DENVER—State Rep. Robert Ramirez’s bill to protect Colorado’s school children received overwhelming support from both Republicans and Democrats on final reading in the House yesterday.
House Bill 1121 disqualifies persons convicted of certain felonies, such as child abuse and unlawful sexual behavior, from being employed in Colorado’s public schools.
“Fighting for our children’s safety is a top priority,” said Ramirez, R-Westminster. “We cannot allow dangerous convicted felons to work in our schools.”
The measure specifies that those convicted of certain felony drug offenses or domestic violence are only disqualified from employment for a lesser period of time, five years after the offense is committed.
“Our goal is to protect children from those who would do them harm,” said Ramirez. “The vast majority of those working in public schools are good, dedicated people who won’t be affected by this measure.”
HB 1121 passed the House by 54 to 9, with Republicans and Democrats supporting the measure to protect children.
The bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration.