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S_FIN_2019A 04/09/2019 02:05:52 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
Date 04/09/2019
Attendance
Gonzales X
Lundeen X
Tate X
Todd X
Woodward X
Lee *
Court X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Time 02:05:52 PM to 08:42:48 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Court
This Report was prepared by Matt Bishop
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB19-175 Referred to Senate Appropriations
SB19-205 Referred to Senate Appropriations
SB19-188 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
SB19-224 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
SB19-218 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

SB19-175 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


02:06:03 PM  

Senator Foote, bill sponsor, introduced Senate Bill 19-175.  The bill establishes new penalties for certain driving infractions that result in injuries.  The bill sponsor responded to questions from the committee regarding the bill's fiscal impact.



02:13:51 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-175 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Lee
Seconded
Gonzales Yes
Lundeen Yes
Tate Yes
Todd Yes
Woodward Yes
Lee Yes
Court Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-205 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


02:14:00 PM  

Senator Zenzinger, bill sponsor, introduced Senate Bill 19-205.  The bill establishes a special license plate to honor women veterans.  Senator Danielson, bill sponsor, made further introductory comments.

02:17:10 PM  

The bill sponsors responded to a question from the committee regarding eligibility.

02:18:21 PM  

Committee members made closing comments.



02:19:12 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-205 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Lee
Seconded
Gonzales Yes
Lundeen Yes
Tate Yes
Todd Yes
Woodward Yes
Lee Yes
Court Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-188 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


02:19:37 PM  

Senator Court explained that the committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 19-188 at a prior meeting (March 19, 2019) and would be considering action only on the bill at this meeting.  The bill creates the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program.  Committee discussion ensued.  Committee members received a memorandum regarding fiscal impacts of amendment L.045 (Attachment A).

02:24:33 PM  

Senators Williams and Winter, bill sponsors, introduced the amendment and its changes.  They distributed a handout (Attachment B).

02:28:53 PM  

A further handout was distributed by a member of the public (Attachment C).

02:30:04 PM  

The bill sponsors responded to questions from the committee regarding the amendment.

02:44:56 PM  

Discussion continued among bill sponsors and committee members regarding the amendment.

02:54:26 PM  

The bill sponsors responded to questions from the committee regarding seasonal workers.

03:06:19 PM  

The bill sponsors continued describing the amendment, and responded to questions from the committee.

03:11:56 PM  

Yelana Love, Office of Legislative Legal Services, responded to a question from the committee regarding the amendment's impact on local governments.  Bill sponsors responded to further questions on the topic.

03:16:21 PM  

The bill sponsors continued discussing the amendment.  Discussion continued with committee members regarding the definition of "family" in the bill.

03:26:07 PM  

The bill sponsors described the impact of the amendment on program solvency, third-party administration, and program oversight, and responded to questions from the committee.

03:31:38 PM  

The bill sponsors described the impact of the amendment on worker's compensation and responded to questions from the committee.



03:40:27 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.045 (Amendment A)
Moved Lee
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:40:28 PM  

The bill sponsors and committee members distributed amendments L.050, L.051, L.053, L.054, L.055, L.056, L.057, L.058, and L.059 (Attachments D-L, respectively).

03:50:25 PM  

Senator Lundeen described amendment L.050 (Attachment D).  The bill sponsors commented on the amendment and discussion ensued.



03:50:31 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.050 (Attachment D)
Moved Lundeen
Seconded
Gonzales No
Lundeen Yes
Tate Yes
Todd No
Woodward Yes
Lee No
Court No
YES: 3   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
03:51:35 PM  

Senator Winter described amendment L.051 (Attachment E).



03:51:42 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.051 (Attachment E)
Moved Court
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:51:46 PM  

Senator Lee described amendment L.053 (Attachment F).



03:54:54 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.053 (Attachment F)
Moved Lee
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:56:11 PM  

Senator Lundeen described amendment L.054 (Attachment G).  Committee discussion ensued.



03:58:42 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.054 (Attachment G)
Moved Lundeen
Seconded
Gonzales No
Lundeen Yes
Tate Yes
Todd No
Woodward Yes
Lee No
Court No
YES: 3   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
03:58:43 PM  

Senator Williams described amendment L.055 (Attachment H).  Committee discussion ensued.



04:01:26 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.055 (Attachment H)
Moved Tate
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
04:01:50 PM  

The bill sponsors described amendment L.056 (Attachment I).



04:02:26 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.056 (Attachment I)
Moved Court
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
04:02:50 PM  

The bill sponsors described amendment L.057 (Attachment J).



04:03:14 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.057 (Attachment J)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
04:03:36 PM  

The bill sponsors described amendment L.058 (Attachment K).  They responded to a question from the committee.



04:04:34 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.058 (Attachment K)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
04:04:59 PM  

Senator Winter described amendment L.059 (Attachment L).



04:05:15 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.059 (Attachment L)
Moved Lee
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
04:05:16 PM  

Senator Woodward distributed amendments L.060, L.061, L.062, L.063, and L.064 (Attachments M-Q, respectively).

04:08:48 PM  

The committee recessed.

04:14:00 PM  

The committee reconvened.

04:16:41 PM  

Senator Woodward described amendment L.060 (Attachment M).  The bill sponsors commented on the amendments.  Discussion ensued.



04:20:43 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.060 (Attachment M)
Moved Woodward
Seconded
Gonzales No
Lundeen Yes
Tate Yes
Todd No
Woodward Yes
Lee No
Court No
YES: 3   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


04:21:20 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.061 (Attachment N)
Moved Woodward
Seconded
Gonzales No
Lundeen Yes
Tate Yes
Todd No
Woodward Yes
Lee No
Court No
YES: 3   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
04:21:46 PM  

Senator Woodward described amendment L.062 (Attachment O).

04:22:14 PM  

The bill sponsors commented on the amendment.  Discussion ensued.



04:23:47 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.062 (Attachment O)
Moved Woodward
Seconded
Gonzales No
Lundeen Yes
Tate Yes
Todd No
Woodward Yes
Lee No
Court No
YES: 3   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
04:24:23 PM  

Senator Woodward described amendment L.064 (Attachment Q).  The bill sponsors commented on the amendment.



04:26:01 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.064 (Attachment Q)
Moved Woodward
Seconded
Gonzales No
Lundeen Yes
Tate Yes
Todd No
Woodward Yes
Lee No
Court No
YES: 3   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
04:27:00 PM  

Senator Woodward distributed and described amendments L.065 and L.067 (Attachments R and S, respectively).  The bill sponsors responded.



04:27:47 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.065 (Attachment R)
Moved Woodward
Seconded
Gonzales No
Lundeen Yes
Tate Yes
Todd No
Woodward Yes
Lee No
Court No
YES: 3   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


04:30:34 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.067 (Attachment S)
Moved Woodward
Seconded
Gonzales No
Lundeen Yes
Tate Yes
Todd No
Woodward Yes
Lee No
Court No
YES: 3   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
04:30:35 PM  

Senator Williams made closing comments on the bill.

04:53:38 PM  

Clare Pramuk, Legislative Council Staff, responded to questions regarding the bill's fiscal impact from the committee.  Committee discussion ensued.

04:56:35 PM  

Ms. Pramuk responded to further questions from the committee.

04:58:51 PM  

Senator Winter made closing comments on the bill.

05:14:46 PM  

Committee members made closing comments on the bill.  Senator Lundeen sumbitted a handout for the record (Attachment T).



05:18:35 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-188, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Court
Seconded
Gonzales Yes
Lundeen No
Tate No
Todd Yes
Woodward No
Lee Yes
Court Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-224 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


05:18:46 PM  

The committee recessed.

05:38:34 PM  
The committee reconvened.
05:38:46 PM  

Senator Fenberg, bill sponsor, introduced Senate Bill 19-224.  The bill implements recommendations from the sunset report of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) regarding marijuana regulation.  Senator Gonzales, bill sponsor, also commented.  She distributed and described amendments L.001, L.002, L.004, L.005, L.006, L.020, L.021, L.022, L.025, L.026, L.028, and L.013. (Attachments U-FF, respectively).

05:48:30 PM  

The bill sponsors responded to questions from the committee.

05:49:24 PM  

Randy Tiffey, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, gave neutral testimony on the bill.

05:54:08 PM  

Martha Montemayor, Cannabis Clinicians Colorado, gave neutral testimony on the bill.

05:58:34 PM  

Dr. Jeff Hanson, representing himself, gave neutral testimony on the bill.

06:02:11 PM  

Kati Scheibeler, representing herself, gave neutral testimony on the bill.

06:04:58 PM  

Amendment L.011 was distributed (Attachment GG).

06:06:25 PM  

Kristi Kelly , Marijuana Industry Group, testified in support of the bill.

06:12:01 PM  

Kevin Gallagher, Colorado Cannabis Manufacturers Association, testified in support of the bill.

06:14:50 PM  

Abbey Borchers, The Green Solution, testified in support of the bill.

06:17:06 PM  

The panel responded to questions from the committee regarding amendments L.022 and L.013 (Attachments BB and FF.

06:21:48 PM  

Dr. Tyrell Towle, MedPharm Holdings, testified in support of the bill

06:25:16 PM  

Shannon Fender, Native Roots Dispensary, testified in support of the bill.

06:27:59 PM  

Dr. Towle responded to questions from the committee regarding medical research.  Senator Gonzales also commented.

06:31:10 PM  

Art Way, Cannabis Equity Coalition and Drug Policy Alliance, testified in support of the bill.

06:35:15 PM  

Rosalie Flores, Cannabis Equity Coalition, testified in support of the bill.

06:37:42 PM  

Shawn Coleman, Drug Policy Alliance, testified in support of the bill.

06:41:10 PM  

The panel responded to questions from the committee regarding accelerator licenses.

06:45:04 PM  

Dean Heizer, LivWell Enlightened Health, testified in support of the bill.

06:50:07 PM  

Sarah Mercer, Smart Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

06:53:09 PM  

Jason Warf, Southern Colorado Cannabis Council, testified in support of the bill.

06:56:56 PM  

Jim Burack, Department of Revenue, testified in support of the bill.

07:02:21 PM  

Kyle Lambert, Department of Revenue, testified in support of the bill.

07:07:53 PM  

Senator Gonzales described amendment L.001 (Attachment U).  She responded to a question from the committee.  Mr. Gallagher returned to also respond.

07:11:49 PM  

Dominique Mendiola, Department of Revenue, responded to a question from the committee regarding the amendment.



07:16:16 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment U)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales Yes
Lundeen No
Tate Yes
Todd Yes
Woodward No
Lee Yes
Court No
YES: 4   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
07:16:38 PM  

Senator Gonzales described amendment L.002 (Attachment V).



07:17:21 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment V)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


07:19:05 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment W)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


07:19:23 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.005 (Attachment X)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


07:20:10 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.006 (Attachment Y)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


07:21:17 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.011 (Attachment GG)
Moved Tate
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
07:22:44 PM  

Senator Lundeen distributed and described amendment L.010 (Attachment HH).  The bill sponsors commented on the amendment.

07:24:06 PM  

Committee discussion ensued.



07:26:09 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.010 (Attachment HH)
Moved Lundeen
Seconded
Gonzales No
Lundeen Yes
Tate Yes
Todd No
Woodward Yes
Lee No
Court No
YES: 3   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
07:26:42 PM  

Senator Gonzales described amendment L.013 (Attachment FF) and the bill sponsors responded to questions from the committee.

07:29:46 PM  

The committee recessed.

07:39:17 PM  

The committee reconvened.



07:39:51 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.013 (Attachment FF)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Withdrawn
07:39:52 PM  

Senator Lundeen distributed and described amendment L.015 (Attachment II).  Committee discussion ensued.



07:43:56 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.015 (Attachment II)
Moved Lundeen
Seconded
Gonzales No
Lundeen Yes
Tate Yes
Todd No
Woodward Yes
Lee No
Court No
YES: 3   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
07:43:57 PM  

Senator Gonzales distributed and described amendment L.014 (Attachment JJ).



07:44:52 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.014 (Attachment JJ)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
07:45:55 PM  

Senator Gonzales described amendment L.020 (Attachment Z).



07:47:17 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.020 (Attachment Z)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales Yes
Lundeen No
Tate Yes
Todd Yes
Woodward No
Lee Yes
Court Yes
YES: 5   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
07:47:36 PM  

Senator Gonzales described amendment L.021 (Attachment AA).



07:47:56 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.021 (Attachment AA)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
07:48:26 PM  

Senator Gonzales described amendment L.022 (Attachment BB).



07:49:07 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.022 (Attachment BB)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
07:49:34 PM  

Senator Gonzales described amendment L.025 (Attachment CC) and responded to questions from the committee.



07:51:20 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.025 (Attachment CC)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
07:51:41 PM  

Senator Gonzales described amendment L.026 (Attachment DD).



07:52:08 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.026 (Attachment DD)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


07:52:31 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.028 (Attachment EE)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
07:52:55 PM  

The bill sponsors made closing comments on the bill.  Committee members made closing comments on the bill.



07:56:41 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-224, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales Yes
Lundeen No
Tate Yes
Todd Yes
Woodward No
Lee Yes
Court Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-218 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


07:56:47 PM  

Senator Gonzales, bill sponsor, introduced Senate Bill 19-218.  The bill implements DORA's recommendations for the medical marijuana program.  Senator Gonzales futher described amendments L.001, L.003, L.004, L.005, and L.006 (Attachments KK-OO).

07:59:43 PM  

Dr. Stephanie Steward, Colorado Society of Addiction Medicine, gave neutral testimony on the bill.

08:03:09 PM  

Dr. Bryon Adinoff distributed a handout (Attachment PP) and gave neutral testimony on the bill.

08:05:37 PM  

Samantha Prock, representing herself, gave neutral testimony on the bill.

08:07:05 PM  

Tyler Prock, representing himself, gave neutral testimony on the bill.

08:09:36 PM  

The panel responded to questions from the committee regarding the amendments.

08:13:23 PM  

Mara Brosy-Wiwchar, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, gave neutral testimony on the bill.

08:14:53 PM  

Shawn Coleman, Drug Policy Alliance, testified in support of the bill.

08:18:07 PM  

Kevin Gallagher, Colorado Cannabis Manufacturers Association, testified in support of the bill.

08:19:08 PM  

Ms. Brosy-Wiwchar responded to questions from the committee.

08:23:31 PM  

Michelle Walker, Mothers Advocating for Medical Marijuana for Autism and Safe Access Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

08:26:41 PM  

Melanie Rose Rodgers, Safe Access Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

08:29:48 PM  

Jon Gray, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.

08:32:34 PM  

The panel responded to questions from the committee.

08:35:40 PM  

Senator Gonzales described amendment L.001 (Attachment KK).



08:35:45 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment KK)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
08:36:04 PM  

Senator Gonzales described amendment L.003 (Attachment LL).



08:36:20 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment LL)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
08:36:52 PM  

Senator Gonzales described amendment L.006 (Attachment OO) and responded to a question from the committee.  Clare Pramuk, Legislative Council Staff, returned to comment on fiscal impact of the amendment.



08:40:07 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.006 (Attachment OO)
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales
Lundeen
Tate
Todd
Woodward
Lee
Court
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
08:40:26 PM  

Senator Gonzales made closing comments on the bill.



08:42:43 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-218, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Gonzales Yes
Lundeen Yes
Tate Yes
Todd Yes
Woodward Yes
Lee Yes
Court Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


08:42:48 PM   The committee adjourned.