CCLP’s 2014 primary legislative priorities passed: Landmark progress on reducing poverty, advancing opportunity

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The Colorado Center on Law and Policy pursued an ambitious agenda during the 2014 General Assembly session to secure pathways from poverty for struggling families in Colorado. CCLP’s legislative priorities can be divided into two categories—our primary agenda and other significant poverty reduction bills we worked on and tracked through the legislative session. CCLP staff played a lead role on all nine of the primary agenda bills listed below, from conception of the idea all the way through final passage in both houses of the legislature, serving as the lead advocate on some, and building coalitions of supporters. All of these bills passed.

Primary Legislative Priorities

Bill Number, Sponsors

Title

Summary

Position

Status

SB14-187
Sen. Aguilar
Sen. Roberts
Rep. Stephens
Rep. Schafer
Colorado Commission Affordable Health Care Creates a commission to study the principal factors that drive health care costs in Colorado, and it will recommend to the General Assembly solutions for reducing health care costs.

 

Support

Passed 

HB14-1072
Rep. Pettersen
Rep. Exum
Sen. Kefalas
Income Tax Credit for Child Care Expenses Provides tax relief for the poorest working families to help offset the high cost of child care.

 

Support

Passed

HB14-1085
Rep. Fields
Sen. Zenzinger
Adult Education and Literacy Programs Provides state support for adult basic education for the first time and requires adult education programs to connect students with job-training entities.

Support

Passed

SB14-012
Sen. Kefalas
Rep. Exum
Aid to the Needy Disabled Program Provides an eight percent increase in the monthly AND benefit and creates a pilot program designed to improve AND efficiency.

 

Support

 Passed

SB14-050
Sen. Aguilar
Rep. Moreno
Financial Assistance in Colorado Hospitals Ensures low-income hospital patients are informed about the availability of financial assistance, and that hospitals comply with the minimum standards set in the Hospital Discount Program established in 2012.

 

Support

Passed 

SB14-087
Sen. Ulibarri
Rep. Fields
Identification Card Issuance Standards Eases the legal process for a name change for people 70 and older, which will make it easier for some seniors to more quickly secure a photo ID.

 

Support

 Passed

SB14-003
Rep. Pettersen
Sen. Nicholson
Colorado Child Care Assistance Program, cliff effect Provides funding for counties to test solutions to the cliff effect – the loss of all child care benefits when parents’ income grows slightly.

 

Support

Passed

HB14-1317
Rep. Duran
Sen. Nicholson
Sen. Kefalas
Colorado Child Care Assistance Program, improvements Makes many improvements to the state’s child care assistance program, including lowering the cost of child care for the poorest working families and providing child care payment assistance for parents in workforce training or college classes.

Support

Passed

JBC bill
Long Bill, budget request Funds Medicaid for pregnant lawfully present immigrant women and children in Medicaid and CHP+. This budget action provides benefits to lawful permanent residents who have had to wait 5 years before becoming eligible for Medicaid/CHP+.

 

Support

Passed