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2541A688FDD9127E872583980075D92E Hearing Summary


Date Feb 5, 2019      
Location HCR 0112

HB19-1130 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole

02:27:19 PM  

The committee recessed.

02:28:16 PM  

The committee returned to order. Representatives Liston and Hooton, prime sponsors, presented House Bill 19-1130, concerning a requirement that a person have a certification from the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board in order to be eligible to serve as the elected sheriff of a county of the state.  Representative Liston explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. Representative Hooton provided input on the merits of the bill. Representative Hooton responded to questions regarding physical fitness and other requirements for POST certification. Discussion ensued on this point. Representative Hooton clarified the effect of the legislation, and the reasons behind running the bill. Discussion followed regarding county sheriff as an elected position, and the authority held by sheriffs.

02:46:26 PM  

Representative Liston responded to questions regarding the ability of private individuals to seek POST certification. Representatives Hooton and Liston responded to questions regarding the timing of the POST certification requirement under the bill. The sponsors deferred certain questions to forthcoming witnesses. Discussion ensued regarding the training required to attain POST certification, and educational requirements for certain elected officials. Discussion followed regarding the training currently required of sheriffs once they are elected, and checks and balances with respect to elected sheriffs.

03:01:46 PM  

Discussion ensued regarding the need for the legislation. Representative Liston responded to questions regarding the costs associated with training once a sheriff is elected. The following persons testified regarding HB 19-1130:

Sheriffs Tony Spurlock and Joe Pelle, representing County Sheriffs of Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Sheriff Spurlock addressed questions raised during earlier conversation, and requirements for gaining a law enforcement position. Sheriff Spurlock discussed the duties of a sheriff, and explained how the bill helps to ensure public safety. Sheriff Pelle explained that he supports the bill because peace officers should be qualified for their jobs, and responded to questions raised during earlier discussion concerning training currently required of newly elected sheriffs. Sheriff Pelle responded to questions regarding academies that provide POST training.

03:20:53 PM  

Discussion returned to the physical fitness requirements for attaining POST certification, and the ability of newly elected sheriffs to perform certain duties prior to attaining POST certification under current law. Sheriff Pelle responded to questions regarding education required for POST certification, and instances where sheriffs have been elected without POST certification. Sheriff Spurlock discussed the need for HB 19-1130. Discussion ensued regarding the potential impact of the bill on the ability of rural counties to field candidates for sheriff. Discussion returned to the requirements and duties associated with other government positions. Discussion followed regarding certain positions that require POST certification.

03:39:37 PM  

Sheriff Pelle responded to questions regarding the duration of POST certification, and provisional certification. Discussion returned to the duties of sheriffs, and the need for them to be properly trained. Discussion ensued regarding previous legislation adopted by the General Assembly to address certain POST certification requirements for sheriffs.

03:58:17 PM  

Sheriff Spurlock responded to questions regarding the importance of training to a sheriff being able to perform the job.

Sheriff Bill Elder and Sheriff Jeff Shrader, representing the County Sheriffs of Colorado, testified in support of HB 19-1130. Sheriff Elder discussed the scope of his duties, and addressed questions raised during earlier conversation. He provided some history on the office of sheriff and POST certification, and background on the POST Board. Sheriff Shrader discussed the importance of sheriffs being qualified for the job once they assume the office. Discussion ensued regarding a sheriff's POST certification status when the shooting at Columbine High School occurred.

04:16:30 PM  

Sheriff Elder responded to questions regarding recourse in the case of a sheriff not properly performing duties, and the ramifications of a sheriff losing POST certification. Discussion returned to certification requirements for other government positions.

04:22:32 PM  

No amendments were offered to HB 19-1130. Representatives Hooton and Liston provided closing remarks in support of the bill. Various committee members provided their positions on the bill.

04:54:11 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1130 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved McKean
Seconded Carver
Benavidez No
Bockenfeld Yes
Carver Yes
Galindo No
Gonzales-Gutierrez No
McKean Yes
Roberts Yes
Soper Yes
Tipper Yes
Herod No
Weissman No
Final YES: 6   NO: 5   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS

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