End of Session Legislative Report

As the 2018 session of the Colorado General Assembly draws to a close, let’s take a look at what has been accomplished (and what’s still being considered).

SB18-027 Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact: The first bill of the legislative session to be signed by Governor Hickenlooper, and a bill that was incredibly time sensitive. Colorado needed to reaffirm its membership in the interstate compact of nurses within the first 14 days of the legislative session. That’s an incredibly narrow time window to complete a process that is designed to be slow.

SB18-011 Students Excused from Taking State Assessments: This is a bill I’m very proud of, but not one that got much attention. Before this bill was signed into law, schools in Colorado were prohibited from punishing students whose parents chose to opt them out of standardized testing. SB18-011 made it clear that offering a reward for students that DID take part in testing was also prohibited. So, schools can’t punish or otherwise deprive a student of a reward or treat as a result of their participation in state assessments.

SB18-100 Motor Vehicle Rental Charges Disclosures: SB100 is a good common-sense piece of legislation that other states had already implemented with success. SB100 requires car rental companies to disclose upfront any mandatory, additional charges that will affect the price of the rental. No longer will “hidden” fees be tacked on to the end of the receipt, surprising renters.

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