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S_LG_2020A 02/27/2020 03:13:36 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Date 02/27/2020
Attendance
Coram X
Crowder X
Rodriguez X
Bridges *
Ginal X
Time 03:13:36 PM to 05:12:33 PM
Place SCR 354
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Ginal
This Report was prepared by Bo Pogue
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB20-139 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB20-1044 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB20-1074 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call

SB20-139 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


03:13:47 PM  

The committee was called to order. A quorum was present. Senator Foote, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 20-139, concerning authorization for a county to lend money to a governmental entity created by or located within the county for the purpose of providing funding for public infrastructure projects within the county. Senator Foote explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. He also discussed amendments L.010 (Attachment A) and L.011 (Attachment B). Senator Foote responded to questions regarding the source of funds for infrastructure projects under the bill, and the processes involved in approving infrastructure projects under the bill. Senator Foote responded to further questions regarding the position of Boulder County residents on the bill.

03:28:44 PM  
Paul Weissman, Boulder County Treasurer, testified in support of SB 20-139. Treasurer Weissman explained the problem to be addressed by the bill. He addressed questions raised during earlier discussion. Treasurer Weissman responded to questions regarding the scope of the project, and the ability of Boulder County to cover the costs of certain infrastructure projects. Treasurer Weissman responded to questions regarding the type of financing to be orchestrated under SB 20-139, and Boulder County's current economic situation.
03:42:28 PM  

Naresh Kumanduri, representing himself, testified in support of SB 20-139. He discussed some potential concerns with the bill that could be rectified through amendment. Melanie Layton, representing the Colorado Bankers Association, testified on the bill from a neutral position. Ms. Layton discussed amendments that will address her organization's concerns. Discussion ensued regarding restricting dollars spent under the bill to infrastructure projects. Mr. Kumanduri responded to questions regarding his education.

03:50:57 PM  

Sophia San Miguel, representing herself, testified on the bill.

03:54:16 PM  
Discussion ensued regarding amendment L.010.


03:55:37 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.010
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Coram
Crowder
Rodriguez
Bridges
Ginal
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:55:57 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.011
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Coram
Crowder
Rodriguez
Bridges
Ginal
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:57:21 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-139, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Coram No
Crowder Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Bridges Yes
Ginal Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB20-1044 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


03:57:48 PM  
The committee recessed.
04:03:11 PM  

The committee returned to order. President Garcia and Senator Ginal, prime sponsors, presented House Bill 20-1044, concerning modifications to the pension plans administered by the Fire and Police Pension Association. Senator Garcia explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. Senator Ginal provided additional input on the merits of the legislation.

04:06:43 PM  

Meghan Dollar, representing the Colorado Municipal League, testified in opposition to HB 20-1044. She noted some issues with the bill, as well as a potential amendment. Mr. Eric Osterberg, representing the City of Lonetree, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Dollar responded to questions regarding the timing of her proposed amendment.  Mr. Osterberg responded to questions regarding the number of law enforcement officers in his jurisdiction.

04:15:22 PM  

Kerry George, representing the City of Colorado Springs, testified in opposition to HB 20-1044. Charae McDaniel, representing the City of Colorado Springs, testified in opposition to the bill. Jason Batchelor, representing the City of Aurora, testified in opposition to the bill. Discussion ensued regarding the stakeholder process for drafting the bill, and the number of police officers and firefighters in Colorado Springs and Aurora.

04:27:29 PM  

Kevin Lindahl, representing the Fire and Police Pension Association (FPPA), testified in support of HB 20-1044. He discussed funding cost of living allowances. Chip Weule, representing FPPA, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Weule responded to questions regarding recent cost of living allowances for first-responder pensions.

04:35:10 PM  

Michael Fraidier, representing Colorado Professional Fire Fighters, testified in support of HB 20-1044. Michael Valdez, representing the Special District Association, testified in support of the bill. Don Lombardi, representing the West Metro Fire Protection District and Colorado State Fire Chiefs, testified in support of the bill. Discussion ensued regarding the retirement age of first responders under the bill, and the ability of firefighters to seek a second career after retiring.

04:47:53 PM  

Dennis Valentine, representing AARP, testified in support of HB 20-1044. Tyson Worrell, representing the Denver Police Department, the Denver Police Protective Association, and the FPPA, testified in support of the bill. Bill Clayton, representing the Colorado Police Protective Association and Colorado State Fire Chiefs, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Clayton addressed questions raised during earlier testimony.

04:55:34 PM  
Sophia San Miguel, representing herself, testified on HB 20-1044 from a neutral position.
04:59:36 PM  
President Garcia and Senator Ginal provided closing remarks in support of HB 20-1044. Various committee members expressed their positions on the bill.


05:08:20 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1044 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Coram Yes
Crowder Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Bridges Yes
Ginal Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB20-1074 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


05:08:37 PM  

The committee recessed.

05:10:48 PM  

The committee returned to order.  Senator Smallwood, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 20-1074, concerning the authorization for special districts to provide for the collection and transportation of solid waste.



05:12:27 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1074 to the Committee of the Wholeand with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Coram
Seconded
Coram Yes
Crowder Excused
Rodriguez Yes
Bridges Yes
Ginal Excused
Final YES: 3   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


05:12:33 PM   The committee adjourned.






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