The governor’s office says CDPHE will use existing funds to try to achieve these objectives, but eventually, more state money will be needed to implement all of the strategies.
Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg delayed debate on HB 19-1312 until the final day of the legislature — an effective end to its chances.
“But I bet you none of those people are walking around thinking, 'It's either me or my best friend who has an STI,’” one public health official said.
The major sticking point for the governor is a provision that would require parents to submit opt-out forms in-person to the state or local health department.
Less than 89 percent of kindergarten-aged children in Colorado have received vaccines for diseases like measles, mumps and rubella, according to figures from the CDC.
In Colorado, parents can exempt their kids from vaccinations for medical, religious, and personal reasons.
Skyrocketing youth use of e-cigarettes, especially Juuls, has led to several government regulations around teen vaping.
Justices heard oral arguments in the high-stakes case but did not say when they would rule.
A 2017 Colorado survey observed a disconnect in how young people see vaping and e-cigarettes and the health risks.
A CDC finding that 25 percent of high schoolers vape coincides with a push in several mountain towns to raise the age for tobacco and nicotine purchases.