DENVER (AP) - Your weekly look at what’s coming up at the Colorado Legislature:
The House Education Committee starts work Monday on the long-promised effort to salvage school reform efforts rejected by voters last year. HB1292 includes $100 million more for schools next year, along with some accountability measures and charter-school reforms sought by Republicans. Expect long debates and many changes before this one is ready for the governor’s pen.
JESSICA’S LAW RETURNS
Despite years of failure, Republicans are again trying to see the passage of a bill aimed at sexual predators. Democrats have long argued that “Jessica’s Law” is unnecessary and duplicates existing policies. The House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee considers dueling bills Monday to address child sex predators. HB1260 is a Democratic bill to increase penalties for sex offenses against children; HB1264 is the revived GOP “Jessica’s Law.”
Colorado lawmakers are considering joining several states that require mammograms to include a special notice, within the imaging report sent to patients, regarding the high density of breast tissue and the benefit of additional screening tests. Some consider the so-called “dense breast” notification an unnecessary cost-booster. HB1126 has already cleared the House and awaits a vote Wednesday in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee.
After weeks of delay, the Senate is expected to debate a controversial measure on emerging Web-based ride-sharing businesses that provide a service similar to that provided by traditional taxicab companies.
It’s an election year, and sometimes politics takes a break for politics. Lawmakers will leave early on Tuesday, and convene an hour late Wednesday, to make it easier to attend their hometown caucuses Tuesday night in preparation for statewide political assemblies.
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