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H_SA_2019A 04/30/2019 02:21:19 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Date 04/30/2019
Attendance
Duran X
Humphrey *
Lontine X
Melton X
Rich X
Sirota X
Williams D. *
Jaquez Lewis X
Kennedy X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Time 02:21:19 PM to 04:34:04 PM
Place LSB A
This Meeting was called to order by Representative Kennedy
This Report was prepared by Amanda King
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB19-244 Referred to House Appropriations
SB19-236 Amended, referred to House Finance
SB19-232 Referred to House Appropriations

SB19-244 - Referred to House Appropriations


02:21:28 PM  

Representative Lontine, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 19-244. The bill creates the Office of Legislative Workplace Relations (OLWR) within the Office of Legislative Legal Services.  OLWR will provide services related to employee relations, training, workplace culture, and workplace harassment. OLWR's office space may be in the State Capitol or a nearby building and must be situated in order to provide convenient access and confidentiality.

02:25:45 PM  

No one testified on the bill.  Representative Lontine provided concluding remarks about the bill.



02:26:23 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-244 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Lontine
Seconded Jaquez Lewis
Duran Yes
Humphrey No
Lontine Yes
Melton Yes
Rich Yes
Sirota Yes
Williams D. No
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kennedy Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-236 - Amended, referred to House Finance


02:26:56 PM  

The committee recessed.

02:33:55 PM  

The committee came back to order.

02:34:05 PM  

Representative Hansen and Speaker Becker, co-prime bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 19-236. The bill continues the Public Utilities Commission in the Department of Regulatory Agencies, which is scheduled to repeal on September 1, 2019.  A copy of the "2018 Sunset Review:  Public Utilities Commission" report was distributed to the committee members (Attachment A).

02:38:16 PM  

Stan Dempsey, Colorado Mining Association, testified in opposition to the bill.

02:40:31 PM  

Matt Larson, Xcel Energy, testified on the bill.

02:42:10 PM  

Bill Levis, AARP, testified on the bill. He provided a handout to the committee (Attachment B).

02:45:11 PM  

Sandra Murray, Communication Workers of America, testified on the bill.

02:48:11 PM  

Shayne Madsen, Independence Institute, testified in support of the bill.

02:48:54 PM  

Amelia Myers, Conservation Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

02:52:29 PM  

Will Toor, Colorado Energy Office, testified in support of the bill.

02:55:33 PM  

Anna McDevitt, Sierra Club, testified in support of the bill.

02:57:06 PM  

Representative Sirota explained amendment L.022 (Attachment C). Speaker Becker commented on amendment L.022.



03:00:45 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.022 (Attachment C).
Moved Sirota
Seconded Jaquez Lewis
Duran Yes
Humphrey Yes
Lontine No
Melton No
Rich Yes
Sirota Yes
Williams D. Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kennedy Yes
YES: 7   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
03:00:45 PM  

Committee members commented on the bill.



03:02:09 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-236, as amended, to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Melton
Seconded Sirota
Duran Yes
Humphrey No
Lontine Yes
Melton Yes
Rich No
Sirota Yes
Williams D. No
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kennedy Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-232 - Referred to House Appropriations


03:02:15 PM  

The committee recessed.

03:26:27 PM  

The committee came back to order.

03:27:04 PM  

Due to the bill sponsor being in another committee, the chair began witness testimony on Senate Bill 19-232.  Melissa Polk, Department of State, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Polk answered questions from the committee.

03:40:45 PM  

Representative Weissman, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 19-232. The bill codifies current rules promulgated by the Department of State regarding campaign finance law enforcement. Specifically, the bill codifies provisions that outline procedures for complaint filing, complaint review by the Department of State’s elections division, methods to cure a campaign finance law violation, investigation of unresolved complaints, conduct of hearings, and advisory opinions. Representative Weissman provided a handout to the committee (Attachment D). He answered questions from the committee.

03:49:57 PM  

Suzanne Staiert, representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill.

03:53:24 PM  

Shayne Madsen, Independence Institute, testified in opposition to the bill.

03:55:41 PM  

Matt Arnold, Campaign Integrity Watchdog, testified on the bill.

04:07:13 PM  

Ms. Staiert and Mr. Arnold answered questions from the committee.

04:10:28 PM  

Secretary of State Jena Griswold testified in support of the bill.

04:13:19 PM  

Patrick Potyondy, Colorado Common Cause, testified in support of the bill.

04:14:25 PM  

Ms. Polk and Secretary Griswold answered questions from the committee.

04:23:15 PM  

Mr. Arnold answered questions from the committee.

04:27:00 PM  
Representative Weissman made concluding remarks regarding the bill. Committee members commented on the bill.


04:33:50 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-232 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded Lontine
Duran Yes
Humphrey No
Lontine Yes
Melton Yes
Rich No
Sirota Yes
Williams D. No
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kennedy Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


04:34:04 PM   The committee adjourned.






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