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67D79C94E5FAF7DE872583E7006FB5CC Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For HB19-1278

SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Date Apr 25, 2019      
Location Old State Library



HB19-1278 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


02:20:00 PM  

Senator Fenberg, sponsor, presented House Bill 19-1278.  The bill makes various changes to the Uniform Election Code of 1992.

02:28:18 PM  
Senator Fenberg responded to questions from the committee.
02:38:16 PM  
Secretary of State Jena Griswold testified in support of the bill.
02:38:35 PM  
Kelly Byrne, representing America Votes,
testified in support of the bill.  She provided a letter in support
of the bill (Attachment A).
02:44:55 PM  
Lizzy Stephan, representing New Era Colorado, testified in support of the bill. She provided a packet of letters in support of the bill (Attachment B).
02:46:37 PM  
Molly Fitzpatrick, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder, testified in support of the bill.
02:50:15 PM  
Chuck Broerman, El Paso County Clerk and Recorder, testified against the bill.
02:54:19 PM  

Pam Bacon, Logan County Clerk and Recorder, testified against the bill.

02:57:05 PM  
Angela Myers, Larimer County Clerk and
Recorder, testified against the bill.  She provided handouts to the
committee (Attachment C).
03:02:07 PM  
Merlin Klotz, Douglas County Clerk and Recorder, testified against the bill and provided handouts to the committee (Attachment D).
03:06:01 PM  
The panel of county clerks responded to questions from the committee.
03:31:09 PM  
Celeste Landry, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
03:32:11 PM  
Amanda Gonzalez, representing Colorado Common Cause, testified in support of the bill.
03:34:29 PM  

Senator Fenberg distributed a handout regarding the bill's changes to petition signature requirements (Attachment E).

03:35:00 PM  
George Stern, Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder, testified in support of the bill.
03:39:11 PM  
Jamie Simpson, representing the AFL-CIO
and Transport Workers Union, testified in support of the bill.
03:42:26 PM  
Harry Hempy, representing himself, testified on the bill from a neutral position.
03:46:18 PM  
Janice Vos Caudill, Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder and President of the Colorado County Clerks Association (CCCA), testified on the bill from a neutral position.
03:48:01 PM  

Lori Mitchell, Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder representing the CCCA, testified on the bill from a neutral position.

03:48:24 PM  
Pam Anderson, Executive Director of the CCCA, testified on the bill from a neutral position.
03:54:10 PM  
Kathleen Curry, representing Unite Colorado, testified against the bill.
03:57:13 PM  
Shelly Dunlop, representing herself, testified against the bill.
03:59:57 PM  

Lindsay Singh, representing herself, testified against the bill and provided a written copy of her testimony (Attachment F).

04:03:19 PM  
Jesse Kumin, representing Best Democracy, testified against the bill.
04:08:16 PM  
Debra Johnson, Denver County Clerk and Recorder, testified in support of the bill.
04:08:34 PM  
Martha Tierney, representing America Votes and the Colorado Democratic Party, testified in support of the bill.
04:14:39 PM  
Caitlin Schneider, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
04:15:07 PM  
Garrett Fardon, representing America Votes, testified in support of the bill. He provided a handout to the committee (Attachment G).
04:20:19 PM  
Gary Swing, representing the Unity Party of Colorado, testified against the bill.
04:20:34 PM  
Frank Attwood, representing the Approval Voting Party, testified against the bill.
04:24:38 PM  
Dallas Schroeder, Elbert County Clerk and Recorder, testified against the bill.
04:27:13 PM  
Blake Huber, representing himself, testified against the bill.
04:30:13 PM  
Danielle Grimm, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
04:34:25 PM  
Lauren Smith, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
04:39:14 PM  
Andrea Wilkins, representing the League of Women Voters of Colorado, testified on the bill from a neutral position.
04:39:35 PM  

Karen Widhalm read a letter from Melissa Babian against the bill.

04:42:11 PM  
Eric Bergman, representing Colorado Counties, Inc., testified against the bill.
04:45:51 PM  
The committee recessed.
05:01:21 PM  
The committee came back to order.
05:03:53 PM  

The committee discussed amendment L.108 (Attachment H) and amendment L.120 (Attachment I) with Senator Fenberg.



05:06:37 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.108 (Attachment H).
Moved Foote
Seconded
Marble
Sonnenberg
Williams A.
Moreno
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


05:13:56 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.120 (Attachment I).
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Marble Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Williams A. Yes
Moreno Yes
Foote Yes
YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
05:21:00 PM  

Committee discussion about amendment L.119 (Attachment J) and amendment L.118 (Attachment K) ensued.



05:22:23 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.119 (Attachment J).
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Marble Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Williams A. No
Moreno No
Foote No
YES: 2   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


05:24:42 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.118 (Attachment K).
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Marble
Sonnenberg
Williams A.
Moreno
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Withdrawn
05:29:02 PM  

Megan Waples, Office of Legislative Legal Services, answered questions about amendment L.117 (Attachment L).



05:32:37 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.117 (Attachment L).
Moved Foote
Seconded
Marble No
Sonnenberg No
Williams A. Yes
Moreno Yes
Foote Yes
YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
05:32:37 PM  
Senator Fenberg gave concluding remarks.


05:38:03 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1278, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Foote
Seconded
Marble No
Sonnenberg No
Williams A. Yes
Moreno Yes
Foote Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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