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h_jud_2017a_2017-05-09t13:06:55z0 Hearing Summary

Date: 05/09/2017

Location: HCR 0112

Final

BILL SUMMARY for SB17-012



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Refer Senate Bill 17-012 to the Committee on Appro PASS







01:07 PM -- SB17-012



The committee was called to order. A quorum was present. Representative Lee, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-012, concerning competency restoration services for defendants deemed incompetent to proceed. Representative Lee explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. Representative Lee responded to questions regarding the fiscal impact of the bill, and the timing of competency evaluations under the bill.





01:19 PM



Discussion continued regarding the fiscal impact of the bill. The following persons testified regarding SB 17-012:



01:21 PM --
Ms. Sheri Danz, representing the Office of the Child's Representative, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Danz provided background on the drafting of the bill, and the population affected by the bill. Dr. Patricia Westmoreland, representing the Colorado Psychiatric Society, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Westmoreland explained how a patient is restored to competency. Mr. Tariq Sheikh, representing the Colorado District Attorneys' Council, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Sheikh discussed issues associated with competency restoration, and the fiscal impact of the legislation.





01:32 PM



Mr. Sheikh responded to questions regarding how individuals might be treated under SB 17-012. Dr. Westmoreland and Ms. Danz responded to questions regarding the curriculum involved in restoring an individual to competency, and the direction of funds under the bill. Discussion ensued regarding the timing of the legislation.



01:41 PM --
Dr. Patrick Fox, representing the Department of Human Services, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Fox discussed the competency evaluation process, and costs associated with the process. He expressed concerns with the lack of resources allocated under the bill. Discussion ensued regarding potential issues associated with this allocation of resources.



01:51 PM --
Ms. Moe Keller, representing Mental Health Colorado, testified in support of SB 17-012. She discussed in particular the juvenile component of the bill.





01:55 PM



The committee recessed.





01:56 PM



The committee returned to order. Ms. Kerry White, Legislative Council Staff, responded to questions regarding the fiscal note for SB 17-012.





02:01 PM



No amendments were offered to SB 17-012. Representative Lee provided closing remarks in support of the bill. Various committee members provided their positions on the legislation.





02:05 PM



The committee recessed.





02:06 PM



The committee returned to order. Discussion continued regarding the merits of SB 17-012.

BILL: SB17-012
TIME: 02:07:52 PM
MOVED: Lee
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-012 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 8-3.
SECONDED: Herod
VOTE
Benavidez
Yes
Carver
Yes
Foote
Yes
Herod
Yes
Lundeen
No
Melton
Yes
Weissman
Yes
Willett
No
Wist
No
Salazar
Yes
Lee
Yes
Final YES: 8 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS







02:08 PM



The committee recessed.








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