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S_JUD_2020A 02/03/2020 01:34:38 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Date 02/03/2020
Attendance
Cooke X
Gardner X
Rodriguez X
Gonzales X
Lee X
Time 01:34:38 PM to 03:43:43 PM
Place SCR 352
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Lee
This Report was prepared by Juliann Jenson
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB20-061 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole
SB20-037 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
SB20-042 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call

SB20-061 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


01:36:14 PM  

Senator Foote, bill sponsor, explained Senate Bill 20-061, concerning a requirement to yield to a bicycle in a bicycle lane.  He discussed safety issues in bike lanes and the uneven application of the law when a driver hits a cyclist who is lawfully using a bike lane.  Senator Foote distributed and explained Amendments L. 001 (Attachment A) which addresses two-way bike lanes, and L. 004 (Attachment B), which encompasses all authorized users of bike lanes (i.e. scooters).  

Committee members asked questions about penalties as outlined in the bill. 

 

 

01:51:17 PM  

Megan Hoffman, representing herself, testified in support of the measure.  She discussed her work as an attorney representing injured bicyclists, and noted inconsistencies in the application of current law across the state.

Committee members asked questions about public awareness and education to make drivers better aware of  yielding to cyclists in bike lanes. 

 

01:57:08 PM  

Kenneth Andrews, representing himself, testified in favor of the measure.  He stressed the need to be more cognizant of laws and automobile and bicycle safety.  He referenced a bike accident where the car driver was not penalized. 

02:01:44 PM  

Alexandra Clerkin, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.  She relayed a personal experience in which a driver failed to yield while she was lawfully riding in the bike lane.  She referenced the Denver Vision Zero plan.

02:04:11 PM  

Delores Marquez, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. She discussed how a district attorney did not pursue serious charges on the driver who hit her while she was lawfully cycling in the bike lane.

Dennis King, representing himself, testified in favor of the measure.  He discussed his involvement with the Police Mountain Bike Association and stressed that the bill would assist officers in uniformly applying the law.

02:10:51 PM  

Molly McKinley representing Bicycle Colorado, testified in support of the bill. She stressed the importance of educating drivers and cyclists and greener transportation goals. 

02:13:16 PM  

Gary Harty, representing himself, testified in favor of the bill. He discussed teaching bicycle safety and offered related driving tips.

Michael Raber, representing Bike Jeffco, testified in support of the bill. He discussed European bike laws, and suggested more signage, as well as bicycle safety questions on driver license tests. 

David Chen, representing himself, spoke in favor of the measure.  He distributed a handout depicting his bike accident (Attachment C).  He stressed that the bill helps to clarify the rules of the road and makes it safer for bikers and car drivers alike.

02:27:11 PM  

Skyler McKinley, representing American Automobile Association Colorado, testified in support of the bill.  He cited crash statistics and noted that the bill helps drivers to know how to act when seeing a bicycle lane.  He offered to put related educational materials in his organization's magazine.

02:30:51 PM  

Kelsey Skoken, representing himself, testified in favor of the bill.  He explained that he is a junior in high school and received a citation for getting hit while he was biking in a bike lane.  He brought in his bike to show damage.

Eric Skoken, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. He discussed his son's accident and confusion about the process that ensued. 

02:38:11 PM  

Teri Vogel, representing herself, spoke in support of the bill.  She shared that her husband was struck by a car and killed while cycling.  She stressed the need for awareness and clarity in the application of related laws. 

Committee discussion followed about careless driving penalties.

Tina Moses, representing Pedego Boulder Bike Shop, testified in favor of the measure.  She explained the importance of protecting bicyclists. 

 

02:48:47 PM  

Senator Foote recapped Amendment L. 001, which addresses two-way bike lanes (Attachment A).



02:49:17 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment A)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Cooke
Gardner
Rodriguez
Gonzales
Lee
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:49:54 PM  

Senator Foote recapped Amendment L. 004 to include other authorized users of bike lanes (Attachment B). 



02:50:16 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L. 004 (Attachment B)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Cooke
Gardner
Rodriguez
Gonzales
Lee
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:50:44 PM  

Committee members discussed the bill and brought up concerns about the penalty structure as outlined in the bill.  Discussion followed about adding bicycle safety to driver license tests, the Denver Vision Zero plan, and bike safety education efforts.  

Senator Foote wrapped up his presentation and reiterated the merits of the bill.   



02:55:08 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-061, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Cooke No
Gardner No
Rodriguez Yes
Gonzales Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB20-037 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


02:55:43 PM  

Senator Rodriguez, co-prime sponsor, explained Senate Bill 20-037, concerning the development of a strategic plan to implement a trusted interoperability platform.  He discussed how this bill was recommended by the Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning the Treatment of Persons with Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System (MHDCJS).  He noted that the associated task force studied the need for a strategic plan to share information between agencies for continuity of care purposes.

Peggy Heill, representing the MHDCJS Task Force, testified in favor of the bill.  She distributed a handout about the trusted interoperability platform plan (Attachment D).

Gina Shimeall, representing the MHDCJS Task Force, testified in support of the measure.  She discussed the importance of data and aggregate information. 

Senator Rodriguez, made closing remarks about the bill. 

 



03:20:27 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-037 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Rodriguez
Seconded
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Gonzales Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB20-042 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


03:20:41 PM  

Senator Rodriguez, co-prime sponsor, explained Senate Bill 20-042, concerning the reauthorization of the Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning the Treatment of Persons with Behavioral Health Disorders in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems.  Senator Rodriguez provided an overview of the oversight committee and associated task force. 

Gina Shimeall, representing the MHDCJS Task Force, spoke in favor of the bill.  She listed the task force's accomplishments and distributed a handout (Attachment E). 

Atilla Denes, representing the MHDCJS Task Force, testified in support of the bill.  He discussed the task force and its work on law enforcement issues.

 

03:30:32 PM  

Tim Lane, representing the MHDCJS Task Force, spoke in favor of the bill.  He discussed the various topics studied by the task force.

 

Lauren Snyder, representing Mental Health Colorado, spoke in favor of the bill.  She suggested a variation and rotation in task force membership.

 

Senator Rodriguez presented Amendment L. 001, which eliminates attendance requirements  of Oversight Committee members at Task Force meetings (Attachment F). 



03:39:47 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment F)
Moved Rodriguez
Seconded
Cooke
Gardner
Rodriguez
Gonzales
Lee
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:39:52 PM  

Senator Fields, co-prime sponsor, joined the committee and discussed how the Task Force recommends bill drafts to the Oversight Committee. 



03:43:23 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-042, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Rodriguez
Seconded
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Gonzales Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


03:43:43 PM   The committee adjourned.






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