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S_LG_2019A 01/22/2019 01:59:27 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Date 01/22/2019
Attendance
Bridges X
Coram X
Crowder X
Williams A. X
Ginal X
Time 01:59:27 PM to 03:47:47 PM
Place SCR 354
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Ginal
This Report was prepared by Elizabeth Haskell
Hearing Items Action Taken
Presentation - Colorado Municipal League, Colorado Counties, Inc., Special District Association, & Counties and Commissioners Acting Together Committee Discussion Only
SB19-019 Committee Discussion Only

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

Presentation - Colorado Municipal League, Colorado Counties, Inc., Special District Association, & Counties and Commissioners Acting Together - Committee Discussion Only

02:00:13 PM  

Kevin Bommer, Colorado Municipal League (CML), distributed a handout to the committee and presented on the activities of CML and its legislative priorities (Attachment A).

02:07:16 PM  
Gini Pingenot, Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI), distributed a handout to the committee and presented on the activities of CCI and its legislative priorities (Attachment B).
02:13:57 PM  
Michael Valdez, Special District Association (SDA), distributed a handout to the committee and presented on the activities of SDA and its legislative priorities (Attachment C).
02:19:52 PM  

Commissioner John Messner, Counties and Commissioners Acting Together (CCAT), distributed a handout to the committee and  presented on the activities of CCAT and its legislative priorities (Attachment D).

02:22:51 PM  

Ruth Aponte, CCAT, discussed the legislative priorities of CCAT, specifically issues surrounding affordable housing and transportation.

02:27:25 PM  
Mr. Bommer responded to committee questions.
02:31:54 PM  
Ms. Pingenot responded to questions.



SB19-019 - Committee Discussion Only


02:39:34 PM  

Senator Fields, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 19-019. The bill allows a county to adopt a resolution that includes an express finding of high fire danger, based on competent evidence, to prohibit the sale and use of fireworks between May 31 and July 5 of each year.  Under this bill, competent evidence of high fire danger may include predictions of future fire danger such as those issued by the National Interagency Coordination Center.  Senator Fields distributed a handout (Attachment E).

02:43:36 PM  

Ron Carl, Arapahoe County, testified in support of the bill and provided a packet to the committee (Attachment F).

02:47:06 PM  
Nathan Fogg, Arapahoe County, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Fogg responded to questions.
02:52:41 PM  
Senator Fields responded to questions.
02:55:49 PM  

Mr. Carl and Mr. Frogg responded to questions from the committee.

02:58:42 PM  
Eric Bergman, CCI, came to the table and responded to questions. Committee discussion and questions followed.
03:02:37 PM  
Senator Fields responded to questions. Committee discussion followed.
03:09:02 PM  

Brad Witherell, representing himself,  testified against the bill.  Mr. Witherall responded to questions.

03:23:37 PM  
Britton Cottrell, representing himself, testified against the bill.
03:26:45 PM  
Jerry Farley, Consumer Fireworks Safety Association, testified against the bill.
03:32:52 PM  

Mr. Carl and Mr. Fogg returned to the table and responded to questions. Mr. Carl referred to Attachment F.

03:41:42 PM  
Senator Fields made closing comments. Committee comments followed.
03:45:18 PM  

Senator Ginal recessed the meeting

03:45:19 PM  

Senator Ginal reconvened the meeting.

03:45:57 PM  
Senator Ginal laid the bill over.


03:47:47 PM   The committee adjourned.