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H_TRA_2016A 04/21/2016 12:25:44 PM Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY

Date: 04/21/2016
ATTENDANCE
Time: 12:25 PM to 01:46 PM
Becker J.
X
Buck
X
Place: HCR 0112
Carver
X
Coram
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Esgar
*
Representative Tyler
Kraft-Tharp
X
Melton
*
This Report was prepared by
Moreno
X
Matt Kiszka
Neville P.
X
Nordberg
X
Winter
*
Mitsch Bush
X
Tyler
X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
SB16-123 Postponed Indefinitely





12:26 PM -- SB 16-123



Representative Singer, prime sponsor, came to the table to present Senate Bill 16-123. The bill prohibits the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) from requiring a vehicle owner to purchase a switchable transponder or other device in order to drive on a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) or toll (HOT) lane on a state highway, unless this technology is provided to vehicle owners free of charge and so long as HOV users are not charged a toll. In addition, CDOT must fully reimburse all vehicle owners who have previously purchased a switchable transponder. Finally, the Transportation Commission must provide written notice to the General Assembly during the legislative session a year before CDOT, the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE), or an HPTE private partner requires that any vehicle carry three or more individuals to travel toll-free in an HOV or HOT lane (HOV-3).



12:32 PM --
Director Shailen Bhatt and David Spector, representing CDOT, testified in opposition to the bill. Director Bhatt and Mr. Spector responded to questions from the committee.

12:51 PM --
Tim Stewart, representing the E-470 Public Highway Authority, testified in opposition to the bill. Mr. Stewart responded to questions from the committee.

12:59 PM --
Mayor Herb Atchison, representing the City of Westminster, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Metro Mayors Caucus, and US 36 Commuting Solutions, testified in opposition to the bill.

01:02 PM --
Matthew Appelbaum, representing the Colorado Municipal League, testified in opposition to the bill. Mr. Appelbaum responded to questions from the committee.

01:11 PM --
Debra Baskett, representing US 36 Commuting Solutions, testified in opposition to the bill.

01:12 PM --
Mike Salisbury, representing the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, testified in opposition to the bill.







01:14 PM --
Jim Bensberg, representing the Powersports Dealers Association of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.



01:17 PM --
Bruce Downs, representing Abate of Colorado, testified in support of the bill. He distributed a copy of the federal law addressing motorcycles qualifying as HOV (Attachment A), and a list of reasons why motorcycles should not have to use transponders in order to use HOV lanes (Attachment B). Mr. Stewart returned to the table to respond to a question from the committee.



160421 AttachA.pdf160421 AttachA.pdf160421 AttachB.pdf160421 AttachB.pdf



01:23 PM --
Deb "Tiger" Chandler, representing the Confederation of Clubs and the Coalition of Independent Riders, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Stewart returned to the table and responded to questions from the committee.



01:28 PM --
Kirk Fry, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.

01:29 PM --
Duane Rohlert, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



01:33 PM



Representative Singer explained amendments L.012, L.015, and L.018 (Attachments C, D, and E).



160421 AttachC.pdf160421 AttachC.pdf160421 AttachD.pdf160421 AttachD.pdf160421 AttachE.pdf160421 AttachE.pdf

BILL: SB16-123
TIME: 01:34:26 PM
MOVED: Winter
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.012 (Attachment C). The motion failed on a vote of 4-9.
SECONDED: Moreno
VOTE
Becker J.
No
Buck
No
Carver
No
Coram
No
Esgar
No
Kraft-Tharp
Yes
Melton
No
Moreno
Yes
Neville P.
Yes
Nordberg
No
Winter
Yes
Mitsch Bush
No
Tyler
No
YES: 4 NO: 9 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL
BILL: SB16-123
TIME: 01:36:14 PM
MOVED: Moreno
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.015 (Attachment D). The motion failed on a vote of 3-10.
SECONDED: Winter
VOTE
Becker J.
No
Buck
No
Carver
No
Coram
No
Esgar
Yes
Kraft-Tharp
No
Melton
No
Moreno
No
Neville P.
Yes
Nordberg
No
Winter
Yes
Mitsch Bush
No
Tyler
No
YES: 3 NO: 10 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL
BILL: SB16-123
TIME: 01:37:41 PM
MOVED: Moreno
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.018 (Attachment E). The motion failed on a vote of 4-9.
SECONDED: Winter
VOTE
Becker J.
No
Buck
No
Carver
No
Coram
No
Esgar
No
Kraft-Tharp
Yes
Melton
No
Moreno
Yes
Neville P.
Yes
Nordberg
No
Winter
Yes
Mitsch Bush
No
Tyler
No
YES: 4 NO: 9 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL











01:38 PM



Representative Buck explained amendment L.013 (Attachment F).



160421 AttachF.pdf160421 AttachF.pdf

BILL: SB16-123
TIME: 01:39:45 PM
MOVED: Buck
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.013 (Attachment F). The motion failed on a vote of 4-9.
SECONDED: Becker J.
VOTE
Becker J.
Yes
Buck
Yes
Carver
Yes
Coram
No
Esgar
No
Kraft-Tharp
No
Melton
No
Moreno
No
Neville P.
Yes
Nordberg
No
Winter
No
Mitsch Bush
No
Tyler
No
YES: 4 NO: 9 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL





01:40 PM



Representative Singer made closing comments and the committee discussed the merits of the bill.

BILL: SB16-123
TIME: 01:42:49 PM
MOVED: Winter
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 16-123 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion failed on a vote of 2-11.
SECONDED: Neville P.
VOTE
Becker J.
No
Buck
No
Carver
No
Coram
No
Esgar
No
Kraft-Tharp
Yes
Melton
No
Moreno
No
Neville P.
Yes
Nordberg
No
Winter
No
Mitsch Bush
No
Tyler
No
Final YES: 2 NO: 11 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL
BILL: SB16-123
TIME: 01:45:34 PM
MOVED: Coram
MOTION: Postpone Senate Bill 16-123 indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 11-2.
SECONDED: Moreno
VOTE
Becker J.
Yes
Buck
Yes
Carver
Yes
Coram
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Kraft-Tharp
Yes
Melton
Yes
Moreno
No
Neville P.
No
Nordberg
Yes
Winter
Yes
Mitsch Bush
Yes
Tyler
Yes
Final YES: 11 NO: 2 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



01:46 PM



The committee was adjourned.