Bills

Senate Bills

 

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.

Read the full bill here

 

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 Zenzinger, repealed the school leadership academy program and created in its place the school turnaround leaders development program.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.

Read the full bill here

 

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.

Read the full bill here

 

 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

 

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

 

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.

Read the full bill here