REWARD Act Introduced in Senate

DENVER — Tuesday, the Senate introduced Senator Kevin Priola's (R-Brighton) Senate Bill 17-200, the Rewarding Excellence with Annual Redirected Dollars, or REWARD Act. 

The REWARD Act regroups all district legacy public and charter schools as "rural" or "non-rural," and rewards the top ten performers among peer district cohorts  for competitive growth and achievement. 

Under the REWARD Act, the top ten achieving school districts in each group--based on assessments and measures set forth by Department of Education--will be awarded with excellence funding. 

The Department shall distribute 35 percent of excellence funding to the top 20 performing school districts in equal shares, and 65 percent of the funding to the remaining school districts on a per-pupil basis.

The REWARD Act creates a healthy, positive competitive education atmosphere, encouraging students and teachers to excel and reach their highest potential. 

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Priola Bill to Expand Post-Secondary Options Passes Senate

 

 

DENVER — Today, the Senate approved on a bipartisan second reading vote, Senator Kevin Priola's (R-Brighton) bill to inform high school students of post-secondary educational opportunities available through military enlistment.

Under current law, Colorado charter schools are required to create an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) with students and parents. 

House Bill 17-1041 requires that Colorado charter schools discuss the benefits of military enlistment when creating ICAPS.

Colorado traditional district schools are already required to discuss the benefits of military enlistment during the creation of ICAPs, HB 1041 asks schools to encourage families to consider the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), the test for military enlistment.

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Ballot Selfies "Trending" in Senate

DENVER -- Today, the Senate, passed House Bill 17-1014, carried  by Senator Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs) on a second reading vote.

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Marble “Repeal and Repair” Bill Passes Senate Finance

DENVER —  Colorado State Senator Vicki Marble (R-Fort Collins) took a step toward restoring fairness to Colorado’s income tax credits, while increasing funding for transportation, with the Senate Finance Committee's 3-2 approval of SB-188, which repeals the state income tax credit for “innovative vehicles.”

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Bipartisan Approval for Increasing Penalties on Oil and Gas Tampering

DENVER—Today, the Senate approved President Pro Tem Jerry Sonnenberg's (R-Sterling) bill to strengthen penalties on unlawful destruction or tampering with oil and gas equipment on final passage. 

Senate Bill 17-035 helps ensure the safety of Colorado communities by increasing the penalty for tampering with, or in any way destroying sensitive oil and gas equipment. 

SB 035 increases the penalty for the existing crime from a class 2 misdemeanor to a class 6 felony.

Colorado has seen multiple cases of oil and gas tampering in recent years, the most recent involving the theft of over a

The bipartisan vote sent SB 035 to the House for approval. 

Several nearby oil producing states have seen similar acts of vandalism which often result in hazardous destruction of property and possible ecological danger to the community. In Colorado, over $250,000 in oil and gas equipment were recently stolen from a site in Weld County and in Routt County, two teens were killed in an explosion while vandalizing oil tanks.

 

 

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Republican Bill to Reduce Costs for Home Owners Passes First Test

DENVER--Today, the Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee approved Senator Owen Hill's (R-Colorado Springs) bill to reduce litigation costs for homeowners and builders on a bipartisan vote.

Senate Bill 17-156 creates a provision for construction defects litigation disputes involving a home owners association (HOA) specifying that mediation or arbitration take place. 

The bill requires that mediation or arbitration take place with a neutral third party in the judicial district in which the community is located, prior to filing a claim on behalf of the HOA.

SB 156 helps homeowners avoid the costly price of litigation while lowering backend costs for builders, creating an avenue for swift resolution and allowing for additional construction.

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Senate Approves Strengthening Penalties On Hazardous Destruction of Equipment

DENVER—Today, on a second reading vote, the Senate approved President Pro Tem Jerry Sonnenberg's (R-Sterling) bill to strengthen penalties against tampering or destroying sensitive oil and gas equipment. 

Senate Bill 17-035 takes crucial steps to ensure the safety of our communities by increasing the penalty for the dangerous existing crime of tampering with oil and gas equipment from a class 2 misdemeanor to a class 6 felony. 

The bill also adds placing another person in danger of serious injury or death to the definition of the existing crime. 

Several nearby oil producing states have seen similar acts of vandalism which often result in hazardous destruction of property and possible ecological danger to the community. In Colorado, over $250,000 in oil and gas equipment were recently stolen from a site in Weld County and in Routt County, two teens were killed in an explosion while vandalizing oil tanks.

 

 

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Tate Regulatory Relief Bill Gets Bipartisan Backing

DENVER —  State regulators would be required to conduct a much deeper analysis of how the rules they hand down can impact the operations and profitability of Colorado’s small businesses, if a bill that passed its first legislative test Monday becomes law.

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Scott Talks Transportation Priorities with Colorado Asphalt Pavers Association

Denver — During a Wednesday night appearance before the Colorado Asphalt Pavers Association, Sen Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction) told attendees that the state’s transportation problems are often misunderstood.

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Ballot Selfie Bill Gets First "Like"

Denver--Today, the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee passed House Bill 17-1014 on a bipartisan vote. 

HB 1014, sponsored by Senator Owen Hill, modifies the Uniform Election Code of 1965 to remove the provision prohibiting voters from revealing the contents of their ballot after it has been prepared. 

Current Colorado law prohibiting voters from sharing completed ballots was passed in 1891. 

18 other states have similar measures prohibiting "ballot selfies." Colorado, along with several other states, went to court in 2016 to determine the legality of these photos. 

 

 

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