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Bill Detail: SB24-053

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Title Racial Equity Study
Status House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Legislative Council (04/19/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • State Government
House Sponsors L. Herod (D)
N. Ricks (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Coleman (D)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 01/17/2024
Summary

The bill requires the state historical society (society), commonly
known as history Colorado, to conduct a study to determine any historical
and ongoing effects of slavery and subsequent systemic racism on Black
Coloradans that may be attributed to Colorado state policies, and to
identify measures that are consistent with the constitution to address those
effects. The society may enter into an agreement with a third-party entity
to conduct all or parts of the study. As part of the study, the society shall
conduct at least 2 public comment sessions for members of the public to
provide input to the society related to the study. The society is required
to submit a report to the general assembly and governor and make the
report available on a publicly accessible webpage of the society's website.
The bill establishes the Black Coloradan racial equity steering
committee (steering committee) to provide input to the society about the
study, including guidance about the research, economic analysis, and
recommendations. The steering committee also assists the society in
conducting the public comment sessions. The society shall provide the
steering committee with regular periodic updates about the status of the
study. The steering committee may submit to the society comments and
recommendations for inclusion in the society's report to the general
assembly and governor. After the study is completed, the steering
committee shall work as necessary to effectuate implementation of the
recommendations in the study report.
The bill is contingent upon the society receiving $100,000 of gifts,
grants, or donations for the purpose of conducting the study.

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