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H_SA_2021A 04/29/2021 10:50:25 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STATE, CIVIC, MILITARY, & VETERANS AFFAIRS
Date 04/29/2021
Attendance
Amabile X
Bacon *
Bernett X
Bockenfeld X
Duran X
Hanks X
Neville X
Valdez A. X
Williams X
Woodrow X
Kennedy X
Time 10:50:25 AM to 01:09:11 PM
Place LSB A
This Meeting was called to order by Kennedy
This Report was prepared by Ryan Dudley
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB21-1257 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
SB21-160 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
SB21-188 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

HB21-1257 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


10:50:36 AM  
Speaker Garnett and
Representative Neville, bill sponsors, introduced House Bill 21-1257.  The
bill changes the names of Lincoln and Liberty Parks in central Denver,
collectively, to Colorado Veterans’ Park, and authorizes the installation
of a sculpture.
10:51:27 AM  
Members of the committee asked questions and discussed the bill with the sponsors.
11:02:49 AM  
Tim Drago, representing himself, and Jeff Shoemaker, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Members of the committee asked questions to the witnesses.
11:13:22 AM  
Speaker Garnett introduced amendment L.002 (Attachment A).


11:15:34 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002
Moved Neville
Seconded Williams
Amabile
Bacon
Bernett
Bockenfeld
Duran
Hanks
Neville
Valdez A.
Williams
Woodrow
Kennedy
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
11:15:35 AM  
The bill sponsors offered closing remarks to the bill. Members of the committee also offered final remarks.


11:20:53 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1257, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Neville
Seconded Duran
Amabile Yes
Bacon Excused
Bernett Yes
Bockenfeld No
Duran Yes
Hanks No
Neville Yes
Valdez A. Yes
Williams Yes
Woodrow Yes
Kennedy Yes
Final YES: 8   NO: 2   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-160 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


11:21:04 AM  
Representative Snyder,
bill sponsor, introduced Senate Bill 21-160 to the committee.  The
bill makes technical modifications to the Local Government Election Code.
It also provides special districts with a way to divide or eliminate director
districts.
11:22:08 AM  
Members of the committee asked questions to the bill sponsor.
11:24:18 AM  
Michael Valdez, representing the Special District Association of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
11:27:47 AM  
Representative Snyder offered closing remarks to the bill.


11:29:32 AM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-160 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Duran
Seconded Woodrow
Amabile Yes
Bacon Excused
Bernett Yes
Bockenfeld Yes
Duran Yes
Hanks No
Neville Yes
Valdez A. Excused
Williams Yes
Woodrow Yes
Kennedy Yes
Final YES: 8   NO: 1   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-188 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


11:29:39 AM  
Representatives Duran and Ortiz, bill sponsors, introduced Senate Bill 21-188. The bill allows voters with disabilities to return their ballots electronically.
11:37:17 AM  
Members of the committee asked questions to the bill sponsors and made comments on the bill.
11:42:01 AM  
C. Jay Coles, representing
Verified Voting; Ms. Susan Greenhalgh, representing Free Speech For People;
and Neal McBurnett, representing himself, testified in opposition to the
bill.
11:56:45 AM  
Andrea Wilkins, representing
the League of Women Voters of Colorado; Amanda Gonzalez, representing Colorado
Common Cause; and Mr. Harvie Branscomb, representing Coloradans For Voting
Integrity, testified to amend the bill.
12:06:37 PM  
Paul Lopez, representing the Denver Clerk and Recorder, testified in support of the bill. Members of the committee asked questions to Clerk Lopez.
12:13:37 PM  
Curtis Chong, Scott LaBarre, and Dan Burke, all representing the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
12:30:46 PM  
Olivia Pilcher, representing
Disability Law Colorado; and Jennifer Levin, representing The Arc of Colorado,
testified in support of the bill.
12:36:09 PM  
Caleb Thornton, representing Colorado Department of State, was available to answer committee questions. Members of the committee asked questions to Mr. Thornton.
12:52:21 PM  
The bill sponsors
introduced amendment L.003 (Attachment B).
01:03:05 PM  
Members of the committee discussed the amendment.


01:03:36 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003
Moved Duran
Seconded Woodrow
Amabile
Bacon
Bernett
Bockenfeld
Duran
Hanks
Neville
Valdez A.
Williams
Woodrow
Kennedy
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
01:03:37 PM  
The bill sponsors concluded their presentation with closing remarks. Members of the committee also made final remarks.


01:08:50 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-188, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Duran
Seconded Valdez A.
Amabile Yes
Bacon Yes
Bernett Yes
Bockenfeld Yes
Duran Yes
Hanks No
Neville No
Valdez A. Yes
Williams No
Woodrow Yes
Kennedy Yes
Final YES: 8   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


01:09:11 PM   The committee adjourned.






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