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h_jud_2017a_2017-02-07t09:43:00z0 Hearing Summary

Date: 02/07/2017

Location: HCR 0112

Final

BILL SUMMARY for HB17-1072



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment B). The motion w







09:44 AM -- HB17-1072



The committee was called to order. A quorum was present. Representatives Lawrence and Landgraf, prime sponsors, presented House Bill 17-1072, concerning human trafficking for sexual servitude. Committee members received an article supporting the bill (Attachment A). Representative Landgraf discussed the need for the bill, referencing Attachment A. Representative Lawrence discussed the impacts of human trafficking, and explained the effect of the bill.



17HouseJud0207AttachA.pdf17HouseJud0207AttachA.pdf



09:49 AM



The committee recessed.





09:58 AM



The committee returned to order. The following persons testified regarding HB 17-1072:



09:59 AM --
Ms. Amy Redfern, representing the Colorado Women's Bar, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Redfern responded to questions regarding her organization's position on a forthcoming amendment.



10:00 AM --
Mr. Arnold Hanuman, representing the Colorado District Attorneys' Council, testified in opposition to the bill, unless it is amended, in which case the position would turn to support. Mr. Hanuman discussed the amendments that his organization supports. Discussion ensued regarding certain language in amendment L.002 (Attachment B), and the need for the amendment. Mr. Hanuman reiterated his position on amendment L.002, and discussed the placement of those tried under the provisions of amendment L.002 on the sex offender registry.



17HouseJud0207AttachB.pdf17HouseJud0207AttachB.pdf



10:10 AM



Discussion ensued regarding the threshold of activity that triggers a human trafficking charge under current law and under the new language in the bill.



10:14 AM --
Ms. Sophia San Miguel, representing herself, testified on the bill from a neutral position. Ms. San Miguel recounted a personal experience, and responded to a question regarding the context of her remarks.



10:16 AM --
Ms. Maureen Cain, representing the Office of the State Public Defender, testified in opposition to HB 17-1072. Ms. Cain put the bill in context of human trafficking legislation passed in 2014, and discussed the impact of that legislation. She also discussed federal law governing human trafficking, and explained why the elements included in HB 17-1072 are not found in federal law. Ms. Cain responded to questions regarding how human traffickers are put on the sex offender registry.





10:26 AM



Discussion continued regarding the propriety of placing the facilitators of human sex trafficking on the sex offender registry. Representative Landgraf explained why the sponsors of the bill are taking the approach to human trafficking represented by the bill. Representative Lundeen explained the effect of amendment L.002. Discussion ensued on the amendment.

BILL: HB17-1072
TIME: 10:35:45 AM
MOVED: Lundeen
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment B). The motion was withdrawn.
SECONDED: Carver
VOTE
Benavidez
Carver
Foote
Herod
Lundeen
Melton
Weissman
Willett
Wist
Salazar
Lee
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION:







10:50 AM



The chair laid over HB 17-1072. The committee recessed.






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

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