January 22, Tuesday:
The bill creates the school leadership pilot program (program) to provide professional development for public elementary, middle, and high school principals. During the 2019-20 budget year, the department of education (department) is directed to design and implement the program or contract with a nonprofit entity to design and implement the program. The program must include identification of high-quality school principals who will interact with the school principals selected to receive professional development through the program. The program must also include professional development in distributive and collaborative leadership skills with the goal of improving educator retention, school climate and culture, and student outcomes.
School principals may apply to receive professional development through the program during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 budget years. The department or the contracted entity must review the applications and recommend participants to the state board of education (state board), who shall select the participants. Subject to available appropriations, the state board must provide grants to the employing entities of the school principals who participate in the program either as high-quality school principals or to receive professional development. The grants are paid from money appropriated to the school leadership pilot program fund created in the bill.
By March 15, 2020, the department must report to the education committees of the general assembly concerning the design of the program. By January 15, 2022, the department must report to the education committees concerning implementation of the program, including recommendations for whether the program should be continued.
The program is repealed, effective July 1, 2022.
The bill provides an income tax credit to eligible early childhood educators who hold an early childhood professional credential and who, for at least 6 months of the taxable year, are either the head of a family child care home or are employed with an eligible early childhood education program or a family child care home. The bill specifies that an early childhood education program must have achieved at least a level 2 quality rating under the Colorado shines quality rating and improvement system and either has fiscal agreements with the Colorado child care assistance program or is a program that meets the federal early head start or head start standards. The amount of the credit is dependent on the eligible early childhood educator’s credentialing level and is annually adjusted for inflation.
The bill adds nationally certified school psychologists as school professionals eligible for annual stipends awarded by the department of education (department) if the school psychologist meets the requirements set forth in the bill.
The bill clarifies that school counselors are school professionals who have been eligible for annual stipends awarded by the department pursuant to the same requirements for teachers and principals.
The bill corrects the name of the national board for professional teaching standards by removing the word “principal” from the title.
January 23, Wednesday:
Public Health Care & Human Services
Under current law, a medical marijuana patient is limited to having one primary caregiver at a time. The bill makes an exception for a patient who is under 18 years of age and allows each parent or guardian to serve as a primary caregiver.
The bill enacts and enters into with all other states joining therein the agreement among the states to elect the president of the United States by national popular vote (agreement). Among other provisions, the agreement:
- Permits any state of the United States and the District of Columbia to become members of the agreement by enacting the agreement;
- Requires each member state to conduct a statewide popular election for president and vice president of the United States;
- Prior to the time set for the meeting and voting of presidential electors, requires the chief election official of each member state to determine the number of votes cast for each presidential slate in a statewide popular election and to designate the presidential slate with the largest national popular vote total as the national popular vote winner;
- Requires the presidential elector certifying official of each member state to certify the appointment in that official’s own state of the elector slate nominated in that state in association with the national popular vote winner. At least 6 days before the day fixed by law for the meeting and voting by the presidential electors, requires each member state to make a final determination of the number of popular votes cast in the state for each presidential slate and to communicate an official statement of the determination within 24 hours to the chief election official of each other member state. Requires the chief election official of each member state to treat as conclusive an official statement containing the number of popular votes in a state for each presidential slate made by the day established by federal law for making a state’s final determination conclusive as to the counting of electoral votes by congress.
- Specifies that the agreement governs the appointment of presidential electors in each member state in any year in which the agreement is in effect on July 20 in states cumulatively possessing a majority of the electoral votes;
- Permits a state’s withdrawal from the agreement, except in limited circumstances;
- Specifies that the agreement will terminate if the electoral college is abolished; and
- Provides that the invalidity of any of the agreement’s provisions do not affect the remaining provisions.
The bill specifies that when the agreement becomes effective, it supersedes any conflicting provisions of Colorado law.
When the agreement becomes effective and governs the appointment of presidential electors, each presidential elector is required to vote for the presidential candidate and, by separate ballot, vice-presidential candidate nominated by the political party or political organization that nominated the presidential elector.
January 24, Thursday:
Transportation and Energy
Current law prohibits the use of wireless telephones while driving for individuals who are younger than 18 years of age. The bill:
- Extends the prohibition to drivers of all ages;
- Extends the existing prohibition of the use of wireless telephones to include all mobile electronic devices;
- Establishes the penalties as $300 and 4 points for a first violation, $500 and 6 points for a second violation, and $750 and 8 points for a third or subsequent violation;
- Creates an exception to the prohibition of the use of mobile electronic devices for drivers who use a mobile electronic device while a hands-free accessory is engaged; and
- Repeals a sentence enhancement for a violation that causes bodily injury or death.
Health & Human Services
SB19-053: California Motor Vehicle Emission Standards
Prime Sponsor: Senator John Cooke