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S_FIN_2016A 05/09/2016 12:24:15 PM Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Date: 05/09/2016
ATTENDANCE
Time: 12:24 PM to 02:46 PM
Holbert
X
Johnston
X
Place: LSB B
Kerr
X
Roberts
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Neville T.
X
Senator Neville T.
This Report was prepared by
Kori Donaldson
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
HB16-1456

HB16-1465

HB16-1467

HB16-1465

HB16-1142

HB16-1444

HB16-1447

HB16-1463
Referred to Appropriations

Referred to Appropriations

Referred to Appropriations

Referred to Appropriations

Referred to Appropriations

Referred to Appropriations

Postponed Indefinitely

Referred to the Committee of the Whole





The committee was called to order. A quorum was present.



12:24 PM -- HB16-1456



Senator Crowder, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 16-1456, which authorizes the Department of Human Services (DHS) to sell up to 15 acres of vacant land around the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs at fair market value for purpose of expanding the Fort Logan National Cemetery.



12:26 PM --
Mr. Steven Best, representing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Best discussed a packet of information about the bill and the existing cemetery (Attachment A).



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12:30 PM --
Mr. Bill Hanna, representing the United Veterans Committee, testified in support of the bill.



12:31 PM --
Ms. Lauren Schreier, representing the Department of Human Services, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Best responded to a question from the committee.



















12:32 PM



Senator Crowder made some closing remarks on the bill.

BILL: HB16-1456
TIME: 12:33:46 PM
MOVED: Holbert
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1456 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
Yes
Johnston
Yes
Kerr
Yes
Roberts
Yes
Neville T.
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





12:34 PM -- HB16-1465



Senators Ulibarri and Cooke, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 16-1465, which extends the number of years, from two to five years, in which the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority may allocate low-income housing income tax credits.



12:38 PM --
Mr. Steve Johnson, representing the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, testified in support of the bill and distributed a list of agencies that support the Low-Income Housing Income Tax Credit Program (Attachment B).



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12:43 PM --
Mr. George Thorn, representing Mile High Development, testified in support of the bill.



12:45 PM --
Ms. Kimball Crangle, representing Gorman and Company, testified in support of the bill. She answered a question from the committee.



12:49 PM --
Ms. Meghan Dollar, representing the Colorado Municipal League, testified in support of the bill.



















12:51 PM --
Mr. Walter "Buz" Koelbel, representing Koelbel and Company, testified in support of the bill. He addressed questions from the committee.



12:55 PM --
Mr. Ted Leighty, presenting the Colorado Association of Realtors, testified in support of the bill.



12:56 PM --
Ms. Sara Reynolds, representing Housing Colorado, testified in support on the bill.



12:58 PM --
Mr. Neal Mendel, representing Mendel Development Company, testified in support of the bill.



01:01 PM -- Mr. Ryan Brennan, representing Advantage Capital, testified in support of the bill.



01:02 PM --
Mr. Jenifer Waller, representing Colorado Bankers Association, testified in support of the bill.





01:03 PM



Senator Ulibarri made closing remarks on the bill.





01:04 PM



The bill was laid over for action later in the calendar.





01:04 PM -- HB16-1467



Senators Scheffel and Martinez Humenik, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 16-1467, which allows for the creation of first-time home buyer savings accounts, and starting tax year 2017, allows an income tax deduction for account holders equal to the interest and other income earnings on account contributions. The savings account holder must designate a qualifying beneficiary of the account who must have never owned a single-family, owner-occupied residence (including a condo, manufactured home or mobile home), or must have been off of the title for such a residence for at least three years due to the dissolution of marriage. The beneficiary may be changed at any time and the account holder may designate himself or herself as the beneficiary.



01:09 PM --
Mr. Ted Leighty, representing the Colorado Association of Realtors, testified in support of the bill. He responded to questions from the committee.



01:14 PM --
Ms. Sara Reynolds, representing Housing Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Reynolds addressed questions from the committee.



01:17 PM --
Ms. Jenifer Waller, representing Colorado Bankers Association, testified in support of the bill.























01:18 PM



Senator Scheffel made some closing remarks on the bill. Senator Neville distributed and explained amendment L.003 (Attachment C). Senator Scheffel commented on amendment L.003. Senator Martinez Humenik also commented on amendment L.003.



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BILL: HB16-1467
TIME: 01:29:42 PM
MOVED: Holbert
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1467 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 3-2.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
No
Johnston
Yes
Kerr
Yes
Roberts
Yes
Neville T.
No
Final YES: 3 NO: 2 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS

























































01:30 PM -- HB16-1465

BILL: HB16-1465
TIME: 01:30:55 PM
MOVED: Holbert
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1465 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 3-2.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
No
Johnston
Yes
Kerr
Yes
Roberts
Yes
Neville T.
No
Final YES: 3 NO: 2 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS







01:31 PM -- HB16-1142



Senators Crowder and Cooke, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 16-1142. For tax years 2017, 2018, and 2019, the reengrossed bill creates a state income tax credit for licensed Colorado health care professionals who provide uncompensated personalized instruction, training, and supervision to one or more graduate students seeking a medical degree at a Colorado institution for higher education. Instruction, training, and supervision must last at least four weeks during the income tax year in which the credit is claimed. The credit is limited to 200 qualifying taxpayers each year at $1,000 per taxpayer.



01:34 PM --
Ms. Kelly Erb, representing the Colorado Rural Health Center, testified in support of the bill. The committee received a map showing access to healthcare in rural Colorado and a fact sheet about the bill (Attachments D and E, respectively). Ms. Erb responded to a question from the committee.



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01:40 PM --
Dr. Robert Bricca, representing the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Erb responded to questions from the committee. Senator Roberts commented on the witness testimony. Dr. Bricca also responded to questions.



























01:50 PM



Senators Crowder and Cooke made some closing remarks on the bill.

BILL: HB16-1142
TIME: 01:54:09 PM
MOVED: Holbert
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1142 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 3-2.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
No
Johnston
Yes
Kerr
Yes
Roberts
Yes
Neville T.
No
Final YES: 3 NO: 2 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





01:54 PM -- HB16-1444



Senators Kefalas and Crowder, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 16-1444, which modifies the definition of "Qualifying Disabled Veteran" for the Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption. The bill expands the definition to include veterans with a full medical retirement.
















































BILL: HB16-1444
TIME: 01:57:53 PM
MOVED: Holbert
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1444 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
Yes
Johnston
Yes
Kerr
Yes
Roberts
Yes
Neville T.
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





01:58 PM -- HB16-1447



Senator Garcia, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 16-1447, which transfers $100,000 from the General Fund to the Colorado State Fair Authority Cash Fund for renovating and enhancing the horse show arena facilities at the Colorado State Fair. The transfer is made in FY 2016-17 and the provision repeals July 1, 2018.



02:03 PM --
Ms. Emily Ibach, representing the Colorado Farm Bureau, testified in support of the bill.





02:05 PM



Senator Garcia made closing remarks on the bill and answered questions from the committee.












































BILL: HB16-1447
TIME: 02:09:22 PM
MOVED: Johnston
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1447 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion failed on a vote of 2-3.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
No
Johnston
Yes
Kerr
Yes
Roberts
No
Neville T.
No
YES: 2 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL


BILL: HB16-1447
TIME: 02:09:46 PM
MOVED: Holbert
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 16-1447 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely. The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
Johnston
Kerr
Roberts
Neville T.
Final YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION:





































02:10 PM -- HB16-1463



Senators Kerr and Hill, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 16-1463. Under current law, public schools with at least 70 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch must offer free breakfast to each student in the school. The bill allows those schools with between 70 and 80 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch to charge students who are not eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch for breakfast, beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. Schools that charge students for breakfast may not do so in a way that creates a distinction between a student who is charged for breakfast and a student who receives a free breakfast.



02:14 PM --
Ms. Erica Edwards, representing the Colorado School Nutrition Association, testified in support of the bill. She answered questions from the committee.



02:24 PM --
Mr. Ricardo Martinez, representing Padres and Jovenes Unidos, testified in opposition to the bill. He answered questions from the committee.



02:35 PM --
Ms. Cate Blackford, representing Hunger Free Colorado, testified in support of the bill. She responded to questions from the committee.

BILL: HB16-1463
TIME: 02:46:02 PM
MOVED: Kerr
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1463 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 4-1.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
Yes
Johnston
No
Kerr
Yes
Roberts
Yes
Neville T.
Yes
Final YES: 4 NO: 1 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





02:46 PM



The committee adjourned.


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