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H_TLG_2020A 02/18/2020 10:45:20 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Date 02/18/2020
Attendance
Carver X
Catlin *
Froelich X
Hooton X
Humphrey X
Melton X
Valdez A. X
Valdez D. *
Wilson X
Exum X
Gray X
Time 10:45:20 AM to 01:07:39 PM
Place LSB A
This Meeting was called to order by Representative Gray
This Report was prepared by April Bernard
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB20-1178 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB20-1279 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
HB20-1145 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB20-1266 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call

HB20-1178 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


10:45:31 AM  
Representative Holtorf, prime sponsor,
introduced House Bill 20-1178, concerning increasing the speed limit on
rural state highways where it is safe to do so, and directing the Department
of Transportation (CDOT) to identify these highways.  The bill requires
CDOT to perform a study of state highways in rural areas starting January
1, 2021 and every 5 years after to identify roads to increase the speed
limit to 70 miles per hour without endangering public safety.  The
department will submit the report to the committees of reference at the
General Assembly.
10:50:57 AM  
The bill sponsor responded to questions from the committee and the committee members made comments.
10:53:31 AM  
Andy Karsian, representing CDOT, testified
in support of the bill with amendment.
11:01:15 AM  
The witness responded to questions from the committee.
11:05:13 AM  
The bill sponsor provided Amendment L.001 (Attachment A) and explained the amendment.
11:09:08 AM  
Richard Sweetman, representing Legislative
Legal Services, explained Amendment L.001 (Attachment A).


11:10:43 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment A).
Moved Exum
Seconded Humphrey
Carver
Catlin
Froelich
Hooton
Humphrey
Melton
Valdez A.
Valdez D.
Wilson
Exum
Gray
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
11:11:05 AM  
The bill sponsor made closing remarks.
11:12:17 AM  
The committee made closing remarks.


11:13:43 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1178, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Carver
Seconded Hooton
Carver Yes
Catlin Yes
Froelich Yes
Hooton Yes
Humphrey Yes
Melton Yes
Valdez A. Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Wilson Yes
Exum Yes
Gray Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB20-1279 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


11:14:14 AM  
Representatives Roberts and McKean, co-prime
sponsors, introduced House Bill 20-1279, concerning drunk driving law enforcement.
 The bill changes the funding source from which the Colorado Department
of Transportation (CDOT) receives funding for the purposes of local drunk
driving prevention and law enforcement; and department high-visibility
drunk driving enforcement.  The department will receive $2 million
from the General Fund instead of the Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (LEAF).
11:17:04 AM  
The bill sponsors responded to questions from committee members.
11:17:46 AM  
Andy Karsian, representing CDOT, testified
in support of the bill.
11:24:28 AM  
Fran Lanzer, representing Mothers Against
Drunk Driving (MADD) Colorado and the Colorado Organization for Victim
Assistance, testified in support of the bill.
11:27:24 AM  
Erin Agee, representing MADD, testified
in support of the bill.
11:30:46 AM  
The witnesses responded to questions from the committee.
11:34:12 AM  
The committee made comments and the witnesses continued to respond to committee questions.
11:43:58 AM  
The bill sponsors distributed and discussed
Amendment L.001 (Attachment B).


11:44:44 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment B).
Moved Exum
Seconded Froelich
Carver
Catlin
Froelich
Hooton
Humphrey
Melton
Valdez A.
Valdez D.
Wilson
Exum
Gray
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
11:44:45 AM  
The bill sponsors made closing remarks.
11:48:29 AM  
The committee made closing remarks.


11:49:15 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1279, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Exum
Seconded Melton
Carver No
Catlin Yes
Froelich Yes
Hooton Yes
Humphrey No
Melton Yes
Valdez A. Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Wilson Yes
Exum Yes
Gray Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB20-1145 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


11:49:42 AM  
Representative McKean, prime sponsor, introduced
House Bill 20-1145, concerning the safety consequences of a driver passing
an official vehicle that displays a warning light.  The bill requires
a driver overtaking an emergency vehicle, tow vehicle, or public utility
vehicle parked on the side of the road to slow down to 25 miles per hour
if the speed limit is less than 45 miles per hour.  If the speed limit
is 45 miles per hour or more the bill requires the driver to slow down
to at least 20 miles per hour less than the speed limit.
11:56:59 AM  
The bill sponsor responded to questions from the committee.
11:58:04 AM  
Lieutenant Colonel Jon Barba, representing
the Colorado State Patrol, testified in support of the bill.

12:03:59 PM  
The witness responded to questions from the committee.
12:08:13 PM  
Eddie Gomez, representing Corporal Groves'
family, testified in support of the bill.
12:09:29 PM  
Amy Moden, representing Master Trooper
Moden, testified in support of the bill.
12:14:40 PM  
Erin Donahue-Paynter, representing State
Trooper Donahue, testified in support of the bill.

12:17:26 PM  
The committee made comments.
12:20:08 PM  
Fran Lanzer, representing Mothers Against Drunk Driving Colorado and the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, testified in support of the bill.
12:22:06 PM  
Jessica Carson, representing the E-470 Public Highway Authority, testified in support of the bill.
12:23:20 PM  
Tim Dienst, representing the Ute Pass Regional Health District and the Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
12:25:16 PM  
Andy Karsian, representing the Colorado Department of Transportation, testified in support of the bill.
12:26:29 PM  
The bill sponsor distributed and discussed
Amendment L.001 (Attachment C).


12:30:46 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment C).
Moved Exum
Seconded Valdez D.
Carver
Catlin
Froelich
Hooton
Humphrey
Melton
Valdez A.
Valdez D.
Wilson
Exum
Gray
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
12:31:06 PM  
The bill sponsor made closing remarks.


12:32:14 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1145, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Exum
Seconded Valdez D.
Carver Yes
Catlin Yes
Froelich Yes
Hooton Yes
Humphrey Yes
Melton Yes
Valdez A. Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Wilson Yes
Exum Yes
Gray Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB20-1266 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


12:32:50 PM  
Representative Mullica, prime sponsor,
introduced House Bill 20-1266, concerning the modification of the requirements
for the sale of fireworks for transport by the purchaser pursuant to an
exporter of fireworks license.  The bill eliminates the ability of
exporters of fireworks to sell certain fireworks for transport in the purchaser's
vehicle if the purchaser has a driver license from another state and owns
a vehicle in another state.
 If the purchaser
displays a valid wholesale or retail license number or re-sale license
number certain fireworks may be sold to the individual.
12:34:57 PM  
The bill sponsor responded to questions from the committee.
12:35:11 PM  
Aeron Calkins, representing Old Glory Fireworks,
testified in opposition to the bill.
12:37:26 PM  
The witness responded to questions from the committee.
01:00:36 PM  
The witness continued to respond to committee questions.
01:01:15 PM  
The bill sponsor distributed and discussed
Amendment L.002 (Attachment D).


01:02:29 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment D).
Moved Froelich
Seconded Valdez A.
Carver No
Catlin No
Froelich Yes
Hooton Yes
Humphrey No
Melton Yes
Valdez A. Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Wilson No
Exum Yes
Gray Yes
YES: 7   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
01:02:29 PM  
The bill sponsor made closing remarks
01:03:47 PM  
The committee made closing remarks.


01:07:31 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1266, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Froelich
Seconded Hooton
Carver No
Catlin No
Froelich Yes
Hooton Yes
Humphrey No
Melton Yes
Valdez A. Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Wilson No
Exum Yes
Gray Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


01:07:39 PM   The committee adjourned.