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Gov. Hickenlooper signs early literacy bill



DENVER ­—Thursday, May 17, 2012 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed several bills, including an early literacy bill that recognizes the importance of early childhood literacy as a critical foundational skill in later academic development and success.


“This is legislation that really does put kids first,” Hickenlooper said about HB12-1238, also known as The READ Act. “Reading proficiency is the single most powerful foundation that we have for all future success.”


The literacy bill focuses on the early identification of children with significant reading deficiencies and requires the creation of a customized scientifically-based intervention plan called a “READ plan.” Additionally, parents and educators have greater opportunities to work together on both the student’s academic progress and decisions about advancement.


“The READ Act is a significant step in the early literacy movement and an excellent example of what a broad coalition of caring people can accomplish when they come together to focus on the future of Colorado’s children and the economic vitality and prosperity of this state,” said Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia.


Here is a complete list of the bills signed today by the governor:







Ensuring K-3 Literacy Education

Massey & Hamner / Johnston & Spence

Concerning Literacy Education for Students Enrolled in Kindergarten through third grade, and, in connection therewith, creating the “Colorado Early Literacy Act” and making and reducing appropriations.


GA & Public Input Proposed Agency Rules & Fees

Acree / Jahn

Concerning additional methods for providing input to executive branch agencies about proposed rules, and, in connection therewith, directing agencies to establish representative groups to evaluate and comment on proposed rules, requiring agencies to notify the General Assembly of any rule-making that results in increase in fees of fines, and requiring agencies to submit departmental regulatory agendas to the General Assembly


Escape From Community Corrections Program

Fields / King S.

Concerning the penalty for a person who escapes from a place of confinement other than a county jail or correctional facility.


Funding From Dropout Recovery Programs

Nikkel / Giron

Concerning programs to allow students to enroll in postsecondary institutions to complete high school graduation requirements.


Update Election Law Administration Timing Process

Murray / Heath

Concerning technical modification to laws relating to the administration of elections, and, in connection therewith, harmonizing current laws with federal law, altering the time periods within with which certain actions must be taken, raising certain fees, and deleting obsolete references.


For a complete list of Hickenlooper’s 2012 legislation decisions, visit www.colorado.gov/governor.