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H_SA_2018A 03/15/2018 10:32:29 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Date 03/15/2018
Attendance
Benavidez X
Hooton X
Humphrey X
Leonard *
Melton X
Weissman X
Williams D. X
Lontine X
Foote X
Time 10:32:29 AM to 11:22:04 AM
Place LSB A
This Meeting was called to order by Foote
This Report was prepared by Amanda King
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB18-107 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
SB18-076 Committee Discussion Only/Lay Over

SB18-107 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


10:33:37 AM  

Representative Thurlow, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 18-107. Under current law, when there is a vacancy for a nomination in a nonpartisan municipal position after a candidate withdraws or dies prior to the 23rd day before a polling place election or the 63rd day before a mail ballot election, the Colorado Municipal Election Code contains a procedure for forming a vacancy committee listed on the nominating petition to select another nominee.  The bill removes this process and makes conforming amendments.

10:35:10 AM  

Karen Goldman, Colorado Municipal League and Colorado Municipal Clerks Association, testified in support of the bill.  Ms. Goldman answered questions from the committee.

10:39:33 AM  

Representative Thurlow made concluding remarks about the bill.

10:40:04 AM  
Committee members made comments regarding the bill.


10:42:25 AM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-107 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Hooton
Seconded Lontine
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



SB18-076 - Committee Discussion Only/Lay Over


10:43:22 AM  
Representative Melton, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 18-076. The bill makes it an unclassified misdemeanor crime to trade or offer to trade a vote for or against a candidate, ballot issue, or ballot question. The penalty for an offender convicted of vote trading is a fine of up to $1,000, imprisonment of up to one year in county jail, or both.
10:45:05 AM  
Representative Melton answered questions from the committee.
10:50:14 AM  

Suzanne Staiert, Colorado Department of State, testified in support of the bill.  She answered questions from the committee.

11:14:00 AM  
Committee discussion with Ms. Staiert ensued.
11:17:19 AM  

Elizabeth Steele, Colorado Common Cause, testified in support of the bill.  She answered questions from the committee.

11:21:01 AM  

Representative Foote discussed laying the bill over with Representative Melton.  The bill was laid over for action only to a date to be determined.


11:22:04 AM   Committee Adjourned