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S_ED_2016A 04/28/2016 Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

Date: 04/28/2016
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:37 PM to 05:31 PM
Holbert
X
Johnston
X
Place: SCR 356
Kerr
X
Merrifield
*
This Meeting was called to order by
Neville T.
X
Senator Hill
Todd
*
Woods
X
This Report was prepared by
Marble
X
Rachel Kurtz-Phelan
Hill
X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
Conf 16-Colorado Mesa University Board Of Trustees

Presentation by Metropolitan State University of Denver

Presentation by Metropolitan State University of Denver

HB16-1289

HB16-1373

HB16-1289

HB16-1291

HB16-1422
Favorably Refer to Full Senate

Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only

Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only

Referred to Appropriations

Referred to the Committee of the Whole

Referred to Appropriations

Referred to Appropriations

Referred to Appropriations





01:38 PM -- Confirmation of Colorado Mesa University Board Of Trustees



Senator Hill, chair, called the meeting to order. He invited John Marshall, Vice President of Student Services, Colorado Mesa University, to come to the table to introduce the appointee and reappointees to the board: Kelly Brough, Betty Cox Bechtel, and Joan D. Ringel. Copies of the Governor's appointment letter and the appointees' applications and resumes were distributed to the committee (Attachment A). The appointee and reappointees told the committee about their personal, educational, and professional backgrounds, and responded to questions.



Attachment A can be viewed at Legislative Council.






























BILL: Conf 16-Colorado Mesa University Board Of Trustees
TIME: 01:51:29 PM
MOVED: Marble
MOTION: Refer the appointment of Kelly Brough to the Colorado Mesa University Board Of Trustees to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed on a vote of 5-4.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
No
Johnston
Yes
Kerr
Yes
Merrifield
Yes
Neville T.
No
Todd
Yes
Woods
No
Marble
No
Hill
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 4 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
BILL: Conf 16-Colorado Mesa University Board Of Trustees
TIME: 01:52:12 PM
MOVED: Marble
MOTION: Refer the reappointment of Betty Cox Bechtel to the Colorado Mesa University Board Of Trustees to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 9-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
Yes
Johnston
Yes
Kerr
Yes
Merrifield
Yes
Neville T.
Yes
Todd
Yes
Woods
Yes
Marble
Yes
Hill
Yes
Final YES: 9 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
BILL: Conf 16-Colorado Mesa University Board Of Trustees
TIME: 01:52:41 PM
MOVED: Marble
MOTION: Refer the reappointment of Joan D. Ringel to the Colorado Mesa University Board Of Trustees to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed on a vote of 6-3.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
Yes
Johnston
Yes
Kerr
Yes
Merrifield
Yes
Neville T.
No
Todd
Yes
Woods
No
Marble
No
Hill
Yes
Final YES: 6 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





01:54 PM



The committee took a brief recess.





01:58 PM -- Presentation by Metropolitan State University of Denver



The committee came back to order. Senator Hill invited Jeremy Tittle, head soccer coach for Metropolitan State University of Denver, to come to the table to talk about the relationship between higher education and athletics. Mr. Tittle answered questions from the committee.









































02:12 PM -- HB16-1289



Senator Hill explained that public testimony would be taken on the next two bills, House Bill 16-1289 and House Bill 16-1291, together. He invited Senators Crowder and Garcia, co-sponsors, to present HB 1289 which concerns incentives for local education providers to encourage high school students to successfully complete career development course work. HB 1291, which is co-sponsored by Senators Hill and Johnston, concerns developing additional resources for modern technology education in public schools.



The following people testified on the bills:



02:16 PM --
Jennifer Landers, representing the Jaybird group, spoke in support of both bills.



02:21 PM --
Bryan Cook, representing the Association of General Contractors of Colorado, spoke in support of HB 1289.



02:24 PM --
Luke Ragland, representing Colorado Succeeds, spoke in support of both bills.





02:26 PM



The preceding three witnesses responded to questions from the committee.



02:36 PM --
Louise Myrland, representing the Women's Foundation of Colorado, spoke in support of both bills.



02:39 PM --
Bobbie Bastien, representing herself as a teacher, spoke in support of both bills.



02:41 PM --
Bill Gillmore, representing Englewood Public Schools, spoke in support of HB 1291.





02:45 PM



The witnesses and co-sponsors answered questions from the committee.



02:49 PM --
John Scarborough, representing himself, spoke in support of HB 1289.



02:53 PM --
Melissa Risteff, representing herself, spoke in support of both bills.



02:55 PM --
Robert Golden, representing the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, spoke in support of HB 1289.































03:01 PM



The preceding witnesses answered questions from the committee. Committee discussion ensued.





03:16 PM



The committee took a brief recess.





03:20 PM



The committee came back to order.



03:21 PM --
Thom Ingram, representing himself as a teacher at St. Vrain Valley School District, spoke in support of the bills.



03:23 PM --
Dylan Shaffer, representing himself as a student, spoke in support of both bills.



03:24 PM --
Andre Naranjo, representing himself as a student, spoke in support of HB 1289.



03:27 PM --
Sarah Heinen, representing herself as a student, spoke in support of HB 1291.



03:31 PM --
Rhett Sandal, representing himself as a student, spoke in support of HB 1289.





03:32 PM



The preceding witnesses answered questions from the committee. Senator Hill laid the bills over until later in the meeting to continue with witness testimony and take action.





03:37 PM -- HB16-1373



Senator Holbert, sponsor, presented House Bill 16-1373 which concerns requiring school districts to adopt a policy permitting the use of medical marijuana by students authorized to use medical marijuana.



The following people testified on the bill:



03:40 PM --
Stacey Linn, representing herself, spoke in support of the bill. Ms. Linn answered questions from the committee.



03:47 PM --
Jack Split, representing himself, spoke in support of the bill.

























03:52 PM --
Benjamin Wann and his mother, Amber Wann, representing themselves, spoke in support of the bill. Ms. Wann answered questions from the committee.



04:01 PM --
Jason Hopfer, representing Douglas County School District, spoke in support of the bill.





04:02 PM



No further witnesses being present, Senator Hill closed public testimony.

BILL: HB16-1373
TIME: 04:03:00 PM
MOVED: Holbert
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1373 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 9-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
Yes
Johnston
Yes
Kerr
Yes
Merrifield
Yes
Neville T.
Yes
Todd
Yes
Woods
Yes
Marble
Yes
Hill
Yes
Final YES: 9 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS

















































04:17 PM -- HB16-1289



Senator Hill put House Bill 16-1289 back on the table to finish witness testimony and take action. He closed public testimony without anyone else testifying. Senator Crowder gave closing comments to the bill. Senator Todd discussed a possible conceptual amendment. Committee discussion ensued.

BILL: HB16-1289
TIME: 04:31:19 PM
MOVED: Kerr
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1289 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 5-4.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
No
Johnston
Yes
Kerr
Yes
Merrifield
Yes
Neville T.
No
Todd
Yes
Woods
No
Marble
No
Hill
Yes
YES: 5 NO: 4 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS

























































04:31 PM -- HB16-1291



Senator Johnston, co-sponsor, came to the table to explain several provisions of and answer questions about House Bill 16-1291. Witness testimony on the bill was heard previously in conjunction with witness testimony on House Bill 16-1289.

BILL: HB16-1291
TIME: 04:34:32 PM
MOVED: Johnston
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1291 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 5-4.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
No
Johnston
Yes
Kerr
Yes
Merrifield
Yes
Neville T.
No
Todd
Yes
Woods
No
Marble
No
Hill
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 4 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





04:35 PM -- HB16-1422



The committee took a brief recess.





04:40 PM



The committee came back to order. Senators Lambert and Steadman, co-sponsors, presented House Bill 16-1422 which concerns financing public schools. A handout from Legislative Council Staff was distributed to the committee (Attachment B). Senators Lambert and Steadman discussed several provisions of the bill.



16SenateEd0428AttachB.pdf16SenateEd0428AttachB.pdf























The following people testified on the bill:



04:54 PM --
Frank Reeves, Superintendent of Genoa Hugo School District, spoke about amending the bill.





05:01 PM



The bill's co-sponsors answered questions from the committee.



05:02 PM --
Jason Hopfer, representing the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance, came to the table to answer questions from the committee.



05:06 PM --
Todd Herreid, Legislative Council Staff, came to the table to answer questions from the committee.



05:09 PM --
Douglas Bissonette, Superintendent of Elizabeth School District, came to the table to speak in opposition to the bill. Mr. Bissonette answered questions from the committee.











































































05:16 PM



There were no more witnesses and Senator Hill closed public testimony. Senators Lambert and Steadman gave closing comments to the bill.

BILL: HB16-1422
TIME: 05:30:34 PM
MOVED: Marble
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1422 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 7-2.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
Yes
Johnston
Yes
Kerr
Yes
Merrifield
Yes
Neville T.
No
Todd
Yes
Woods
No
Marble
Yes
Hill
Yes
Final YES: 7 NO: 2 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





05:31 PM



The committee adjourned.