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S_JUD_2017A 04/03/2017 02:00 PM Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

Date: 04/03/2017
ATTENDANCE
Time: 02:02 PM to 03:29 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:
SB17-216

SB17-222

SB17-223

SB17-224

SB17-225

SB17-226

SB17-227

SB17-228
Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only

Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar





02:02 PM



Senator Gardner, chair, called the committee to order. He discussed the order of business for the meeting.





02:03 PM



The committee recessed.





02:04 PM -- SB17-216



The committee returned to order. Senator Gardner, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-216, concerning continuation of the regulation of collection agencies under the Colorado Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations of the 2016 sunset report of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). He explained the interests involved with the bill.



Consumers United for Action distributed written information to the committee (Attachment A).



17SenateJud0403AttachA.pdf17SenateJud0403AttachA.pdf













02:08 PM --
Mr. Tom Romola, representing the Associated Collections Agencies of Colorado, testified on the bill. He discussed his work on the bill, and potential amendments to the bill that would address certain issues. Mr. Romola responded to questions concerning the type of oversight board authorized by the bill. Senator Gardner commented. Mr. Romola and the committee discussed governance of the state's central collections service. Mr. Romola responded to a question concerning the definition of "debt" included in the bill and in a forthcoming amendment. Senator Gardner commented.



02:20 PM --
Mr. Rich Jones, representing the Bell Policy Center, testified on the bill. He discussed the regulation of debt buyers. He responded to questions concerning the effect of the bill on court judgments concerning debtors.



02:29 PM --
Ms. Julie Meade, representing the Colorado Attorney General's Office, testified on the bill. She distributed information to the committee (Attachment B). She explained existing practices, and provided information relating to debt collection.



17SenateJud0403AttachB.pdf17SenateJud0403AttachB.pdf



02:38 PM



Ms. Meade responded to questions concerning the definition of "debt" in the bill, complaints received by the Attorney General's Office, and oversight boards.



02:46 PM --
Ms. Ellen Harnick, representing the Center for Responsible Lending, testified on the bill. She distributed to the committee a copy of her testimony (Attachment C) and a research report (Attachment D). Ms. Harnick discussed debt buying practice. She responded to a question concerning her recommendations for regulating certain debt collection practices. In response to a question, Senator Gardner discussed requirements for debt buyers.



17SenateJud0403AttachC.pdf17SenateJud0403AttachC.pdf 17SenateJud0403AttachD.pdf17SenateJud0403AttachD.pdf



02:55 PM --
Ms. T.A. Taylor-Hunt, representing the National Association for Consumer Advocates, testified on the bill. She discussed oversight boards. Ms. Taylor-Hunt discussed practices and procedures under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. She discussed the effect of debt collection on specific citizen groups. Senator Kagan commented.



03:07 PM --
Ms. Sonia Gibson, representing Encore Capital Group, testified on the bill. Ms. Gibson discussed the statute of limitations on collection actions and the documentation required for debt sales. She responded to a question about the types of debts covered by the bill. Senator Gardner commented on the bill's provisions concerning statutes of limitations.

























03:15 PM




Senator Gardner provided closing remarks on the bill. Senator Cooke, chair, laid over the bill for action at a future meeting.






03:18 PM -- SB17-222



Senator Gardner, chair, discussed the procedures to be used for the hearing on the bills concerning relocating laws currently in Title 12, C.R.S. At the chair's request, Christy Chase, Office of Legislative Legal Services, provided an overview of Title 12 relocation legislation.



Senator Cooke, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-222, concerning the nonsubstantive relocation of the laws related to fireworks from Title 12, C.R.S., as part of the organizational recodification of Title 12.

BILL: SB17-222
TIME: 03:22:16 PM
MOVED: Cooke
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-222 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















































03:23 PM -- SB17-223



Senator Gardner, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-223, concerning the nonsubstantive relocation of the laws related to the treatment of human bodies after death from Title 12, C.R.S., as part of the organizational recodification of Title 12.

BILL: SB17-223
TIME: 03:23:57 PM
MOVED: Gardner
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-223 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





03:24 PM -- SB17-224



Senator Kagan, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-224, concerning the nonsubstantive relocation of the laws related to commercial driving schools from Title 12, C.R.S., as part of the organizational recodification of Title 12.

BILL: SB17-224
TIME: 03:24:56 PM
MOVED: Kagan
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-224 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

















03:25 PM -- SB17-225



Senator Cooke, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-225, concerning the nonsubstantive relocation of the laws related to farm products from Title 12, C.R.S., as part of the organizational recodification of Title 12.

BILL: SB17-225
TIME: 03:25:50 PM
MOVED: Cooke
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-225 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





03:26 PM -- SB17-226



Senator Kagan, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-226, concerning the nonsubstantive relocation of the laws related to the regulation of financial institutions from Title 12, C.R.S., as part of the organizational recodification of Title 12.

BILL: SB17-226
TIME: 03:26:39 PM
MOVED: Kagan
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-226 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

















03:27 PM -- SB17-227



Senator Gardner, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-227, concerning the nonsubstantive relocation of the laws related to attorneys-at-law from Title 12, C.R.S., as part of the organizational recodification of Title 12.

BILL: SB17-227
TIME: 03:27:43 PM
MOVED: Gardner
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-227 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

































































03:28 PM -- SB17-228



Senator Gardner, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-228, concerning the nonsubstantive relocation of the laws related to licenses granted by local governments from Title 12, C.R.S., as part of the organizational recodification of Title 12.

BILL: SB17-228
TIME: 03:28:48 PM
MOVED: Gardner
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-228 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





03:29 PM



The committee adjourned.