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SB 20-023

  • Colorado Senate Bill
  • 2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Mar 11, 2020
  • Passed Senate Mar 11, 2020
  • House
  • Governor

Colorado Working Group On School Safety


School Safety Committee. The bill creates the Colorado interagency working group on school safety. The working group consists of 14 13 voting members. including 4 legislative members. The mission of the working group is to enhance school safety through the cost-effective use of public resources. The working group shall: Study and implement recommendations of the state auditor's report regarding school safety released September 2019; Study the use of lockdown drills, including their effectiveness and any harm they do to the participating students; Identify school safety best practices and then rank the effectiveness of the best practices; Identify actions to improve transparency, reduce duplication, improve services, and improve communication; Create minimum school safety standards; Provide school risk assessments and training; Develop standardized language for describing threats to schools and the procedures to be followed in investigating a threat; Create a list of approved school safety resource vendors and tools; Recommend minimum standards or procedural guidelines for behavioral threat assessment tools; Report on a monthly basis aggregated behavioral and risk assessment data; Create an annual report of findings and recommendations, including evidence-based analysis and data; and Study and evaluate the implemented changes . Consider program organization and recommend reorganization if necessary; Identify shared metrics to examine program effectiveness; Facilitate interagency coordination and communication; Increase transparency and accessibility of state grants and resources, particularly for school districts without a grant writer, which includes improving outreach and may include developing common grant applications; Facilitate and address data sharing, including allowable data sharing at the local level, when appropriate and allowable under state and federal law; and Address school safety program challenges in a coordinated way. The working group may contract with a consultant to optimize the alignment and effectiveness of the school safety efforts in Colorado and identify evidence-based best practices. The general assembly may appropriate money to the working group for a consultant, and the working group can accept gifts, grants, and donations. The bill repeals the working group on September 1, 2023 2022 . The bill appropriates $96,776 from the general fund to the department of public safety. Of the appropriation, $48,448 is for administrative services in the division of criminal justice and $48,328 is for school safety resource center costs. (Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.) (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Bill Sponsors (4)

Bob Gardner

  • Republican
  • upper
  • 12

Julie Gonzales

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 34

Dafna Michaelson Jenet

  • Democratic
  • lower
  • 30

Kevin Van Winkle

  • Republican
  • lower
  • 43


Mar 11, 2020





Mar 11, 2020


Introduced In House - Assigned to Education

  • Introduction


Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

Mar 10, 2020


Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor

Mar 06, 2020


Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole

  • Committee-Passage

Feb 05, 2020


Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations

  • Referral-Committee
Appropriations Education

Jan 08, 2020


Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education

  • Introduction

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Reengrossed (03/11/2020) PDF
Engrossed (03/10/2020) PDF
Introduced (01/08/2020) PDF
PA2 (03/06/2020) PDF
PA1 (02/06/2020) PDF
Committee Amendment PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note SA1 (03/05/2020) PDF
Fiscal Note FN1 (01/16/2020) PDF
Fiscal Note FN2 (03/05/2020) PDF


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