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3AAADBA2FCCBB6A18725869B00564AB8 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SB21-081

SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Date Mar 17, 2021      
Location Old Supreme Court



SB21-081 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


09:42:35 AM  

Senator Kolker explained Senate Bill 21-081, concerning procedural measures to prevent the misues of the Safe2Tell program.  He discussed school threats, confidentiality, and balancing the integrity of the program with school safety.  

 

Sheriff Tyler Brown, representing self, testified in support of the bill. He discussed the Safe2Tell program in Arapahoe County and cited statistics about its use.

09:51:22 AM  

Kevin Klein, Director - Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Colorado Department of Public Safety, testified to amend the bill.  He discussed operational aspects of the Safe2Tell program.  He suggested an amendment to carve out certain exceptions regarding anonymity. 

Disussion followed about false reports, confidentiality, and recommendations from the 2019 School Safety Interim Committee. 

 

 

10:09:18 AM  

Further discussion ensued about exigency provisions and possible amendments.

10:12:16 AM  

Don Haddad, representing St Vrain valley schools, testified in support of the bill. He discussed Safe2Tell call volume and protecting schools.  

 

 

10:18:06 AM  

Andrew Fairbanks, representing St Vrain and Fredrick Police, testified in support of the bill.  He discussed limited situations where it is helpful to share information gathered through Safe2Tell with law enforcement. 

 

Benjamin Goff, representing self, testified in support of the bill. He discussed false reporting to the Safe2Tell program and school disruption.

 

Discussion followed about confidentiality and program use disincentives. 

10:32:30 AM  

Christian Gardner Wood, representing the Boulder District Attorney's Office, testified in support of the bill. He discussed an amendment to include restorative justice.  He answered questions about exigent circumstances and other operational issues. 

 

 

10:44:15 AM  

Senator Kolker distributed and explained Amendment L. 003 (Attachment A) regarding restorative justice.



10:48:39 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment A)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Cooke
Gardner
Rodriguez
Gonzales
Lee
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
10:48:55 AM  

Senator Kolker explained Amendment L. 002 (Attachment B) regarding confidentiality and exigent circumstances.



10:50:23 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment B)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Cooke
Gardner
Rodriguez
Gonzales
Lee
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
10:50:54 AM  

Committee members discussed the nuances of the bill and confidentiality. 

 

Senator Kolker made closing remarks.



10:55:55 AM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-081, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Gonzales Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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