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Apr 21, 2014 11:57 AM by David Randall

Bill To Watch in the Colorado Legislature

DENVER (AP) - This week's Bill To Watch in the Colorado Legislature

THE BILL:

House Bill 1292, to shore up K-12 public school budgets slashed by about $1 billion during the recent recession.

WHAT IT DOES:

Dubbed the "Student Success Act," the bill would take advantage of improving state finances and about $40 million from recreational pot taxes to address needs from kindergarten and charter school facilities to struggling early readers to English language learners. The bill seeks to resurrect school reforms that accompanied an income tax rejected by voters last year.

WHO WANTS IT?

The bill has bipartisan support, but it has bipartisan opposition, too. Many school districts have complained the money comes with too many strings attached.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

About $160 million next year, according to legislative fiscal analysts.

WHERE IT STANDS:

The bill has passed the House and awaits consideration by the full Senate.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING:

"Rising tides lift yachts and leaky canoes the same." - Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, D-Commerce City.

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