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8E6BADDB1693C7F2872586870074C516 Hearing Summary


Date Feb 25, 2021      
Location Old Supreme Court

SB21-017 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

02:17:37 PM  

Senator Hisey, sponsor, explained SB21-017, concerning sexual contact between a student and an educator in violation of the public trust.  He noted that a secondary school teacher who has sexual contact with an 18 year old student may not have committed a crime.   He provided examples of unwanted relationships by 18 year old students and their teachers. 

Dawn Kherderian, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.  She described an incident at her daughter's school between an 18 year old and an educator. 

Amber Kherdiarian, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.  She described an incident at ther school. 

Senator Zenzinger stated that she will add herself as a co-prime sponsor on third reading and expressed her support of the bill. 

Tristan Gorman, representing the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, spoke in opposition to the bill.  She explained that state law already has provisions that cover relationships between teachers and students.  She further discussed consent as a defense and penalties.

02:23:58 PM  

Committee members asked questions aobut extraordinary risk crimes and penalties. 

Senator Hisey explained Amendment L. 001 (Attachment A).

02:30:23 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment A)
Moved Gardner
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:32:57 PM  

Committee member discussed the necessity of the bill and also mentioned further complicating the situation with additional laws. 

Senator Hisey wrapped-up his bill presentation. 

02:36:42 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-017, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Cooke
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Kolker Yes
Gonzales Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS

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