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J_CDC_2016A 01/06/2016 09:14:00 AM Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



COMMITTEE ON CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Date: 01/06/2016
ATTENDANCE
Time: 09:14 AM to 11:08 AM
Becker K.
X
Brown
X
Place: SCR 356
Esgar
X
Kefalas
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Sonnenberg
X
Senator Baumgardner
Baumgardner
X
This Report was prepared by
Matt Becker
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
Department of Agriculture Supplemental Request

Colorado Mesa University

Department of Corrections Supplemental Request

SB 09-228 Transfers

Potential Legislation

Update on Grand Junction Regional Center
Approved

Two-Year Cash List and Intercept Projects Approved

Approved

Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only

Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only

Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only





09:14 AM -- Department of Agriculture



The committee was called to order. A quorum was present. Ms. Kori Donaldson, Legislative Council Staff, presented the supplemental request from the Department of Agriculture for the Biochemistry Laboratory Facility Pesticide Laboratory Equipment project. Committee members received a summary of the request, prepared by Legislative Council Staff (Attachment A).



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BILL: Department of Agriculture
TIME: 09:15:35 AM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Approve the supplemental request from the Colorado Department of Agriculture for cash funds spending authority from the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund to purchase new equipment for its pesticide laboratory ($860,000 CF). The motion passed on a vote of 6-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Becker K.
Yes
Brown
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Kefalas
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Baumgardner
Yes
Final YES: 6 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS







09:16 AM -- Colorado Mesa University



Mr. Matt Becker, Legislative Council Staff, discussed Colorado Mesa University's revised two-year projection of cash need, which includes two Higher Education Revenue Bond Intercept Program projects: Kinesiology Expansion and Student Housing Phase VII. Committee members received the revised two-year projection of cash need and summaries of the two projects, prepared by Legislative Council Staff (Attachments B, C, and D). Committee members also received a debt capacity analysis for the university, prepared by the State Treasurer's Office (Attachment E). Mr. Tim Foster, President, representing Colorado Mesa University, came to the table to discuss Colorado Mesa University's requests and its plans for future capital construction projects. He also responded to committee questions regarding the financing of the projects.



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BILL: Colorado Mesa University
TIME: 09:23:09 AM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Approve the projects listed on the Colorado Mesa University two-year projection of cash need. The motion passed on a vote of 6-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Becker K.
Yes
Brown
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Kefalas
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Baumgardner
Yes
Final YES: 6 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
BILL: Colorado Mesa University
TIME: 09:23:51 AM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Approve the request from Colorado Mesa University to use funds borrowed under the Higher Education Revenue Bond Intercept Program on behalf of the Student Housing Phase VII project. The motion passed on a vote of 6-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Becker K.
Yes
Brown
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Kefalas
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Baumgardner
Yes
Final YES: 6 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS




BILL: Colorado Mesa University
TIME: 09:24:49 AM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Approve the request from Colorado Mesa University to use funds borrowed under the Higher Education Revenue Bond Intercept Program on behalf of the Kinesiology Expansion project. The motion passed on a vote of 6-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Becker K.
Yes
Brown
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Kefalas
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Baumgardner
Yes
Final YES: 6 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



09:25 AM -- Department of Corrections



Committee members received a summary of the FY 2015-16 supplemental request from the Department of Corrections, prepared by Legislative Council Staff (Attachment F).



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BILL: Department of Corrections
TIME: 09:26:23 AM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Convene an executive session pursuant to Section 24-6-402 (3)(a)(IV) to discuss the Department of Corrections FY 2015-16 Cell Modifications, Limon Correctional Facility supplemental request. The motion passed on a vote of 6-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Becker K.
Yes
Brown
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Kefalas
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Baumgardner
Yes
Final YES: 6 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS










BILL: Department of Corrections
TIME: 09:40:31 AM
MOVED: Baumgardner
MOTION: Adjourn the executive session and reconvene the regular public session of the committee meeting. The motion passed on a vote of 6-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Becker K.
Yes
Brown
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Kefalas
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Baumgardner
Yes
Final YES: 6 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
BILL: Department of Corrections
TIME: 09:42:09 AM
MOVED: Becker K.
MOTION: Approve the supplemental request from the Department of Corrections for the Cell Modifications, Limon Correctional Facility project. The motion passed on a vote of 6-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Becker K.
Yes
Brown
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Kefalas
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Baumgardner
Yes
Final YES: 6 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS









09:42 AM -- Senate Bill 09-228 Transfers



Mr. Greg Sobetski, Economist, Legislative Council Staff, explained the Senate Bill 09-228 transfers for Capital Construction. Committee members received a copy of Mr. Sobetski's presentation (Attachment G). Mr. Sobetski discussed the statutory transfers to both the Capital Construction Fund (CCF) and the Highway Users Tax Fund (HUTF) under SB 09-228, as well as the trigger mechanisms for the transfers. Mr. Sobetski responded to committee questions regarding the trigger mechanisms and the forecasted transfers for FY 2015-16 through FY 2017-18.



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09:59 AM



Ms. Donaldson responded to a committee question regarding how capital construction funding will be impacted if the actual transfers are less than the forecasted transfers. Committee discussion ensued on potential legislation regarding the restoration of funding for capital construction if full transfers under SB 09-228 are not made.



10:03 AM



Mr. Sobetski discussed the forecasted transfers for FY 2016-17 and the forecasting error associated with the transfers. In response to a committee question, he also discussed the history of past statutory transfers. Finally, Mr. Sobetski discussed the enterprise status of the Hospital Provider Fee and how changing its status to an enterprise fund would impact the SB 09-228 transfers for capital construction. Mr. Sobetski responded to committee questions regarding the magnitude of General Fund revenue, the history of the Hospital Provider Fee, and the impact of changing the status of the Hospital Provider Fee on required adjustments to the Referendum C cap.



10:18 AM



Ms. Natalie Mullis, Chief Economist, Legislative Council Staff, came to the table to discuss the timing of the SB 09-228 transfers and the forecasting error associated with the transfer triggers. Committee discussion ensued on forecasting the state budget.



10:26 AM -- Potential Legislation



Senator Sonnenberg discussed potential legislation related to the submission threshold for higher education cash-funded projects. Committee members received a copy of the draft LLS 16-0555.01 (Attachment H). Ms. Esther van Mourik, Office of Legislative Legal Services, responded to previous committee questions regarding the SB 09-228 transfers and further explained the potential legislation related to the threshold for higher education cash-funded projects.



10:32 AM



Ms. Donaldson explained the reporting requirements from the Department of Higher Education regarding cash-funded projects. Committee members received a five-year history of projects approved, commenced, or completed pursuant to the two-year cash list process, prepared by Legislative Council Staff (Attachment I). Committee discussion ensued on the required legislative and executive branch oversight under the potential legislation.











10:40 AM



Mr. Chris Ewing, Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure and Safety, and Ms. Teresa Osborne, Senior Director of Capital Assets, both representing the University of Colorado, came to the table to discuss how the potential legislation would benefit the university. Committee discussion ensued on capital project oversight by the University of Colorado Board of Regents and cost savings associated with bundling multiple projects.



10:54 AM



Committee discussion ensued on potential cost savings under the potential legislation and other impediments to approval for higher education cash-funded projects.




10:59 AM -- Update on Grand Junction Regional Center



Ms. Donaldson explained a recent Joint Budget Committee (JBC) staff recommendation regarding the Grand Junction Regional Center (GJRC). Ms. Donaldson discussed the current number of Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) beds at GJRC and the potential to move some of those beds off campus. Ms. Donaldson also discussed the Department of Human Services response to the JBC staff recommendation about programmatic changes to the GJRC campus. Ms. Donaldson responded to committee questions regarding the Grand Junction community's future use of the campus and the final report of the Regional Center Task Force.



11:08 AM



The committee adjourned.


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