Bills

Senate Bills

 

2019

SB19-003 Educator Loan Forgiveness Program

Concerning the educator loan forgiveness program to address educator shortages.

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SB19-017 Requirements For CDOT Colorado Department of Transportation Land Acquisitions

Concerning the exemption of CDOT from existing reporting and transportation commission approval requirements when it acquires land needed for specified highway-related purposes by means other than condemnation.

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SB19-039 Interdistrict Transportation Of Students

Concerning allowing interdistrict transportation of students only by adjacent school districts subject to the school districts’ mutual consent.

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SB19-044 Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment Emergency Medical And Trauma Care System

Concerning the statewide emergency medical and trauma care system in CDPHE, and, in connection therewith, eliminating the requirement that the state board of health cooperate with the department of personnel in adopting certain criteria.

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SB19-061 Self-contained Breathing Apparatus Testing And Certification

Concerning standards for the certification of certain types of respirators equipped with pressure vessels.

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SB19-068 Expand Disclosure Electioneering Communications

Concerning expanded disclosure about electioneering communications.

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SB19-080 Colorado Department of Public Health And Environment Emergency Epidemic Preparedness

Concerning eliminating the authority of the state board of health to adopt rules establishing standards to ensure that certain entities are prepared for an emergency epidemic.

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SB19-081 Repeal Cancer Drug Repository Act

Concerning the repeal of the “Colorado Cancer Drug Repository Act”.

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SB19-083 Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment Air Quality Control

Concerning the repeal of obsolete provisions regarding air quality control, and, in connection therewith, eliminating the requirement that the state board of health supervise certain air quality control programs and removing statutory provisions relating to the air pollution variance board and the air quality hearings board.

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SB19-102 Innovation School Operating As A Community School

Concerning permitting a public school to include operation as a community school in its innovation plan.

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SB19-106 Withdraw Peace Officers Local Government Retirement Plan

Concerning an additional process by which a board of county commissioners may initiate the withdrawal of current employees who are peace officers from a defined contribution retirement plan offered by one or more local governments.

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SB19-144 Motorcyclists And Malfunctioning Traffic Signals

Concerning allowing a driver of a motorcycle to proceed past a malfunctioning traffic control signal.

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SB19-194 National Guard Tuition Assistance Colorado State University Global

Concerning the addition of Colorado State University Global Campus as a designated institution of higher education for purposes of tuition assistance for members of the National Guard.

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SB19-197 Continue Complementary Or Alternative Medicine Program

Concerning the continuation of the pilot program to allow an eligible person with a spinal cord injury to receive complementary or alternative medicine.

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SB19-202 Voting Rights For Voters With Disabilities

Concerning ballot access for voters with disabilities.

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SB19-205 Honor Service Of Women Veterans

Concerning the creation of a license plate to honor women veterans of the United States armed forces.

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SB19-207 FY 2019-20 Long Bill

Concerning the provision for payment of the expenses of the executive, legislative, and judicial departments of the state of Colorado, and of its agencies and institutions, for and during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019.

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SB19-209 PACE Program Funding Methodology

Concerning provisions relating to PACE programs, and, in connection therewith, determining the funding methodology.

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SB19-246 Public School Finance

Concerning the financing of public schools, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation, and in connection therewith, amending the bill to include $22 million to special education tier B categorical funding.

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SB19-254 Nursing Home Penalty Cash Fund

Concerning the nursing home penalty cash fund, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

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SB19-260 Entry Into FPPA Fire and Police Pension Association For Social Security Employers

Concerning entry into the fire and police pension association for social security employers.

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SB19-262 General Fund Transfer To Highway Users Tax Fund

Concerning a one-time transfer of one hundred million dollars from the general fund to the highway users tax fund.

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SB19-263 Delay Referral Of TRANs Transportation Revenue Anticipation Notes Ballot Issue To 2020

Concerning the delay until the November 2020 general election of the requirement that a ballot issue seeking approval for the issuance of transportation revenue anticipation notes be submitted to the voters of the state at the November 2019 statewide election.

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2018

SB18-006 Recording Fee To Fund Attainable Housing

Status: Postponed Indefinitely

Concerning the ability of the counties to increase the fee they charge for the recording of real estate documents for the purpose of financing a statewide attainable housing investment fund.

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SB18-067 Auction Alcohol In Sealed Container Special Events

Status: Signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper

Concerning the ability of certain organizations conducting a special event to auction alcohol beverages in sealed containers for fundraising purposes under specified circumstances.

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SB18-069 Enforcement Statewide Degree Transfer Agreements

Status: Signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper

Concerning enforcement of statewide degree transfer agreements.

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SB18-082 Physician Noncompete Exemption For Rare Disorder

Status: Awaiting Governor’s signature

Concerning a physician’s right to provide continuing care to patients with rare disorders despite a covenant not to compete.

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SB18-090 Terminology Referencing “Rights Of Married Women”

Status: Awaiting Governor’s signature

Concerning modernization of language in statutory sections concerning “rights of married women”.

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SB18-095 Outdated References To “Illegitimate” Children

Status: Awaiting Governor’s signature

Concerning the removal of statutory references to the marital status of parents of a child.

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SB18-098 Unconstitutional Language Interest On Damages

Status: Awaiting Governor’s signature

Concerning amending a statutory provision relating to interest on damages that was ruled unconstitutional by the Colorado supreme court.

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SB18-102 Odometer Reading Physical Vehicle Identification Number Verification

Status: Awaiting Governor’s signature

Concerning the requirement for an odometer reading when a motor vehicle’s identification number is physically verified.

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SB18-107 Repeal Nomination Vacancy Filling in Municipal Elections

Status: Awaiting Governor’s signature

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SB18-147 Educator Loan Forgiveness Program

Status: Postponed Indefinitely

Concerning the educator loan forgiveness program to address educator shortages.

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SB18-159 Innovative School Operating as a Community School

Status: Postponed Indefinitely

Concerning permitting a public school to include operation as a community school in its innovation plan.

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SB18-189 Alcohol Beverage Service Special Events

Status: Postponed Indefinitely

Concerning the ability of certain organizations conducting a special event to sell alcohol beverages for fundraising purposes under specified circumstances.

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2017

SB17-085 Increase documentary fee and fund attainable housing

Status: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

Concerning an increase in the fee imposed by counties in connection with the recording of real estate documents for the purpose of financing a statewide attainable housing investment fund.

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SB17-092 Immunity peace officer background checks

Status: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

Concerning requiring a personnel file waiver for private employment as part of the background check process for a person applying for a position as a peace officer.

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SB17-102 Prohibit use of certain student personal information

Status: Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely

Concerning prohibitions affecting the student information that school service providers collect.

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SB17-123 Seal of biliteracy for high school diplomas

Status: Signed into law

Concerning a high school diploma endorsement for biliteracy.

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SB17-144 Sunset review education data advisory committee

Status: Sent to the Governor for his signature

Concerning the recommended continuation of the education data advisory committee by the director of the division of professions and occupations in the department of regulatory agencies.

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SB17-279 Applicability Recent Urban Renewal Legislation

Status: Introduced in Senate, assigned to Local Government Committee

Concerning clarification of the applicability provisions of recent legislation to promote an equitable financial contribution among affected public bodies in connection with urban redevelopment projects allocating tax revenues.

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2014

SB 14-098: Protection Against Elder Abuse

Status: Signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper, April 7, 2014

This bill strengthened laws that were protecting citizens from elder abuse.

According to national studies, more than 7.6 percent of elders have experienced abuse within the last year. Sen. Zenzinger believes the problem will get worse if we do not remedy it, as our state elder population is expected to grow by 27 percent by 2017 and 142 percent by 2032. Sen. Zenzinger’s bill established a new crime called “criminal exploitation of at-risk elders.” It modified mandatory elder-abuse reporting requirements and required that local law enforcement is the first to be notified, rather than the district attorney. These changes encouraged resolution of elder-abuse issues more quickly and at a local level.

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SB 14-124: School Turnaround Program

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper, June 5, 2014

This bill, sponsored by Sen. Zenzinger, repealed the school leadership academy program and created in its place the school turnaround leaders development program. The department of education administers the program based on rules adopted by the state board of education.

Sen. Zenzinger recognizes that high-quality leadership for struggling schools has become a clear priority nationwide. Such leadership within the educational community would presumably improve academic performance among low-achieving students. Under terms of this bill, managers of the program award grants by which school districts throughout the state develop school leaders. The bill outlined rigorous criteria the state must consider when selecting school turnaround leader grant recipients.

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SB 14-125: Transportation Network Companies Regulation

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper, June 5, 2014

This bill, sponsored by Sen. Zenzinger, authorized the Public Utilities Commission to regulate transportation network companies such as UberX and Lyft. These companies match drivers and paying passengers through a digital network, such as a mobile device, for transportation from an agreed-upon point of origin to an agreed-upon destination, much like a taxi service. The bill addressed issues of insurance, driver background checks, and vehicle inspections.

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SB 14-150: School Counselor Corps Program

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper, May 16, 2014

This bill, of which Sen. Zenzinger was co-prime sponsor, made several changes to the school counselor corps grant program, a program designed to increase and support the amount of counseling available in secondary schools. SB 150 extended the program to middle and junior high schools; extended the length of the grant cycle to four years, from three; and increased the total annual grant amount to $10 million, from $5 million. An ultimate goal of this program is to help increase the graduation rate within the state and increase the percentage of students who appropriately prepare for, apply to, and continue into post-secondary education.

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 SB 14-167: Opportunity Schools Pilot Initiative

Status: Passed through Senate, died in the House of Representatives

This bill sponsored by Sen. Zenzinger would have targeted Colorado’s high school dropout rate by providing improved educational opportunities for high-risk students. Nearly one-in-five, high-risk, alternative school students dropped out of school during the 2012-13 school year.  SB 14-167 would have provided additional funding for alternative education campuses.

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SB 14-185:  Resources for Early Childhood Education

Status: Passed through Senate, died in House of Representatives

This bill would have established a pilot “Pay for Success” program. Through the Pay for Success program, philanthropists would have invested capital in early learning and development programs to help kids under 5 years old.  If the programs met specified conditions of success, the philanthropist would have recouped his or her initial investment from the state.  If the program had been unsuccessful, the government would have paid nothing.

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Senate Joint Resolution

 

2018

SJR18-007 National Speech and Debate Education Day

Status: Signed by President of the Senate and Speaker of the House

Concerning the designation of March 2, 2018, as National Speech and Debate Education Day in Colorado.

Read the full resolution here

 

2014

SJR 14-026: Equal Pay Day

Status: Passed Senate and House

Co-sponsored with Senators Kerr, Peniston and Duran, this resolution concerned the designation of April 8, 2014, as “Equal Pay Day” in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, acknowledging the persisting problem of wage disparity among various groups.

Read the full resolution here.

 

House Bills

 

2019

HB19-1002 Leadership Professional Development For School Principals

Concerning professional development in leadership for public school principals.

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HB19-1007 Contribution Limits For County Offices

Concerning the establishment of contribution limits under the “Fair Campaign Practices Act” for candidates for county offices.

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HB19-1030 Unlawful Electronic Sexual Communication

Concerning creating the crime of unlawful electronic sexual communication.

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HB19-1055 Public School Cap Construction Financial Assistance

Concerning the provision of state financial assistance for public school capital construction, and, in connection therewith, increasing the amount of retail marijuana excise tax revenue that is credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund.

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HB19-1060 Repeal Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment Facility Life Safety Statutes

Concerning conforming amendments necessitated by the transfer of certain safety authorities from CDPHE to the department of public safety pursuant to House Bill 12-1268.

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HB19-1062 Grand Junction Regional Center Campus

Concerning the Grand Junction regional center campus.

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HB19-1071 Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment Water Quality Control

Concerning the manner in which watercourses of the district are used for waste disposal.

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HB19-1084 Notice To Property Owners Whether Area Blighted

Concerning a requirement that notice of a determination on whether a particular land area is blighted be given to owners of private property within the area.

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HB19-1085 Grants For Property Tax Rent And Heat

Concerning the property-related expense assistance grants for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities.

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HB19-1166 Name-based Criminal History Record Checks

Concerning name-based criminal history record checks, and, in connection therewith, requiring certain persons and entities to submit to a name-based criminal history record check as a condition of employment, appointment, registration, licensure, or certification.

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HB19-1255 Mesa Verde National Park License Plate

Concerning the creation of a Mesa Verde National Park license plate.

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HB19-1228 Increase Tax Credit Allocation Affordable Housing

Concerning an increase in the aggregate amount of the tax credits that the Colorado housing and finance authority may allocate in a calendar year under the Colorado affordable housing tax credit.

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HB19-1255 Mesa Verde National Park License Plate

Concerning the creation of a Mesa Verde National Park license plate.

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HB19-1326 Rates For Senior Low-income Dental Program

Concerning rate flexibility on existing procedures in the Colorado dental health care program for low-income seniors.

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HB19-1332 Telephone Users Disabilities Fund Talking Book Library

Concerning the use of money in the Colorado telephone users with disabilities fund to provide talking book library services for certain persons with disabilities.

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2018

HB18-1018 Human Trafficking Commercial Driver’s License

Status: Awaiting Governor’s signature

Concerning a requirement that education to prevent human trafficking be included in the training to obtain a commercial driver’s license.

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HB18-1042 Private Interstate Commercial Vehicle Registration

Status: Awaiting Governor’s signature

Concerning the creation of a program to authorize private providers to register commercial vehicles as Class A personal property, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing an appropriation.

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HB18-1070 Additional Public School Capital Construction Funding

Status: Awaiting Governor’s signature

Concerning an increase in the amount of financial assistance that can be provided for public school capital construction under the “Building Excellent Schools Today Act”, and, in connection therewith, increasing the amount of retail marijuana excise tax revenue that is credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund and increasing the maximum total amount of annual lease payments authorized for lease-purchase agreements entered into under the act.

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HB18-1137 Reporting Requirements Department Of Transportation And Department Of Public Safety To General Assembly

Status: Awaiting Governor’s signature

Concerning the scheduled repeal of reports to the general assembly, and, in connection therewith, continuing the requirements for reports by the department of transportation and the department of public safety.

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HB18-1138 Public Official Oaths and Affirmations

Status: Awaiting Governor’s signature

Concerning standardizing public official oaths of office, and, in connection therewith, providing a uniform oath text and establishing requirements for taking, subscribing, administering, and filing public oaths of office.

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HB18-1139 Reporting Requirements for Park Fees set by Rule

Status: Awaiting Governor’s signature

Concerning the removal of outdated statutory references to repealed reporting requirements that were previously imposed on the parks and wildlife commission with regard to its rule-making authority to set fees.

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HB18-1141 Modernize Early Childhood Council Language

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper

Concerning the removal of outdated references in statute to “early childhood care and education councils.”

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HB18-1142 Remove term “Pauper” from Colorado Revised Statues

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper

Concerning modernizing language in statutory sections that refer to paupers.

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HB18-1193 Extend Advanced Placement Incentives Program

Status: Awaiting Governor’s signature

Concerning the advanced placement incentives pilot program, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

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HB18-1299 Electronic Filing Title Registration

Status: Awaiting Governor’s signature

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2017

HB17-1016 Exclude value mineral resources tax increment financing division

Status: Signed into law

Concerning the ability of an urban renewal authority to exclude the valuation attributable to the extraction of mineral resources located within an urban renewal area from the total amount of taxable property subject to division for the purpose of financing urban renewal projects.

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HB17-1038 Prohibit Corporate Punishment of Children

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary, Postpone Indefinitely

Concerning prohibiting corporal punishment of children in certain public settings.

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HB17-1201 Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Diploma Endorsement

Status: Introduced in Senate, assigned to Education Committee

Concerning authorization for granting a high school diploma endorsement in the combined disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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2014

HB 14-1079: Capital for Colorado Businesses

Status: Signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper

This bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Zenzinger, allowed Colorado businesses to raise $5 million from limited registration public offerings, up from $1 million. Access to capital within Colorado continues to be inadequate for the needs of Colorado businesses and entrepreneurial startups. Historically, a gap occurred between funding available from friends, family, and angels and funding available from venture capitalists. One approach to raising capital in Colorado is through limited registration public offerings.

Read the full bill here

 

HB 14-1085: Adult Education and Literacy Programs

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper, June 5, 2014

In an effort to enhance workforce development, Sen. Zenzinger was the prime sponsor on this bill, which created an adult education and literacy grant program. Local education providers, post-secondary institutions and local, nonprofit workforce development providers may apply for these grants via applications to the Colorado Department of Education.

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HB 14-1208: Joint Agreements by School Districts

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper, March 27, 2013.

This bill, another with Sen. Zenzinger as co-prime sponsor, authorized “multi-district administrative units,” essentially school districts that formed partnerships prior to January 2011, to  keep operating under those partnerships. These partnerships, even those that did not result in schools forming a board of cooperative services, are still be considered administrative units. They can continue providing special education services without forming a board of cooperative services.

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