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h_jud_2018a_2018-04-05t13:51:07z1 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For HB18-1287

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Date Apr 5, 2018      
Location HCR 0112



HB18-1287 - Committee Discussion Only

02:45:30 PM  

Representative Weissman, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 18-1287, concerning the extension of the repeal of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ).  Committee members received amendment L.001 (Attachment B), and a letter from the chair and vice chair of the CCJJ (Attachment C). Representative Weissman explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. He also discussed amendment L.001. Representative Weissman responded to questions regarding amendment L.001.

02:56:00 PM  

Mr. Pete Weir, representing the First Judicial District, testified in opposition to HB 18-1287. Mr. Weir explained that the commission has not fulfilled its mission to help reduce recidivism, and has become agenda-driven. He spoke in support of continuing the commission for two years to see if improvements can be made. Mr. Dave Young, representing the Seventeenth Judicial District and the Colorado District Attorneys' Council, provided examples supporting Mr. Weir's contentions, and discussed changes made to the commission. Mr. Young responded to questions regarding the state public defender sitting as the vice chair of CCJJ.

03:14:47 PM  
Mr. Clifford Reidel, representing the Eighth Judicial District, testified in opposition to the bill. He expressed frustrations with the CCJJ. Discussion ensued regarding the ability of members of the General Assembly to introduce legislation similar to legislation considered by CCJJ. Discussion followed regarding the mission of CCJJ.
03:31:07 PM  

Mr. Weir discussed the benefits of allowing the CCJJ to operate for an additional two years. Discussion ensued regarding the process by which members are appointed to the commission. Mr. Weir discussed some ways to improve the CCJJ. Discussion followed regarding the threshold for approving legislation in CCJJ. Committee members received a research document on commission voting thresholds, prepared by Legislative Council Staff (Attachment D).

03:48:08 PM  
Discussion ensued regarding legislation introduced in the General Assembly that CCJJ has already considered and not approved. Discussion followed regarding the function of CCJJ in the legislative process. Discussion returned to the voice of prosecutors on the commission, and the appointment process for the commission.
04:01:39 PM  

Mr. Stan Hilkey, chair of the CCJJ, testified in support of the bill. He also lent his support to amendment L.001.  Mr. Hilkey provided background on the commission, and discussed the processes observed by the commission. He addressed issues raised during earlier testimony.

04:16:17 PM  

Mr. Doug Wilson, CCJJ vice chair, testified in support of HB 18-1287. Mr. Wilson provided a short history of the commission, and discussed the work of the commission. He addressed some issues raised during earlier discussion, and catalogued some legislation recommended by CCJJ. Mr. Wilson spoke in support of amendment L.001, and responded to questions regarding the housing of CCJJ in the executive branch.  Discussion returned to the voting threshold observed by the commission.

04:28:52 PM  

Discussion ensued regarding extending the CCJJ for five years instead of ten, and appointing an additional vice chair to the commission. Mr. Hilkey responded to questions regarding the resources involved in considering a sunset of the committee. Mr. Wilson discussed the role of the public defenders.  Discussion followed regarding the issues considered and work undertaken by the CCJJ in recent years, and the displeasure of the district attorneys with the commission's process.

04:43:44 PM  

Discussion ensued regarding the merits of amendment L.001, and the mission of CCJJ.  Discussion returned to a shorter continuation of the commission.

04:55:21 PM  
Ms. Nancy Lewis, representing the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, testified on the bill. Ms. Lewis expressed concerns about the ability of certain parties to be heard in the commission, and the purpose of CCJJ. Ms. Lewis responded to questions regarding her contention about the voice of certain parties, and victim representation on the commission.
05:06:02 PM  

Ms. Emily Tofte Nestaval, representing the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, testified in support of the bill.  She spoke in support of increasing the voice of crime victims on the commission.  Ms. Tofte Nestaval addressed questions raised during earlier testimony.

05:10:34 PM  

Dr. Ron Leslie, Jr,. representing the Colorado Mental Health Association, testified in support of HB 18-1287.  Dr. Leslie discussed his time serving on the commission, and suggested that the commission is irreplaceable.

05:13:06 PM  

Sheriff Joe Pelle, representing the County Sheriffs of Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Sheriff Pelle discussed the work of CCJJ and its subcommittees. Sheriff Pelle discussed the policy areas that can be affected by CCJJ. Chief Bill Kilpatrick, representing the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, testified in support of HB 18-1287. Chief Kilpatrick discussed the importance of the commission's work, and how the commission operates.

05:23:04 PM  
Mr. Tom Raynes, representing the Colorado District Attorneys' Council, testified in opposition to HB 18-1287. Mr. Raynes addressed issues raised during earlier discussion.
05:33:36 PM  

Discussion ensued regarding the merits of amendment L.001 and L.002 (Attachment E).

05:37:32 PM  
Chairman Lee laid over HB 18-1287.