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H_PBH_2021A 04/06/2021 01:32:34 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 04/06/2021
Attendance
Bradfield X
Cutter X
Gonzales-Gutierrez *
Holtorf X
Jodeh *
Larson X
Ortiz *
Pelton X
Ricks X
Woog X
Young X
Sirota X
Michaelson Jenet X
Time 01:32:34 PM to 04:57:38 PM
Place HCR 0112
This Meeting was called to order by Michaelson Jenet
This Report was prepared by Alexa Kelly
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB21-107 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB21-1220 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole
SB21-117 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB21-1228 Amended, referred to House Appropriations

SB21-107 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


01:32:49 PM  

Representative McLachlan, bill sponsor, introduced SB21-107. This bill renames Section 24-34-805 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, which concerns family preservation safeguards for families that include a parent with a disability, as the "Carrie Ann Lucas Parental Rights for People with Disabilities Act."

01:33:59 PM  
Representative Young, bill sponsor, gave opening remarks on the bill.
01:37:15 PM  
Committee members asked questions of the bill sponsors.
01:41:05 PM  
Julie Reiskin, representing Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Alison Butler, representing Colorado Office of Respondent Parents' Counsel, testified in support of the bill. The witnesses responded to questions from the committee.
01:54:53 PM  
Representatives McLachlan and Young gave final comments on the bill.
01:57:26 PM  
Committee members made final comments on the bill.
02:06:13 PM  
Committee members continued to make final comments on the bill.


02:08:58 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-107 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Young
Seconded
Bradfield No
Cutter Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Holtorf No
Jodeh Yes
Larson No
Ortiz Yes
Pelton No
Ricks Yes
Woog No
Young Yes
Sirota Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 8   NO: 5   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1220 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


02:09:14 PM  

Representative Froelich, bill sponsor, introduced HB21-1220. The bill enacts recommendations of the Colorado Child Support Commission concerning the establishment, calculation, and enforcement of child support, including:

  • changes to child support guidelines and adjustments to basic child support obligations related to gross income;
  • makes the definition of “parent” and “child” consistent with the Colorado Children’s Code;
  • reduces the interest rate on unpaid child support after July 1, 2021;
  • provides parents who owe child support with a process to request a court to disallow some or all of the calculated interest on their owed child support;
  • clarifies that dependency and neglect courts and juvenile courts have concurrent jurisdiction to address parentage;
  • removes limitations on increases to child support orders, filed by the state child support enforcement agency, when income information for the parent who owes child support is not available;
  • requires life insurance settlements to be reported to the state child support enforcement agency; and
  • adds contract employees to the state directory of new hires who must be reported for child support enforcement purposes.
02:09:52 PM  
Committee members asked questions of the bill sponsor.
02:13:11 PM  
Mr. Jeffrey Ball, representing Colorado Child Support Commission, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Larry Desbien, representing Colorado Department of Human Services - Child Support Services and Colorado Child Support Commission, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Zaven Saroyan, representing Colorado Office of Respondent Parents' Counsel, testified to amend the bill. The witnesses answered questions from committee members.
02:30:12 PM  

Committee members continued to ask questions of the previous witnesses.

Submitted written testimony can be found in Attachment A.

02:30:13 PM  
Representative Froelich
introduced and spoke about amendment L.001 (Attachment B).


02:35:22 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment B)
Moved Sirota
Seconded Gonzales-Gutierrez
Bradfield
Cutter
Gonzales-Gutierrez
Holtorf
Jodeh
Larson
Ortiz
Pelton
Ricks
Woog
Young
Sirota
Michaelson Jenet
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:35:50 PM  
Representative Froelich gave final remarks on the bill.
02:36:06 PM  
Committee members made final comments on the bill.


02:37:31 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1220, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Cutter
Seconded Sirota
Bradfield Yes
Cutter Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Holtorf Yes
Jodeh Yes
Larson Yes
Ortiz Yes
Pelton Yes
Ricks Yes
Woog Yes
Young Yes
Sirota Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 13   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-117 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


02:37:55 PM  
Representative Michaelson
Jenet, bill sponsor, introduced SB21-117. House Bill 18-1306 created provisions
for cooperation and coordination between schools and county departments
of human services relating to the education of students in foster care.
 This bill:

·        aligns the definition of students in out-of-home
placement with the definition of students who are in the custody of county
departments of human or social services;

·        allows school districts to establish required
transportation plans by regions;

·        allows boards of cooperative educational services
to establish transportation plans on behalf of a district; and

·        codifies the use of state-approved invoices
and forms related to transportation services for foster youth.
02:38:42 PM  
Committee members asked questions of the bill sponsor.
02:39:41 PM  
Benjamin Waters, representing Fostering Colorado, testified in support of the bill. The witness replied to questions from committee members.
02:42:25 PM  
Representative Michaelson Jenet gave final comments on the bill.


02:44:08 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-117 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Michaelson Jenet
Seconded Cutter
Bradfield Yes
Cutter Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Holtorf Yes
Jodeh Yes
Larson Yes
Ortiz Yes
Pelton Yes
Ricks Yes
Woog Yes
Young Yes
Sirota Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 13   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1228 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


02:44:42 PM  
Representative Froelich,
bill sponsor, introduced HB21-1228.

Beginning on January 1, 2022, the bill requires child and family investigators
(CFIs) and parental responsibility evaluators (PREs) to have training related
to domestic violence and its effect on children, adults and families.  Training
must be provided by recognized sources with expertise in domestic violence
and the traumatic effects of domestic violence, and must include six hours
of training for both domestic violence and child abuse, as well as four
hours of subsequent training every two years.  The bill also requires
legal representatives of children to comply with these provisions, and
requires that reports related to domestic violence, submitted to a court
by an investigator, evaluator or child’s legal representative, be considered
when determining parenting time and responsibilities.





The bill also requires that the Office of the State Court Administrator
maintain an eligibility roster for CFIs and PREs, and that a complaints
process relating to both CFIs and PREs be established.  The bill specifies
that a Chief Justice Directive be created to implement these requirements.

02:45:16 PM  
Committee members asked questions of the bill sponsor.
02:55:13 PM  
Committee members continued to ask questions of the bill sponsor.
02:55:29 PM  
Heidi Ganahl, representing
herself, testified in support of the bill. Marci Hamilton, representing
CHILD USA, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Danielle Pollack, representing
National Family Violence Law Center at GW Law, testified in support of
the bill. Mrs. Kelly Dore, representing The Avery Center- Human Trafficking
and Domestic Violencce, testified in a neutral position on the bill. Marci
Hamilton, representing CHILD USA, testified in support of the bill.
03:10:59 PM  
Carolyn MacCloud,
representing National Parents Organization, testified in opposition to
the bill.  Mr. James Bailey, representing Colorado Bar Association,
testified to amend the bill. Mrs. SarahJae Johnston, representing The Fathers'
Rights Movement, testified in opposition to the bill. Mr. Ihor Figlus,
representing himself, testified to amend the bill.
03:29:04 PM  
Mrs. Jennifer Humeny,
representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill. Mr. Jeffrey
Humeny, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill. Alexi
Touloumis, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill. Reverend
Carol Meredith, representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:40:49 PM  
Ms. Maralee Mclean, representing Moms Fight Back, testified in support of the bill. Amelia Lobo, representing Violence Free Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Judy Schure, representing Moms Fight Back, testified in support of the bill.
03:56:34 PM  
Christine McGinley, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Mrs. Beth Goldman, representing Mothers Fight Back, testified in support of the bill. Witnesses responded to questions from committee members.
04:14:57 PM  
Mr. Bennett Poletti, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Kimberly Chambers, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Andrea Fuller, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Rebecca Zimmerman, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Lydia Waligorski, representing Violence Free Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
04:33:58 PM  
Caitlyn O'Niell,
representing herself, testified against the bill. She answered questions
from the committee.
04:36:02 PM  
Representative Froelich answered questions from committee members.
04:48:14 PM  

Kimberly Phillips, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

Submitted written testimony can be found in Attachment C.

04:48:15 PM  
Representative Froelich
introduced and spoke about amendments L.002 (Attachment D) and L.001(Attachment
E).


04:49:17 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment D)
Moved Gonzales-Gutierrez
Seconded Pelton
Bradfield
Cutter
Gonzales-Gutierrez
Holtorf
Jodeh
Larson
Ortiz
Pelton
Ricks
Woog
Young
Sirota
Michaelson Jenet
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:50:44 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment E)
Moved Gonzales-Gutierrez
Seconded Ortiz
Bradfield
Cutter
Gonzales-Gutierrez
Holtorf
Jodeh
Larson
Ortiz
Pelton
Ricks
Woog
Young
Sirota
Michaelson Jenet
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
04:53:18 PM  
Committee members made final comments on the bill.


04:57:16 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1228, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Sirota
Seconded Pelton
Bradfield Yes
Cutter Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Holtorf Yes
Jodeh Yes
Larson Yes
Ortiz Yes
Pelton Yes
Ricks Yes
Woog Yes
Young Yes
Sirota Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 13   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


04:57:38 PM   The committee adjourned.






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