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h_jud_2017a_2017-03-07t11:47:10z5 Hearing Summary

Date: 03/07/2017

Location: HCR 0112

Final

BILL SUMMARY for HB17-1207



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
The motion passed without objection.

Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment K). The motion p

Refer House Bill 17-1207, as amended, to the Commi


Pass Without Objection

PASS







08:00 PM -- HB17-1207



Representative Lee, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1207, concerning the requirement for the Department of Human Services to place a juvenile who is ten years of age in a detention facility unless the juvenile is charged with a serious offense. Representative Lee explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. Representative Lee responded to questions regarding the potential for those who are diverted from detention under the bill to be eligible for certain services. The following persons testified regarding HB 17-1207:



08:06 PM --
Mr. Robert Werthwein, representing the Department of Human Services, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Werthwein discussed the impact of mingling young, nonviolent offenders with older offenders who have committed more serious offenses. Discussion ensued regarding services that may be offered to those diverted from detention under the bill. Mr. Werthwein noted support for the bill from other stakeholders. Discussion followed regarding the potential for the bill to result in unfunded burdens on the counties.



08:11 PM --
Ms. Kathryn Smith, representing the Denver Department of Human Services, and Ms. Dorothy Macias, representing the Office of the Child's Representative, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Smith discussed the detrimental effects of placing young, nonviolent offenders in detention, and addressed questions raised earlier about where children will be placed if not in detention. Ms. Macias discussed research on the harm caused by detaining young children, and related a case of a ten-year-old being committed to detention.



08:17 PM --
Ms. Carrie Thompson, representing the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Thompson spoke in support of evidence-based practices for youthful offenders. Ms. Thompson read the testimony of Carla Bennett, representing the League of Women Voters.





08:21 PM



Representative Lee explained the effect of amendment L.003 (Attachment K).



17HouseJudiciary0307AttachK.pdf17HouseJudiciary0307AttachK.pdf

BILL: HB17-1207
TIME: 08:22:03 PM
MOVED: Lee
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment K). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED: Melton
VOTE
Benavidez
Carver
Foote
Herod
Lundeen
McKean
Melton
Weissman
Willett
Salazar
Lee
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection





08:23 PM



Representative Lee provided closing remarks in support of HB 17-1207.

BILL: HB17-1207
TIME: 08:25:08 PM
MOVED: Lee
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1207, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 11-0.
SECONDED: Herod
VOTE
Benavidez
Yes
Carver
Yes
Foote
Yes
Herod
Yes
Lundeen
Yes
McKean
Yes
Melton
Yes
Weissman
Yes
Willett
Yes
Salazar
Yes
Lee
Yes
Final YES: 11 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS







08:27 PM



The committee adjourned.








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