2012 Session Highlights
Additional information, including full bill text, is available on the website of the Colorado State General Assembly. Click here to access Senate Bills from 2012. Click here to access House Bills from 2012.
SB 046: Fair Discipline in Public Schools
Gives discretion over zero-tolerance policies to school administrators and local boards of education to determine the appropriate disciplinary response according to the particular incident and child. It seeks to limit expulsion and suspension, providing other alternatives that promote personal accountability and foster a safe learning environment.
Additional 2012 Bills Sponsored by Senator Newell
HB 1304: Organized Retail Crime Theft
HB 1033: Workers’ Compensation Fair Audit Fines
HB 1047: Families for Kids in Foster Care
SB 005: CO Business Retention and Expansion Program
SB 127: Medicaid Longterm Care Coverage
SB 130: Office of Early Childhood
HB 1090: No School Pupil Count on Religious Holidays
HB 1276: Childcare Facilities Waiver
HB 1095: Verification of Electronic Court Documents
HJR 1010: Film, TV, and Video Gaming Industry Growth
SJR 026: Conflict Resolution Month
HJR 1013: Developmental Disabilities Awareness
SJR 028: Child Abuse Prevention Month
SJR 045: Recognition of PeaceJam
SR 004: Office of Child Protection Ombudsman
HB 1061: Skills for Jobs Act
Requires a collaboration between the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Higher Education. The departments, listening to Colorado businesses, will identify which fields are growing to ensure that colleges and vocational centers are educating students in fields that need skilled workers.
HB 1140: Suicide Prevention Act
Colorado has the 6th highest rate of suicide in the country. This bill helps prevent suicide by providing education resources to families with members who have contemplated suicide as well as collecting statewide data.
HB 1272: Training for Unemployed
Building on the success of the Colorado HIRES program that has so far employed 2,500 Coloradans at 1,100 Colorado businesses. Provides training for those needing to update their job skills to make themselves marketable or to start their own business.
HB 1286: Film Production Jobs in Colorado Act
Will retain and bring back jobs to Colorado in the film and video game design industry and increase Colorado tourism jobs.