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h_sa_2016a_2016-03-14t13:29:53z1 Hearing Summary

Date: 03/14/2016



Final

BILL SUMMARY for SB16-034



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Refer Senate Bill 16-034 to the Committee of the W PASS







01:33 PM -- SB16-034



Representatives Fields and Lawrence, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 16-034 to the committee. This bill creates a new crime of tampering with a deceased human body. This offense occurs if a person acts without legal authority and with the belief that an official proceeding is pending or in progress and willfully destroys, conceals, or alters a human body with the intent to impair its appearance or availability for an official proceeding. The bill classifies tampering with a deceased human body as a class 3 felony. The bill excludes human remains from the definition of physical evidence, with regard to the existing offense of tampering with physical evidence.



Representative Fields answered questions from the committee.



01:40 PM --
Carrie Thompson, representing the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, testified against the bill.



01:43 PM --
Arnold Hanuman, representing the Colorado Districts Attorney's Council, testified in support of the bill and responded to committee questions.



01:50 PM --
Raymond Harlan, representing Colorado Victims for Justice, testified in support of the bill.



01:54 PM --
Laura Saxton, representing Colorado Victims for Justice, testified in support of the bill.



02:00 PM --
Bev Sanburg, representing Colorado Victims for Justice, testified in support of the bill.



02:02 PM --
Elaine Hall, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



02:05 PM --
Kathy Oatis, representing the Colorado Coroners Association, testified in support of the bill.



Representatives Lawrence and Fields read letters of support for the bill (Attachments A and B).



16HouseState0314AttachA.pdf16HouseState0314AttachA.pdf 16HouseState0314AttachB.pdf16HouseState0314AttachB.pdf



02:21 PM



Representatives Fields and Lawrence responded to committee questions and wrapped up their presentation of the bill.


BILL: SB16-034
TIME: 02:25:29 PM
MOVED: Humphrey
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 16-034 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 9-0.
SECONDED: Neville P.
VOTE
Foote
Yes
Humphrey
Yes
Leonard
Yes
Neville P.
Yes
Primavera
Yes
Tyler
Yes
Wist
Yes
Lontine
Yes
Ryden
Yes
YES: 9 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS












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