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5CFEC7CF5CFBD251872586A8006BAAA9 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For HB21-1194

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Date Mar 30, 2021      
Location HCR 0107



HB21-1194 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


01:36:03 PM  

Representatives Tipper and Ricks, prime sponsors, presented House Bill 21-1194, concerning creation of the immigration legal defense fund. Representative Ricks explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. Representative Tipper provided further information regarding the effect of the bill. Discussion ensued regarding creating the bill's program in the private sector rather than through state government.

01:52:30 PM  
The following persons testified regarding HB 21-1194:

Sarah Plastino, representing the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, testified in support of the bill.

Valeria Contreras, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

Sarah Klieforth-Williams, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

Ms. Plastino responded responded to questions regarding the number of clients she represents who are charged with a crime, the number of immigration cases currently pending in Colorado, and the impact of a person having an attorney on the length of detainment. Ms. Plastino responded to further questions regarding potential federal action on providing legal counsel to those in immigrant proceedings. Discussion ensued regarding the effect of the legislation. Ms. Plastino responded to questions regarding children that undergo immigration proceedings, and the sources of funding for her organization.

02:26:40 PM  
Jamie Torres, representing herself, testified in support of HB 21-1194.

Tekleab Kidane, representing himself, testified in support of the bill through an interpreter.

Ms. Torres responded to questions regarding an immigrant legal defense fund created by the City and County of Denver.

02:38:04 PM  
Catalino Alvarado, representing himself, testified in support of HB 21-1194.
02:41:58 PM  
Carime Lee, representing herself, testified in support of HB 21-1194.

Carlos Lopez, representing Mountain Dreamers, read the testimony of a client in support of the bill.

Katherine Traverso, representing the Vera Institute of Justice, testified in support of the bill.

Ms. Lee addressed questions raised during earlier discussion.

02:54:15 PM  
Janine Young, representing herself, testified in support of HB 21-1194.

Denise Maes, representing the ACLU, testified in support of the bill.

03:02:15 PM  
Lydia Waligorski, representing Violence Free Colorado, testified in support of HB 21-1194.

Vallerie Bustamante, representing Stand for Children, testified in support of the bill.

03:09:34 PM  
Representative Tipper
explained the effect of amendment L.001.


03:10:57 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Tipper
Seconded Woodrow
Bacon
Benavidez
Bockenfeld
Carver
Daugherty
Luck
Lynch
Roberts
Woodrow
Tipper
Weissman
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:10:59 PM  
The bill sponsors provided closing remarks in support of HB 21-1194. Various committee members provided their positions on the bill.


03:24:29 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1194, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Tipper
Seconded Woodrow
Bacon Yes
Benavidez Yes
Bockenfeld No
Carver No
Daugherty Yes
Luck No
Lynch No
Roberts Yes
Woodrow Yes
Tipper Yes
Weissman Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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