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S_FIN_2022A 03/30/2022 01:33:36 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
Date 03/30/2022
Attendance
Hisey X
Lee X
Priola X
Winter *
Gonzales X
Time 01:33:36 PM to 04:45:33 PM
Place Old Supreme Court
This Meeting was called to order by Gonzales
This Report was prepared by Katie Ruedebusch
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB22-1001 Referred to Senate Appropriations
HB22-1118 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
HB22-1025 Referred to Senate Appropriations
HB22-1098 Referred to Senate Appropriations
SB22-138 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

HB22-1001 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


01:33:49 PM  
Sens. Pettersen and
Kolker introduced House Bill 22-1001. The bill transfers $16.71 million
from the General Fund to the Department of State Cash Fund in order to
reduce business filing fees. The sponsors gave some opening remarks and
answered committee questions.  

01:37:29 PM  
Mrs. Nikki Maloney,
representing the Office of Economic Development & International Trade,
testified in support of the bill. Deputy Secretary of State Christopher
Beall, representing the Colorado Secretary of State's Office, testified
in support of the bill.  Ms. Lindsey Vigoda, representing the Small
Business Majority, testified in support of the bill.  The witnesses
answered questions from the committee.
01:52:34 PM  
Ms. Anneliese Steel,
representing Colorado Concern, testified in support of the bill.  Written
testimony may be found in Attachment A.


01:55:02 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1001 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Winter
Seconded
Hisey Yes
Lee Yes
Priola Yes
Winter Yes
Gonzales Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB22-1118 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


01:55:15 PM  
Sen. Kolker introduced House Bill 22-1118. The bill establishes criteria for sales and use tax refund claims filed with the Department of Revenue. Sen. Kolker answered several committee questions.
02:01:19 PM  
Senior Director Brendon
Reese, representing the Colorado Department of Revenue, testified in support
of the bill.  Mr. Josh Pens, representing the Department of Revenue,
testified in support of the bill.  The witnesses answered several
committee questions.  Written testimony may be found in Attachment
B.  


02:07:16 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1118 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Winter
Seconded
Hisey Yes
Lee Yes
Priola Yes
Winter Yes
Gonzales Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB22-1025 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


02:07:28 PM  
Sen. Kolker introduced
House Bill 22-1025. The bill eliminates several tax expenditures from the
state’s insurance premium tax, income tax, sales and use tax, and liquor
excise tax. Sen. Kolker answered some committee questions.
02:08:56 PM  
Ms. Kim Tinnell, representing the Office of the State Auditor Tax Expenditures Evaluation Team, was available to answer committee questions.


02:12:52 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1025 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Winter
Seconded
Hisey Yes
Lee Yes
Priola Yes
Winter Yes
Gonzales Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB22-1098 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


02:13:03 PM  
Sens. Liston and
Coleman introduced House Bill 22-1098.  The bill requires that the
Department of Regulatory Agencies audit the occupations they regulate to
determine barriers to entry for individuals with a criminal history, and
specifies procedures for denying a professional license, certification,
or registration.  The sponsors answered several committee questions
and committee dicussion ensued.
02:27:33 PM  
Mr. Matt Gorenc,
representing the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, testified in support
of the bill. Ms. Lauren Krisai, representing the Justice Action Network,
testified in support of the bill.  The witness answered several committee
questions.
02:39:42 PM  
The committee took a short break and came back to order.


02:43:46 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1098 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Winter
Seconded
Hisey Excused
Lee Yes
Priola Yes
Winter Yes
Gonzales Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB22-138 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

02:43:57 PM  
The committee recessed.
02:46:36 PM  
The committee came back to order.
02:48:12 PM  
Sens. Hansen introduced
Senate Bill 22-138.  The bill creates a state income tax credit for
electric-powered small off-road equipment; requires PERA and insurance
companies to study climate risks to their investment portfolios; authorizes
the Department of Natural Resources to regulate Class VI injection wells;
and requires the Department of Agriculture to study carbon sequestration
opportunities in the agriculture sector.  Sen. Hansen answered committee
questions and discussed several potential amendments.  Written testimony
may be found in Attachment D.  
02:50:30 PM  
Dr. Stuart Bennett,
representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill. Mr. Terrance
Tschatschula, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill.
 Ms. Anneliese Steel, representing Colorado Concern, testified in
opposition to the bill.  The witnesses answered several committee
questions.
03:10:59 PM  
Committee discussion
ensued with the witnesses.
03:26:17 PM  
Mr. Phil Hayes, representing
IBEW Local 111 and Pipefitters 208, testified in opposition to the bill.
 Mr. Gerald Arnold, representing Denver Pipefitters Local #208, testified
in opposition to the bill.  Ms. Lauren Quillian, representing Xcel
Energy, PSCo, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:26:55 PM  
Mr. George Twigg,
representing the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment,
testified to amend the bill.  Mr. Ron Baker, representing the Colorado
Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), testified to amend the
bill. Mr. Steve McCannon, representing himself, testified to amend the
bill. Mr. Will Toor, representing the Colorado Energy Office testified
to amend the bill.
03:40:07 PM  
The committee recessed
for technical difficulties.
03:50:31 PM  
The committee came
back to order. The previous witnesses answered several committee questions.
04:02:26 PM  
Committee discussion
continued with Mr. Toor and Mr. Twigg. Mr. Garry Kaufman, representing
the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, answered committee
questions
.
04:07:48 PM  
Ms. Joy Wintersteen, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Gwen Farnsworth, representing Western Resource Advocates, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Giselle Herzfeld, representing 350 Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Brent Goodlet, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
04:22:50 PM  
Mr. Alex DeGolia, representing the Environmental Defense Fund, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Ean Tafoya, representing GreenLatinos, testified in a neutral position on the bill.


04:33:31 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.010 (Attachment E)
Moved Winter
Seconded
Hisey
Lee
Priola
Winter
Gonzales
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:35:11 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.011 (Attachment F)
Moved Winter
Seconded
Hisey
Lee
Priola
Winter
Gonzales
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:37:39 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.012 (Attachment G)
Moved Winter
Seconded
Hisey
Lee
Priola
Winter
Gonzales
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:40:14 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.013 (Attachment H)
Moved Winter
Seconded
Hisey
Lee
Priola
Winter
Gonzales
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:41:23 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.016 (Attachment I)
Moved Winter
Seconded
Hisey
Lee
Priola
Winter
Gonzales
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:43:23 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.018 (Attachment J)
Moved Winter
Seconded
Hisey
Lee
Priola
Winter
Gonzales
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
04:43:25 PM  
Sen. Hansen provided some closing remarks.


04:44:59 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-138, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Winter
Seconded
Hisey No
Lee Yes
Priola Yes
Winter Yes
Gonzales Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


04:45:33 PM   The committee adjourned.