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56A0247D18BEA01A87258AD900722D8D Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SB24-125

SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date Mar 7, 2024      
Location SCR 357



SB24-125 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

01:47:11 PM  
Senators Pelton B.
and Michaelson Jenet, primary bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 24-125
which revises and expands the existing Interstate Compact for the Placement
of Children to align practice standards and compliance across states. This
new version of the compact takes effect if it is enacted by 35 states.
Specifically, the bill outlines the operating procedures for ensuring children
are placed in suitable homes in a timely manner, the coordination of this
compact with other existing compacts, and the legal jurisdiction for children
in placements. The bill also creates an Interstate Commission, consisting
of one member from each state in the compact that will develop rules, develop
a dispute resolution process, enforce compliance among states, specify
data to be collected and shared, and develop guidelines for cases involving
Indian children in accordance with Federal Law. The Commission may collect
a fee from member states to cover expenses of the Commission.



Committee members asked the bill sponsors questions.
01:52:24 PM  
Shawna Geiger, representing
Office of Respondent Parents' Counsel, testified in opposition to the bill.



Melanie Jordan, representing Office of Respondent Parents' Counsel, testified
in opposition to the bill.



Annette Mitchell, representing Office of Respondent Parents' Counsel, testified
in opposition to the bill.



Ashley Chase, representing Office of the Child's Representative, testified
to amend the bill.



Katie First, representing Colorado Counties Inc, testified to amend the
bill.
02:06:45 PM  
Jamie Sanders, representing Weld County Department of Human Services, testified in support of the bill.

John Wittwer, representing Weld County Department of Human Services, testified in support of the bill.

Laura Kinson, representing Mesa County Department of Human Services, testified in support of the bill.

Ms. Jennifer Stewart, representing Larimer County Attorney's Office, testified in support of the bill.

Committee members asked the panel questions.

02:22:41 PM  
Karin McDougal, representing
Weld County Department of Human Services, testified in support of the bill.



Jamie Ulrich, representing Weld County Department of Human Services, testified
in support of the bill.



Ms. Logan Ellet, representing Colorado Department of Human Services, was
available to answer committee questions.



Carla Fults, representing American Public Human Services Association and
Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement
of Children, testified in support of the bill.



Rick Masters, representing APHSA/AAICPC, testified in support of the bill.



Committee members asked the panel questions.





Additional written testimony was submitted to the committee (Attachment
A).
02:39:54 PM  
Senator Michaelson Jenet explained amendment L.001 (Attachment B).


02:41:02 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment B).
Moved Michaelson Jenet
Seconded
Cutter
Jaquez Lewis
Kolker
Michaelson Jenet
Rich
Smallwood
Will
Mullica
Ginal
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:41:20 PM  
Senator Michaelson Jenet explained amendment L.002 (Attachment C).


02:41:49 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment C).
Moved Michaelson Jenet
Seconded
Cutter
Jaquez Lewis
Kolker
Michaelson Jenet
Rich
Smallwood
Will
Mullica
Ginal
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:42:31 PM  
Senators Pelton and Michaelson Jenet provided closing remarks.
02:44:53 PM  
Committee members provided closing remarks.


02:45:55 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 24-125, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Michaelson Jenet
Seconded
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kolker Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Rich Yes
Smallwood Yes
Will Yes
Mullica Yes
Ginal Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details