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1209D6B9C5C532DF872582340081A013 Hearing Summary


Date Feb 14, 2018      
Location SCR 352

SB18-056 - Lay Over

04:35:54 PM  

Senator Jahn explained SB18-067 concerning monetary amounts in civil actions. 

04:44:16 PM  

Chris Ryan, representing the Judicial Branch, testified in support of the bill. He distributed a hand-out regarding the bill (Attachment F).  Mr. Ryan provided background on historic changes to monetary amounts for civil actions over which county courts have jurisdiction.

The committee discussed attorney fees and if they were considered part of damages. 


04:51:11 PM  

Tom Romola, representing Associated Collection Agencies of Colorado, spoke in opposition to the bill.  Mr. Romola reported that the bill would drastically reduce fees in district court and suggested a tiered filing system. 

04:55:27 PM  

Brandon Hull, representing the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association. spoke in support of the bill if amended.  He explained the need for clarity and predictability and addressed attorney fees and jurisdictional limits. 



05:00:20 PM  

Jamie Steiner, representing the Colorado Civil Justice League, spoke in favor of the bill if amended.  Ms. Steiner also stressed the need for clarity, predictability, and settlement when appropriate.  She discussed a case where attorney fees where challenged. 



05:06:00 PM  

Senator Gardner announced that the bill will be laid over to work on amendments.  He would like to vote on it in a week. 

05:09:35 PM  

Senator Jahn gave closing remarks and emphasized the bill is about helping consumers.