Lawmakers send stimulus bills to Polis 20 | Legislature
In the dying days of the 2021 legislative session, Gold Dome lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on the Colorado Recovery Plan’s $ 800 million stimulus package.
Between the House and the Senate, lawmakers this week moved 20 bills through the legislative process and onto the desk of Governor Jared Polis. These include:
- Bill 1104, which aims to extend the accreditation period for educators from five to seven years;
- Bill 1149, which calls on a number of state agencies to develop career paths for the energy sector;
- Bill 1234, which aims to provide just under $ 5 million in grants to local education providers for high-impact tutoring to address the learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Bill 1253, a measure of $ 5 million for grants for renewable and clean energy projects;
- Bill 1263, a $ 10 million program to encourage meetings and events in Colorado;
- Bill 1265, which would allow restaurants, bars, caterers and other food and beverage service providers to deduct up to $ 70,000 each month from the state’s net taxable sales between June and August of this year;
- House Bill 1270, which would invest $ 3 million in the Colorado Employment First Program with the goal of withdrawing a total of federal government matching for counties and third-party organizations to provide employment supports, employment retention services and workplace learning opportunities;
- Bill 1290, a $ 15 million measure to fund Colorado’s plan to support workers and communities dependent on jobs in coal mines and factories;
- Bill 1302, which would send $ 15 million to the Office of Economic Development to continue a grant program approved last year to support small businesses affected by the pandemic;
- Senate Bill 202, which would spend $ 10 million on air quality improvement projects in public schools;
- Senate Bill 203, a $ 2.5 million measure promoting Colorado-grown foods;
- Senate Bill 204, which would invest $ 5 million in two rural economic development grant programs administered by the Ministry of Local Affairs;
- Senate Bill 229, which creates a grant program for businesses opening in a designated rural start-up area;
- Senate Bill 230, which would send $ 40 million to the Colorado Energy Office, much of which would go to the former COO of the office that now runs the Colorado Clean Energy Fund, which he established while still in the office state energy;
- Senate Bill 231, a $ 3 million measure that funds grants to help low-income households reduce their energy costs and insulate their homes;
- Senate Bill 235, which would send the Department of Agriculture $ 5 million for energy efficiency and soil health programs;
- Senate Bill 236, which aims to create four scholarship programs for childcare and education as well as to make changes, including the elimination of the repeal date, of two scholarship programs for childcare existing;
- Senate Bill 239, which would require the Colorado 2-1-1 Collaborative to provide referrals to behavioral health services;
- Senate Bill 252, a move that invests $ 65 million in projects that create or revitalize mixed-use malls in a small Colorado town; and
- Senate Bill 241, which creates the Accelerated Small Business Growth Program, which is designed to provide business development support for businesses or businesses with fewer than 19 employees.
There are still a dozen outstanding invoices in the package, although these are also close to the finish line.