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CDD24CCD13D86729872583A1007C7148 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For HB19-1149

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Date Feb 14, 2019      
Location HCR 0112



HB19-1149 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


03:39:21 PM  

Representative Gonzales-Gutierrez, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 19-1149, concerning directing the Age of Delinquency Task Force of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to study serving emerging adults in the juvenile justice system. Representative Gonzales-Gutierrez explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. Committee members received a pre-amended version of the bill (Attachment C).

03:44:02 PM  

The following persons testified regarding HB 19-1149:

Ms. Tristan Gorman, representing the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Gorman discussed the phenomenon of young adults appearing before courts who are not yet fully cognitively developed.

Ms. Jessica Jones, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Jones recounted a case involving a defendant who was not yet cognitively developed when he committed a crime, but developed while in the judicial process. She explained that the bill will help reduce recidivism.

Ms. Priscilla Gartner, representing the Office of the State Public Defender, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Gartner explained how the bill would conform with current jurisprudence and science. She noted other states that have extended juvenile court jurisdiction. Ms. Jones responded to questions regarding the ability of the task force charged with conducting a study under the bill to complete it within one year. Discussion ensued on this point. Discussion followed regarding the fiscal impact of the bill.

04:01:33 PM  

Ms. Meg Williams, representing the Division of Criminal Justice within the Department of Public Safety, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Williams discussed the state of science with respect to youth and young adult brain development, and the impact of brain development on crime and incarceration.

Mr. Terry Scanlon, representing the Judicial Branch, testified in support of the bill. Committee members received a fact sheet supporting the bill (Attachment D). Mr. Scanlon discussed the benefits of studying youth brain development. Mr. Aaron Carpenter, Legislative Council Staff, discussed the process by which the bill's fiscal note was formulated. Mr. Carpenter responded to questions regarding the time frame for the study, as outlined in the fiscal note. Discussion ensued on this point.

04:13:14 PM  

Representative Gonzales-Gutierrez explained the effect of amendment L.002 (Attachment E).



04:14:21 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002
Moved Gonzales-Gutierrez
Seconded Galindo
Benavidez
Bockenfeld
Carver Excused
Galindo
Gonzales-Gutierrez
McKean
Roberts
Soper
Tipper
Herod
Weissman
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
04:14:23 PM  
Representative Gonzales-Gutierrez provided closing remarks in support of HB 19-1149.


04:16:45 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1149, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Gonzales-Gutierrez
Seconded Galindo
Benavidez Yes
Bockenfeld No
Carver Excused
Galindo Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
McKean Yes
Roberts Yes
Soper Yes
Tipper Yes
Herod Yes
Weissman Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 1   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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