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S_SA_2022A 03/15/2022 02:07:40 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Date 03/15/2022
Attendance
Lee X
Simpson X
Sonnenberg X
Jaquez Lewis X
Coleman X
Time 02:07:40 PM to 06:16:03 PM
Place Old Supreme Court
This Meeting was called to order by Coleman
This Report was prepared by Anne Wallace
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB22-139 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
HB22-1266 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
SB22-110 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
SB22-148 Referred to Senate Appropriations
SB22-152 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
SB22-153 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
HB22-1044 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB22-1086 Referred to the Committee of the Whole

SB22-139 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


02:08:14 PM  
Senator Buckner and Senator Coleman, bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 22-139. The bill creates a new state holiday for Juneteenth, to be observed June 19 each year.

The bill sponsors responded to questions.

02:18:19 PM  
Senator Lee proceeded with witness testimony on the bill.
02:18:36 PM  
Skip Miller, representing
ColoradoWINS, testified in support of the bill. Tanesha McQueen, representing
ColoradoWINS, testified in support of the bill. Norman Harris, representing
the Juneteenth Music Festival Corporation, testified in support of the
bill. Monica Cortez-Sangster, representing the Department of Personnel
& Administration, testified in support of the bill.

02:31:01 PM  
Kaliah Yizar, representing
self, testified in support of the bill. Ceirra Noel, representing Know
Justice, Know Peace, testified in support of the bill. Natalia Lee, representing
Know Justice, Know Peace, testified in support of the bill. Jenelle Nangah,
representing Know Justice, Know Peace, testified in support of the bill.
02:42:29 PM  
Will Starks, One
Body Entertainment, testified in support of the bill. Justice Smith, representing
self, testified in support of the bill. Shay Johnson, representing Denver
NAACP, testified in support of the bill.
02:47:17 PM  
Kevin McKenzie, representing
Arc Thrift Nonprofit, testified in support of the bill. Lorenzo Harris,
representing ColoradoWINS, testified in support of the bill. Antwaun Johnson,
representing Metropolitan State University of Denver, testified in support
of the bill.
02:55:34 PM  
Committee members
commented on the bill. The bill sponsors gave closing remarks.


02:59:11 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-139 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Coleman
Seconded
Lee Yes
Simpson Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Coleman Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB22-1266 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


03:00:37 PM  
The committee recessed.
03:07:11 PM  
The committee came
back to order.
03:07:25 PM  
Senator Winter, bill
sponsor, presented House Bill 22-1266. The bill amends the state’s total
compensation philosophy to specify that it is the policy of the state to
provide innovative total compensation that meets or exceeds total compensation
provided by public or private sector employers or a combination of both.
The bill also expands what leave benefits can be provided to include those
specified in statute or policies of the Director of Personnel.

 
03:08:27 PM  
Senator Coleman proceeded
with witness testimony on the bill.
03:08:44 PM  
Diane Byrne, representing
ColoradoWINS, testified in support of the bill. Brandy Malatesta, representing
the Department of Personnel & Administration, testified in support
of the bill. The witness panel responded to committee questions.


03:17:04 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1266 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Lee Yes
Simpson No
Sonnenberg No
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Coleman Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB22-110 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


03:18:51 PM  
Senator Sonnenberg
presented Senate Bill 22-110. The bill requires the installation of aircraft
detection lighting systems on wind-powered generation facilities. Witness
testimony was heard on the bill at the March 8, 2022 hearing.



Amendments L.002 and L.003 were distributed (Attachments A and B).
03:19:11 PM  
The committee discussed
the amendments.  


03:24:38 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment B) to amendment L.002 (Attachment A).
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Lee
Simpson
Sonnenberg
Jaquez Lewis
Coleman
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:25:00 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002, as amended (Attachment A).
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Lee
Simpson
Sonnenberg
Jaquez Lewis
Coleman
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:27:17 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-110, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Lee Yes
Simpson Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Coleman Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB22-148 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


03:29:05 PM  
Senator Simpson and Senator Donovan, bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 22-148. This bill creates the Colorado Land-based Tribe Behavioral Health Services Grant Program in the Department of Human Services to fund the renovation or construction of a behavioral health facility.

The bill sponsors responded to committee questions.

03:36:07 PM  
Senator Coleman proceeded
with witness testimony. Submitted testimony may be found in Attachment
C.
03:37:06 PM  
Dr. Rene Gonzalez,
representing the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral
Health, testified in support of the bill. Chairman Melvin Baker, representing
the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Will
Finn, representing the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, testified in support
of the bill.
03:44:22 PM  
The bill sponsors
gave closing comments.  


03:44:58 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-148 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Simpson
Seconded
Lee Yes
Simpson Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Coleman Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB22-152 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


03:45:11 PM  
The committee recessed.
03:48:20 PM  
The committee came back to order.
03:48:35 PM  
President Fenberg and Senator Jaquez Lewis, bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 22-152. The bill permits a voter to use the address of a residence that has been destroyed or is uninhabitable as his or her residence for voter registration, if the voter intends to return once the residence is habitable, or to a newly constructed residence.

The bill sponsors responded to committee questions.

03:55:33 PM  
Senator Coleman proceeded
with witness testimony on the bill.
03:55:37 PM  
Caleb Thornton, representing
the Colorado Secretary of State's Office, testified in support of the bill.
Karen Goldman, representing the Colorado Municipal League and Colorado
Municipal Clerks Association, testified in support of the bill. Martha
Tierney, representing America Votes and the Colorado Democratic Party,
testified in support of the bill. Mircalla Wozniak, representing the Boulder
County Clerk & Recorder, testified in support of the bill. The witness
panel responded to committee questions.


04:05:44 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-152 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Lee Yes
Simpson Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Coleman Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB22-153 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


04:07:49 PM  
President Fenberg,
bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 22-153. The bill makes several changes
to state law regarding election security, including clarifying and expanding
the authority of the Secretary of State in overseeing elections, establishing
security requirements for voting equipment, requiring that county clerks
and certain staff receive training prior to conducting elections, and creating
a grant program to provide funding to local governments to meet the new
security requirements.

Amendment L.002 was distributed (Attachment D).
04:18:17 PM  
Senator Coleman proceeded
with witness testimony on the bill. Submitted testimony may be found in
Attachment E.
04:23:12 PM  
Christopher Beale,
representing the Colorado Secretary of State's Office, testified in support
of the bill. Caleb Thornton, representing the Colorado Secretary of State's
Office, testified in support of the bill. Cameron Hill, representing Colorado
Common Cause, testified in support of the bill. Matt Crane, representing
the Colorado County Clerks Association, testified in support of the bill.
The witness panel responded to committee questions.
04:53:04 PM  
Clerk Josh Zygielbaum,
representing the Adams County Clerk and Recorder, testified in support
of the bill. Martha Tierney, representing the Colorado Democratic Party,
testified in support of the bill. Cory Gaines, representing self, testified
to amend the bill.
05:01:36 PM  
The committee discussed
the amendment.


05:04:30 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment D).
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Lee
Simpson
Sonnenberg
Jaquez Lewis
Coleman
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
05:04:55 PM  
Committee members
commented on the bill. The bill sponsor responded to commttee questions.
05:11:32 PM  
The bill sponsor gave closing remarks.


05:15:28 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-153, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Lee Yes
Simpson No
Sonnenberg No
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Coleman Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB22-1044 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


05:15:53 PM  
Senator Bridges, bill sponsor, presented House Bill 22-1044. The bill requires that vacancy committees include the members of a jurisdiction’s central committee.

The bill sponsor responded to committee questions.

05:23:27 PM  
No witnesses testified on the bill.
05:24:31 PM  
The bill sponsor responded to committee questions.
05:24:50 PM  
The committee recessed.
05:42:42 PM  
The committee came
back to order.


05:43:30 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1044 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Lee Yes
Simpson No
Sonnenberg No
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Coleman Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB22-1086 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


05:45:23 PM  
The committee recessed.
05:47:09 PM  
The committee came
back to order.
05:47:55 PM  
Senator Jaquez Lewis
and Senator Fields, bill sponsors, presented House Bill 22-1086. The bill
makes it illegal to openly carry a firearm at a polling location, drop
box, or central counting facility during election activities
.
05:52:51 PM  
Senator Coleman proceeded
with witness testimony on the bill. Submitted testimony may be found in
Attachment F.
05:52:59 PM  
Martha Tierney, representing
America Votes and Colorado Democratic Party, testified in support of the
bill. Eileen McCarren, representing Colorado Ceasefire, testified in support
of the bill. Christopher Beall, representing Colorado Secretary of State's
Office, testified in support of the bill. Cameron Hill, representing Colorado
Common Cause, testified in support of the bill.
06:02:51 PM  
Joan Lopez, representing Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder office, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Stephanie Greenberg, representing Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence, testified in support of the bill.
06:08:40 PM  
Robert Edmiston, representing The Firearms Coalition of Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill. Taylor Rhodes, representing Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, testified in opposition to the bill.
06:15:02 PM  
The bill sponsors gave closing remarks on the bill.


06:15:56 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1086 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Lee Yes
Simpson No
Sonnenberg No
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Coleman Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


06:16:03 PM   The committee adjourned.