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CEB3FB393D5B6646872587DE0081A315 Hearing Summary


Date Feb 3, 2022      
Location SCR 352

SB22-021 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

04:36:07 PM  

Senators Rodriguez and Lee, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 22-021, concerning the treatment of persons with behavioral health disorders in the justice system.   They explained that the bill is a recommendation from the MHDCJS Legislative Oversight Committee to reauthorize the committee and associated task force, among other changes.  

04:41:37 PM  

Sage Sigman, representing himself, testified in support of the bill with an amendment to include housing as a subject of study for the task force.  He distributed a proposed amendment (Attachment H) and discussed his experiences with homelessness and the criminal justice system.

Dave Iverson, MHDCJS Task Force Chair, testified in support of the bill with a suggestion to strike term limits for task force members.  He also noted a change in membership concerning Department of Corrections. 

Mr. James Karbach, representing Colorado State Public Defender's Office, testified in support of the bill and made a suggestion about the public defender representative on the task force. 

Committee members asked questions about the omission of housing in the bill. 


05:00:18 PM  

Ms Cathy Alderman, representing Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, testified to amend the bill to include housing.  She submitted written testimony (Attachment I).

Bethe Feltman, representing self, testified in opposition to the bill. She raised issues about the task force membership.

Ms. Jennifer Roberts, representing Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, testified in support of the bill.

05:08:42 PM  

Gina Shimmeall, MHDCJS task force member, testified in support of the bill and recommended that housing specifically be included as a topic of task force study. 

05:11:39 PM  

Senator Rodriguez introduced Amendment L.002 about term limits (Attachment J). 

05:12:15 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment J)
Moved Rodriguez
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
05:12:28 PM  

The bill sponsors made closing remarks.

05:15:00 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-021, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Lee
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Gonzales Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS

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