Policy and Advocacy

2022 Policy Priorities

2022 Policy Priorities

About the 2022 Policy Priorities

Rocky Mountain Partnership’s 2022 policy priorities are intended to impact overall economic and social mobility

The Partnership monitors the state legislative session for bills in alignment with the priorities. From this list, the Partnership determines potential bills to take stances on.

View the 2022 Bill Tracker HERE

Learn more about the 2022 policy priorities in the documents below:

Click on the button below to view the 2022 Policy Priority One Pager.

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Click on the button below to view the 2022 Policy Priority Full Report.

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 Click on the button below to view the 2022 Policy Priority Key Driver.

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The Partnership’s Tier One Priorities in 2022

View the white papers on each of the Partnership’s 2022 policy priorities by clicking the buttons below

Mental Health Care

Affordable Housing


Child Care


Tier One vs. Tier Two Priorities

Tier One priorities will be more intentionally advocated for during the 2022 legislative session and more aggressively pursued with the legislative delegation in conversations. These are the priorities for which the Partnership will proactively attempt to provide testimony, data, and letters of support.

Tier Two priorities encompass the more passive areas of monitoring for the Partnership during the legislative session. The Partnership will retain the ability to take action on individual pieces of legislation within these priority areas on a case-by-case basis.

How Were These Priorities Determined?

The 2022 policy priorities were compiled by the Policy and Legislative Advisory Network (PLAN) and Rocky Mountain Partnership’s Senior Director of Policy & Advocacy, Kayah Swanson.

The Policy & Legislative Advisory Network is a leadership table composed of policy leaders from investing partner organizations working to drive policy and advocacy strategy for the network. They focus on shifting policies, legislation, and funding at all levels of government (organizational, municipal, county, regional, state, and federal) to eliminate inequities that were amplified due the COVID-19 pandemic and achieve social and economic mobility for all community members, specifically those marginalized because of race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, zip code or circumstance.

Learn more by clicking the button below to view the Policy and Advocacy FAQ Document

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The 2022 Legislative Session So Far

The Partnership is closely watching the legislative session through the lens of its established policy priorities and collective work areas. As new bills emerge the most relevant ones are selected to be monitored as they evolve throughout the session.

The Partnership has decided to support three bills so far during the 2022 legislative session: 

  • HB22-1005 or Health-care Preceptors Tax Credit
    • Modifies the credit for health-care preceptors working in rural and frontier areas by extending its timeframe as well as greatly expanding the eligibility by allowing more preceptors, in more fields and in more areas to qualify.
  • HB22-1010 or Early Childhood Educator Income Tax Credit
    • For 5 income tax years, the bill creates a refundable income tax credit for an eligible early childhood educator who has an income below a specified threshold and who holds an early childhood professional credential and is either the head of a family child care home or is employed with an eligible early childhood education program or a family child care home.
  • HB22-1281 Behavioral Health-care Continuum Gap Grant Program
    • The bill establishes the community behavioral health-care continuum gap grant program (grant program) in the behavioral health administration (BHA). The BHA administers the grant program. As part of the grant program, the BHA may award community investment grants to support services along the continuum of behavioral health care and children, youth, and family services grants to expand youth-oriented and family-oriented behavioral health-care services.

The Partnership is also monitoring the following pieces of legislation:

  • HB22-1002  Fifth Year High School Concurrent Enrollment
  • HB22-1003  Youth Delinquency Prevention And Intervention Grants
  • HB22-1006  Child Care Center Property Tax Exemption
  • HB22-1009 Continue Workforce Diploma Pilot Program
  • HB22-1055 Sales Tax Exemption Essential Hygiene Products
  • HB22-1056 Emergency Temporary Care For Children
  • HB22-1287 Protections For Mobile Home Park Residents
  • HB22-1304 State Grants Investments Local Affordable Housing
  • HB22-1326 Fentanyl Accountability & Prevention
  • HB22-1346 Electrician Plumber Licensing Apprentice Ratio
  • HB22-1349 Postsecondary Student Success Data System 
  • HB22-1350 Regional Talent Development Initiative Grant Program
  • HB22-1359 Colorado Household Financial Recovery Program 
  • HB22-1282 The Innovative Housing Incentive Program
  • HB22-1283 Youth And Family Behavioral Health Care
  • HB22-116 Increase Occupational Credential Portability
  • SB22-147 Behavioral Health-care Services For Children
  • SB22-146 Middle Income Access Program Expansion
  • SB22-160 Loan Program Resident-owned Communities
  • SB22-003 Community College Nursing Bachelor Degree Eligibility
  • SB22-087  Healthy School Meals for All
  • SB22-099  Sealing Criminal Records
  • SB22-159  Revolving Loan Fund Invest Affordable Housing
Questions? Contact Kayah Swanson, Senior Director of Policy & Advocacy, at KayahSwanson@RMPBackbone.org