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S_ED_2016A 03/24/2016 01:31:22 PM Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

Date: 03/24/2016
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:31 PM to 06:46 PM
Holbert
X
Johnston
*
Place: SCR 356
Kerr
X
Merrifield
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Neville T.
*
Senator Hill
Todd
X
Woods
X
This Report was prepared by
Marble
*
Rachel Kurtz-Phelan
Hill
X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
Conf 16-Metropolitan State University Of Denver Board Of Trustees

HB16-1259

HB16-1100

HB16-1198

SB16-154

SB16-005
Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent

Referred to the Committee of the Whole

Referred to the Committee of the Whole

Amended, Referred to the Committee of the Whole

Referred to Finance

Amended, Referred to Appropriations





01:31 PM -- Confirmation of Metropolitan State University Of Denver Board Of Trustees



Senator Hill, chair, called the meeting to order. Stephen Jordan, President of Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver), came to the table to introduce the reappointees to the board, Elaine Gantz Berman and Walter Isenberg. Copies of the Governor's appointment letter and their applications and resumes were distributed to the committee (Attachment A). President Jordan provided information about activities and changes at MSU Denver, and answered questions from the committee. The reappointees told the committee about their personal and professional backgrounds and about why they would like to be reappointed to the board.



Attachment A can be viewed at Legislative Council.
































BILL: Conf 16-Metropolitan State University Of Denver Board Of Trustees
TIME: 01:41:42 PM
MOVED: Holbert
MOTION: Refer the reappointments of Elaine Gantz Berman and Walter Louis Isenberg to the Metropolitan State University Of Denver Board Of Trustees to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 7-0, with two members excused.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
Yes
Johnston
Excused
Kerr
Yes
Merrifield
Yes
Neville T.
Yes
Todd
Yes
Woods
Yes
Marble
Excused
Hill
Yes
Final YES: 7 NO: 0 EXC: 2 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





01:44 PM



The committee recessed.





01:45 PM -- HB16-1259



The committee came back to order. Senators Cooke and Donovan, co-sponsors, presented House Bill 16-1259 which concerns changing the term local district junior college to local district college. A handout was distributed to the committee (Attachment B).



16SenateEd0324AttachB.pdf16SenateEd0324AttachB.pdf



The following people testified on the bill:



01:50 PM --
Dr. Carrie Hauser, representing Colorado Mountain College, testified in support of the bill.



01:54 PM --
Sandra Owens, representing Aims Community College, testified in support of the bill.



















01:57 PM



There were no more witnesses and Senator Hill closed public testimony. The co-sponsors gave closing comments to the bill.

BILL: HB16-1259
TIME: 01:58:02 PM
MOVED: Marble
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1259 to the Committee of the Whole with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 9-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
Yes
Johnston
Yes
Kerr
Yes
Merrifield
Yes
Neville T.
Yes
Todd
Yes
Woods
Yes
Marble
Yes
Hill
Yes
Final YES: 9 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





02:02 PM -- HB16-1100



Senator Cooke, sponsor, presented House Bill 16-1100 which concerns the ability of unaccompanied homeless youth to determine domicile for purposes of in-state tuition status at institutions of higher education.



The following people testified on the bill:



02:06 PM --
Benjamin Waters, representing Mile High United Way, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Waters answered questions from the committee.



02:10 PM --
Mary Giggy, representing Aims Community College, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Giggy answered questions from the committee.































02:25 PM



There were no more witnesses and Senator Hill closed public testimony. Senator Cooke gave closing comments and answered questions from the committee.

BILL: HB16-1100
TIME: 02:33:15 PM
MOVED: Marble
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1100 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 5-4.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
No
Johnston
Yes
Kerr
Yes
Merrifield
Yes
Neville T.
No
Todd
Yes
Woods
No
Marble
No
Hill
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 4 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





02:35 PM -- HB16-1198



Senator Kerr, sponsor, presented House Bill 16-1198 which concerns computer science courses fulfilling certain graduation requirements. Senator Kerr answered questions from the committee.



The following people testified on the bill:



02:50 PM --
Scott Chase, representing Microsoft, testified in support of the bill.





02:53 PM



Senator Kerr answered questions from the committee.



03:03 PM --
Luke Ragland, representing Colorado Succeeds, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Ragland answered questions from the committee.



03:14 PM --
Jim Deters, representing Galvanize, testified in support of the bill.



03:21 PM --
Melissa Osse, representing the Colorado Technology Association, testified in support of the bill.













03:23 PM



There were no more witnesses and Senator Hill closed public testimony. Senator Kerr answered questions from the committee. Senator Woods proposed replacing the bill's safety clause with a petition clause.

BILL: HB16-1198
TIME: 03:25:51 PM
MOVED: Woods
MOTION: Amend bill to replace safety clause with petition clause. The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
Johnston
Kerr
Merrifield
Neville T.
Todd
Woods
Marble
Hill
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection































































03:26 PM



Senator Kerr continued to answer questions from the committee.

BILL: HB16-1198
TIME: 03:29:58 PM
MOVED: Kerr
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1198, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 7-2.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
Yes
Johnston
Yes
Kerr
Yes
Merrifield
Yes
Neville T.
No
Todd
Yes
Woods
Yes
Marble
No
Hill
Yes
Final YES: 7 NO: 2 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





03:30 PM -- SB16-154



The committee took a brief recess.





















































03:40 PM



The committee came back to order. Senator Lundberg, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 16-154 which concerns the creation of income tax credits for nonpublic education. Senator Lundberg answered questions from the committee and distributed a handout (Attachment C).



16SenateEd0324AttachC.pdf16SenateEd0324AttachC.pdf



The following people testified on the bill:



03:45 PM --
Cindra Barnard, representing Taxpayers for Public Education, testified in opposition to the bill. She distributed a handout to the committee (Attachment D).



16SenateEd0324AttachD.pdf16SenateEd0324AttachD.pdf



03:49 PM --
Bob Kaser, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill. He distributed a handout to the committee (Attachment E).



16SenateEd0324AttachE.pdf16SenateEd0324AttachE.pdf



03:52 PM --
Caroline Wolfrum, representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Wolfrum answered questions from the committee.



04:00 PM --
Ilana Spiegel, representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Spiegel answered questions from the committee.



04:13 PM --
Sally Augden, representing the League of Women Voters of Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Augden responded to questions from the committee.



04:16 PM --
Jonna Levine, representing the Colorado Parent Teacher Association, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Levine responded to questions from the committee.



































04:21 PM



There were no more witnesses and Senator Hill closed public testimony. Senator Lundberg gave closing comments to the bill. Senator Kerr distributed amendments L.001 and L.002 (Attachments F and G).



16SenateEd0324AttachF.pdf16SenateEd0324AttachF.pdf 16SenateEd0324AttachG.pdf16SenateEd0324AttachG.pdf



04:38 PM



The committee continued to discuss the merits of the bill.

BILL: SB16-154
TIME: 04:44:07 PM
MOVED: Kerr
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment F). The motion failed on a vote of 4-5.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
No
Johnston
Yes
Kerr
Yes
Merrifield
Yes
Neville T.
No
Todd
Yes
Woods
No
Marble
No
Hill
No
YES: 4 NO: 5 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL






































BILL: SB16-154
TIME: 04:49:03 PM
MOVED: Holbert
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 16-154 to the Committee on Finance. The motion passed on a vote of 5-4.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
Yes
Johnston
No
Kerr
No
Merrifield
No
Neville T.
Yes
Todd
No
Woods
Yes
Marble
Yes
Hill
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 4 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





04:49 PM -- SB16-005



Senator Marble, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 16-005 which concerns prohibiting the administration of statewide assessments to students enrolled in ninth grade. Copies of two handouts were distributed to the committee (Attachments H and I).



16SenateEd0324AttachH.pdf16SenateEd0324AttachH.pdf 16SenateEd0324AttachI.pdf16SenateEd0324AttachI.pdf



The following people testified on the bill:



04:52 PM --
Paula Reed, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



04:56 PM --
Dan Greenberg, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill. He answered questions from the committee.



05:11 PM --
Tyler Sandberg, representing Ready Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill.



05:17 PM --
Kerrie Dallman, representing the Colorado Education Association, testified in support of the bill.



























05:21 PM --
Chelsea Henkel, representing Stand for Children, testified in opposition to the bill. She distributed a handout to the committee (Attachment J). Ms. Henkel responded to questions from the committee.



16SenateEd0324AttachJ.pdf16SenateEd0324AttachJ.pdf



05:28 PM --
Drew Madson, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill.



05:32 PM --
Ilana Spiegel, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Spiegel answered questions from the committee.



05:43 PM --
Troy Rivera, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill. Mr. Rivera answered questions from the committee.



05:52 PM --
Terry Jones, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill. Mr. Jones answered questions from the committee.





05:59 PM



There were no more witnesses and Senator Hill closed public testimony. Senator Hill distributed amendments L.010 and L.011 (Attachments K and L). Senator Marble provided closing comments to the bill. Committee discussion ensued.



16SenateEd0324AttachK.pdf16SenateEd0324AttachK.pdf 16SenateEd0324AttachL.pdf16SenateEd0324AttachL.pdf























































06:13 PM



Senator Merrifield asked the chair to rule on whether amendments L.010 and L.011 fit under the title of the bill. Senator Hill ruled that the amendments do fit under the title of the bill. The committee discussed severing amendment L.010 into Section A (page 1, lines 1 through 13 and line 35) and Section B (page 1, lines 14 through 34).

BILL: SB16-005
TIME: 06:22:01 PM
MOVED: Marble
MOTION: Adopt severed section A of amendment L.010 (Attachment K). The motion passed on a vote of 7-2.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
Yes
Johnston
No
Kerr
Yes
Merrifield
Yes
Neville T.
Yes
Todd
No
Woods
Yes
Marble
Yes
Hill
Yes
YES: 7 NO: 2 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
















































BILL: SB16-005
TIME: 06:34:29 PM
MOVED: Hill
MOTION: Adopt severed section B of amendment L.010 (Attachment K). The motion passed on a vote of 5-4.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
Yes
Johnston
No
Kerr
No
Merrifield
No
Neville T.
Yes
Todd
No
Woods
Yes
Marble
Yes
Hill
Yes
YES: 5 NO: 4 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
BILL: SB16-005
TIME: 06:35:19 PM
MOVED: Marble
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.011 (Attachment L). The motion passed on a vote of 5-4.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
Yes
Johnston
No
Kerr
No
Merrifield
No
Neville T.
Yes
Todd
No
Woods
Yes
Marble
Yes
Hill
Yes
YES: 5 NO: 4 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



























06:36 PM



The committee continued to discuss the merits of the bill.

BILL: SB16-005
TIME: 06:44:53 PM
MOVED: Marble
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 16-005, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 5-4.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
Yes
Johnston
No
Kerr
No
Merrifield
No
Neville T.
Yes
Todd
No
Woods
Yes
Marble
Yes
Hill
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 4 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





06:46 PM



The committee adjourned.


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