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H_SA_2017A 03/29/2017 Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS

Date: 03/29/2017
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:31 PM to 03:55 PM
Benavidez
X
Hooton
*
Place: LSB A
Humphrey
*
Leonard
*
This Meeting was called to order by
Melton
X
Representative Foote
Weissman
X
Williams D.
*
This Report was prepared by
Lontine
X
Amanda King
Foote
X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
HB17-1223

HB17-1171
Amended, Referred to the Committee of the Whole

Postponed Indefinitely





01:32 PM -- HB17-1223



Representative Kraft-Tharp and Representative Saine, co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 17-1223. Recommended by the Legislative Audit Committee, the bill directs the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) to establish and administer a telephone number, fax number, email address, mailing address, or internet-based form to allow people to report allegations of fraud committed by a state employee or state contracted individual. No person who submits an allegation of fraud to the hotline is required to submit their name or contact information, and the OSA cannot publically disclose the identity of any individual who contacts the hotline without express permission. This restriction does not apply when the OSA makes a disclosure to a law enforcement agency, a district attorney, the Attorney General in connection with a criminal investigation or fraud by a Medicaid provider or contractor, or the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing in cases involving a Medicaid recipient.



After an initial screening of a fraud allegation, the OSA must consult and coordinate with the affected state agency. After receiving a referral from the OSA, it is the responsibility of the state agency to take appropriate action in response to the referral and report back to the OSA. At the request of a state agency, the OSA can either participate in or conduct an investigation of a hotline call. In these cases, the following requirements apply:



• at all times the OSA has access to all of the information maintained by the agency directly related to the scope of the investigation;

• the OSA must report the results of the investigation to the head of the affected agency;

• if the investigation finds evidence of alleged fraud that exceeds $100,000, the OSA must report the results of the investigation to the Legislative Audit Committee; and

• the OSA must immediately report any illegal transactions or misuse or embezzlement of public funds or property to a law enforcement agency, a district attorney, or the Attorney General.

















The OSA is required to publicize the existence and purpose of the hotline on the official its official website. Additionally, the OSA must prepare and maintain workpapers to document the purpose and activities of their office in connection with hotline calls and investigations. Commencing in FY 2018-19, the OSA must prepare an annual report to the Legislative Audit Committee summarizing activity related to the fraud hotline.



No disciplinary action can be taken against a state employee or employee of an entity under contract with the state for the disclosure of information to the fraud hotline. This does not apply to an employee who disclosed false information.



Representative Saine provided a handout to the committee (Attachment A).



17HouseState0329AttachA.pdf17HouseState0329AttachA.pdf



01:34 PM --
Dianne Ray, State Auditor, testified on the bill. Auditor Ray answered questions from the committee.





01:37 PM



Representative Kraft-Tharp explained amendment L.001 (Attachment B). Representative Saine answered questions from the committee. Auditor Ray returned to the table to answer additional questions from the committee.



17HouseState0329AttachB.pdf17HouseState0329AttachB.pdf

BILL: HB17-1223
TIME: 01:42:37 PM
MOVED: Melton
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment B). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED: Humphrey
VOTE
Benavidez
Hooton
Humphrey
Leonard
Melton
Weissman
Williams D.
Lontine
Foote
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection



















01:42 PM



Representative Kraft-Tharp and Representative Saine made concluding remarks about the bill.

BILL: HB17-1223
TIME: 01:43:27 PM
MOVED: Melton
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1223, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 9-0.
SECONDED: Weissman
VOTE
Benavidez
Yes
Hooton
Yes
Humphrey
Yes
Leonard
Yes
Melton
Yes
Weissman
Yes
Williams D.
Yes
Lontine
Yes
Foote
Yes
Final YES: 9 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





01:44 PM -- HB17-1171



Representative Buck and Representative Carver, co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 17-1171. The bill requires the state Transportation Commission to submit a ballot question to voters in 2017 for approval of $3.5 billion in Transportation Revenue Anticipation Notes (TRANs) once existing transportation bonds have been repaid. The maximum repayment cost cannot exceed $5.0 billion or take longer than 20 years to repay. TRANs proceeds must be spent on 149 transportation projects across the state identified in the Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT) draft 2016 transportation development program.



The bill also eliminates the final three years of Senate Bill 09-228 transfers and diverts 10 percent of state sales tax revenue to the Highway Users Tax Fund (HUTF) and 1 percent of state sales tax revenue to the Capital Construction Fund (CCF). Both the Senate Bill 09-228 transfers and the sales tax diversions to the HUTF are transferred to the State Highway Fund, so this change will not impact the local distribution of the HUTF. No more than 10 percent of the revenue deposited into the HUTF not used to pay the TRANs may be used for transit-related improvements.



Representative Carver answered questions from the committee.























02:05 PM



Larson Silbaugh, Legislative Council Staff, answered questions from the committee.







02:07 PM



Representative Buck and Representative Carver answered questions from the committee. Representative Carver provided a handout to the committee (Attachment C).



17HouseState0329AttachC.pdf17HouseState0329AttachC.pdf



02:17 PM



Mr. Silbaugh answered additional questions from the committee.



02:31 PM --
Ron Papsdorf, Colorado Department of Transportation, answered questions from the committee.





02:33 PM



Representative Carver answered questions from the committee.





02:38 PM



Mr. Papsdorf and Representative Carver answered questions from the committee.



03:00 PM --
Tony Milo, Colorado Contractors Association, testified in opposition to the bill. Mr. Milo answered questions from the committee.



03:12 PM --
Ali Mickelson, Colorado Fiscal Institute, testified in opposition to the bill.





03:14 PM



The committee recessed.





























03:17 PM



The committee came back to order.



03:17 PM --
Bruce Hamon, Hamon Infrastructure, testified on the bill. Mr. Hamon answered questions from the committee.





03:31 PM



The committee recessed.





03:39 PM



The committee came back to order. Representative Carver explained amendment L.001 (Attachment D). Representative Carver answered questions about amendment L.001.



17HouseState0329AttachD.pdf17HouseState0329AttachD.pdf

BILL: HB17-1171
TIME: 03:41:03 PM
MOVED: Humphrey
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment D). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED: Leonard
VOTE
Benavidez
Hooton
Humphrey
Leonard
Melton
Weissman
Williams D.
Lontine
Foote
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection



























03:41 PM



Representative Buck and Representative Carver made concluding remarks about the bill. Committee members commented on the bill.

BILL: HB17-1171
TIME: 03:53:17 PM
MOVED: Humphrey
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1171, as amended, to the Committee on Finance. The motion failed on a vote of 3-6.
SECONDED: Leonard
VOTE
Benavidez
No
Hooton
No
Humphrey
Yes
Leonard
Yes
Melton
No
Weissman
No
Williams D.
Yes
Lontine
No
Foote
No
YES: 3 NO: 6 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL




















































BILL: HB17-1171
TIME: 03:55:07 PM
MOVED: Melton
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 17-1171 indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 6-3.
SECONDED: Lontine
VOTE
Benavidez
Yes
Hooton
Yes
Humphrey
No
Leonard
No
Melton
Yes
Weissman
Yes
Williams D.
No
Lontine
Yes
Foote
Yes
Final YES: 6 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





03:55 PM



The committee adjourned.


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