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CD11F5CC76D589FA872586B6007A93B2 Hearing Summary


Date Apr 13, 2021      
Location HCR 0112

HB21-1248 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations

04:18:53 PM  
Representative Amabile,
bill sponsor, introduced HB21-1248. This bill makes several changes to
the operations of the Colorado Children's Trust Fund (CCTF) and the membership
of its board.  

CCTF board membership and powers.
 The bill increases the membership
of the CCTF board from 9 to 17 members.  The bill adds 10 new members
and removes 2 members that are appointed by the Governor.  The bill
also imposes a two-term limit on appointed board members.  

The new members include:

·        the director of the Department of Health Care
Policy and Financing or their designee;

·        the director of the Department of Local Affairs
or their designee;

·        the Child Protection Ombudsman;

·        two members who represent county leadership
in public health, human, or social services;

·        three members appointed by the executive director
of the Department of Human Services who are community members with certain
lived experiences; and

·        two legislators, with one member appointed
by the President of the Senate and one member appointed by the Speaker
of the House of Representatives.  

The bill also renames the fund as the "Colorado Child Abuse Prevention
Trust Fund" and expands the duties and powers of the board to:

·        advise and make recommendations regarding
any state plan developed to prevent child maltreatment;

·        develop strategies to increase child and caregiver
well-being and achievement and to decrease child maltreatment;

·        assist public and private agencies in coordinating
efforts on behalf of families;

·        identify opportunities for, and barriers to,
the alignment of standards, rules, policies, and procedures across programs
and agencies that support families;

·        collaborate with other relevant boards, commissions,
and councils that exist within the executive branch to address services
and supports for families;

·        promote academic research on the efficacy
and cost-effectiveness of child maltreatment prevention initiatives; and

·        distribute money and make grant awards from
the Colorado Child Abuse Prevention Trust Fund.

CCTF revenue and spending.
 Under current law, the CCTF board
is only allowed to spend 75 percent of money credited to the CCTF until
the total amount of assets in the fund exceeds $5 million, and once this
threshold is reached, court docket fees are no longer deposited into the
fund.  This bill repeals these statutory restrictions on both fee
collection to and spending from the fund.  The bill removes the authority
to award grants to home visitation programs, and does not allow grants
to be used for political, election, or lobbying purposes.

Reporting and repeal deadlines.
 The bill extends the deadline
for the Department of Human Services to provide a report to the General
Assembly evaluating CCTF expenditures and impacts of grants from November
1, 2021 to November 1, 2026.  The bill also extends the repeal date
of the CCTF and board to July 1, 2027.
04:20:08 PM  
Bill sponsor responded to questions from committee members.
04:24:30 PM  
Kendra Dunn, representing
Office of Early Childhood, Department of Human Services, testified in support
of the bill.  Jeannie  Vanderburg read the testimony of John
Faught, Executive Director of Public Policy at The Kempe Foundation, who
was in support of the bill.  Jade Woodard, representing Illuminate
Colorado, testified in support of the bill. The panel responded to questions
from committee members.
04:44:53 PM  
Dr. Ki'i Powell,
representing the Department of Human Services, testified in support of
the bill.

Ms. Dunn answered
questions from committee members.

04:45:52 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment C)
Moved Sirota
Seconded Pelton
Ortiz Excused
Michaelson Jenet
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
04:45:55 PM  
Representative Amabile gave final remarks on the bill.
04:47:07 PM  
Committee members gave final remarks on the bill.

04:49:06 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1248, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Sirota
Seconded Cutter
Baisley Yes
Bradfield Yes
Cutter Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Holtorf Yes
Jodeh Yes
Ortiz Excused
Pelton Yes
Ricks Yes
Woog Yes
Young Yes
Sirota Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 12   NO: 0   EXC: 1   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