Status of bills of interest in the legislature

by Beecher Threatt

Gov. Jared Polis has signed the following bills into law:
Retain and assist rural educators

District 59 Rep. Barbara McLachlan sponsored SB19-009 in the Colorado House. The bill provides financial incentives to teach in rural areas and expands a program that rewards education preparation students who agree to teach in a rural area. The stipend program no longer has a cap on the number that can be awarded, and the award is increased from $2,800 to $4,000.
A change in the weather
If a county prohibits fireworks between May 31 and July 5 of any year, and there is “a change in the weather” resulting in no high fire danger being present, the county “shall endeavor to promptly consider” whether to rescind the restriction.
National Popular Vote
SB19-042 enters Colorado into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. If enough other states join the compact, the bill would ensure all of Colorado’s electors are awarded to the presidential winner of the National Popular Vote. Each state has the power to allocate its electors however they choose under Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution. Once enough states totaling 270 electoral votes join the popular vote compact, the agreement would go into effect. The bill does not get rid of the Electoral College.

The following bills have passed both House and Senate and await the governor’s signature as of Wednesday:
Hospital transparency measures

This bill requires greater transparency from...

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