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713F0A1AE42B23F787258807005A8361 Hearing Summary


Date Mar 16, 2022      
Location SCR 352

HB22-1038 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

10:28:42 AM  

Senators Moreno and Gardner, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 22-1038, concerning client-directed legal representation for youth in court proceedings for youth.  The bill sponsors discussed client-directed legal representation and a child-centered approach to court proceedings.

10:34:30 AM  

Samantha Little, representing self, testified in support of the bill.

Chris Henderson, representing the Office of the Child's Representative, testified in support of the bill.

Melanie Jordan, representing Office of Respondent Parents' Counsel, testified in support of the bill. She discussed client-directed representation. 

10:49:02 AM  

Ms. Gretchen Russo, representing Colorado Dept of Human Services, testified in support of the bill.

Committee members asked questions abut immigration status and unaccompanied refugees. 

10:55:50 AM  

The Chair referenced a packet of material in support of the measure distributed by Ms. Russo (Attachment A).

Kim Dvorchak, representing the National Association of Counsel for Children, testified in support of the measure.  She discussed model acts and rules that support client directed counsel.

Committee members discussed the best interest of the child and confidential attorney-client privilege.  

11:03:50 AM  

Benjamin Teevan, representing Fostering Colorado and Colorado Association of Family & Children’s Agencies, testified in support of the bill.

Makita Cotto, representing self, testified in support of the bill. She discussed the benefits of youth focused representation.

11:09:37 AM  

Senator Moreno distributed and presented Amendment L. 004 (Attachment B). 

11:10:22 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment B)
Moved Gardner
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
11:10:34 AM  

The bill sponsors made closing remarks.

11:11:20 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1038, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Gardner
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Gonzales Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 5   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