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s_hhs_2018a_2018-02-15t13:34:42z1 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SB18-084

SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date Feb 15, 2018      
Location SCR 357



SB18-084 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


02:39:46 PM  

Senator Kefalas, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 18-084.  The bill clarifies that a minor who commits behavior that would be considered prostitution if committed as an adult is a victim of human trafficking and requires that these minors be referred for care and services. 

Amendments L.002 and L.004 were distributed to the committee (Attachment C and D).

02:45:34 PM  

Arnold Hanuman, Colorado District Attorneys' Council, Office of the Attorney General, and Colorado Municipal League, testified against the bill.

02:50:18 PM  

Stephanie Fritts, 17th Judicial District, testified against the bill.

02:52:36 PM  
Kelley Dziedzic, 18th Judicial District, testified against the bill.
02:56:17 PM  
Ms. Fritts, Ms. Dziedzic, and Mr. Hanuman responded to questions.
03:01:29 PM  
The committee dialogued with the witnesses and Senator Kefalas.
03:08:57 PM  
Jennifer Anderson, Colorado Attorney General's Office, testified against the bill.
03:11:22 PM  
Mike Valentine, Arapahoe County, testified in a neutral position on the bill.
03:13:52 PM  
Kelly Dore, National Human Trafficking Survivor Coalition, testified in support of the bill.
03:24:22 PM  

Billie McIntire, Swan Counseling Services, testified in support of the bill.  Committee discussion followed.

03:28:37 PM  
Cynthia Camble, Loving Our Children, testified in support of the bill.
03:33:42 PM  
Linda Weinerman, Office of the Child's Representative, testified in support of the bill.
03:38:43 PM  
Alexandra Erickson, Human Trafficking Center, testified in support of the bill.
03:43:45 PM  

Maureen Cain, Colorado State Public Defender's Council, testified in support of the bill.  Ms. Cain responded to questions.

03:49:34 PM  
Senator Smallwood recessed the meeting.
03:52:04 PM  
Senator Smallwood reconvened the meeting.
03:52:19 PM  
Ms. Cain and Ms. Weinerman responded to questions from the committee.
04:01:32 PM  
Jeremy Fuerte, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
04:05:19 PM  

Sarah Bendtsen, Shared Hope International, testified in support of the bill.  Ms. Bendtsen responded to questions.

04:12:45 PM  

Senator Kefalas made closing comments and discussed amendment L.002 (Attachment C) and L.004 (Attachment D).

04:16:24 PM  

Senator Martinez Humenik distributed and discussed amendment L.005 (Attachment E).  Committee discussion followed regarding the amendments.



04:23:42 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment C).
Moved Kefalas
Seconded
Aguilar
Crowder
Kefalas
Martinez Humenik
Smallwood
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:24:02 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment D).
Moved Kefalas
Seconded
Aguilar
Crowder
Kefalas
Martinez Humenik
Smallwood
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:24:45 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.005 (Attachment E).
Moved Martinez Humenik
Seconded
Aguilar No
Crowder Yes
Kefalas No
Martinez Humenik Yes
Smallwood No
YES: 2   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


04:29:27 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-084, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Kefalas
Seconded
Aguilar Yes
Crowder Yes
Kefalas Yes
Martinez Humenik Yes
Smallwood Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS