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♦Improving School Violence Reporting

Weekly Update   ♦Upcoming Bills   ♦Press Releases

♦In the News   ♦Tweets of the Week   ♦Capitol Pictures

Improving School Violence Reporting

By Assistant Minority Leader Polly Lawrence (R-Littleton)

In December 2013, a heartbreaking event occurred in Colorado when a student entered Arapahoe High School and proceeded to shoot and kill one of his classmates before turning the gun on himself. This tragedy, which shook communities across Colorado, revealed significant gaps in the laws requiring schools to report violent incidents. Due to a clerical error in the reporting process for these types of incidents in schools, this shooting did not appear on Arapahoe High School's school violence report for the 2013-14 school year.

In response, I have introduced House Bill 1273 to streamline the reporting process. This bill not only corrects the clerical error that led to the lack of reporting of the school shooting at Arapahoe High School, it creates an efficient, easily accessible database for parents. The bill consolidates all the reports from each school in Colorado, starting with data from the 2013-14 school year, and makes it easily accessible on the Colorado Department of Education's website. Additionally, my bill addresses another disparity in these reports surrounding the issue of sexual assaults and marijuana incidents on school campuses.

Sexual assaults which occur on school campuses are not reported individually; rather they are reported in a more generic category, which fails to capture the seriousness of these violations. House Bill 1273 requires schools to report sexual assaults on their campuses or at their sponsored events as a separate category, providing complete transparency of schools' management of violent incidents.

Similarly, marijuana incidents are also grouped into broad and generic categories. My bill requires marijuana-related incidents to be reported in a separate category, which provides data on the impact the drug is having on Colorado. With the recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado, it is important that we are able to measure its impact on our schools and students.

A streamlined school violence reporting process ensures accuracy and transparency and gives Colorado parents the knowledge they need to understand their children's school environment. House Bill 1273 accomplishes these goals by closing the loopholes within our current reporting laws and ensures the data collected is accurate and readily available to parents. 

We appreciate you taking the time to read our newsletter and encourage you to address concerns with your respective representative. You can keep up with all of our updates by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or visiting www.cohousegop.com.

Sincerely,

Polly Lawrence

House GOP Weekly Update

Representative Kit Roupe gives the weekly House GOP Update for the week of March 16-20th. 

Click here to view previous weekly updates.

Upcoming Bills of Interest

House Bill 1233 – Respite Care Study Task Force

Representative Lois Landgraf

Tuesday, March 31, House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee, 1:30 pm

House Bill 1181 – Colorado is Honoring Our Military Tax Exemption

Representative Jon Keyser

Wednesday, April 1, House Finance Committee, 1:30 pm

Senate Bill 078 – Business Fiscal Impacts Legislative Measure & Executive Rules

Representative Patrick Neville

Wednesday, April 1, House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, 1:30 pm

Press Releases

In the News

 Tweets of the Week 

Standing room only for the Felony DUI bill in House Finance Cmte. I voted yes in Judiciary Cmte, will vote yes today.

I had a great weekend with Club 20 on Friday night and Saturday morning, at Gunnison on Saturday afternoon, and in Lake City on Sunday, then back to Denver to get ready for Monday's work at the Capitol. There are lots of wonderful folks in Colorado that love our State and our Country and the freedom that we have. Thank you all for what you do to maintain that freedom!

Capitol Pictures

Rep. Clarice Navarro (R-Pueblo) is flanked by war veterans as she presents Senate Joint Resolution 15-008 to support US Senate Bill 1602, the "Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2013." 

  

Rep. Jon Becker (R-Fort Morgan) watches as the governor signs his bill, House Bill 1012, creating a sales and use tax exemption for dyed diesel fuel.

Rep. Lois Landgraf (R-Fountain) (right) chairs the House Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee as the ranking member present while the chair and vice-chair present a bill.

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