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A36B394193C188FD87258583005D6EA9 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For HB20-1415

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
Date Jun 10, 2020      
Location SCR 357



HB20-1415 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

11:00:34 AM  

The committee was called to order. A quorum was present. Senators Pettersen and Rodriguez, prime sponsors, presented House Bill 20-1415, concerning a worker's rights in the workplace for conduct related to a principal's actions during a public health emergency.  Senator Pettersen explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. She also discussed some forthcoming amendments. Senator Rodriguez provided additional input on the bill's merits.

11:07:13 AM  

The following persons testified regarding HB 20-1415:

Katherine Shaw, representing Denver Health Workers United, testified in support of the bill. Katie Lichtenstein, representing Denver Health Workers United, testified in support of the bill. Discussion ensued regarding punitive measures taken by health care employers, and the potential for the bill to increase litigation. Ms. Lichtenstein discussed her organization. Discussion followed regarding the personal protective equipment available in the health care environment.

11:28:02 AM  
Larson Ross, representing himself and his coworkers, testified in support of HB 20-1415. Mr. Ross responded to questions regarding conditions place upon him by his employer.
11:33:17 AM  

Anneliese Steel, representing Colorado Concern, testified regarding HB 20-1415. Ms. Steel responded to questions regarding the scope of the bill, and stakeholder input on the bill. Ms. Steel responded to further questions regarding worker protection in the absence of the bill.

11:43:49 AM  
Faviola Armendariz, representing Jobs with Justice, testified in support of HB 20-1415. Ms. Armendariz responded to questions regarding whether the bill should be retroactive in scope.
11:48:26 AM  

The bill sponsors presented Amendment L.007 (Attachment A).  Written testimony on the bill can be found in Attachment B.



11:52:02 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.007
Moved Rodriguez
Seconded
Hansen
Lundeen
Rodriguez
Tate
Woodward
Todd
Gonzales
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
11:52:02 AM  

The cosponsors explained amendment L.009 (Attachment C).



11:52:35 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.009
Moved Rodriguez
Seconded
Hansen
Lundeen
Rodriguez
Tate
Woodward
Todd
Gonzales
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
11:52:48 AM  

Senator Pettersen explained the effect of amendment L.010 (Attachment D).



11:53:24 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.010
Moved Rodriguez
Seconded
Hansen
Lundeen
Rodriguez
Tate
Woodward
Todd
Gonzales
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
11:53:25 AM  

Senators Pettersen and Rodriguez provided closing remarks in support of HB 20-1415. Discussion ensued regarding the potential for making the bill prospective in scope.



12:03:49 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1415, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Rodriguez
Seconded
Hansen Yes
Lundeen No
Rodriguez Yes
Tate No
Woodward No
Todd Yes
Gonzales Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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