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h_jud_2018a_2018-05-08t13:51:41z2 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SB18-274

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Date May 8, 2018      
Location HCR 0112



SB18-274 - Postponed Indefinitely


02:29:37 PM  

Representatives Benavidez and Wilson, prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 18-274, concerning the implementation of recommendations from prison utilization studies, and, in connection therewith, renaming and repurposing certain correctional facilities.  Representative Benavidez explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. Representative Wilson provided additional input regarding the merits of the bill, and explained the effect of amendment L.009 (Attachment A).

02:36:44 PM  
Mr. Rick Raemisch, Executive Director of the Department of Corrections (DOC), testified in support of the bill. Director Raemisch discussed the repurposing of certain DOC facilities. Mr. Travis Trani, representing the DOC, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Trani explained how the facilities repurposing will help to accommodate increasing prison populations, and how the facilities will be used once repurposed. Mr. Trani responded to questions regarding the cost to build out facilities in accordance with a prison utilization study commissioned by the DOC. Mr. Trani responded to further questions regarding the status of the Prison Population Working Group
02:48:20 PM  

Ms. Christie Donner, representing the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, testified in opposition to SB 18-274.  Ms. Donner explained how a cycle of opening prisons in Colorado results in prisons being at capacity, and and also noted that DOC serves as a primary mental health provider. Ms. Denise Maes, representing the ACLU, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Maes provided additional input on Ms. Donner's comments.

02:54:51 PM  
Discussion ensued regarding the merits of amendment L.009.


02:57:46 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.009
Moved Benavidez
Seconded Salazar
Benavidez
Carver
Herod
Lundeen
Melton
Roberts
Weissman
Willett
Wist
Salazar
Lee
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:04:25 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-274, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Benavidez
Seconded Salazar
Benavidez Yes
Carver Yes
Herod No
Lundeen Yes
Melton No
Roberts No
Weissman No
Willett Yes
Wist Yes
Salazar No
Lee No
YES: 5   NO: 6   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


03:05:03 PM
Motion Postpone Senate Bill 18-274 indefinitely.
Moved Salazar
Seconded Melton
Benavidez No
Carver No
Herod Yes
Lundeen No
Melton Yes
Roberts Yes
Weissman Yes
Willett No
Wist No
Salazar Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 5   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS