Senator Gardner explained HB18-1256, concerning the continuation of the Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) and Commission (CCRC). He encouraged the reauthorization and funding of the entities but suggested revisions to address concerns.
He next distributed and explained Amendments L.004, L.005, L.006, and L.007 (Attachments E - H). L.004 concerns how appointments are made. L.005 deals with the complaint process and allows for either party to request a trial in district court. L.006 addresses transparency, and L.007 requires a legislative audit.
Senator Gardner emphasized that he is open to discussion and recognized that the changes will most likely result in a conference committee. He answered questions about the amendments, particularly the one regarding the proposed changes to committee membership and appointments.