BILL SUMMARY for HB16-1307
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
01:39 PM -- HB16-1307
The committee was called to order. A quorum was present. Representative Melton, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 16-1307, concerning threats against persons at postsecondary education institutions. Representative Melton explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. Representative Melton explained the effect of amendment L.004 (Attachment A). Representative Melton responded to questions regarding the penalties assessed for lodging threats under the bill, and the reasons why the scope of the bill is limited to postsecondary education institutions. Discussion ensued regarding the potential deterrent effect of the bill. The following persons testified regarding HB 16-1307:
01:51 PM -- Dr. Nancy McCallin, representing the Colorado Community College System, and Dr. Steven Jordan, representing Metropolitan State University of Denver, testified in support of the bill. Dr. McCallin cited statistics on violence at postsecondary institutions, and discussed the benefits of increasing penalties for making threats at higher education institutions. Dr. McCallin cited incidents where threats were made against campuses, and the impact of these threats. Dr. Jordan discussed security issues at his university, and the nature of threats lodged against higher education institutions. He discussed disruptions caused by threats to higher education institutions.
Dr. McCallin responded to questions regarding differing standards for search warrants based on the severity of the crime, and the deterrent effect of HB 16-1307. Discussion ensued on this last point. Discussion followed regarding what constitutes an "invitee" under the bill.
Dr. McCallin and Dr. Jordan responded to questions regarding why the scope of the bill is limited to postsecondary education institutions.