From educators to farmers, this week has been all about advocacy! Last Thursday, I met with over two-dozen teachers from Colorado SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) to hear about the needs of our schools and educators when it comes to providing physical fitness and well-being to our kiddos. Learning loss, teacher shortages, and under-funded public schools is why I’m working hard in the Senate Education committee to deliver strong supports to our students and teachers.
I also had the incredible pleasure of meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris along with the Democratic Women’s Caucus to discuss everything from expanding healthcare access to mitigating the devastating effects of climate change. So cool!
|I have also been hard at work advocating for Colorado’s farmers and agricultural workers. My bill, HB23-1011 (Consumer Right To Repair Agricultural Equipment) will be heard in the Senate Agriculture committee this week, so I’ve been busy speaking with local farmers to hear about how this bill can help cut down operating costs for their own equipment and help feed our communities.
If there are any bills you are passionate about, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office! I’d love to hear your input on the proposals I’m voting on.
HB23-1005 Has Been Signed Into Law!
New Energy Improvement Program Changes was signed into law by Governor Polis this past Tuesday! This bill will provide building owners with access to low-cost financing for turf replacement and landscaping projects, thus helping reduce outdoor water demand, create more drought-tolerant landscapes, and improve system-wide water supply resilience for utilities facing the impacts of climate change and prolonged drought.
Just over a year ago, the Marshall Fire damaged more than 30 commercial buildings in Boulder County. As these kinds of extreme natural disasters become more frequent, it’s vital that we do everything we can to make commercial and industrial properties more climate resilient and energy sustainable.
Two more bills of mine have been introduced this week!
The first is HB23-1231 (Math In Pre-kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade). This bill aims to reach the 50,000 Colorado students who are struggling in math due to pandemic-related learning loss with a historic investment in tutoring and training.The bill holds a package of new programs including:
- $25 million for three-year grants for after-school math and STEM improvements
- School districts, Boys & Girls Clubs, and other community groups and individual charter schools can apply for tutoring programs.
- Free optional training for an estimated 36,000 educators in the latest evidence-based math practices.
- Parents can also tap into training! The Colorado Dept. of Education will create a free “train the trainer” model and provide assistance in math instruction to help small rural districts.
- Required education preparation programs to train new teachers in evidence-based math instruction, including interventions to help students below grade level, children with disabilities and English-language learners.
- Encouraging school districts to identify students struggling in math, notify parents, and offer interventions to assist with math at home.
- A targeted focus will be on 9th graders as they transition to high school.
- Requiring preschool teachers to educate young children in basic early numeracy.
- Purchasing a master license for a digital online math accelerator tutoring program that could offer personalized instruction to every elementary and middle school student in Colorado!
“With all these additional partners and resources, I really truly believe we will be able to make an impact with our math results.” – Sen. Marchman
The second bill is part of a package protecting reproductive rights and safety for all Coloradans. My bill, Prohibiting Deceptive Practices at Anti-Abortion Centers, will protect Coloradans seeking reproductive health care by prohibiting the use of deceptive advertising by anti-abortion centers. It declares prescribing, offering, or facilitating a “medication abortion reversal” unprofessional conduct for licensed or certified health care providers.
“Everyone should be able to seek life-saving reproductive and affirming care without interference or shame – it is a fundamental expression of the American values of freedom, privacy, and self-determination that we all hold dear. These bills represent an important step forward in our goal to keep abortion safe, transparent, and accessible in Colorado, and will help improve the health and well-being of communities across our state.”
– Sen. Marchman
|Join State Senator Janice Marchman and House Minority Leader Mike Lynch for a Wellington town hall!
With local concerns over water quality, water affordability, and housing access, we will be joined by City Councilor Rebekka Dailey, and experts in the Division of Water Resources and Division of Housing to discuss local water and housing policy.
Join us at the Leeper Center Community Room (3800 Wilson Avenue Wellington, CO) at 5:30pm on Tuesday the 21st. Hope to see you there!
|If you have any questions, feel free to reach out! I’d love to hear from you.