STATE BILL COLORADO
Five bills and two Senate joint resolutions were introduced Friday, including a measure, HB11-1155, that would allow the lieutenant governor to serve in a cabinet position.
Gov. John Hickenlooper earlier proposed that Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, a former college president, do double duty as the commission on higher education. The proposed legislation would ensure that the idea passes legal muster.
The introductions also resolved the mystery of SB11-061, a bill that was entered into the state’s system last week but never actually published or released.
The bipartisan measure would scrap the state’s two-step appeals process for protesting a state determination on child disabilities in favor of a one-step process that complies with federal law. The sponsors are Sen. Nancy Spence, a Republican, and Rep. Mark Ferrandino, a Democrat.
You can review the bill summaries below, courtesy of State Bill Colorado.