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S_SA_2016A 04/11/2016 01:35:00 PM Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS

Date: 04/11/2016
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:35 PM to 05:06 PM
Aguilar
X
Donovan
X
Place: SCR 356
Hill
X
Sonnenberg
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Scott
X
Senator Scott
This Report was prepared by
Vanessa Conway
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
SB16-156

HB16-1294

HB16-1156

HB16-1210

HB16-1335
Amended, Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Postponed Indefinitely

Referred to the Committee of the Whole

Postponed Indefinitely

Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar





01:38 PM -- SB16-156



Senators Scheffel and Guzman presented Senate Bill 16-156 to the committee. Under current law, legislators are appointed to the Legislative Audit Committee, Committee on Legal Services, and the Legislative Council by either the President of the Senate or Speaker of the House and are approved by a majority of members in either the House of Representatives or the Senate. The bill, recommended by the Executive Committee of the Legislative Council, removes the requirement for majority approval by the respective houses and makes modifications to the appointment procedures.



Senator Guzman discussed amendment L.001 (Attachment A) with the committee.



16SenateState0411AttachA.pdf16SenateState0411AttachA.pdf
































BILL: SB16-156
TIME: 01:43:49 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment A) to Senate Bill 16-156. The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Donovan
Hill
Sonnenberg
Scott
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection


BILL: SB16-156
TIME: 01:44:45 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 16-156, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole, with a favorable recommendation that it be placed upon the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Yes
Donovan
Yes
Hill
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Scott
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





































01:45 PM -- HB16-1294



Senator Guzman presented House Bill 16-1294 to the committee. By January 1, 2018, the bill requires state-regulated health insurance plans and Medicaid managed care plans to provide coverage, without restriction or delay to patients, for the following contraceptives and services:



• all Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved contraceptive drugs, devices, and other products for women, including those prescribed by the covered person's provider or otherwise authorized under state and federal law;

• voluntary sterilization procedures;

• patient education and counseling on contraception; and

• follow-up medical services related to contraception.



01:51 PM --
Jolene Pohl, representing C.O.L.O.R., testified in support of the bill.



01:56 PM --
Annie Ceidman, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



01:59 PM --
Christine Breen, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



02:03 PM --
Allina Robinson, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.





02:08 PM



Senator Aguilar asked the panel questions and distributed a handout (Attachment B).



16SenateState0411AttachB.pdf16SenateState0411AttachB.pdf



02:08 PM --
Peg Perl, representing the Women's Lobby of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.



02:11 PM -- Bridget Kaminetsky, representing 9 to 5 Colorado, testified in support of the bill.



02:14 PM --
Caitlin Westerson, representing the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, testified in support of the bill.



02:17 PM --
Dr. Kelly Sennholz, representing NARAL, testified in support of the bill.



02:20 PM --
Karen Middleton, representing NARAL, testified in support of the bill.



02:24 PM --
Sara Orrange, representing the Colorado Association of Health Plans, testified against the bill.



02:32 PM --
Jackie Zheleznyak, representing Denver Health, testified against the bill.



02:38 PM --
Virginia Love, representing America's Health Insurance Plans, testified against the bill.















02:45 PM



Senator Guzman wrapped up her presentation to the committee.

BILL: HB16-1294
TIME: 02:45:40 PM
MOVED: Aguilar
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1294 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion failed on a vote of 2-3.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Yes
Donovan
Yes
Hill
No
Sonnenberg
No
Scott
No
YES: 2 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL


BILL: HB16-1294
TIME: 02:51:07 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 16-1294 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 3-2.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
No
Donovan
No
Hill
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Scott
Yes
Final YES: 3 NO: 2 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





























02:53 PM -- HB16-1156



Senators Donovan and Heath presented House Bill 16-1156 to the committee. Under Colorado law, employers that are exempt from the federal National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) are not covered by the state prohibition from engaging in discriminatory or unfair employment practices against employees who share wage data. This bill removes this exception for NLRA-exempt employers so that the prohibition applies to all employers in the state.



02:58 PM --
Christine Watson, representing the League of Women Voters, testified in support of the bill.



03:02 PM --
Natalie Wood, representing the Bell Policy Center, testified in support of the bill.



03:05 PM --
Bridget Kaminetsky, representing 9 to 5 Colorado, testified in support of the bill.



03:08 PM --
Sarah Parady, representing the Colorado Women's Bar Association, testified in support of the bill.





03:11 PM



Senators Donovan and Heath wrapped up their presentation to the committee.

BILL: HB16-1156
TIME: 03:16:36 PM
MOVED: Donovan
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1156 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Yes
Donovan
Yes
Hill
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Scott
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





























03:27 PM -- HB16-1210



Senator Steadman presented House Bill 16-1210 to the committee. The bill prohibits physicians specializing in psychiatry and licensed or registered mental health professionals from engaging in conversion therapy with patients under 18 years of age. The bill defines "conversion therapy" as practices that seek to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attraction to individuals of the same sex. Violations of this prohibition are addressed through the existing disciplinary processes for these regulated professionals.



03:29 PM --
Estevan Lee-O'Neal, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



03:35 PM -- Dr. Megan Brennan, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



03:37 PM --
Michael Holtby, representing the National Association of Social Workers, testified in support of the bill.



03:40 PM --
Reverend Jim Mitulski, Reverend Nadia Bolz-Weber, and Reverend Reagan Humber, representing Metropolitan Community Church of the Rockies and House for All Sinners and Saints Church, testified in support of the bill.



03:49 PM --
Frank Cornelia, representing the Colorado Behavioral Health Council, testified in support of the bill.



03:57 PM --
Laura Rienish, representing One Colorado, testified in support of the bill.



04:00 PM --
Robin Goodspeed, representing herself, testified against the bill.



04:05 PM --
Brad Bergford, representing the Colorado Chapter of the National Lawyers Association, testified against the bill and presented a handout (Attachment C).



16SenateState0411AttachC.pdf16SenateState0411AttachC.pdf



04:08 PM --
Jeff Johnson, representing himself, testified against the bill and presented handouts (Attachments D and E).



16SenateState0411AttachD.pdf16SenateState0411AttachD.pdf 16SenateState0411AttachE.pdf16SenateState0411AttachE.pdf



04:13 PM --
Jayson Graves, representing himself, testified against the bill.



04:18 PM --
Elmerdeen Cousins, representing himself, testified against the bill.





















04:21 PM



Senator Steadman wrapped up his presentation to the committee.

BILL: HB16-1210
TIME: 04:21:46 PM
MOVED: Donovan
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1210 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion failed on a vote of 2-3.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Yes
Donovan
Yes
Hill
No
Sonnenberg
No
Scott
No
YES: 2 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL
BILL: HB16-1210
TIME: 04:32:19 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 16-1210 indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 3-2.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
No
Donovan
No
Hill
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Scott
Yes
Final YES: 3 NO: 2 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS































04:32 PM -- HB16-1335



Senator Steadman presented House Bill 16-1335 to the committee. The bill prohibits a person from reserving or obtaining a cost-free government service or appointment to sell or intend to sell. An exception is made when the person has consent from the government entity or when the person is selling or offering to sell only information. A violation of the prohibition is a class 1 misdemeanor and a deceptive trade practice for which the Attorney General and district attorneys may seek civil penalties for a violation.



04:35 PM --
Sylvia Leticia Rivera, representing I Drive Coalition, testified through interpreter Esmeralda Dominguez in support of the bill.



04:44 PM --
Esmeralda Dominguez, representing I Drive Coalition, testified in support of the bill and presented a handout (Attachment F).



16SenateState0411AttachF.pdf16SenateState0411AttachF.pdf



04:49 PM --
Jennifer Anderson, representing the Colorado Attorney General's Office, testified in support of the bill.



04:53 PM --
James Lamb, representing the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, testified in support of the bill.



04:56 PM -- Denise Maes, representing the ACLU of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.





























































04:59 PM



Senator Steadman wrapped up his presentation to the committee.

BILL: HB16-1335
TIME: 04:59:13 PM
MOVED: Donovan
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1335 to the Committee of the Whole with a favorable recommendation that it be placed upon the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Yes
Donovan
Yes
Hill
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Scott
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





05:06 PM



The committee adjourned.


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