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S_JUD_2019A 03/04/2019 01:36:54 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Date 03/04/2019
Attendance
Cooke *
Gardner X
Rodriguez X
Gonzales X
Lee X
Time 01:36:54 PM to 02:08:37 PM
Place SCR 352
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Lee
This Report was prepared by Juliann Jenson
Hearing Items Action Taken
Sunset Review of the Colorado Medical Practice Act
HB19-1172 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
HB19-1148 Referred to the Committee of the Whole

X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
01:36:55 PM

Senator Lee called the meeting to order.  A quorum was present. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Sunset Review of the Colorado Medical Practice Act -


01:36:56 PM  

Senator Lee revisited the Sunset Review of the Colorado Medical Practice Act, originally heard in committee on February 13, 2019, in order to add himself as a co-prime sponsor, along with Senator Ginal.



The committee agreed to this change and voted on it.  



01:36:57 PM
Motion Move to make Senators Lee and Ginal co-prime sponsors of the Colorado Medical Practice Act bill
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Cooke Excused
Gardner Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Gonzales Yes
Lee Yes
YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


01:56:58 PM
Motion Move to drafting the Colorado Medical Practice act, as amended, with Senators Lee and Ginal as co-prime sponsors
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Cooke Excused
Gardner Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Gonzales Yes
Lee Yes
YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB19-1172 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


01:39:02 PM  

Senator Gardner, co-prime sponsor, explained HB19-1172 regarding Title 12 recodification and reorganization.  

Christie Chase, Office of Legislative Legal Services, further explained the bill and the Title 12 recodification process.  She noted that the recodification streamlines and restructures the provisions related to professions and occupations, as well as the Division of Real Estate and the Division of Conservation.  She answered questions from the committee.  Committee members noted the hard work that went into this project. 



01:48:37 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1172 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Gonzales Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB19-1148 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


01:48:50 PM  

Senator Gonzales, co-prime sponsor, explained HB19-1148 concerning changing the maximum jail sentence for certain crimes from one year to three hundred sixty four days.  Senator Lee noted that Senator Coram, the other co-prime sponsor of the bill, could not make the hearing. 

Senator Gonzales continued to explain that the bill addresses a deportation issue triggered by a 365 day statutory sentence, regardless if a shorter sentence was served.  She described how the bill would also provide for court efficiencies. 

 

01:52:57 PM  

Eric Johnson, representing the Colorado Bar Association, spoke in support of the bill.  He discussed how the bill will assist with court efficiency.  He answered questions about deportation and the benefits of having a statewide law with a shorter sentence for these types of misdemeanors.  He noted that Colorado is in the minority of states with such harsh penalties for misdemeanor crimes that trigger deportation. 

 

02:00:26 PM  

Hans Meyer, representing himself as an immigration attorney, spoke in support of the bill. He stressed that the bill provides a modest sentencing reform to avoid deportation for minor crimes. He explained how the bill will help the court operate more efficiently and addressed plea bargains. 



02:08:28 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1148 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Cooke No
Gardner No
Rodriguez Yes
Gonzales Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


02:08:37 PM   The committee adjourned.