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.
New Network Stance on Legislation
Rocky Mountain Partnership's Policy & Legislative Advisory Network, as well as the Partnership Accountability Network, has voted to support HB21-1222 Regulation Of Family Child Care Homes.

This is the Partnership's first supportive stance on legislation. Stay tuned for action you can take around this policy, and keep an eye out for the network to take a stance on other bills in the future.

This Week in State Policy
Now that bill introduction has slowed down somewhat, we wanted to take the opportunity to share some legislation with you that falls a bit outside of RMP's policy priorities. This week, we're focusing on bills impacting health and mental health. Keep an eye out for bills impacting RMP's other five data domains in the coming weeks.

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.

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 either heard by a committee or the full House or Senate. There are several others waiting on next steps to be scheduled.
Scheduled bills:

  • HB21-1010 Diverse K-12 Educator Workforce Report is headed to the House Education Committee on Thu., March 25 at 1:30 p.m.
  • HB21-1067 College Admission use of National Test Score is headed to the House floor on Tue., March 23, time TBD.
  • HB21-1149 Energy Sector Career Pathway In Higher Education is headed to the House Energy & Environment Committee on Thu., April 1 at 1:30 p.m.
  • HB21-1200 Revise Student Financial Literacy Standards is headed to the House Education Committee on Thu., March 25 at 1:30 p.m.
  • SB21-013 Reversing COVID-related Learning Loss is headed to the Senate floor on Tue., March 23, time TBD.

Bills in limbo (for now):

  • HB21-1007 State Apprenticeship Agency was referred to the House Appropriations Committee by the House Business Affairs & Labor Committee. That hearing is not calendared at this time.
  • HB21-1114 School District Provision of Internet Service was passed on third reading by the House with no amendments. There are no other schedule updates at this time.
  • SB21-039 Elimination of Subminimum Wage Employment was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee by the Senate Business, Labor, & Technology Committee. That hearing is not calendared at this time.
  • SB21-106 Concerning Successful High School Transitions was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee by the Senate Education Committee. That hearing is not calendared at this time.
  • SB21-119 Increasing Access to High-Quality Credentials was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee by the Senate Education Committee. That hearing is not calendared at this time.
Other Statewide Updates
#1: Lawmakers Unveil Transportation Proposal

Coloradans will chip in a few cents more on gas fill-ups, delivery of online purchases, and Uber and Lyft rides, among other things to help raise nearly $4 billion over a decade to fix the state’s transportation system, under a plan lawmakers unveiled Thursday. Nine new fees pitched as part of an all-encompassing funding proposal would touch nearly every resident, business and traveler who uses the roads.
#2: Colorado's Vaccination Status

Colorado ranks ninth in the nation in the percentage of people 65 or older who are fully vaccinated with either a single dose of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or both doses of Pfizer’s or Moderna’s two-shot regimen, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state comes in 21st, however, when comparing the overall percentage of the population that’s been fully protected.
#3: COVID Hospitalizations Up

State hospitalization data released last week showed an increase of patients hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19. The number of people getting vaccinated continues to grow steadily, but much of the Colorado population is not yet immune and variants have arrived in growing numbers.
#4: New National Vaccine Target

President Joe Biden says he’s setting his sights higher on the pace of vaccinating Americans, one day after he announced that the United States is on track to well surpass his goal of administering 100 million doses during his first 100 days in office. Now the administration “may be able to double it,” Biden told reporters.
The Tea on Rocky Mountain Partnership

The Rocky Mountain Partnership is a coalition of cross-sector stakeholders who are working together to collectively improve economic and social mobility across the Adams County, Aurora and Broomfield region by:
  • utilizing data to set shared targets and as a scorecard to measure progress towards this;
  • advocating for and aligning policies, funding, and resources to remove barriers and accelerate progress;
  • better coordinating and improving the work happening on the ground to achieve this.
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