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S_ED_2019A 03/21/2019 01:35:27 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
Date 03/21/2019
Attendance
Bridges X
Hill X
Lundeen X
Story X
Todd X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Time 01:35:27 PM to 04:56:09 PM
Place SCR 352
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Todd
This Report was prepared by Rachel Kurtz-Phelan
Hearing Items Action Taken
Conf 19-Higher Education — Colorado Commission On Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 19-Colorado School For The Deaf And The Blind Board Of Trustees Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 19-Collegeinvest Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 19-Fort Lewis College — Board Of Trustees For Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 19-Student Leaders Institute Executive Board — Colorado Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
SB19-171 Referred to Senate Appropriations
SB19-170 Lay Over

Conf 19-Higher Education — Colorado Commission On - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:35:37 PM  

Senator Todd invited the appointees and reappointee from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education to the table.  Angie Paccione, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, introduced the panel: Pardis Mahdavi, Vanecia Kerr, and Stephanie Donner.  The Governor's appointment letter can be found as Attachment A.  The panel took turns telling the committee about their background and about why they would like to serve on the commission.

01:41:07 PM  

The panel answered questions from the committee.



01:46:38 PM
Motion Refer the appointments of Pardis Mahdavi and Stephanie Donner, and the reappointment of Vanecia Kerr, to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Story
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Hill Yes
Lundeen Yes
Story Yes
Todd Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 19-Colorado School For The Deaf And The Blind Board Of Trustees - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:47:47 PM  
Carol Hilty, Superintendent of the Colorado
School for the Deaf and the Blind, introduced the appointee and reappointees
to the board of trustees: Andy McElhany, Michelle Butler, Nancy Brown,
and Allan Ward.  The Governor's appointment letter can be found as
Attachment B.  The panelists took turns telling the committee about
their background and about why they would like to serve on the board.  They
answered questions from the committee.


01:59:19 PM
Motion Refer the appointment of Allan Ward, and the reappointments of Andy McElhany, Michelle Butler, and Nancy Brown, to the Colorado School for the Deaf And the Blind Board Of Trustees to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Story
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Hill Yes
Lundeen Yes
Story Yes
Todd Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 19-Collegeinvest - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:59:32 PM  
Angela Baier, CEO of CollegeInvest, came
to the table to introduce the reappointee to the board: Sarah Williamson.
 The Governor's appointment letter can be found as Attachment C.  Ms.
Williamson told the committee about her background and about why she would
like to be reappointed to the board.


02:03:18 PM
Motion Refer the reappointment of Sarah Williamson to the CollegeInvest Board to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Story
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Hill Yes
Lundeen Yes
Story Yes
Todd Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 19-Fort Lewis College — Board Of Trustees For - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


02:03:24 PM  
Senator Todd invited the appointee and
reappointee to the Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees to come to the
table.  The Governor's appointment letter can be found as Attachment
D.  Alan Hill and Janet Lopez Vilsack told the committee about their
backgrounds and about why they would like to serve on the board.  They
answered questions from the committee.


02:11:26 PM
Motion Refer the reappointment of Alan Hill, and the appointment of Janet Lopez Vilsack, to the Fort Lewis College Board Of Trustees to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Story
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Hill Yes
Lundeen Yes
Story Yes
Todd Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 19-Student Leaders Institute Executive Board — Colorado - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


02:11:34 PM  
Senator Todd invited Brian Yates, reappointee
to the Colorado Student Leaders Institute Executive Board, to the table.
 The Governor's appointment letter can be found as Attachment E.  Mr.
Yates told the committee about his background and about why he would like
to continue to serve on the board.


02:15:02 PM
Motion Refer the reappointment of Brian Yates to the Colorado Student Leaders Institute Executive Board to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Story
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Hill Yes
Lundeen Yes
Story Yes
Todd Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-171 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


02:15:29 PM  

Senator Danielson, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 19-171 which concerns the creation of the Colorado State Apprenticeship Resource Directory. Senator Danielson answered questions from the committee.

02:21:51 PM  

The following people testified on the bill:

02:22:36 PM  

Sarah Lultschik, representing herself as an apprentice in pipefitting and welding, spoke in support of the bill.

02:25:15 PM  

Zach Hermsen, Interim Executive Director of Emily Griffith Technical College, spoke in support of the bill.

02:26:35 PM  

Hank Brotzman, reperesenting himself as an apprentice in the pipefitters program, spoke in support of the bill.

02:28:23 PM  

The panel of witnesses answered questions from the committee.

02:30:26 PM  

Zach Collins, Training Director of the Denver Pipefitters Local 208, spoke in support of the bill.

02:40:42 PM  

Pat Teegarden, Legislative Liaison for the the Department of Labor and Employment, came to the table to answer questions from the committee.

02:50:10 PM  

Senator Danielson provided closing comments on the bill. Committee discussion ensued.



02:54:42 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-171 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Story
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Hill No
Lundeen No
Story Yes
Todd Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-170 - Lay Over


02:54:49 PM  
Senator Rodriguez and Senator Tate, co-sponsors,
presented Senate Bill 19-170 which concerns an inquiry into a college applicant's
nonacademic conduct prior to admission.  Senator Rodriguez distributed
a handout to the committee (Attachment F).
02:59:57 PM  

Mike Feeley, representing the Colorado State University System, spoke in opposition to the bill in its current form.

03:05:05 PM  

Jeremy Hueth, Legal Counsel for the University of Colorado, spoke in opposition to the bill in its current form.

03:07:01 PM  

Dan Satriana, representing the University of Northern Colorado, spoke in opposition to the bill in its current form.

03:10:38 PM  

The panel of witnesses answered questions from the committee.

03:22:17 PM  
The panel continued to answer questions
from the committee.  The co-sponsors distributed an additional handout
to the committee (Attachment G).
03:33:53 PM  

Jamie Ray, representing the Second Chance Center, spoke in support of the bill.

03:39:10 PM  

Majid Mohammed, representing himself, spoke in support of the bill.

03:44:27 PM  

Annie Freitas, representing Operation Restoration, spoke in support of the bill.  She distributed a handout to the commitee (Attachment H).

03:52:57 PM  
The panel of witnesses answered questions from the committee.
04:06:33 PM  
Morgan Royal, representing New Era Colorado,
spoke in support of the bill.
04:09:37 PM  
Jen Walmer, representing Democrats for Education Reform, spoke in support of the bill.
04:11:18 PM  

Jason Hopfer, representing the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), spoke about the bill. He stated that CCCS maintains a neutral position on the bill.

04:12:30 PM  

Valerie Schlecht, representing the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, spoke in support of the bill.

04:15:04 PM  

Sheri Krieger, representing Americans For Prosperity, spoke in support of the bill.

04:17:46 PM  
Jack Regenbogen, representing the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, spoke in support of the bill.
04:20:10 PM  

The committee took a brief recess.

04:33:40 PM  

The committee came back to order.

04:34:25 PM  
The committee asked the three university representatives to come back up to the table. Mr. Hueth, Mr. Feeley, and Mr. Satriana answered questions from the committee. Committee discussion ensued.
04:50:25 PM  
The panel continued to answer questions
from the committee.  Senator Todd laid the bill over for action only
to a later date.


04:56:09 PM   The committee adjourned.