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H_LG_2016A 05/05/2016 10:48:21 AM Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Date: 05/05/2016
ATTENDANCE
Time: 10:48 AM to 11:32 AM
Arndt
X
Danielson
X
Place: HCR 0107
Klingenschmitt
*
Navarro
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Ransom
X
Representative Fields
Rosenthal
*
Saine
X
This Report was prepared by
Singer
E
Damion Pechota
Thurlow
X
Lebsock
X
Fields
X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
SB16-211 Referred to the Committee of the Whole





10:48 AM -- SB16-211



Speaker of the House Hullinghorst and House Majority Leader Duran presented Senate Bill 16-211 concerning limits to certain contests for special district elections. For special district elections conducted prior to April 21, 2016, and on May 3, 2016, this bill prohibits contesting the results of the election on the grounds that any person voting at the election was not eligible to vote, except in limited circumstances, and the qualification of any person elected or appointed to a special district is validated and may not be contested.



10:52 AM --
Dee Wisor, Butler Snow Law Firm, spoke in favor of the bill. He provided information on current issues in contracts and elections in special districts.



Mr. Wisor answered questions from committee regarding the use of bonds in special districts.





11:02 AM



Mr. Wiser answered questions from the committee regarding the qualifying of electors in special districts.



11:07 AM --
Sam Sharpe, representing himself, spoke in favor of the bill. He discussed the current bonds for special districts and role of the banking industry.



11:10 AM --
Jane Bilsborrow, Redleaf Metro District, spoke in support of the bill. She shared a story regarding current bonds for the Readleaf metro district.





















11:13 AM --
Geoff Wilson, Colorado Municipal League, spoke in favor of the bill. He discussed the role of special districts in developing infrastructure and the issues related to collected debt.



11:14 AM --
Kristen Bear, White, Bear, Ankale, Tanaka, and Waldron Law Firm, spoke in favor of the bill. She discussed the elections and qualification of directors related to purchase and sale contracts for special districts.



11:17 AM --
Jenifer Waller, Colorado Bankers Association, spoke in favor of the bill. She discussed issues related to bond purchases for special districts.



11:17 AM --
MaryAnn McGeady, McGeady Becher P.C., spoke in favor of the bill. She discussed the qualification of voters in special districts.



11:19 AM --
Richard Nathan, Landmark Homeowner's Association, was neutral on the bill. He shared a story regarding a recent lawsuit regarding the use of contracts in a special district.



Mr. Nathan answered questions from the committee regarding the use of fraud in special district elections and contracts.



Mr. Wisor was called back to the table. He answered a question regarding the validation of past election based on the eligibility of voters.



Speaker Hullinghorst and House Majority Leader Duran provided closing comments on the bill.






























































BILL: SB16-211
TIME: 11:31:17 AM
MOVED: Lebsock
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 16-211 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 10-0.
SECONDED: Saine
VOTE
Arndt
Yes
Danielson
Yes
Klingenschmitt
Yes
Navarro
Yes
Ransom
Yes
Rosenthal
Yes
Saine
Yes
Singer
Excused
Thurlow
Yes
Lebsock
Yes
Fields
Yes
YES: 10 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





11:32 AM



The committee adjourned.


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