Here are legislative committee hearings and other events of note for the week ahead at the Colorado state Capitol.
A Senate panel on Wednesday took the first step to expand students' access to medical marijuana while at school.
The bill from Sen. Paul Lundeen, R-Monument, would require voters to cast ballots in person either on election day or in the six-day period leading up to election day. It would still allow voters to cast ballots by mail, but would require voters to opt in to receive a mail-in ballot.
House Minority Leader Hugh McKean, R-Loveland, has hired former Trump administration official Jonathan Finer to serve as chief of staff for the Colorado House Republican caucus.
While the measure won support from the Colorado Municipal Clerks Association, the League of Women Voters and the Colorado Municipal League, among others, it received strong pushback from El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman.
Senate Bill 26 would make LGBT veterans eligible for tuition assistance available to the military, teaching grants, burial at the Homelake Veterans Cemetery in Monte Vista or any other state-owned veterans cemetery and, hunting licenses for which veterans do not need to take a hunter safety course.
“You have a crisis-only response system,” Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet said of mental health care in an interview with Colorado Politics. “We need to get into the preventative care model so that we can teach people how to identify when their depression is too deep, their anxiety is too deep, when they need to learn coping skills, when they need to get extra help.”
Gov. Jared Polis, delivering his third State of the State address to a chamber of masked lawmakers and guests separated by plexiglass, called on the General Assembly to seize the “once-in-a-generation opportunity to not just build back stronger than where we were before the pandemic, but fundamentally reimagine Colorado’s future.”