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h_tra_2016a_2016-04-14t11:41:15z0 Hearing Summary

Date: 04/14/2016



Final

BILL SUMMARY for HB16-1325



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment A). The motion f

Postpone House Bill 16-1325 indefinitely. The moti

Refer House Bill 16-1325 to the Committee of the W
FAIL

PASS

FAIL







11:42 AM -- HB 16-1325



Representative Garnett, prime sponsor, came to the table to present House Bill 16-1325. Subject to the limitations listed below, the bill requires the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to display messages on its variable message signs regarding the dates of precinct caucuses and statewide elections beginning seven days before and concluding at 7 P.M. on the caucus or election date. The Secretary of State must notify CDOT of these election dates at least 21 days in advance.



CDOT must promptly seek federal approval to implement the bill. If the U.S. Department of Transportation or its agencies advise CDOT that displaying election-related messages will result in the reduction of federal aid highway funds to the state, CDOT must not display the messages.



CDOT may give priority to other alerts (i.e. Amber alerts) and safety-related messages, and nothing in the bill alters any Department of Public Safety procedures related to these alerts.



Amendment L.001, a strike-below amendment, was distributed to the committee (Attachment A). Representative Garnett responded to questions on the bill from the committee.



160414 AttachA.pdf160414 AttachA.pdf



11:55 AM --
Tina Francone, representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill.

11:59 AM --
Scott Reed, representing the Regional Transportation District (RTD), testified in opposition to the bill. Mr. Reed responded to questions from the committee.

12:09 PM --
Rolf Asphaug, representing RTD, testified in opposition to the bill. Mr. Asphaug responded to questions from the committee and discussion ensued.

12:18 PM --
Elena Wilken, representing the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies, testified in opposition to the bill.

12:24 PM --
Pam Anderson, representing Colorado County Clerks Association, testified in support of the bill.



12:26 PM



Representative Garnett made his closing comments on the bill and committee discussion ensued.


BILL: HB16-1325
TIME: 12:34:47 PM
MOVED: Moreno
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment A). The motion failed on a vote of 4-9.
SECONDED: Esgar
VOTE
Becker J.
No
Buck
No
Carver
No
Coram
No
Esgar
Yes
Kraft-Tharp
No
Melton
Yes
Moreno
Yes
Neville P.
No
Nordberg
No
Winter
Yes
Mitsch Bush
No
Tyler
No
YES: 4 NO: 9 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL





12:35 PM



Committee discussion of the merits of the bill ensued.


BILL: HB16-1325
TIME: 12:41:04 PM
MOVED: Melton
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1325 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion failed on a vote of 6-7.
SECONDED: Moreno
VOTE
Becker J.
No
Buck
No
Carver
No
Coram
No
Esgar
Yes
Kraft-Tharp
Yes
Melton
Yes
Moreno
Yes
Neville P.
No
Nordberg
No
Winter
Yes
Mitsch Bush
Yes
Tyler
No
Final YES: 6 NO: 7 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL
BILL: HB16-1325
TIME: 12:42:10 PM
MOVED: Coram
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 16-1325 indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 8-5.
SECONDED: Becker J.
VOTE
Becker J.
Yes
Buck
Yes
Carver
Yes
Coram
Yes
Esgar
No
Kraft-Tharp
Yes
Melton
No
Moreno
No
Neville P.
Yes
Nordberg
Yes
Winter
No
Mitsch Bush
No
Tyler
Yes
Final YES: 8 NO: 5 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS














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