Below you'll find the Policy and Legislative Advisory Network's (PLAN) highlights on what's happening in the world of policy that most impacts economic and social mobility within Adams County, Broomfield County, and the City of Aurora.

By 2025, 50% (est. n= 193,000) of individuals 18 and older in Adams and Broomfield Counties will earn a post-high school certificate or degree.

That is an increase of an estimated 45,800 people in 5 years!

This work is about reduction of poverty and improving the overall well-being of individuals and industry across the region. Credential Attainment is one measurement the community can utilize to monitor progress towards economic and social mobility. Learn more HERE.
This week in policy was provided by:
Adam Burg, Senior Advisor, Legislative and Government Affairs, Adams County Government
PLAN Chair

With ongoing input from:
Matthew La Crue, Managing Director, Dentons
PLAN Co-Champion
Ryan McCoy, Executive Director, Front Range Community College Foundation | President, Westminster Public Schools Board of Education
PLAN Co-Champion
We've gotta say it: This information is subject to change. In addition, some updates may be sourced from organizations that have read limits or limits on how many articles you can access in a given time period.

The information below is in line with the Rocky Mountain Partnership's formal policy priorities for 2021. Learn more and check those policies out for yourself HERE.
This Week in State Policy
New Legislation We're Keeping an Eye On

There's a lot happening, but remember that it's all broken down in a bill tracker for you. Click on the buttons below to learn more about the newly introduced bills the Partnership is monitoring.

These policies are just the start! The network continues to identify additional policy priorities, tracking emerging legislation that impacts an individual's ability to thrive and achieve economic and social mobility.

Is there another bill you want us to track? Let us know by clicking HERE!
The Bills We're Still Watching

We're still keeping track of the eight other bills we've highlighted for you this session. Five of the bills have a date to be heard by a committee, meaning legislators are going take a deeper dive into them and hear testimony. The other three bills have yet to be scheduled, so they're in limbo (for now).
Bills that have a date with a committee:

  • HB21-1007 State Apprenticeship Agency is headed to the House Business Affairs & Labor Committee on Thu., March 11 at 1:30 p.m.
  • SB21-013 Reversing COVID-related Learning Loss is headed to the Senate Education Committee on Thu., March 18 at 1:30 p.m.
  • HB21-1067 College Admission use of National Test Score is headed to the House Education Committee on Thu., March 18 at 1:30 p.m.
  • HB21-1114 School District Provision of Internet Service is headed to the House Transportation & Local Government Committee on Tue., March 9 at 1:30 p.m.
  • SB21-119 Increasing Access to High-Quality Credentials is headed to the Senate Education Committee on Thu., March 11, time TBD.

Bills in limbo (for now):

  • HB21-1010 Diverse K-12 Educator Workforce Report 
  • HB21-1054 Housing Public Benefit Verification Requirement
  • SB21-039 Elimination of Subminimum Wage Employment
Other Statewide Updates
#1: Senate Approves Pandemic Relief Plan

The Senate passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on Saturday after a marathon session.The amended measure now heads back to the House, where Democrats must approve the revised version before sending the legislation to Biden’s desk.
#2: President Vows Vaccines for All Adults by End of May

President Biden says we are “on track” to have enough supply of coronavirus vaccines “for every adult in America by the end of May." The administration brokered a deal for Merck & Co. to help manufacture the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine, speeding up production.
#3: Commemorating a Pandemic Anniversary

On March 5, 2020, Colorado's first case of COVID-19 was confirmed, just one of more than 435,000 Colorado cases yet to come. On Friday, the one-year anniversary of that day, Governor Jared Polis hosted an Evening of Remembrance, honoring the 6,000 Coloradans who were lost to COVID.
#4: Congress Resurrects the Earmark

House Democrats are officially resurrecting earmarks, ending a decade-long prohibition on congressionally directed spending and giving lawmakers new tools to “bring home the bacon.” More questions remain for both the Senate, and Republicans in both chambers.
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Advocacy is a great tool for working to improve economic and social mobility in the region, and RMP wants to equip you to take part during the legislative session!

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Congratulations to Our PLAN Co-Champion!
Congratulations to PLAN Co-Champion Matthew La Crue on his promotion to Managing Director at Dentons! On behalf of the RMP network and family, may all of your work continue to bring you to new levels!
About Rocky Mountain Partnership

The Rocky Mountain Partnership is a coalition of cross-sector leaders and network partners who believe they can accomplish more by working together than apart.

RMP utilizes a nationally proven and rigorous collective impact framework to ensure economic vitality and prosperity for the community through economic and social opportunity and mobility for ALL community members, specifically for those most impacted by existing systems.
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