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S_JUD_2017A 03/08/2017 Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

Date: 03/08/2017
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:32 PM to 02:24 PM
Coram
X
Fields
*
Place: SCR 352
Kagan
X
Cooke
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Gardner
X
Senator Gardner
This Report was prepared by
Conrad Imel
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
Conf 17-Commission on Judicial Discipline

Conf 17-State Board of Parole

SB17-094

HB17-1048
Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent

Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent

Postponed Indefinitely

Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar





01:32 PM -- Confirmation of Commission on Judicial Discipline



Senator Gardner, chair, called the committee to order. Mr. William Campbell, Executive Director of the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline (commission), introduced Ms. Drucilla Pugh, appointee to the commission. The executive order appointing Ms. Pugh may be found as Attachment A. Her application and resume are available at the State Archives. Mr. Campbell explained the work of the commission.



17SenateJud0308AttachA.pdf17SenateJud0308AttachA.pdf



01:34 PM --
Ms. Pugh provided information on her background and her qualifications for serving on the commission, specifically discussing her experience as a court appointed special advocate.


































BILL: Conf 17-Commission on Judicial Discipline
TIME: 01:36:58 PM
MOVED: Cooke
MOTION: Refer the appointment of Drucilla Pugh to the Commission on Judicial Discipline to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation, and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 4-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Coram
Excused
Fields
Yes
Kagan
Yes
Cooke
Yes
Gardner
Yes
Final YES: 4 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





01:38 PM -- Confirmation of State Board of Parole



Mr. Brandon Mathews, Mr. Joe Morales, Ms. Rebecca Oakes, and Ms. Alexandra Walker, appointees to the State Board of Parole (board) came to the table. The executive order appointing Mr. Mathews can be found as Attachment B, and the letter reappointing Mr. Morales, Ms. Oakes, and Ms. Walker can be found as Attachment C. Their applications and resumes are available at the State Archives. Mr. Morales, board chair and appointee, introduced the other appointees to the board. He discussed his qualifications for serving on the board and the work of the board, generally.



17SenateJud0308AttachB.pdf17SenateJud0308AttachB.pdf 17SenateJud0308AttachC.pdf17SenateJud0308AttachC.pdf



01:42 PM --
Ms. Oakes, board vice-chair and appointee, discussed her qualifications and experience on the board.



01:43 PM --
Mr. Mathews, appointee to the board, discussed his qualifications for serving on the board, including his professional and educational experience.



01:44 PM --
Ms. Walker, board member and appointee, discussed her professional experience and her ongoing education.



Senator Kagan commented on the work of the board. Mr. Morales responded to a question concerning the schedule for board members.























01:55 PM



Ms. Walker responded to a question concerning criteria used to make parole determinations.

BILL: Conf 17-State Board of Parole
TIME: 01:56:43 PM
MOVED: Cooke
MOTION: Refer the appointment of Brandon Mathews, and the reappointment of Joe Martin Morales, Rebecca Lynn Oakes, and Alexandra Jennifer Walker to the State Board of Parole to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation, and a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 4-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Coram
Excused
Fields
Yes
Kagan
Yes
Cooke
Yes
Gardner
Yes
Final YES: 4 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





01:59 PM -- SB17-094



Senator Kagan, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-094, concerning removing felony murder from the provisions of murder in the first degree. Senator Kagan explained his reasons for introducing the bill, and requested that the committee postpone indefinitely the bill. Senator Gardner commented on the bill.














































BILL: SB17-094
TIME: 02:06:25 PM
MOVED: Kagan
MOTION: Postpone Senate Bill 17-094 indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 4-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Coram
Excused
Fields
Yes
Kagan
Yes
Cooke
Yes
Gardner
Yes
Final YES: 4 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





02:07 PM



The committee recessed.





02:10 PM -- HB17-1048



The committee returned to order. Senator Smallwood, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1048, concerning the prosecution of insurance fraud. Senator Smallwood explained the need for the bill. He responded to committee questions concerning the effect of the bill.



02:15 PM --
Mr. Sean Clifford, representing the Colorado Attorney General's Office, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Clifford discussed the work of the Attorney General's office, and the bill's provisions. He responded to questions concerning actions that would be criminalized under the bill, and insurance fraud generally.

















































02:21 PM



Senator Smallwood made closing remarks on the bill.

BILL: HB17-1048
TIME: 02:22:01 PM
MOVED: Kagan
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1048 to the Committee of the Whole, with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Coram
Yes
Fields
Yes
Kagan
Yes
Cooke
Yes
Gardner
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





02:24 PM



The committee adjourned.