The committee returned to order. Representative Singer, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 19-172, concerning crimes related to an at-risk person, and, in connection therewith, creating the crimes of unlawful abandonment and unlawful confinement. Representative Singer explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. The following persons testified regarding the bill:
Ms. Laurie Rose Kepros, representing the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and the Office of the State Public Defender, testified in opposition to the bill. She identified three issues of concern.
Ms. Arlene Berringer, representing the Colorado Bar Association, testified on the bill. She expressed some concerns with the bill. Discussion ensued regarding certain terms in the bill, and the concerns expressed by the witnesses. Discussion followed regarding potential amendments to the bill.