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H_SA_2024A 03/07/2024 09:50:52 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STATE, CIVIC, MILITARY, & VETERANS AFFAIRS
Date 03/07/2024
Attendance
Bottoms *
Bradley X
Brown *
DeGraaf *
Epps X
Parenti *
Ricks *
Rutinel X
Willford X
Boesenecker X
Woodrow X
Time 09:50:52 AM to 12:33:12 PM
Place LSB A
This Meeting was called to order by Woodrow
This Report was prepared by Amanda King
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB24-1287 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
HB24-1236 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB24-1273 Referred to House Finance
HB24-1029 Postponed Indefinitely
HB24-1261 Postponed Indefinitely

HB24-1287 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations

09:51:01 AM  
Representative Marshall and Representative Soper, co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 24-1287, concerning access to state grant opportunities. The bill creates a state grant database and a program to help local governments identify and apply for grants. Representative Marshall provided a handout to the committee (Attachment A). Representative Marshall and Representative Soper responded to questions from the committee.
10:00:45 AM  
Richard Orf, representing
the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, testified in support
of the bill. Reagan Shane, representing Colorado Counties, Inc., testified
to amend the bill. Bruce Eisenhauer, representing the Department of Local
Affairs, was available to answer committee questions. Michelle Murphy,
representing the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance, testified in support
of the bill. The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
10:11:02 AM  
Representative Marshall
explained amendment L.001 (Attachment B) and responded to questions from
the committee.


10:14:00 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment B).
Moved Brown
Seconded Epps
Bottoms Excused
Bradley
Brown
DeGraaf Excused
Epps
Parenti
Ricks Excused
Rutinel
Willford
Boesenecker
Woodrow
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 3   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
10:14:00 AM  
Representative Soper
explained amendment L.002 (Attachment C).


10:14:51 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment C).
Moved Brown
Seconded Bradley
Bottoms Excused
Bradley
Brown
DeGraaf Excused
Epps
Parenti
Ricks Excused
Rutinel
Willford
Boesenecker
Woodrow
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 3   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
10:14:52 AM  
Representative Soper
and Representative Marshall made concluding remarks about the bill. Committee
members commented on the bill.


10:17:02 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 24-1287, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Brown
Seconded Bradley
Bottoms Excused
Bradley Yes
Brown Yes
DeGraaf Excused
Epps Yes
Parenti Yes
Ricks Excused
Rutinel Yes
Willford Yes
Boesenecker Yes
Woodrow Yes
Final YES: 8   NO: 0   EXC: 3   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB24-1236 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


10:17:08 AM  
Representative Holtorf
and Representative Parenti, co-prime bill sponsor, presented House Bill
24-1236, concerning the creation of "Women Veterans Appreciation Day."
The bill establishes June 12 as “Women Veterans Appreciation Day,” an
observed state holiday. Representative Holtorf and Representative Parenti
provided a handout to the committee (Attachment D) and responded to questions
from the committee.
10:30:40 AM  
Sheila Scanlon, representing
the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs, testified in support of the bill.
Amy Demenge, representing the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
(DMVA) testified in support of the bill.  Paula Sarlls, representing
the Women Marines Association - Colorado Chapter, testified in support
of the bill. Parker White, representing the DMVA, testified in support
of the bill. The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
10:44:11 AM  
Tanya Harris, representing
themself, testified in support of the bill. Sherri Cable Lafferty, representing
the American Legion Post 206, testified in support of the bill. Committee
members commented on the testimony provided by the witnesses.




Written testimony
was provided to the committee (Attachment E).
10:49:20 AM  
Representative Holtorf and Representative Parenti provided concluding remarks about the bill. Committee members commented on the bill.


11:02:10 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 24-1236 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Parenti
Seconded Willford
Bottoms Yes
Bradley Yes
Brown Yes
DeGraaf Yes
Epps No
Parenti Yes
Ricks Excused
Rutinel Yes
Willford Yes
Boesenecker Yes
Woodrow Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 1   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB24-1273 - Referred to House Finance


11:02:16 AM  
The committee recessed.
11:03:02 AM  
The committee came
back to order.
11:04:33 AM  
Representative Parenti,
prime bill sponsor, presented House Bill 24-1273, concerning the continuation
of the Veterans Assistance Grant Program and implementing the recommendation
in the 2023 sunset report by the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).
The bill continues the Veterans Assistance Grant Program in the DMVA for
seven years, until September 1, 2031. The committee heard the presentation
of the sunset report by DORA at its February 1, 2024, meeting.

11:06:13 AM  
Sheila Scanlon, representing
the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs, testified in support of the bill.
Paula Sarlls, representing the Women Marines Association - Colorado Chapter,
testified in support of the bill. Michelle Kalkowski, representing the
United Veterans Coalition, testified in support of the bill. Carissa Snyder,
representing the DMVA, was available to answer committee questions. Parker
White, representing the DMVA, testified in support of the bill.




Written testimony
was provided to the committee (Attachment F).

11:15:48 AM  
Representative Parenti
provided concluding remarks about the bill.


11:17:30 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 24-1273 to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Parenti
Seconded DeGraaf
Bottoms Yes
Bradley Yes
Brown Yes
DeGraaf Yes
Epps Yes
Parenti Yes
Ricks Excused
Rutinel Yes
Willford Yes
Boesenecker Yes
Woodrow Yes
Final YES: 10   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB24-1029 - Postponed Indefinitely

11:17:37 AM  
Representative Rutinel
and Representative Bradley, co-prime bill sponsors, discussed House Bill
24-1029, concerning prohibiting the ownership of certain property interests
by covered foreign persons that are not located in the United States. Public
testimony was taken on the bill at the committee's March 4, 2024, meeting.
Representative Rutinel and Representive Bradley provided a handout to the
committee (Attachment G). Representative Rutinel explained amendment L.001
(Attachment H). Representative Rutinel and Representative Bradley responded
to questions from the committee.
11:30:45 AM  
Representative Epps
explained amendment L.003 (Attachment I). Committee discussion ensued.



11:39:06 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment I).
Moved Epps
Seconded Willford
Bottoms
Bradley
Brown
DeGraaf
Epps
Parenti
Ricks Excused
Rutinel
Willford
Boesenecker
Woodrow
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Withdrawn
11:39:07 AM  
The committee discussed
amendment L.001.


11:40:47 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment H).
Moved Bradley
Seconded DeGraaf
Bottoms Yes
Bradley Yes
Brown No
DeGraaf Yes
Epps No
Parenti Yes
Ricks Excused
Rutinel Yes
Willford No
Boesenecker Yes
Woodrow No
YES: 6   NO: 4   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
11:40:48 AM  
Representative Rutinel
and Representative Bradley provided concluding remarks about the bill.
Committee members commented on the bill.


11:53:33 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 24-1029, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Bradley
Seconded DeGraaf
Bottoms Yes
Bradley Yes
Brown No
DeGraaf Yes
Epps No
Parenti No
Ricks No
Rutinel Yes
Willford No
Boesenecker No
Woodrow No
YES: 4   NO: 7   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


11:54:02 AM
Motion Postpone House Bill 24-1029 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely.
Moved Brown
Seconded Willford
Bottoms No
Bradley No
Brown Yes
DeGraaf No
Epps Yes
Parenti Yes
Ricks Yes
Rutinel No
Willford Yes
Boesenecker Yes
Woodrow Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB24-1261 - Postponed Indefinitely

11:54:08 AM  
Representative Bottoms,
prime bill sponsor, presented House Bill 24-1261, concerning creation of
the "Battling to Restore, Advocate, and Vanquish Exploitation (BRAVE)
Act of 2024." The bill allows nonprofits to sue alleged human traffickers.
Representative Bottoms discussed amendments L.001 and L.002 (Attachments
J and K). He responded to questions from the committee.  

12:07:24 PM  
Erin Meschke, representing
themself, testified in support of the bill. Shannon Johnson, representing
themself, testified in support of the bill. Tanya Regan, representing themself,
testified in support of the bill. Donna LaBelle, representing themself,
testified in support of the bill. Dr. Lynda Zamora Wilson, representing
themself, testified in support of the bill.




Written testimony
was provided to the committee (Attachment L).

12:19:08 PM  
Representative Bottom
explained amendment L.002 (Attachment K).


12:20:26 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment K).
Moved DeGraaf
Seconded Bottoms
Bottoms
Bradley
Brown
DeGraaf
Epps
Parenti
Ricks
Rutinel
Willford
Boesenecker
Woodrow
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
12:20:27 PM  
Representative Bottoms
explained amendments L.001 and L.003 (Attachment M).


12:25:47 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment M).
Moved Bottoms
Seconded DeGraaf
Bottoms
Bradley
Brown
DeGraaf
Epps
Parenti
Ricks
Rutinel
Willford
Boesenecker
Woodrow
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


12:26:18 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001, as amended (Attachment J).
Moved Bottoms
Seconded DeGraaf
Bottoms
Bradley
Brown
DeGraaf
Epps
Parenti
Ricks
Rutinel
Willford
Boesenecker
Woodrow
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
12:26:19 PM  
Representative Bottoms provided concluding remarks about the bill. Committee members commented on the bill.


12:32:26 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 24-1261, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Bottoms
Seconded DeGraaf
Bottoms Yes
Bradley Yes
Brown No
DeGraaf Yes
Epps No
Parenti Excused
Ricks Excused
Rutinel No
Willford No
Boesenecker No
Woodrow No
YES: 3   NO: 6   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


12:32:59 PM
Motion Postpone House Bill 24-1261 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely.
Moved Brown
Seconded Willford
Bottoms No
Bradley No
Brown Yes
DeGraaf No
Epps Yes
Parenti Excused
Ricks Excused
Rutinel Yes
Willford Yes
Boesenecker Yes
Woodrow Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 3   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


12:33:12 PM   The committee adjourned.






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