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H_PHC_2016A 03/15/2016 01:32:45 PM Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH CARE & HUMAN SERVICES

Date: 03/15/2016
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:32 PM to 05:32 PM
Conti
*
Danielson
X
Place: HCR 0107
Everett
X
Ginal
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Joshi
X
Representative Primavera
Landgraf
X
Leonard
X
This Report was prepared by
Moreno
X
Anne Wallace
Pettersen
X
Tyler
X
Windholz
X
Ryden
*
Primavera
X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
HB16-1292

Presentation by the DOR and the DHS on Electronic Tranfers Benefits

Presentation by the CDPHE on the Zika virus

HB16-1316

HB16-1058
Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only

Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only

Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only

Referred to the Committee of the Whole

Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only



01:33 PM -- HB 16-1292



House Bill 16-1292 was laid over by Representative Primavera.



01:34 PM -- Presentation by the DOR and the DHS on Electronic Transfers Benefits



Ron Kammerzell, Senior Director of Enforcement, Department of Revenue (DOR), and Katie Griego, Division Director of Employment and Benefits, Department of Human Services (DHS), reported on electronic benefit transfers (EBT). Three handouts were provided to the committee (Attachments A, B, and C). Mr. Kammerzell gave an overview of House Bill 15-1255, which requires DOR and DHS to adopt rules that relate to clients accessing public benefits at prohibited automatic teller machines (ATMs). He discussed collaboration with the DHS to design a system to identify the use of prohibited ATMs and establish a system of reporting. He explained efforts to prohibit and enforce the use of certain ATMs.



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01:37 PM



Ms. Griego listed the public benefits programs that DHS is responsible for and explained steps DHS has taken to prevent prohibited use of certain ATMs to access public benefits. Mr. Kammerzell gave details on the rule making process and described the outreach and education that DOR has utilized.



01:40 PM



Ms. Griego explained how the county human services departments are educating cash recipient about prohibited use of ATMs. She noted that there is signage on prohibited ATMs. Ms. Griego and Mr. Kammerzell gave statistics on the use of prohibited ATMs. Mr. Kammerzell concluded by discussing future outreach and enforcement efforts on the issue.



01:43 PM



Mr. Kammerzell and Ms. Griego responded to questions from the committee about the use of EBT cards, coding of ATM machines, and different ATM machine models.



01:51 PM -- Presentation by the CDPHE on the Zika virus



Dr. Jennifer House, State Public Health Veterinarian, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), presented on the Zika virus. She distributed a handout to the committee (Attachment D). She described the properties of the virus and where the virus has been detected. She talked about the outbreak and spread of the virus around the world.



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01:55 PM



Dr. House discussed the disease in the United States. She described the symptoms of the disease and the mosquito vector and where they are found in the U.S. She talked about the presence of the disease in Colorado.



01:59 PM



Dr. House discussed the transmission of the virus, including fetal transmission, sexual transmission, and through blood transfusions. She noted that there is limited information on the Zika virus. She talked about the current scientific evidence regarding microcephaly.



02:02 PM



Dr. House discussed the CDPHE's response and resources regarding the virus.



02:03 PM



Dr. House responded to questions from the committee on microcephaly survival rate, similar viruses, and blood donations.







02:08 PM -- HB 16-1316




Representative Rosenthal, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 16-1316 to the committee. The bill amends the Colorado Children's Code to clarify the procedures for determining proper venue in dependency and neglect cases. The bill states that a child who is placed in the legal custody of a county department shall be deemed, for the entire period of the placement, to reside in the county in which the child's legal parent or guardian resides or is located.



02:12 PM --
Dorothy Macias, Colorado Office of the Child's Representative, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Macias responded to questions from the committee.



02:22 PM --
Pat Ratliff, Colorado Counties, Inc., testified in support of the bill. Ms. Ratliff responded to questions from the committee.



02:27 PM --
Peg Rudden, Court-Appointed Special Advocate, testified in support of the bill.



02:29 PM --
Steve Moreno, Weld County Commissioner, testified regarding the bill.



02:30 PM --
Barbara Kirkmeyer, Weld County Commissioner, testified regarding the bill.



02:32 PM



Ms. Kirkmeyer responded to questions from the committee.



02:34 PM




Representative Rosenthal gave concluding remarks on the bill. Committee members commented on the bill.

BILL: HB16-1316
TIME: 02:35:13 PM
MOVED: Pettersen
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1316 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 12-0, with one excused.
SECONDED: Ginal
VOTE
Conti
Yes
Danielson
Excused
Everett
Yes
Ginal
Yes
Joshi
Yes
Landgraf
Yes
Leonard
Yes
Moreno
Yes
Pettersen
Yes
Tyler
Yes
Windholz
Yes
Ryden
Yes
Primavera
Yes
Final YES: 12 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS







02:36 PM



Representative Primavera recessed the committee.



02:41 PM -- HB 16-1058



Representative Primavera called the meeting back to order. Representative Willet and Representative Fields, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 16-1058 to the committee and distributed two handouts (Attachments E and F). The bill creates the crime of misuse of electronic images by a juvenile, a class 2 misdemeanor. The offense occurs when a juvenile knowingly distributes, displays, publishes, or possesses a sexually explicit image of himself or herself, or of another juvenile who is within four years of age of the offender. It is an affirmable defense to the crime if the juvenile did not solicit, request, make, transmit, or distribute the image, and he or she took reasonable steps to destroy or delete the image or report receiving the image to law enforcement or a school official.



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02:50 PM



Representative Willet presented and explained L.004 to the committee (Attachment G).



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02:58 PM



Representative Fields commented on the bill.



03:02 PM



Representatives Willet and Fields responded to questions from the committee. Representative Willet discussed testimony from the County Sheriffs of Colorado reflecting their support for the bill. The letter will be provided to committee members at a later date (Attachment H).



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03:09 PM



Representative Willet continued to explain amendment L.004.



03:12 PM



Committee members dialogued with Representative Willet about the bill.





03:14 PM --
Amy Hasinoff, representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill and distributed a handout to the committee (Attachment I). Ms. Hasinoff responded to questions from the committee.



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03:37 PM --
Raana Simmons, Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, testified in opposition to the bill and distributed a handout to the committee (Attachment J). Ms. Simmons responded to questions from the committee. Representative Willet commented on the bill.



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03:47 PM --
Lydia Waligorski, Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Waligorski responded to questions from the committee.



03:53 PM --
Laura Reinsch, One Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Reinsch responded to questions from the committee.



03:57 PM --
Jennifer Eyl, Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Eyl responded to questions from the committee.



04:05 PM --
Carrie Thompson, Colorado Defense Bar, testified in opposition to the bill.



04:10 PM --
Dan May, 4th Judicial District Attorneys' Office, testified in a neutral capacity. Mr. May responded to questions from the committee.



04:24 PM --
Carla Bennett, Colorado League of Women Voters, testified in a neutral capacity.



04:28 PM --
George Brawchler, Colorado District Attorneys' Council, testified in support of the bill.



04:38 PM --
Dan Rubinstein, Colorado District Attorneys' Council, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Rubinstein responded to questions from the committee.



04:48 PM --
Tariq Sheikh, 17th Judicial District Attorneys' Office, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Shiekh responded to questions from the committee. Representative Willet commented on the testimony.



05:08 PM --
Jane Urschel, Colorado Association of School Boards, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Urschel responded to questions from the committee.



05:12 PM --
Rebecca Gleason, 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Gleason responded to questions from the committee.





05:18 PM --
Samantha Dehert, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Dehert responded to questions regarding the bill.



05:30 PM



Representative Primavera laid the bill over.



05:31 PM



The committee adjourned.


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