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3F2377A0AE105FCD87258ACF007369A0 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SB24-049

SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
Date Feb 26, 2024      
Location SCR 357



SB24-049 - Committee Discussion Only

02:00:40 PM  
Senator Cutter and
Senator Kolker, co-sponsors, presented Senate Bill 24-049, which concerns
the content of material available in libraries. The bill requires notice
of challenged material to be published on the internet, establishes a process
for reconsideration of challenged material, and prevents discrimination
in a library's displays, acquisition standards, public meeting spaces,
and retention policies. They provided opening comments on the bill and
answered questions from the committee.
02:16:48 PM  
Mark Fink, representing Colorado Public Library Directors Working Group, testified in support of the bill.
02:25:08 PM  
Iris Halpern, representing Rathod Mohamedbahi LLC, testified in support of the bill.
02:27:50 PM  
Lauren Seegmiller, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
02:30:56 PM  
Autumn Brooks, representing Clear Creek School District Re-1, testified in support of the bill.
02:33:37 PM  
The prior panel of witnesses answered questions from the committee.
02:41:33 PM  
Elektra Greer, representing Colorado Association of Libraries Legislative Committee, testified in support of the bill.
02:43:12 PM  
Jade Kelly, representing CWA Local 7799, testified in support of the bill.
02:45:23 PM  
Amie Baca Oehlert, representing Colorado Education Association, testified in support of the bill.
02:47:56 PM  
Dr. Kathy Wilson, representing League of Women Voters of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
02:50:33 PM  
The prior panel of witnesses answered questions from the committee.
02:59:21 PM  
Hilary Daniels, representing Colorado Association of School Boards, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:02:51 PM  
DeeDee Vicino, representing themself, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:05:40 PM  
Kristy Davis, representing Mom's for Liberty El Paso County, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:07:57 PM  
The prior panel of witnesses answered questions from the committee.
03:17:01 PM  
Erin Meschke, representing themself, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:19:18 PM  
Dr. Rich Guggenheim, representing Gays Against Groomers, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:21:52 PM  
Dr. Brenda Dickhoner, representing Ready Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:24:25 PM  
Angelina Sierra-Sandoval, representing Colorado League of Charter Schools, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:26:32 PM  
The prior panel of witnesses answered questions from the committee.
03:29:17 PM  
Lisa Webster, representing Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) Board of Directors, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:32:40 PM  
Donna LaBelle, representing themself, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:34:49 PM  
Anne Keke, representing CASB, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:37:22 PM  
Stu Boyd, representing themself, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:40:15 PM  
The prior panel of witnesses answered questions from the committee.
03:45:42 PM  
Sheri Baca, representing Pueblo Public Library, herself and the Special District Association
03:50:11 PM  
Pete Fey, Library Coordinator for Denver Public Schools, testified in support of the bill.
03:52:44 PM  
Jenn Brown, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
03:55:03 PM  
Chelsea Kueht, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
03:57:13 PM  
Erica Leu, representing American Federation of Teachers Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
03:59:53 PM  
The prior panel of witnesses answered questions from the committee.
04:05:24 PM  
Dr. Lu Benke, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
04:09:20 PM  
Andrew Barton, representing Colorado Common Cause, testified in support of the bill.
04:11:36 PM  
Andrea Cleland, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
04:14:05 PM  
Jennifer Iversen, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
04:16:31 PM  
Sam Charney, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
04:19:03 PM  
Margaret Furlow, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
04:21:07 PM  
The prior panel of witnesses answered questions from the committee.
04:26:31 PM  
Jennifer Bertram, representing themself, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:29:38 PM  
Lloyd Benes, representing
themself, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:36:31 PM  
Andi Rugg, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
04:38:42 PM  
Suzanne Miller, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
04:39:54 PM  
Saveleen Singh, representing the Sikh Coalition, testified in support of the bill.
04:42:15 PM  
Eilex Rodriguez, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
04:44:41 PM  
Terri Lesley, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
04:48:01 PM  
Bernadette Guthrie, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
04:50:42 PM  
Anaya Robinson, representing ACLU of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
04:53:28 PM  
Catherine Lees, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
04:56:10 PM  
Brooky Parks, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
04:59:04 PM  
Additional written
testimony submitted can be found as Attachment D. Senator Buckner laid
the bill over for action only to a later date.






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