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S_TRA_2020A 03/12/2020 10:20:43 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY
Date 03/12/2020
Attendance
Foote X
Hisey *
Scott X
Donovan X
Winter X
Time 10:20:43 AM to 11:08:16 AM
Place SCR 352
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Winter
This Report was prepared by Jessika Shipley
Hearing Items Action Taken
Conf 20-Public Utilities Commission Favorably Refer to Full Senate
HB20-1225 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB20-1178 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

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

Conf 20-Public Utilities Commission - Favorably Refer to Full Senate


10:21:07 AM  
Patty Salazar, representing the Department of Regulatory Agencies, introduced Megan Gilman. Ms. Gilman spoke about her background and why she is interested in serving on the PUC. The committee was provided with her application materials (Attachment A).


10:26:59 AM
Motion Refer the appointment of Megan Gilman to the Conf 20-Public Utilities Commission to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Foote Yes
Hisey No
Scott No
Donovan Yes
Winter Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB20-1225 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


10:27:06 AM  
Senators Coram and Fenberg, co-sponsors, presented House Bill 20-1225. The bill prohibits electric cooperatives from charging unreasonable on one another.
10:29:54 AM  
Kent Singer, representing the Colorado Rural Electric Association, testified in opposition to the bill.
10:33:33 AM  
Duane Highley, representing Tri-state Generation, testified in opposition to the bill.
10:35:26 AM  
Paul Erickson, representing Sangre de Cristo Electrical Association, testified in opposition to the bill.
10:38:36 AM  
Dean Hubbock, representing United Power, testified in support of the bill.
10:41:58 AM  
Jeff Hurd, representing Delta-Montrose Electric Association, testified in support of the bill.
10:45:33 AM  
The witnesses responded to questions from the committee.
10:46:57 AM  
Senators Coram and Fenberg wrapped up their presentation of the bill and asked for a favorable recommendation. They distributed a letter in support of the bill (Attachment B).


10:52:50 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1225 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Foote Yes
Hisey No
Scott No
Donovan Yes
Winter Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB20-1178 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


10:53:01 AM  
The committee took a brief recess.
10:53:43 AM  
The committee returned to order. Senator Sonnenberg, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 20-1178. The bill requires the Department of Transportation to identify portions of rural state highways where the speed limit can be raised without endangering public safety. He distributed amendment L.004 (Attachment C) and responded to questions from the committee.
11:02:30 AM  
Andy Karsian, representing the Colorado Department of Transportation, testified in support of the bill.
11:03:40 AM  
Jack Todd, representing Bicycle Colorado, testified in support of amendment L.004.
11:04:16 AM  
The witnesses responded to questions from the committee.


11:07:14 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Foote
Hisey
Scott
Donovan
Winter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


11:07:44 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1178, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Foote Yes
Hisey Yes
Scott Yes
Donovan Yes
Winter Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


11:08:16 AM   The committee adjourned.