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I_JailFunding_2017A 10/23/2017 01:02:15 PM Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



COUNTY COURTHOUSE AND COUNTY JAIL FUNDING AND OVERCROWDING SOLUTIONS

Date: 10/23/2017
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:02 PM to 03:05 PM
Beckman
*
Crowder
X
Place: SCR 352
Fields
X
Michaelson Jenet
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Benavidez
X
Senator Coram
Coram
X
This Report was prepared by
Julia Jackson
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call, R = Remote Participation
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
Public Testimony on Draft Legislation

Consideration of Draft Legislation
Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only

Report 3 bills and 1 resolution to Legislative Council





01:02 PM -- Public Testimony on Draft Legislation



Senator Coram called the committee to order and explained that the meeting would begin with testimony on all the committee's draft bills.



01:04 PM --
Shawn Day, Presiding Judge for the City of Aurora, testified against Bill 2. He discussed his concerns that the bill limits the ability of municipal courts to use monetary bail for serious charges. He explained that Aurora's municipal courts have large numbers of defendants fail to appear at court hearings. He further expressed concern with the fiscal impact of the bill. He responded to committee member questions.



01:23 PM --
Moses Gur, representing the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, testified in support of Bill 2 and Bill 8 but recommended modifications. He noted the overrepresentation of people with behavioral health disorders and addiction problems in the criminal justice system. He discussed the importance of supporting behavioral health programs within the pretrial services programs proposed in Bill 2. He further noted the need to adequately fund these services. He requested that behavioral health service providers be included in the criminal justice coordinating councils proposed in Bill 8. Mr. Gur responded to committee member questions.



01:29 PM --
Allison Daley, representing Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI), testified on CCI's priorities. She explained that a CCI subcommittee prioritized Bills 1, 3, 4, 8, and 9, as well as the resolution (Bill 10). She expressed concern with the way new money is targeted in Bill 11, noting that most of it would go to large counties, not necessarily those with the greatest needs. Ms. Daley further explained that CCI is concerned with the potential costs of Bill 2, noting that counties need more funding for pretrial services in order for the programs to succeed. She responded to committee member questions.















01:46 PM --
Meghan Dollar, representing the Colorado Municipal League, testified against Bill 2. She discussed cities' concerns with money bail reform. She added that municipal courts would also like to have access to pretrial services and to be included in the programs proposed in Bills 5 and 6 (remote technology and reminder calls).





01:50 PM -- Consideration of Draft Legislation



Senator Coram discussed the bill approval process. He presented Bill 1, concerning financial assistance for county jails and courts. The committee received copies of the draft bill and fiscal note (Attachments A and B). Committee members commented on Bill 1.



17Courthouse1023AttachA.pdf17Courthouse1023AttachA.pdf 17Courthouse1023AttachB.pdf17Courthouse1023AttachB.pdf

BILL: Consideration of Draft Legislation
TIME: 01:59:07 PM
MOVED: Coram
MOTION: Report Bill 1 to the Legislative Council Committee. The motion passed on a vote of 5-1.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Beckman
Yes
Crowder
Yes
Fields
Yes
Michaelson Jenet
Yes
Benavidez
No
Coram
Yes
YES: 5 NO: 1 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 REMOTE PARTICIPATION: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



Representative Beckman agreed to sponsor the bill and start it in the House, with Senator Coram as the Senate sponsor.











































02:01 PM



Senator Fields presented Bill 2, concerning reforming pretrial risk assessment and bonding. The committee received copies of the draft bill and fiscal note (Attachments C and D). Committee members commented on Bill 2.



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BILL: Consideration of Draft Legislation
TIME: 02:13:57 PM
MOVED: Fields
MOTION: Report Bill 2 to the Legislative Council Committee. The motion failed on a 3-3 vote.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Beckman
No
Crowder
No
Fields
Yes
Michaelson Jenet
Yes
Benavidez
Yes
Coram
No
YES: 3 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 REMOTE PARTICIPATION: 0 FINAL ACTION: TIE





02:14 PM



Senator Crowder presented Bill 3, concerning state fiscal responsibility for providing courts. The committee received copies of the draft bill and fiscal note (Attachments E and F). Committee members commented on Bill 3.



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BILL: Consideration of Draft Legislation
TIME: 02:15:19 PM
MOVED: Crowder
MOTION: Report Bill 3 to the Legislative Council Committee. The motion failed on a 3-3 vote.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Beckman
Yes
Crowder
Yes
Fields
No
Michaelson Jenet
No
Benavidez
No
Coram
Yes
YES: 3 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 REMOTE PARTICIPATION: 0 FINAL ACTION: TIE





02:17 PM



Senator Crowder presented Bill 4, concerning increasing Department of Corrections reimbursement to county jails. The committee received copies of the draft bill and fiscal note (Attachments G and H). Committee members commented on Bill 4.



17Courthouse1023AttachG.pdf17Courthouse1023AttachG.pdf 17Courthouse1023AttachH.pdf17Courthouse1023AttachH.pdf

BILL: Consideration of Draft Legislation
TIME: 02:19:00 PM
MOVED: Crowder
MOTION: Report Bill 4 to the Legislative Council Committee. The motion passed on a vote of 6-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Beckman
Yes
Crowder
Yes
Fields
Yes
Michaelson Jenet
Yes
Benavidez
Yes
Coram
Yes
YES: 6 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 REMOTE PARTICIPATION: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



Representative Michaelson Jenet agreed to sponsor the bill and start it in the House, with Senator Crowder as the Senate sponsor.















02:24 PM



Representative Michaelson Jenet presented Bill 5, concerning a court system for remote participation in hearings. The committee received copies of the draft bill and fiscal note (Attachments I and J). Representative Michaelson Jenet explained that she would like to amend the bill to move the program to the Office of the State Court Administrator. Committee members commented on the bill.



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BILL: Consideration of Draft Legislation
TIME: 02:26:01 PM
MOVED: Michaelson Jenet
MOTION: Report Bill 5 to the Legislative Council Committee. The motion passed on a vote of 6-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Beckman
Yes
Crowder
Yes
Fields
Yes
Michaelson Jenet
Yes
Benavidez
Yes
Coram
Yes
YES: 6 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 REMOTE PARTICIPATION: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



Representative Michaelson Jenet agreed to sponsor the bill and start it in the House, with Senators Crowder and Fields as co-prime Senate sponsors.





02:30 PM



Representative Benavidez presented Bill 6, concerning a state court administrator reminder call center. The committee received copies of the draft bill and fiscal note (Attachments K and L). Committee members commented on the bill.



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BILL: Consideration of Draft Legislation
TIME: 02:34:21 PM
MOVED: Benavidez
MOTION: Report Bill 6 to the Legislative Council Committee. The motion failed on a 3-3 vote.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Beckman
No
Crowder
No
Fields
Yes
Michaelson Jenet
Yes
Benavidez
Yes
Coram
No
YES: 3 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 REMOTE PARTICIPATION: 0 FINAL ACTION: TIE





02:40 PM



Senator Fields presented Bill 7, concerning nondiscretionary parole based on risk assessment. The committee received copies of the draft bill and fiscal note (Attachments M and N). Senator Fields explained that the Sentencing Reform Interim Committee is considering the same topic, and she requested that the committee not pursue it at this time.



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02:41 PM



Representative Beckman presented Bill 8, concerning encouraging criminal justice coordinating councils. The committee received copies of the draft bill and fiscal note (Attachments O and P). Committee members commented on the bill.



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BILL: Consideration of Draft Legislation
TIME: 02:45:51 PM
MOVED: Beckman
MOTION: Report Bill 8 to the Legislative Council Committee. The motion failed on a 3-3 vote.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Beckman
Yes
Crowder
Yes
Fields
No
Michaelson Jenet
No
Benavidez
No
Coram
Yes
YES: 3 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 REMOTE PARTICIPATION: 0 FINAL ACTION: TIE





02:49 PM



Representative Beckman presented Bill 9, concerning health care cost reimbursement for county jails. The committee received copies of the draft bill and fiscal note (Attachments Q and R). Committee members commented on the bill.



17Courthouse1023AttachQ.pdf17Courthouse1023AttachQ.pdf 17Courthouse1023AttachR.pdf17Courthouse1023AttachR.pdf

BILL: Consideration of Draft Legislation
TIME: 02:50:26 PM
MOVED: Beckman
MOTION: Report Bill 9 to the Legislative Council Committee. The motion failed on a 3-3 vote.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Beckman
Yes
Crowder
Yes
Fields
No
Michaelson Jenet
No
Benavidez
No
Coram
Yes
YES: 3 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 REMOTE PARTICIPATION: 0 FINAL ACTION: TIE























02:56 PM



Representative Benavidez presented Bill 10, concerning Medicaid eligibility for detained eligibility. The committee received copies of the draft resolution (Attachment S). Representative Benavidez noted that Bill 10 is a resolution and does not count toward the committee's five-bill limit.



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BILL: Consideration of Draft Legislation
TIME: 02:57:51 PM
MOVED: Benavidez
MOTION: Report Bill 10 to the Legislative Council Committee. The motion passed on a vote of 5-1.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Beckman
No
Crowder
Yes
Fields
Yes
Michaelson Jenet
Yes
Benavidez
Yes
Coram
Yes
YES: 5 NO: 1 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 REMOTE PARTICIPATION: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



Representatives Benavidez and Michaelson Jenet agreed to be co-prime sponsors and start the resolution in the House. Senators Fields and Crowder agreed to be co-prime sponsors in the Senate.





02:59 PM



Representative Benavidez presented Bill 11, concerning increasing the surcharge for the Court Security Cash Fund. The committee received copies of the draft bill and fiscal note (Attachments T and U). Committee members commented on the bill.



17Courthouse1023AttachT.pdf17Courthouse1023AttachT.pdf 17Courthouse1023AttachU.pdf17Courthouse1023AttachU.pdf
























BILL: Consideration of Draft Legislation
TIME: 03:00:51 PM
MOVED: Benavidez
MOTION: Report Bill 11 to the Legislative Council Committee. The motion failed on a 3-3 vote.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Beckman
No
Crowder
No
Fields
Yes
Michaelson Jenet
Yes
Benavidez
Yes
Coram
No
YES: 3 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 REMOTE PARTICIPATION: 0 FINAL ACTION: TIE





03:02 PM



Representative Benavidez asked the committee not to consider Bill 12, concerning adding a member to the State Board of Parole, at this time. The committee received copies of the draft bill and fiscal note (Attachments V and W).



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03:04 PM



Senator Coram thanked the committee members and interested persons for their participation in the committee.





03:05 PM



The committee adjourned.


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