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H_ED_2018A 03/26/2018 01:32:18 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
Date 03/26/2018
Attendance
Bridges X
Everett X
Exum X
Garnett X
Lee *
Leonard X
Lundeen X
McLachlan X
Reyher X
Sias *
Wilson *
Buckner X
Pettersen X
Time 01:32:18 PM to 04:59:27 PM
Place HCR 0112
This Meeting was called to order by Pettersen
This Report was prepared by Damion Pechota
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB18-1277 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB18-1221 Postponed Indefinitely
HB18-1209 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
SB18-011 Referred to the Committee of the Whole

HB18-1277 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


01:33:00 PM  

Representatives Becker J. and Esgar presented and summarized House Bill 18-1277 concerning the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) financial assistance grant application requirements.

01:36:42 PM  
The sponsors answered questions form the committee.
01:36:52 PM  
The sponsors provided closing comments.


01:40:46 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1277 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Buckner
Seconded Lundeen
Bridges Yes
Everett Yes
Exum Yes
Garnett Excused
Lee Excused
Leonard Yes
Lundeen Yes
McLachlan Yes
Reyher Yes
Sias Yes
Wilson Excused
Buckner Yes
Pettersen Yes
Final YES: 10   NO: 0   EXC: 3   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB18-1209 - Committee Discussion Only


01:42:07 PM  

Representatives Pettersen and Garnett presented and summarized House Bill 18-1209 concerning no 529 income tax deduction for K-12 expenses. The sponsors answered questions from the committee.

01:53:01 PM  
The sponsors continued to answer questions from the committee.
01:54:37 PM  

Keenan OBrien, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill.

01:57:02 PM  

Thomas Cathey, representing the Colorado Association of Private Schools, testified in opposition to the bill.

01:58:21 PM  
The previous two witnesses answered questions from the committee.
01:58:35 PM  

Barb Bulthuis, representing Crossroads School, testified in opposition to the bill.

02:02:00 PM  

Dave Stoecker, representing Longmont Christian School, testified in opposition to the bill.

02:03:03 PM  
The previous two witnesses answered questions
from the committee.
02:04:26 PM  

Ron Stauffer, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill.

02:07:45 PM  

Scott Harry, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill.

02:09:39 PM  
The previous two witnesses answered questions from the committee.
02:15:19 PM  
Luke Ragland, representing ReadyCO, testified
in opposition to the bill. He answered questions from the committee.
02:20:22 PM  
Brendon Reese, representing the Colorado
Department of Revenue, was neutral on the bill. He provided a handout to
the committee [Attachment A]. He answered questions from the committee
members.
02:26:58 PM  
Jonna Levine, representing Support JeffCo
Kids, testified in support of the bill.
02:28:03 PM  
Nate Golich, representing the Colorado Education Association, testified in support of the bill.
02:31:22 PM  

Evie Hudak, representing the Colorado Parent Teacher Association, testified in support of the bill.

02:32:30 PM  
Maggie Miller, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
02:36:02 PM  
Elizabeth Cheever, representing the Colorado Fiscal Institute, testified in support of the bill.
02:39:38 PM  

Sally Augden, representing the League of Women Voters of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

02:41:44 PM  
The previous two witnesses answered questions from the committee members.
02:43:10 PM  

Cindra Barnard, representing Taxpayers for Public Education, testified in support of the bill.

02:44:48 PM  

Nicole Ellis, representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill.

02:47:01 PM  
Peter Langsfeld, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill.
02:51:27 PM  
The sponsors provided closing comments on the bill. The committee members provided closing comments.
02:56:30 PM  
Representative Buckner laid the bill over
until later in the meeting.



SB18-011 - Lay Over


01:41:09 PM  
Representative Pettersen laid Senate Bill18-011
over until the end of the meeting.



HB18-1221 - Postponed Indefinitely


03:00:21 PM  
Representative Leonard presented and summarized
House Bill 18-1221 concerning an income tax deduction for 529 K-12 expenses.
He distributed letters to the committee members [Attachment B]. He answered
questions from the committee members.
03:10:06 PM  
The sponsor continued to answer questions from the committee.
03:23:23 PM  
Committee discussion ensued.
03:30:35 PM  

Scott Harry, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.

03:32:36 PM  
Keenan OBrien, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
03:34:18 PM  

Dave Stoecker, representing Longmont Christian School, testified in support of the bill.

03:36:42 PM  

Thomas Cathey, representing the Colorado Association of Private Schools, testified in support of the bill.

03:39:12 PM  
Ron Stauffer, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
03:42:01 PM  

Barb Bulthuis, representing Crossroads School, testified in support of the bill.

03:46:05 PM  

Brigette and Jay Modglin, representing themselves, testified in support of the bill.

03:49:01 PM  
The previous three witnesses answered questions from the committee.
03:55:29 PM  
Laura Welch, representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:57:31 PM  
Jonna Levine, representing Support Jeffco Kids, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:57:59 PM  
Nate Golich, representing the Colorado Education Association, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:03:27 PM  
Evie Hudak, representing the Colorado Parent Teacher Association, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:05:31 PM  
The previous two witnesses answered questions from the committee.
04:07:41 PM  

Cindra Barnard, representing Taxpayers for Public Education, testified in opposition to the bill.

04:11:07 PM  
Elizabeth Cheever, representing the Colorado Fiscal Institute, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:12:55 PM  
The previous two witnesses answered questions from the committee members.
04:17:52 PM  

Brendan Reese, representing the Colorado Department of Revenue, was neutral on the bill. He answered questions from the committee members.

04:19:37 PM  

Marla Mason, representing herself, spoke in support of the bill. She answered questions from the committee.

04:23:50 PM  

Representative Leonard distributed and discussed amendment L.001 [Attachment C].



04:30:31 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Leonard
Seconded Everett
Bridges No
Everett Yes
Exum No
Garnett Yes
Lee No
Leonard Yes
Lundeen Yes
McLachlan No
Reyher No
Sias Excused
Wilson Yes
Buckner No
Pettersen No
YES: 5   NO: 7   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
04:30:45 PM  

Representative Leonard provided closing comments on the bill. The committee members provided closing comments.



04:38:58 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1221 to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Leonard
Seconded Everett
Bridges No
Everett Yes
Exum No
Garnett No
Lee No
Leonard Yes
Lundeen Yes
McLachlan No
Reyher Yes
Sias Yes
Wilson Yes
Buckner No
Pettersen No
YES: 6   NO: 7   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


04:39:55 PM
Motion Postpone House Bill 18-1221 indefinitely.
Moved Buckner
Seconded Bridges
Bridges Yes
Everett No
Exum Yes
Garnett Yes
Lee Yes
Leonard No
Lundeen No
McLachlan Yes
Reyher No
Sias No
Wilson No
Buckner Yes
Pettersen Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 6   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB18-1209 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


04:40:09 PM  
Representative Pettersen put HB18-1209
back on the table for action only.


04:40:53 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1209 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Pettersen
Seconded Garnett
Bridges Yes
Everett No
Exum Yes
Garnett Yes
Lee Yes
Leonard No
Lundeen No
McLachlan Yes
Reyher No
Sias No
Wilson No
Buckner Yes
Pettersen Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 6   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB18-011 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


04:41:02 PM  

Representatives Kraft-Tharp and Lundeen presented and summarized Senate Bill 18-011 concerning students excused from state assessments. The sponsors answered questions from the committee members.

04:50:10 PM  
Nate Golich, representing the Colorado Education Association, testified in support of the bill.
04:52:53 PM  
Lisa Escarcega, representing the Colorado Association of School Executives, testified in support of the bill.
04:54:51 PM  
Jennifer Mello, representing the Colorado
State Board of Education, testified in support of the bill.
04:55:55 PM  
The sponsors provided closing comments on the bill. The committee members provided closing comments on the bill.


04:59:17 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-011 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Lundeen
Seconded Everett
Bridges Yes
Everett Yes
Exum Yes
Garnett Excused
Lee Yes
Leonard Yes
Lundeen Yes
McLachlan Yes
Reyher No
Sias Yes
Wilson No
Buckner Yes
Pettersen Yes
Final YES: 10   NO: 2   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


04:59:27 PM   Committee Adjourned






The House and Senate are temporarily adjourned.  The building is closed to the public.

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