CAFCA LEGISLATIVE REPORT 2011

COLORADO ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S AGENCIES

 HB11-1014    Child Care Contribution Income Tax Credit

Sponsors:     Delgrosso/Roberts

 Position:       Actively Support

 Summary:     The bill repeals a trigger associated with the child care contribution income tax credit that specifics that the income tax credit is not allowed for any income tax year when general fund revenues for a fiscal year are not sufficient to grow the total state general fund appropriations by 6% over such appropriations for the previous fiscal year. The effect of removing this trigger is that the child care contribution income tax credit will be available for income tax years commencing on or after January 1. 2011, but prior to January 1, 2020, unless the general assembly acts by bill to remove or otherwise limit the availability of the income tax credit.

 Status:         2/16/11House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations

 

HB11-1025   Repeal Hospital Provider Fee

Sponsors:     Joshi/Lundberg

 Position: Oppose

 Summary:     The bill repeals the “Health Care affordability Act of 2009” that established hospital provider fees on outpatient and inpatient services provided by all licensed or certified hospitals.

 Status:         Introduced in House-Assigned to Health and Environment

Fiscal Note

 HB 11-1032   Restorative Justice

Sponsors:     Lee

 Position:       Monitor

 Summary:     The bill adds restorative justice to the options a court has when it imposes an alternate sentence instead of incarceration or as a part of a probation service. Under current law, restorative justice sentencing provision are permitted in juvenile cases during advisement, entry of plea, sentencing and during probation. The bill would make some of those provisions mandatory, including provisions that would require most juveniles to undergo a presentence evaluation to determine whether restorative justice is a suitable sentencing option. Prior to charging a juvenile for the first time, which juvenile would be subject to misdemeanor or petty offenses, the district attorney shall assess whether the juvenile is suitable for restorative justice. If the district attorney determines the juvenile is suitable, the district attorney may offer the juvenile the opportunity to participate in restorative justice rather than charging the juvenile. The bill directs the department of corrections to establish policies and procedures for facilitated victim offender dialogues in institutions under the control of the department, which would arrange the dialogues if requested by the victim and agreed by the offender. The bill encourages each school district in the state and the state charter school institute to implement restorative justice practices that each school in the district or each institute charter school can use in its disciplinary program. The bill creates the right for a victim to be informed by the district attorney about the availability of restorative justice practices and the possibility of a victim-offender conference.

 Status:         2/24/11 House committwee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations

                   Fiscal note

 

HB11-1079   Reduce Youth Homelessness

Sponsors:     Casso/Jahn

 Position:       Support

 Summary: The bill makes state statute compliant with federal “Runaway and Homeless Youth Act” by:

-Increasing the upper age limit for the definition of homeless youth from 18 years to 21 years of age

-Removing the lower age limit for the definition of “homeless youth:

-Increasing the number of days that a runaway and homeless youth can stay in a licensed child care facility or licensed homeless youth shelter from 14 days to 21 days

-Allowing a host family home to be an allowable placement for 21 days for a runaway and homeless youth. The state board of human services is directed to adopt rules of defining the requirements for a host family home. In current law, you in out-of-home placement are served only until they reach the age of 18, unless they are person with a developmental disabilities. By increasing the age limitation in the statutory definition of “homeless youth”, the county departments of social services will be able to serve youth in out-of-home placement until they reach 21 years of age. County departments of social services are encouraged to assess the individual circumstances of each youth in an out-of-home placement who is at least 17 years of age but yet reached 18 years of age to determine if the youth is ready to become independent upon reaching 19 or whether the youth should continue receiving services until the age of 21 years. If the county determines the youth is at risk of becoming homeless if services from the county are terminated at 18 years of age, the county may continue to provide services to the youth until the age of 21. The county departments of social services are encouraged to develop an individual plan for self-sufficiently for each youth under their care.

 

Status:        3/25/2011 Sent to Governor

 

HB11-1096   Voter Preregistration at Age Sixteen

Sponsors:     Gardner D.

 Position:       Monitor

 Summary:     The bill allows a person who has reached 16 years of age but who will not reach 18 years of age by the date of the next election to preregister with the county clerk and recorder or on-line via the secretary of state’s official web site. The registration will automatically become active when the preregistered person reaches 18 years of age.

 Status:         House Committee on State, Veteran and Military Affairs

                   Postpone Indefinitely

 

HB11-1102    Portability of Child Care Background Checks

Sponsors:     Summers/Newell

 Position:       Monitor

 Summary:     The bill allows for portability of a fingerprint-based criminal history records check (background check) in separately licensed child care facilities owned or controlled by a single parent entity. If an individual who is required to obtain a background check transfers employment to another licensed facility owned and operated by the same parent entity, a new background check shall not be required if the parent entity maintains a central records management system for employees of all its licensed facilities; takes action as required when informed of the results of a background check that requires action; and informs the department of human services whenever an additional licensed facility comes under or is no longer under its ownership or control.

 Status:        3/18/2011 Governor Action - Signed

                   Fiscal Note

 

HB11-1126    Improving Parent Involvement in Schools

Sponsor:      Duran

 Position:       Monitor

 Summary:     The bill requires each school district board of education (district board) to adopt a parent involvement policy that will apply to each of the public schools of the school district. The policy must at least take into account best practices and strategies and the national standards for family-school partnerships. The district board must work with the parent members of the district accountability committee in creating, adopting and implementing a policy. A district board may choose from several programs or strategies, but at a minimum, the policy must ensure that, if a school performs improvement plan or lower status, parent receive notice of the type of plan the school must adopt and have an opportunity to review and comment on the plan at a public hearing. The district board annually will review and revise the policy as necessary. Each school of the school district will adopt a school parent involvement policy that implements the district policy. The principal of the school must work with the parent members of the school accountability committee in creating and implementing the policy, and the principal annually will review and revise the policy if necessary. Each parent involvement policy and all communications between a school and parents are to be written in plain, easily understood language and provided in the language the parents understand, if practicable. Upon final adoption of the parent insolvent policy, the school district must publicize it to the employees of the school district and to the parents of the students enrolled in the school district.

 Status:         2/22/11 House Third Reading Passed 

HB11-1138    Sex Offender Management Board

Sponsors:     Gardner B./Morse

 Position:       Support

 Summary:     The bill extends the sex offender management board (board) for 10 years to September 1, 2020, and revises the boards duties. Section 1: The bill amends the language of the legislative declaration for the board as well as language in other sections in the statutory article that govern the board (article) to refer to juvenile offenders as “juveniles who have committed sexual offenses” rather than labeling juveniles as “sex offenders”. Section 2: The bill adds the definitions “adult sex offender” and “juvenile who has committed sexual offenses” for purposes of the article. Section 3: The bill reorganizes the provisions relating to the appointment of board members. The board members are appointed by a specific appointing authority are listed under her appointing authority, and all board members will serve 4-year terms. Under current law, the executive director of the department of public safety appoints the board’s presiding officer. The bill requires that the members of the board elect a chair and vice-chairs of the board from among the members of the board and establishes 2-year terms for the presiding officers. The bill recreates and reenacts, with amendments, the provisions relating to the board’s creation and duties. With respect to the board’s duties, the bill:

-Requires the board to develop a procedure for evaluating and identifying reliably lower-risk sex offenders;

-Requires the board to prescribe a standardized procedure for the evaluation and identification of adult sex offenders based up on the knowledge that sexual offending behavior is repetitive and that there is no way y to ensure that adult sex offenders with the propensity to commit sexual offenses will not reoffend

-Removes the requirement that the board develops and implement standards for a system of programs for the treatment of adult sex offenders. This change is mirrored in provisions relating to juveniles.

-Ads family counseling and shared living arrangement of the continuum of treatment programs that may be used for adult sex offenders. This change is mirrored in provisions relating to juveniles.

-Clarifies that, to the extent possible, treatment programs may be accessed by all offenders, including those with mental illness and co-occurring disorders. This change is mirrored in provisions relating to juveniles.

-Clarifies that the boards duty to research and analyze the effectiveness of the evaluation, identification, and treatment policies and procedures for adult sex offenders. The board shall review and research factors  that contribute to reoffense and the containment model and its effective application and shall prepare and present a report to the judiciary committees of the general assembly, on or before December 1, 2011, concerning the board research and analysis.

-Includes within the board’s duties the existing requirement that the board collaborate with other agencies to establish standard for community entities what provide supervision and treatment for adult sex offenders who have developmental disabilities.

-Clarifies that the board and the individual board members shall be immune from liability for the good faith performance of all of the boards duties set forth in statute and not just those duties set forth in the statutory section related to the sex offender management boards duties and

-Requires the board to collaborate with certain agencies and advocacy groups to develop best-practice guidelines for providing services to persons with DD with identified high risk sex offending behaviors and to provide the guidelines to providers and to community centered boards. Sections 4 and 5: The bill amends the statutory language to refer to juvenile offenders as “juveniles who have committed sexual offenses” rather than labeling juveniles as sex offenders. Section 6: the bill repeals and reenacts, with amendments, the statutory section that addresses sex offender treatment. The bill grant the board specific authority to develop pan application and review process for the approval of person to be placed on a list of persons who may provide sex offender evaluation, treatment and polygraph services pursuant to the article (list), as well as a renewal process for those persons. The bill establishes a formal process to review complaints and grievances against providers whop provide services pursuant to the article. The board shall refer all complaints or grievances against providers to the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). The appropriate mental health board in DORA shall review all complaints and grievances. The DORA board shall investigate the complaints and grievances and shall provide the board with the results of the investigation and advise the board of any disciplinary action the DORA board takes with respect to a professional license. The board may take any disciplinary action permitted by law against the individual or entity, including but not limited to removing the individual from the list. The board may determine the requirements for a provider to be placed on the list after the provider has been removed from the list for disciplinary or other reasons. The individuals providing polygraph services pursuant to the article. Section 7: The bill requires the board to report annually to the judiciary committees of the general assembly regarding information pertaining to the treatment of sex offenders, and the report may include the board’s recommendations for legislation related to treatment of sex offenders. Sections 8 and 9: The bill requires DORA to conduct a sunset review of the board prior to the new termination date.

 

Status:        3/23/2011 Senate Committee on State, Veterans and Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations 

HB11-1144    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Sponsors:     Solano/Tochtrop

 Position:       Monitor

 Summary:     The bill includes a legislative declaration of the general assembly’s findings regarding fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), the FASD commission (commission), and the purpose for this bill. The number of members of the commission is increased by adding a representative from the department of education and a representative of a licensed beverage trade association in Colorado. The automatic repeal date for the commission is extended until June 30, 2015. The commission is directed to evaluate the use of health warning information about the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. The commission is directed to report to the unit that administers alcohol and drug abuse programs in the department of human services and to the health and human services committees of the senate and house of representatives, or any successor committees, about the responses from licensed beverage retailers and patrons to the warning signs and make recommendations on how and where to use the signs and other information in the future. The bill requires individual and group insurance policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2012, by companies regulated by the stat insurance commissioner to cover the cost of a multidisciplinary evaluation as requested by the primary health care provider of a child under the age of 18 who is suspected of having FASD. The bill directs that the written report of the evaluation be sent by the diagnostic team to the child’s primary health care provider and to the parent, guardian or primary caregiver of the child. The bill states that nothing in the mandated coverage provision shall be construed to affect any existing benefits or services provided to a policy holder or dependent child. The evaluation is subject to the same copayments applicable for other diagnostic and evaluation benefits covered within the policyholder’s health benefit plan. The evaluation shall be exempt from a deductible or dollar limit provision under the policy holders benefit plan. If the essential benefits provisions for insurance policies offered trough the health exchange market[laces in 2014 under the federal health care reform act do not include coverage for a multidisciplinary evaluation for diagnosing FASD, thereby triggering a potential cost to the state, the bill directs the Colorado interagency health reform implementing board in the governors office to study the coverage of FASD and to advise and make recommendations to the general assembly about whether the state should cover the costs. The general assembly finds that the Colorado health care program for children with special health care needs housed in the prevention services division in the department of public health and environment is an effective method to provide information and support to local communities and families in need of diagnostic and evaluation services. The department of public health and environment is an effective method to provide information and support to local communities and families in need of diagnostic and evaluation services. The department is encourage to enhance the capacity of local communities to serve families of children who have or are suspected of having neurodevelopment delays, including FASD, by supporting and promoting local multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluation clinics.

 

Status:         3/18/2011 Sent to the Governor

                   Fiscal Note

 

HB 11-1145   Availability Background Check Child Care

Sponsors:     MCcann/Tochtrop

 Position:       Actively Oppose

 Summary:     The requirements for background checks for any licensed facility, agency or licensee (facility) are changed to include Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation checks for all potential employees, regardless of length of time a potential employee has resided in Colorado. The bill requires the state department of human services to study the feasibility of a policy to provide top a parent or prospective parent of a child attending or applying to attend a facility, upon request and for a fee, the results of the fingerprint based criminal history records check performed on an employee of a facility. A facility is required to provide to a parent, upon request, access to the clearance letter provided by the department to the facility concerning a facility employee’s background check

 

Status:        3/25/2011 Introduced in Senate - assigned to Education

                  On calendar for Thursday 3/31/2011 at 1:30 pm in SCR 354

                   Fiscal note

 

HB 11-1181   Human Service Child Fatality Review Team

Sponsor:      Kefalas

 Position:       Actively Monitor

 Summary:     The bill codifies and modifies certain processes of the existing department of human services child fatality review team (team) and sets forth in statute its membership, duties, and reporting requirements. The department of human services is authorized to promulgate rules to reflect statutory modifications to the team.

 Status:        3/25/2011 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments 

HB 11-1193   Family Advocacy Juvenile Mental Health

Sponsors:     Labuda/Boyd

 Position:       Support

 Summary:     The bill amends the article creating the integrated system of care family advocacy demonstration program for mental health juvenile justice populations to acknowledge that the programs are no longer demonstration programs and have been fully implemented. The repeal date is extended from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2021

 Status:         3/25/2011 Sent to the Governor 

HB 11-1196   Flexibility in Funding Family Services

Sponsors:     Summers/Foster

 Position:       Actively Monitor

 Summary:     The bill allows county departments of human services to provide family preservation services to families who are not involved in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems, but who may be if they do not receive the services. In establishing the formula for capped and targeted allocations of funding to the county departments for child welfare services, the state department of human services must take into account a list of statutory factors. The bill adds to the list consideration of the county department’s prior fiscal year expenditures on preventative services and the number of families served. The bill authorizes a county department to receive federal matching funds for expenditures by other entities within the county, which expenditures meet specified criteria. The state department shall retain 5 percent of any said federal matching funds received by the county department.

 Status:         2/21/11 House Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations 

 

HB 11-1242  Medicaid Provider Integration of Service

Sponsors:     Ferrandino

 Position:       Monitor

 Summary:     The bill requires the department of healthcare policy and financing (the department) to review certain issues that relate to the provision of both physical and mental health car services to a patient during the same appointment as part of an integrated system of patient care, and any barriers to the integrated care. The department shall seek input concerning the issues from behavioral health organizations and community mental health centers, as well as other health care providers as determined by the department. The department shall report to certain committees of the general assembly concerning the issues reviewed pursuant to the bill. The section repeals on July 1, 2012.

 Status:         2/22/11 House Committee on Health and Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations

                   Fiscal Note

HB 11-1254   Bullying in Schools

Sponsors: Priola/Steadman

Position: Monitor

Summary: The bill creates a legislative interim committee during the 2013 interim to study issues related to bullying in public schools. The interim committee shall report its findings and recommendations to the education successor committees, on or before January 1, 2014. The bill creates the school bullying prevention and education grant program (program) in the department of education (department) to allow eligible applicants to apply for grants to fund the programs to reduce the frequency of of bullying incidents. The bill creates the school bullying preventions and education board (bullying board) and prescribes its membershp and terms of service. The bullying board shall solicit and review applications from eligible applicants for grants. Applying certain minimum criteria, the bullying board  may award grants for period sof one to three years. The bullying board shall submit annually to the department a list of grant recipients and the amount to be awarded to each grant recipient. In selecting grant recipients, the bullying board, to teh extent possible, shall ensure that grants are awarded to eligible in a variety of geographic areas of the state. The state board shall promulgate rules for the administration of the program. The bullying board shall report to the governor and education committee of the senate and the house of representatives, or any successor committees, concerning the effectiveness of the programs that are funded by grants from the program. The bullying board may recommend statutory changes relating to bullying prevention and education. The school bullying prevention and education cash fund (cash fund) is established in the state treasury. The department may seek and accept gifts, grants and donations from public and private sources to fund the program. The department shall not be required to implment the program until such a time as sufficient moneys are transferred or appopriated to the cash fun. The program is repealed, effective July 1, 2016. Prior to said repeal, the bullying board shall be subjected to the sunset review process. The bill requires each local school district baord of educations (local board's) bullying policy to include a requirement that the administration of each school of the school district shall maintain a record of each confirmed incident of bullying that occurs at the school. District charter schools and institute charters schools are also required to adopt and implement policies concerning bullying prevention and education. The bill requires the dress code policy of each local board to encourage school pride and unity and promote uniformity of dress. Each principal of a public school, including a district charter or institute charter school shall annually report specific information concerning incidents of bullying that occurred at the school in the preceding school year. Neither an officer of a board of education nor a teacher or administrator of a school, including a district charter or institute charter school, shatll take any retailaitory action against a student who reports in good faithan incident of bullying. Each board of education and each district charter school and institute charter school shall ensure that each teacher receives professional development training at least every two years concerning how to prevent and address instances of bullying. Except as prohibited by state or federal law, a school district, public school, district charter school, institute charter school or BOCES may share information.

Status: 3/25/2011 Introduced in Senate - Assigned to Education

HB 11-1273 Health Care Opportunity Patient Empower

Sponsors: Nikkel/Kopp

Position: Actively Oppose

Summary: The bill enacts the "Health Care Opportunity and Patient Empowerment Act" which requires the executive directors of the department of health care policy and financing, public health and environment, and labor and employment and the commissioner of insurance, in consultation with other state agencies and stakeholders they deem appropriate, to develop a health care interstate compact that would allow signatory state to opt out of federal health care reform legislation as well as any other federal law regulatiing health care and instead regulate health care in each signatory state in the manner determined apporpriate for that state by its legislature. The executive diredtors and commissioner are to keep the general assembly apprised of its progress through periodic reports to specified committees of reference to the senate and house of representatives.

Status: 3/2/2011 Introduced in House - Assigned to health and Environment

HB 11-1277 Statutory Changes to K-12 Education

Sponsors: Massey/Bacon

Position:

Summary: Section 1 of the bill provides that niether the general assembly nor the state board of education shall impose upon a school district or a local board of education any new mandate or increase in the level of service for an existing state mandate beyond the existing level of service required by law unless the state provides additional moneys to reimburse the school district or local board for the cost of the new mandate.

Status: 3/4/2011 Introduced in House - Assigned to Education

HB 11-1287 Colorado Juveniles Equal Protection Act

Sponsors: Levy/Newell

Position: Passive Support

Summary: The bill retroactively applies the currrent 40-year sentence for juveniles sentenced as adults. For a person as an adult who was charged by a direct filing or a juvenile transfer proceding to a sentence in excess of 40 years, the person will be eligible for parole after 40 years. All juveniles sentenced as adults serving a sentence of incarceration in the department of corrections shall be eligible for pareole after serving no more than 40 years of their sentence unless otherwise eligible before then. The bill provides the opportunity for a juvenile who was sentenced to the DOC to be placed in a community placement by the executive director of the DOC after the juvenile completes a specified portion of his or her sentence. The executive director must consider the juvenile for community placement at least once no later than 10 years before the juveniles parole eligibility date. The executive director must place the offender in a minimum security facility for at least 6 months, but no more than 24 months, to observe how the offender adjusts to a less secure environment. If the offender meets the criteria for placement, the offender must undergo a clinical assessment to identify the needs of the offender in order to function as  a community placement. If, after reviewing the criteria and the clinical assessment, the executive director determines that the offender still meets the criteria for community placement and deterimines there is a suitable placement for the offender, the executive director shall refer the offender to community placement, unless the executive director determines that doing so would create a public safety risk. Prior to placement, the department will develop a continuity of care and long term supervision plan for the offender. If an offender is not referred to community placement, he or she may apply again in  a year if he or she has addressed the reasons for denial of placement. The executive director shall consider those applications using the same criteria for the initial application.

Status: 3/18/2011 Introduced in Hosue - Assigned to Judiciary

 

SB 11-008    Aligning Children’s Medicaid Eligibility

Sponsors:     Boyd/Gerou

 Position:       Support

 Summary:     The bill increases the current Medicaid income eligibility threshold of 100% of the federal poverty line for children who are between 6 and 19 years of age to equal the income eligibility threshold for pregnant women and children from birth to five years of age, which is currently set at 133% of the federal poverty line.

 Status:         3/23/2011 House Third Reading Passed 

SB 11-025    Colorado Taxpayer Empowerment Act 2011

Sponsors:     Carroll/Ferrandino

 Position: Monitor

 Summary:     The bill enacts the “Colorado Taxpayer Empowerment Act of 2011”. Current law makes state procurement information available to the public. Section 2 of the bill requires each contract entered into by a governmental body under the state “Procurement Code” to contain a provision reflecting this current law and specifies that, with the exception of record exempt from inspection under the “Colorado Open Records Act”, upon request, records relating to the costs of or any performance measures under the contract are available to the contracting governmental body, the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the minority leaders of the senate and house of representatives, and legislative oversight committees of the general assembly. Authorized the executive director of the department of personnel and administration to promulgate rules for the administration of the provision enacted in this bill.

 Status:        3/24/2011 Senate considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass

                   Fiscal Note

 

SB 11-048    Exempt Provider Fee Psychiatric Hospital

Sponsors:     King K/Swalm

 Position:       Support

 Summary:     Currently, psychiatric hospitals are exempt from payment of the hospital provider fee. The bill clarifies that psychiatric hospitals shall remain exempt from payment of the hospital provider fee.

 Status:         2/7/11 Senate Committee State, Veterans & Military Affairs Witness Testimony and/or discussion only

 

SB 11-049    Ban on Use of Prone Restraints

Sponsors:     Williams S./Ryden

 Position:       Oppose

 Summary:     The bill amends the “Protection of Persons from Restraint Act” (the act) to include the definition of “prone restraint”. The bill prohibits an employee or contractor of certain entities, including but not limited to state and local agencies and school districts, from using a prone restraint on a person. The prohibition on the use of prone restraint applies to the department of corrections, law enforcement agencies, the juvenile probation department, or a county of social services performing duties relating to abuse and neglect, which entities are otherwise exempted from the act. The term “prone restraint” does not include the use of reasonable and appropriate physical force by a peace officer necessary to arrest a person or to prevent that person’s escape or by a guard, peace officer, or employee of a detention center to prevent escape. The bill also prohibits the user of a prone restraint on a person with a development disability who is receiving care or treatment.

 Status:         Did not pass House Committtee

                   Fiscal Note

 

SB 11-061    Special Education Appeal Process

Sponsors:     Spence/Ferrandino

 Position:       Support

 Summary:     Under current law if a parent of a child with a disability disagrees with the administrative unit or state operated program concerning the determination of a the child’s disability or some other aspect of providing services, the parent must go through a two-step appeal process that includes a review by a hearing officer at the local level and a subsequent opportunity to appeal to the commissioner of education. The bill changes the appeal process to a single due process hearing at the state level that complies with the federal “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act” and the regulations implementing this act. The parent, the administrative unit, or the stat program may file a request for a due process hearing with the commissioner of education, and the department of education shall provide hearing in compliance with federal law.

 Status:         3/21/2011 Governor Action Signed 

SB 11-111      Educational Success Task Force

Sponsors:     King K./Massey

 Position:       Actively Monitor

 Summary:     The bill creates the educational success task force (task force). The task force will include legislative members appointed by leadership in the senate and the house of representatives and members from the education sector appointed jointly by the state board of education (state board) and the Colorado commission on higher education (commission). In addition to members of the general assembly the task force will consist of experts in education, especially in intervention strategies and remedial education, parents, teachers, and other representatives of school districts, public schools and institutions of higher education. The task force will; review the junctures within a students academic career at which intervention education services are critical to the student’s success; best practices and strategies for providing intervention education services at the elementary and secondary education levels and remedial education at the postsecondary level; the use of the individual career and academic plans; alternative strategies to social promotion; and potential changes to rules, guidelines and statutes to improve the use of intervention education services to ensure student graduate from high school, demonstrating postsecondary and workforce readiness, and to improve remedial education at the postsecondary level. In fulfilling its duties, the task force will work with the education leadership council created by the governor. The task force will submit a first report of its findings and recommendations to the state board and the commission by July 1, 2012, and may submit a second report prior to July 1, 2013. The state board and commission will publish the reports on their respective web sites and publicize the reports to the school districts, public schools, and institutions of higher education in the state. The task force will report to the education committees prior to March 1 in both the 2012 and 2013 regular legislative sessions. The task force is repealed, effective July 1, 2013.

 Status:        2/16/2011 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Legislative Council

                   Fiscal Note

 

SB 11-120    Protections for Youth in Foster Care

Sponsors:     Newell/Kefalas

 Position:       Amend/Support

 Summary:     The bill sets forth a legislative declaration concerning a bill of rights for youth in foster care, excluding those in the custody of the division of youth corrections or a state mental hospital (youth). The court shall ensure that youth who are 16 to 18 years of age are provided the assistance in obtaining a free credit report for the youth. If there is evidence of identity theft, staff shall refer the case to a governmental or nonprofit entity, as approved by the state department of human services (department) to take remedial action to clear the youth’s credit report. The department is required to promulgate rules concerning policies for allowing youth 12 years of age and older greater access to extracurricular activities.

 Status:        3/24/2011 Senate considered House Amendments - Result was to concur Repass 

SB 11-124    Transfers of TANF Reserves

Sponsors:     Hodge/Gerou

 Position:       Monitor

 Summary:     For state fiscal year 2010-11, and each state fiscal year thereafter, the bill caps county temporary aid to needy families (TANF) reserves at 70% of a county’s block grant; except that TANF reserves for a county with a block grant of $142,857 or less are capped at $100,000. The bill gives the works allocation committee the authority for year-end transfers of any unspent county TANF reserves in excess of the county reserve cap to a county that needs TANF reserves, subject to priority criteria determined by the works allocation committee, and in an amount determined by the works allocation committee. The priority criteria must give first priority for a transfer to a county with zero TANF reserves. Any unspent TANF reserves that are not allocated by the works allocation committee shall be remitted to the Colorado long-term works reserve. If the works allocation committee transfers unspent TANF reserves, the county from which the reserves are transferred shall receive appropriate maintenance of effort credit for those reserves. For state fiscal year 2009-10, excess unspent county TANF reserves shall be excluded from the Colorado long-term works reserve and shall be available for transfer by the works allocation committee to another county.

 Status:         3/18/2011 Introduced in House Assigned to Finance 

SB 11-133    Discipline in Public Schools

Sponsors:     Hudak/Nikkel

 Position:       Monitor

 Summary:     The bill directs the Colorado commission on criminal and juvenile justice (commission) to instruct the juvenile justice task force (task force) to create a working group to study and collect data concerning the use of criminal justice sanctions and specified school discipline strategies in the public schools in the state. The working group, at a minimum, will seek input from students, parents, community organizations, and school and school district employees in conducting the study. In conducting the study, the working group shall request and may receive nonidentifying information from law enforcement agencies, school districts, public schools and state agencies. The working group will report its findings and recommendations to the task force, which will report to the commission by November 15, 2011. By December 15, 2011, the commission will report its findings and any recommendations for legislative changes to the education and judiciary committees of the general assembly.

 Status:         3/23/2011 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Legislative Council  

SJR 11-005 No Unfunded Mandates

Sponsors:     Roberts/Gerou

 Positions:      Monitor

 Summary:     No bill summary available

 Status:         2/7/11 Senate Committee on State, Veteran and Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole

 

SJR 11-007 Improve State Government Efficiency

Sponsors:     Newell/McCann

 Position:      

 Summary:     No bill summary available

 Status:         2/2/11 Introduced in House-Assigned to State Veterans and Military Affairs

 

 
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Corporate Compliance Director Children's ARK

The Childrens ARK is now accepting applications for "Corporate Compliance Director"

The CCD will be responsible for a variety of tasks regarding internal and external operations. They will be responsible for data tracking as paort of the Performance Improvement Plan. They will oversee and manage the Corporate Department. The CCD will be responsible for reporting State Critical Incidents and manageing Child Abuse Hotline Calls and they will be the point person for external investigations.

The Childrens ARK is looking for someone who is dedicated to the company and fully understnads procedures and protocols. A bachelor degree is required.

To apply for this position, call Katryna Lays at 719-213-6031. If you reach her voicemail please leave a message inlcuding the following information.

-Why you're interested in this position

-Your contact information

-Your current work schedule