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h_jud_2018a_2018-02-06t13:32:31z0 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For HB18-1059

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Date Feb 6, 2018      
Location HCR 0112



HB18-1059 - Postponed Indefinitely


01:32:39 PM  

The meeting came to order. A quorum was present. Representative Wilson, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 18-1059, concerning a failure to summon emergency assistance.  Representative Wilson explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need.  Discussion ensued regarding common law surrounding a duty to report, and the constitutional ramifications of the government compelling someone to say something.  Discussion followed regarding the impact of the bill on sexual assault reporting.

01:50:53 PM  

Discussion ensued regarding a fact pattern where a victim of a crime did not want medical treatment, and the legal implications for a person who became aware of the situation.  Discussion followed regarding differential treatment by the bill of those who participated in the event that resulted in a person's peril, and those who are bystanders or passersby.  Representative Wilson responded to questions regarding the position of law enforcement and prosecutors on HB 18-1059.

02:02:19 PM  

Representative Wilson responded to questions about a provision in amendment L.001 (Attachment A) concerning rendering aid to an injured person, and legislation passed in 2017 concerning mandatory reporting.  Representative Wilson responded to further questions regarding language in amendment L.001 that exempts a required reporter from the duties of the bill if reporting will imperil the reporter.

02:09:29 PM  
The following persons testified regarding HB 18-1059: Ms. Carrie Thompson, representing the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Thompson discussed the difference between a moral and legal obligation to report a perilous situation, and duty-to-report laws in other jurisdictions. She discussed legislating morality. Ms. Thompson responded to questions regarding legislation in other states similar to HB 18-1059, and the creation of mandatory reporting for everyone by amendment L.001. Ms. Thompson responded to further questions regarding potential aggravating factors for those who fail to report under the bill, and factors that a prosecutor may consider in charging someone under HB 18-1059.
02:25:47 PM  
Discussion ensued regarding whether the bill would result in state-compelled speech.
02:30:07 PM  
Mr. Gregory Staritzky, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill. Mr. Staritzky explained how multitudes of people might be charged under the bill. Representative Lee explained that the Colorado Bar Association is opposed to HB 18-1059.
02:33:09 PM  

Ms. Beverly Sandburg, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.  Ms. Sandburg discussed the death of her daughter from a car accident, which involved an occupant in the car not reporting her imperiled situation.  She discussed the need to deter people from ignoring such situations.

02:38:03 PM  

Ms. Bridget Seritt, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Seritt discussed some features in the bill, and noted some mandatory reporting laws in Colorado. She discussed the circumstances surrounding a man who was left to die by others, and recounted a similar situation in another state.  Ms. Seritt responded to questions regarding what information was provided to authorities about the man who died.

02:45:33 PM  
Ms. Misty Morris, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. She read a written statement from Lisa Albritton, whose brother died when he went missing during a rafting trip. Ms. Morris also recounted an instance where a friend died in a car accident, but the driver did not report the incident, and discussed public sentiment regarding duty-to-report laws.
02:51:38 PM  
Ms. Jessica LeRoux, representing herself, testified regarding the bill. Ms. LeRoux discussed her experiences serving with Park County Search and Rescue, during which she has encountered several situations of a person leaving another in peril without reporting it to authorities. She discussed moral bankruptcy. Ms. LeRoux responded to questions regarding reporting the distress of a hiker to authorities.


03:01:50 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Salazar
Seconded Willett
Benavidez
Carver
Herod
Lundeen
Melton
Roberts
Weissman
Willett
Wist
Salazar
Lee
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:01:50 PM  

Various committee members provided their positions on HB 18-1059.  Representative Wilson provided closing remarks in support of the bill.



03:27:06 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1059, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Salazar
Seconded Willett
Benavidez No
Carver No
Herod No
Lundeen No
Melton No
Roberts No
Weissman No
Willett No
Wist No
Salazar No
Lee No
YES: 0   NO: 11   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


03:27:39 PM
Motion Postpone House Bill 18-1059 indefinitely.
Moved Salazar
Seconded Melton
Benavidez Yes
Carver Yes
Herod Yes
Lundeen Yes
Melton Yes
Roberts Yes
Weissman Yes
Willett Yes
Wist Yes
Salazar Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS