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S_ED_2022A 03/31/2022 01:34:52 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
Date 03/31/2022
Attendance
Buckner X
Kirkmeyer X
Lundeen *
Priola X
Zenzinger X
Story *
Bridges X
Time 01:34:52 PM to 10:59:21 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Bridges
This Report was prepared by Rachel Kurtz-Phelan
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB22-1202 Referred to Senate Appropriations
HB22-1255 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
HB22-1295 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

HB22-1202 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


01:35:37 PM  
Senators Zenzinger
and Coleman, co-sponsors, introduced House Bill 22-1202. The bill creates
a new at-risk measure in the school finance formula, and establishes a
working group to determine how the new measure will be implemented. The
sponsors answered several committee questions.
01:50:03 PM  
Kristin Blagg, representing
herself, testified in a neutral position on the bill and discussed her
work on the issue.
01:51:47 PM  
Leslie Colwell, representing
the Colorado Children's Campaign, testified in support of the bill.  Benjamin
Teevan, representing Opportunity Coalition, Stand for Children Colorado,
and Fostering Colorado testified in support of the bill.  Jared Gregorio,
representing Democrats for Education Reform, testified in support of the
bill.  Brenda Dickhoner, representing Ready Colorado, testified in
support of the bill.
02:03:29 PM  
Dawn Fritz, representing
the Colorado Parent Teacher Association, testified in support of the bill.
 Naomi  Amaha, representing the Denver Foundation, testified
in support of the bill.  Amie Baca-Oehlert, representing Colorado
Education Association, testified in support of the bill.  Written
testimony may be found in Attachment A.


02:14:17 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1202 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Story
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Lundeen Excused
Priola Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Story Yes
Bridges Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB22-1255 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


02:16:23 PM  
Senators Zenzinger
and Kirkmeyer, co-sponsors, introduced House Bill 22-1255.  The bill
requires data collection concerning disabled students and higher education
and creates an advisory committee in the Department of Higher Education.
 The sponsors answered several committee questions.
02:18:55 PM  
Carl Einhaus, representing
the Colorado Department of Higher Education, testified in support of the
bill.  Sam Jarris, representing himself, testified in support of the
bill.  Frank Kane, representing himself, testified in support of the
bill.  Written testimony may be found in Attachment B.

02:37:18 PM  
Jennifer Woegens,
representing Arapahoe Community College, testified to amend the bill.  Melissa
Cermak, representing Metropolitan State University of Denver, testified
in support of the bill.  Michael Neil, representing Colorado Cross-Disability
Coalition, testified in support of the bill.  Giovanna Burno, representing
Young Invincibles, testified in support of the bill.



02:48:55 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1255 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Kirkmeyer
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Lundeen Yes
Priola Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Story Yes
Bridges Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB22-1295 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


02:49:40 PM  
The committee took
a brief recess.
03:00:09 PM  
The committee came
back to order.  Senator Buckner and President Fenberg, co-sponsors,
introduced House Bill 22-1295.  The bill establishes the duties for
the Department of Early Childhood, moves existing programs to the new department,
and establishes the new universal preschool program.  The sponsors
answered several committee questions.
03:17:03 PM  
Committee discussion
continued with the bill sponsors.
03:35:26 PM  
Committee discussion
continued with the sponsors.
03:44:52 PM  
Bill Jaeger, representing
the Colorado Children's Campaign, testified in support of the bill.  AnnaJo
Haynes, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.  M.
Michael Cooke, Early Childhood Transition Director, testified in support
of the bill.  Written testimony may be found in Attachment C.  

04:07:35 PM  
Discussion ensued with the previous witnesses.
04:34:27 PM  
Discussion continued
with the witnesses on IT systems, work with counties and local governments,
program funding, local coordinating organizations (LCOs), and other topics
related to items within the bill.
05:13:52 PM  
Discussion continued with the witnesses about certain aspects of the bill.
05:34:21 PM  
The committee took
a brief recess.
05:40:14 PM  
The committee came
back to order.
05:42:36 PM  
Pamela Harris, representing
Mile High Early Learning, testified in support of the bill.  Tom Massey,
representing the Early Childhood Leadership Commission, testified in support
of the bill. Jeanne McQueeney, representing the Early Childhood Leadership
Commission, testified in support of the bill.
05:50:30 PM  
Committee discussion
ensued with the witnesses.
06:17:42 PM  
Carrie Kennedy, representing
Colorado Association of Family Child Care (CAFCC), testified in support
of the bill.  George Davis V, representing himself, testified in support
of the bill.  Brenda Dickhoner, representing Ready Colorado, testified
in support of the bill.
06:23:58 PM  
Corinne DePersis,
representing herself, testified in support of the bill.  Jossy Martinez,
representing herself, testified in support of the bill.  Khatira Amn,
representing the Spring Institute, testified in support of the bill.  Ms.
Amn read and translated the testimony on behalf of a parent.
06:43:25 PM  
Carrie Warren-Gully,
representing Arapahoe County and Colorado Counties Inc., testified to amend
the bill.  Scott James, representing Weld County and Colorado Counties
Inc., testified to amend the bill.  Jamie Ulrich, representing Weld
County Department of Human Services and Colorado Counties Inc., testified
to amend the bill.  John Swartout, representing Colorado Counties
Inc., testified to amend the bill.

07:25:52 PM  
Discussion continued with county representatives.
08:05:37 PM  
Committee discussion continued with county representatives.
08:15:48 PM  
Heather O'Hayre,
representing the Larimer County Department of Human Services, testified
to amend the bill.  Amie Baca-Oehlert, representing the Colorado Education
Association, testified in support of the bill.  Commissioner Beth
Melton, representing Colorado Counties, Inc., testified to amend the bill.
 Elisabeth Lawrence, representing Summit County and Colorado Counties
Inc., testified to amend the bill.  Michelle Murphy, representing
Colorado Rural Schools Alliance, testified to amend the bill.

08:50:23 PM  
The committee took
a brief recess
.
08:56:40 PM  
The committee came
back to order.  Anne Keke, representing herself, testified in support
of the bill.  Heather Tritten, representing Parent Possible, testified
in support of the bill.  Adeeb Khan, representing Delta Dental of
Colorado, Executives Partnering to Invest in Children, and Colorado Succeeds,
testified in support of the bill.  Patty  Hernandez, representing
Clayton Early Learning, testified in support of the bill.  John Faught,
representing The Kempe Foundation, testified in support of the bill.
09:11:10 PM  
Yaeel Duarte, representing
herself, testified in support of the bill.  Natalie Parez, representing
herself, testified in support of the bill.  


09:22:33 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.044 (Attachment D)
Moved Buckner
Seconded
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola
Zenzinger
Story
Bridges
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


09:27:14 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.048 (Attachment E)
Moved Buckner
Seconded
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola
Zenzinger
Story
Bridges
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
09:31:19 PM  
Julie Pelegrin, representing
the Office of Legislative Legal Services, came to the table to answer questions
about amendment L.051.


09:33:55 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.051 (Attachment F)
Moved Buckner
Seconded
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola
Zenzinger
Story
Bridges
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


09:36:27 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.057 (Attachment G)
Moved Kirkmeyer
Seconded
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola
Zenzinger
Story
Bridges
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


09:39:50 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.045 (Attachment H)
Moved Zenzinger
Seconded
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola
Zenzinger
Story
Bridges
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


09:49:01 PM
Motion This is a conceptual amendment. Unstrike page 1, line 25 and 26, and page 2, unstrike line 15 through 18.
Moved Zenzinger
Seconded
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola
Zenzinger
Story
Bridges
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


09:49:41 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.059 as amended (Attachment I)
Moved Kirkmeyer
Seconded
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola
Zenzinger
Story
Bridges
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
10:00:19 PM  
The committee took
a brief recess.
10:11:35 PM  
The committee came
back to order.


10:13:37 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.065 (Attachment J)
Moved Zenzinger
Seconded
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola
Zenzinger
Story
Bridges
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


10:16:11 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.068 (Attachment K)
Moved Zenzinger
Seconded
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola
Zenzinger
Story
Bridges
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


10:17:43 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.070 (Attachment L)
Moved Zenzinger
Seconded
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola
Zenzinger
Story
Bridges
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


10:31:19 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.052 (Attachment M)
Moved Kirkmeyer
Seconded
Buckner No
Kirkmeyer Yes
Lundeen Yes
Priola No
Zenzinger No
Story Yes
Bridges No
YES: 3   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


10:39:10 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.058, severed Part A (Attachment N)
Moved Kirkmeyer
Seconded
Buckner No
Kirkmeyer Yes
Lundeen Yes
Priola No
Zenzinger No
Story No
Bridges No
YES: 2   NO: 5   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


10:46:47 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.062 (Attachment O)
Moved Priola
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Lundeen Yes
Priola Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Story No
Bridges Yes
YES: 6   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


10:48:51 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.061 (Attachment P)
Moved Priola
Seconded
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola
Zenzinger
Story
Bridges
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


10:50:10 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.071 (Attachment Q)
Moved Priola
Seconded
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola
Zenzinger
Story
Bridges
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


10:51:20 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.074 (Attachment R)
Moved Priola
Seconded
Buckner
Kirkmeyer
Lundeen
Priola
Zenzinger
Story
Bridges
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
10:51:43 PM  
President Fenberg
and Senator Buckner provided closing remarks on the bill.


10:58:41 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1295, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Buckner
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Kirkmeyer No
Lundeen No
Priola Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Story Yes
Bridges Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


10:59:21 PM   The committee adjourned.






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