bacon X
Bradfield X
Hamrick X
Hartsook X
Lukens X
Pugliese X
Story X
Wilson X
Young X
Martinez X
McLachlan X
Time 01:46:44 PM to 06:41:39 PM
Place HCR 0107
This Meeting was called to order by McLachlan
This Report was prepared by Katie Ruedebusch
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB24-1164 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
HB24-1070 Postponed Indefinitely
HB24-1323 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB24-1131 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB24-1154 Referred to the Committee of the Whole

HB24-1164 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations

01:46:55 PM  
Reps. Titone and Willford introduced House Bill 24-1164. The bill requires that local education providers provide free menstrual products to students and modifies the menstrual hygiene grant program. The sponsors answered committee questions.
01:48:59 PM  
Written testimony may be found in Attachment A.
02:17:55 PM  
Diane Cushman Neal, representing Justice Necessary, testified in support of the bill. Michelle Weinraub, representing Cherry Creek Schools, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Emily Swisher, representing The Junior League of Denver, testified in support of the bill. Liana Shinbein, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
02:29:46 PM  
Michelle Murphy,
representing the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance, testified in opposition
to the bill. Melissa Gibson, representing the Colorado Association of School
Executives, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Erin Meschke, representing
themself, testified in opposition to the bill.
02:46:02 PM  
Dr. Margaret Tomcho, representing American Academy of Pediatrics, testified in support of the bill. Dr. PJ Tran, representing American Academy of Pediatrics Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Madeline Olson, representing American Academy of Pediatrics Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
03:09:34 PM  
Ms. Emily Jorgensen, representing Grace Upon Grace Project, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Natalie van Zyl, representing Denver Public Schools, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Mariem Bouaziz, representing themself, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Cate Whalen, representing themself, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Abbie McAdams, representing themself, testified in support of the bill. Erin Persaud, representing i Support the Girls, testified in support of the bill. Evie Hudak, representing Colorado PTA, testified in support of the bill.
03:23:41 PM  
Ms. Mackenzie Boyd,
representing Project: Distributing Dignity, testified in support of the
bill. Dr. Danielle Varda, representing themself, testified in support of
the bill. Ms. Louise Myrland, representing The Women's Foundation of Colorado,
testified in support of the bill. Mary Parker, representing themself, testified
in support of the bill. Ms. Kallie Leyba, representing American Federation
of Teachers Colorado, testified in support of the bill.



03:36:54 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment B)
Moved Martinez
Seconded Hamrick
Bacon
Bradfield
Hamrick
Hartsook
Lukens
Pugliese
Story
Wilson
Young
Martinez
McLachlan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:38:46 PM  
Anna Gerstle, Legislative Council Staff, came to the table to answer the committee questions.


03:40:13 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment C)
Moved Martinez
Seconded Hamrick
Bacon
Bradfield
Hamrick
Hartsook
Lukens
Pugliese
Story
Wilson
Young
Martinez
McLachlan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:42:48 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment D)
Moved Martinez
Seconded Hamrick
Bacon
Bradfield
Hamrick
Hartsook
Lukens
Pugliese
Story
Wilson
Young
Martinez
McLachlan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:43:58 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.005 (Attachment E)
Moved Martinez
Seconded Hamrick
Bacon
Bradfield
Hamrick
Hartsook
Lukens
Pugliese
Story
Wilson
Young
Martinez
McLachlan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:44:00 PM  
The sponsors gave some closing remarks.


04:09:48 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 24-1164, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Martinez
Seconded Bacon
Bacon Yes
Bradfield No
Hamrick Yes
Hartsook No
Lukens Yes
Pugliese No
Story Yes
Wilson No
Young Yes
Martinez Yes
McLachlan Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB24-1070 - Postponed Indefinitely




04:19:06 PM
Motion Postpone House Bill 24-1070 indefinitely.
Moved Martinez
Seconded Hamrick
Bacon Yes
Bradfield Yes
Hamrick Yes
Hartsook Excused
Lukens Excused
Pugliese Yes
Story Excused
Wilson Yes
Young Yes
Martinez Yes
McLachlan Yes
Final YES: 8   NO: 0   EXC: 3   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB24-1323 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

04:19:17 PM  
Reps. Velasco and
Hernandez introduced House Bill 24-1323. The bill allows students at preschools,
public schools, charter schools and institutions of higher education to
wear items of cultural or religious significance during graduation ceremonies.
They distributed a factsheet to the committee (Attachment F). The sponsors
answered several committee questions.
04:26:46 PM  
Written testimony may be found in Attachment G.
04:33:08 PM  
Catherine Ordonez, representing American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Alan Munoz, representing Voces Unidas, testified in support of the bill. Dilpreet Jammu, representing The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Raven Payment, representing themself, testified in support of the bill. Jasmin Ramirez, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
04:44:15 PM  
Michelle Murphy,
representing the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance, testified to amend the
bill. Wendy Birhanzel, representing the Pikes Peak Area School District
Alliance, testified in opposition to the bill.  The panelists responded
to questions from the committee.
04:45:22 PM  
Dr. Tobias Guzman, representing themself, testified in support of the bill. Naomi Pena, representing themself, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Maryori Guzman, representing Young Invincibles, testified in support of the bill. Alex Sanchez, representing Voces Unidas de Las Montanas, testified in support of the bill.
05:03:04 PM  
Miguel Garcia, representing
Young Invincibles, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Erika Leon, representing
the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights,
testified in support of the bill. Melanie Kesner, representing Young Invincibles,
testified in support of the bill. Evie Hudak, representing Colorado PTA,
testified in support of the bill.

05:07:14 PM  
Kathy Dorman, representing
themself, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Nadine Bridges, representing
One Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Nayeli Banuelos, representing
themself, testified in support of the bill.


05:23:33 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment H)
Moved Bacon
Seconded Hamrick
Bacon
Bradfield
Hamrick
Hartsook
Lukens
Pugliese
Story
Wilson
Young
Martinez
McLachlan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


05:25:32 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment I)
Moved Lukens
Seconded Hamrick
Bacon
Bradfield
Hamrick
Hartsook
Lukens
Pugliese
Story
Wilson
Young
Martinez
McLachlan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


05:27:12 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.005 (Attachment J)
Moved Hamrick
Seconded McLachlan
Bacon
Bradfield
Hamrick
Hartsook
Lukens
Pugliese
Story
Wilson
Young
Martinez
McLachlan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
05:28:04 PM  
The sponsors gave some closing remarks.


05:39:04 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 24-1323, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Hamrick
Seconded Bacon
Bacon Yes
Bradfield No
Hamrick Yes
Hartsook No
Lukens Yes
Pugliese No
Story Yes
Wilson No
Young Yes
Martinez Yes
McLachlan Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB24-1131 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

05:39:16 PM  
Reps. Lukens and
Velasco introduced House Bill 24-1131. The bill allows the board of trustees
for certain local college districts to increase their size and designate
at-large districts.  The sponsors distributed a handout to the committee
(Attachment K) and answered committee questions.
05:41:59 PM  
Mr. Matt Gianneschi, representing Colorado Mountain College, testified in support of the bill.


05:50:42 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment L)
Moved Lukens
Seconded Hamrick
Bacon
Bradfield
Hamrick
Hartsook
Lukens
Pugliese
Story
Wilson
Young
Martinez
McLachlan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


05:52:26 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 24-1131, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Lukens
Seconded Pugliese
Bacon Excused
Bradfield Yes
Hamrick Yes
Hartsook Yes
Lukens Yes
Pugliese Yes
Story Yes
Wilson Yes
Young Yes
Martinez Yes
McLachlan Yes
Final YES: 10   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB24-1154 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


05:52:53 PM  
Reps. Weinberg and McLachlan introduced House Bill 24-1154. The bill allows a school district board of education to ask voters to approve bond indebtedness for the capital construction, land, or facility needs of a charter school authorized by the Charter School Institute. The sponsors answered committee questions.
05:54:06 PM  
Dr. Terry Croy Lewis, representing Colorado Charter School Institute, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Jonathan Finer, representing Ready Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Angelina Sierra-Sandoval, representing the Colorado League of Charter Schools, testified in support of the bill. Shara Korn, representing themself, testified in support of the bill. Shane Voss, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
06:16:36 PM  
Committee discussion ensued with the witnesses.
06:22:07 PM  
Alana Rosen, Office of Legislative Legal Services, came to the table to answer committee questions.
06:26:54 PM  
The sponsors gave
some closing remarks.


06:41:32 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 24-1154 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved McLachlan
Seconded Hartsook
Bacon No
Bradfield Yes
Hamrick No
Hartsook Yes
Lukens Yes
Pugliese Yes
Story No
Wilson Yes
Young Yes
Martinez Yes
McLachlan Yes
Final YES: 8   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


06:41:39 PM   The committee adjourned.






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