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J_JBC_2021A 03/29/2021 01:31:55 PM Committee Summary

Date 03/29/2021
Esgar X
Fenberg X
Hansen *
Herod X
Holbert X
McCluskie X
McKean *
Moreno X
Rankin X
Ransom X
Garnett X
Garcia X
Time 01:31:55 PM to 02:50:09 PM
Place Old State Library
This Meeting was called to order by Garcia
This Report was prepared by Anne Wallace
Hearing Items Action Taken
Joint Meeting with the Joint Budget Committee Pursuant to HB 20-1426 Committee Discussion Only

Joint Meeting with the Joint Budget Committee Pursuant to HB 20-1426 - Committee Discussion Only

01:33:15 PM  
Director Stan Hilkey,
Kevin Klein, and Mike Morgan, Department of Public Safety, presented on
the 2020 wildfire response in Colorado. A copy of the presentation may
be found at ? The presenters described the 2020 wildfires, federal wildfire
recovery funding, and state stimulus funding for fire projects. The presented
discussed the Governor's Fire Preparedness Plan.  The panel responded
to committee questions.
01:40:14 PM  

Executive Director Jill Ryan, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Mr. Hilkey, and Mr. Klein presented regarding the state's COVID-19 response. The presenters discussed the state Emergency Operations Response and the increase in funding and employees to implement the response. The presenters discussed deaths and infections from COVID-19 in Colorado and summarized successful strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

01:55:14 PM  
Ms. Ryan discussed strategies to prevent COVID-19 transmission, including targeting residential care, free statewide COVID-19 testing, and the dial framework. The presenters responded to committee questions.
02:03:31 PM  

Brigadier General Scott Sherman, Department of Veterans and Military Affairs, Scott Bookman, CDPHE, and Brandy Emily, CDPHE, provided an update on vaccination efforts in Colorado. The presenters discussed specific strategies to dispense and prioritize vaccines, including efforts to ensure equity in vaccine distribution. The presenters described vaccine hesitancy efforts and future vaccine communication priorities. The panel responded to committee questions.

02:27:11 PM  
Ms. Ryan discussed current COVID-19 hospitalizations, county transmission levels, and monitoring of COVID-19 variants. She described next steps for executive orders and public health orders, including loosening restrictions on the dial, modifying the mask mandate, and transitioning to opt-in guidance for local governments. She provided an update on long-term care visitation policies. Dr. Eric France, CDPHE, responded to committee questions.
02:37:11 PM  
Lauren Larson, Office of State Planning and Budgeting, presented on state and federal stimulus funding and state public health spending. She discussed federal funding awarded to state government and specific departments. Ms. Larson summarized state spending on COVID-19 and discussed the current state emergency reserve fund. She summarized distribution of public health funding, and funding for vaccine efforts and wildfire response.

02:50:09 PM   The committee adjourned.

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