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5B36B2B4BBD652B68725821E0070E5AA Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For HB18-1055

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Date Jan 23, 2018      
Location HCR 0112



HB18-1055 - Postponed Indefinitely


01:33:10 PM  

The committee was called to order. A quorum was present. Representative Benavidez, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 18-1055, concerning increasing a certain surcharge on court fees, and, in connection therewith, awarding the amount of the increase to each court that collects a fee upon which the surcharge is assessed.  Representative Benavidez explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. Representative Benavidez responded to questions regarding the administration of Court Security Cash Fund moneys.  Representative Weissman provided input on the amount of moneys in the fund.

01:45:34 PM  
Discussion ensued regarding why counties are having trouble funding security at courthouses and jails, and the types of equipment funded by the Court Security Cash Fund.
02:00:00 PM  
Discussion ensued regarding the potential for taking a more comprehensive approach to courthouse funding, and a forthcoming amendment.
02:04:36 PM  

The following persons testified regarding HB 18-1055:

Ms. Alli Daley, representing Colorado Counties, Inc., testified in support of the bill.  She explained how security needs are provided for at the county level, and the role of the Court Security Cash Fund.  Ms. Daley responded to questions regarding the use of moneys from the fund for security staff, and the level of need at the county level for courthouse security.  Discussion returned to creating a more comprehensive approach to courthouse security.  Ms. Daley responded to questions regarding the amount of money granted from the Court Security Cash Fund for the James Holmes trial, and the types of grant requests coming from the counties.  Discussion ensued regarding the ability of counties to come up with funding solutions for courthouses and jails.  Ms. Daley responded to questions regarding the position of her organization on a forthcoming amendment.  Representative Benavidez responded to questions regarding the fiscal impact of this amendment. Ms. Daley responded to questions regarding the allocation of deputy sheriffs for court security.

02:23:49 PM  

Ms. Denise Maes, representing the ACLU, testified in opposition to the bill.  Ms. Maes discussed how to fund courthouses and jails, and the allocation of moneys collected under the bill.  Ms. Maes responded to questions regarding the routing of moneys collected under the bill. Representative Benavidez provided input on this issue.  Representative Benavidez responded to questions regarding how the bill will help small and sparsely populated counties meet courthouse security needs, and the allocation of moneys collected under the bill among the counties.

02:32:55 PM  

Mr. Terry Scanlon, representing the Judicial Branch, testified regarding HB 18-1055 from a neutral perspective.  Mr. Scanlon provided background on the Court Security Cash Fund program, and addressed questions raised during earlier testimony.  Mr. Scanlon clarified his position on the bill, and responded to questions regarding his view on the funding level for courthouse security.  Representative Benavidez explained what expenses in courthouses the counties and the state are responsible for.  Committee members received amendment L.002 (Attachment A).



02:47:42 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002
Moved Benavidez
Seconded Herod
Benavidez Yes
Carver No
Foote Yes
Herod Yes
Lundeen No
Melton Yes
Weissman Yes
Willett No
Wist No
Salazar No
Lee No
YES: 5   NO: 6   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
02:47:43 PM  

Various representatives provided their positions on HB 18-1055.  Representative Benavidez provided closing remarks in support of the bill.



03:00:39 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1055 to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Benavidez
Seconded Wist
Benavidez Yes
Carver No
Foote No
Herod No
Lundeen No
Melton No
Weissman No
Willett Yes
Wist Yes
Salazar No
Lee No
YES: 3   NO: 8   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


03:01:17 PM
Motion Postpone House Bill 18-1055 indefinitely.
Moved Salazar
Seconded Melton
Benavidez No
Carver Yes
Foote Yes
Herod Yes
Lundeen Yes
Melton Yes
Weissman Yes
Willett Yes
Wist Yes
Salazar Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 10   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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