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S_LGH_2023A 03/28/2023 02:15:12 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT & HOUSING
Date 03/28/2023
Attendance
Gonzales X
Pelton B. X
Pelton R. X
Rich X
Roberts X
Exum X
Jaquez Lewis X
Time 02:15:12 PM to 07:08:04 PM
Place SCR 352
This Meeting was called to order by Jaquez Lewis
This Report was prepared by Adam Alemzada
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB23-1062 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
SB23-178 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB23-1090 Postponed Indefinitely

HB23-1062 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


02:15:20 PM  
Senator Hinrichsen, prime sponsor, introduced and explained House Bill 23-1062. The bill allows a metropolitan district to levy a sales tax to provide parks or recreational facilities or programs, along with other allowable uses.
02:18:51 PM  
Carol Cosby, representing Pueblo West, testified in support of the bill.
02:22:09 PM  
Michael Valdez, representing the Special District Association of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
02:23:33 PM  
The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
02:27:23 PM  
The bill sponsor made closing remarks.


02:29:14 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 23-1062 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales Yes
Pelton B. Yes
Pelton R. Yes
Rich Yes
Roberts Yes
Exum Excused
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB23-178 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

02:32:10 PM  
Senators Jaquez Lewis and Will, prime sponsors, introduced and explained Senate Bill 23-178. This bill requires that homeowner’s associations (HOAs) allow the use of non-vegetative landscaping, and limits how community covenants may otherwise restrict xeriscaping by unit owners. The bill allows unit owners to bring civil action for violations by an HOA.
02:39:49 PM  
The bill sponsors responded to questions from the committee.
02:43:49 PM  
Robert Greer, representing the People and Pollinators Action Network, testified in support of the bill.
02:46:44 PM  
Alison Holloran, representing Audubon Rockies, testified in support of the bill.
02:48:59 PM  
Kathleen Curry, representing the Colorado Water Congress and others, testified in support of the bill.
02:51:09 PM  
Lindsay Rogers, representing Western Resource Advocates, testified in support of the bill.
02:53:39 PM  
The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
03:00:33 PM  
Henry Ediger, representing
himself, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:03:34 PM  
The panelist responded to questions from the committee.
03:05:52 PM  
George Teal, representing
himself, testified to amend the bill.
03:08:06 PM  
John Krueger, representing Associa, testified to amend the bill.
03:13:25 PM  
Caitlin Matthews, representing Food Justice NW Aurora, testified in support of the bill.
03:15:51 PM  
Misha White, representing Conservation Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
03:18:04 PM  
Mara Rose, representing Boundless Landscapes PBC, testified in support of the bill.
03:21:48 PM  
CJ-Connie Van Dorn,
representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
03:24:55 PM  
SaraJo Light, representing
the Colorado Chapter of the Sierra Club, testified in support of the bill.
03:27:16 PM  
Anita Seitz, representing Colorado Communities for Climate Action, testified in support of the bill.
03:30:03 PM  
Ali Colbert, representing Resource Central, testified in support of the bill.
03:33:20 PM  
Andrew Mowery, representing
himself, testified in support of the bill.
03:35:53 PM  
Chris Marion, representing 3.0 Property Management, testified in support of the bill.
03:38:38 PM  
James Grevious, representing Rebels In the Garden, testified in support of the bill.
03:43:00 PM  
Written testimony
submitted to the committee is appended as Attachment A.

03:43:17 PM  
The bill sponsors
introduced and explained Amendment L.004 (Attachment B).
03:44:00 PM  
The bill sponsors
responded to questions from the committee.


03:46:37 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment B).
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales
Pelton B.
Pelton R.
Rich
Roberts
Exum Excused
Jaquez Lewis
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:46:39 PM  
The bill sponsors
introduced and explained Amendment L.007 (Attachment C).


03:47:16 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.007 (Attachment C).
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales
Pelton B.
Pelton R.
Rich
Roberts
Exum Excused
Jaquez Lewis
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:47:17 PM  
Senator Rod Pelton
introduced and explained Amendment L.005 (Attachment D).
03:48:46 PM  
The committee recessed.
03:56:31 PM  
The committee reconvened.
03:56:45 PM  
Senator Rod Pelton
withdrew Amendment L.005.
03:57:41 PM  
The bill sponsors made closing remarks.


04:00:39 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 23-178, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales Yes
Pelton B. Yes
Pelton R. Yes
Rich Yes
Roberts Yes
Exum Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB23-1090 - Postponed Indefinitely


04:02:39 PM  
Senators Rodriguez and Kolker, prime sponsors, introduced and explained House Bill 23-1090. The bill establishes several restrictions on metropolitan district directors and the issuance of district debt.
04:10:00 PM  
Mark Witkiewicz,
representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:12:50 PM  
Kevin Walker, representing the Colorado Association of Home Builders, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:14:49 PM  
Andrea Cole, representing the Dominion Water & Sanitation District, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:17:14 PM  
James Righeimer,
representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:19:44 PM  
The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
04:29:01 PM  
The panelists continued
to respond to questions from the committee.
04:39:03 PM  
The panelists continued to respond to questions from the committee.
04:46:22 PM  
Kristi Pollard, representing
the Metro District Education Coalition, testified in opposition to the
bill. She distributed a handout to the committee (Attachment E).
04:48:41 PM  
Jonathan Heroux,
representing Piper Sandler, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:50:58 PM  
Kenneth Guckenberger,
representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:53:51 PM  
Robert Rogers, representing
himself, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:56:25 PM  
David Dazlich, representing the Colorado Springs Chamber & Economic Development Corporation, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:59:45 PM  
The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
05:06:32 PM  
Laci Knowles, representing
herself, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:09:27 PM  
MaryAnn McGeady,
representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:12:41 PM  
Susan Beckman, representing Sterling Ranch, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:16:01 PM  
Michael Gifford, representing the Homeownership Opportunity Alliance, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:18:16 PM  
The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
05:29:11 PM  
Jennifer Tanaka,
representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:31:28 PM  
Keith Simon, representing the Coventry Development Corporation, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:34:18 PM  
Brett Vernon, representing
himself, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:37:01 PM  
William Ankele Jr,
representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:39:33 PM  
Rachel Beck, representing the Colorado Competitive Council, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:41:36 PM  
The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
05:53:21 PM  
Geoff Withers, representing the League of Women Voters of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
05:56:51 PM  
Jim Gibson, representing
himself, testified in support of the bill.
06:00:05 PM  
CJ-Connie Van Dorn,
representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
06:03:37 PM  
The committee recessed.
06:17:41 PM  
The committee reconvened.
06:17:55 PM  
John Henderson, representing
himself, testified in support of the bill.
06:20:56 PM  
Tim Leonard, representing
himself, testified in support of the bill.
06:26:10 PM  
Fayre Ruszczyk, representing
herself, testified in support of the bill.
06:29:17 PM  
The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
06:39:00 PM  
The panelists continued to respond to questions from the committee.
06:49:20 PM  
Charles Wolfersberger, representing the Amber Creek Metro District, testified in support of the bill.
06:54:08 PM  
The panelist responded to questions from the committee.
06:58:39 PM  
Written testimony submitted to the committee is appended as Attachment F.
06:58:40 PM  
The bill sponsors
introduced and explained Amendment L.011 (Attachment G).



07:00:13 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.011 (Attachment G).
Moved Exum
Seconded
Gonzales
Pelton B.
Pelton R.
Rich
Roberts
Exum
Jaquez Lewis
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
07:00:22 PM  
The bill sponsors made closing remarks.


07:07:20 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 23-1090, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Exum
Seconded
Gonzales Yes
Pelton B. No
Pelton R. No
Rich No
Roberts No
Exum Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
YES: 3   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


07:07:54 PM
Motion Postpone House Bill 23-1090 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely.
Moved Exum
Seconded
Gonzales No
Pelton B. Yes
Pelton R. Yes
Rich Yes
Roberts Yes
Exum No
Jaquez Lewis No
Final YES: 4   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


07:08:04 PM   The committee adjourned.






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