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S_SA_2016A 04/25/2016 02:15:27 PM Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS

Date: 04/25/2016
ATTENDANCE
Time: 02:15 PM to 05:31 PM
Hill
X
Jones
X
Place: SCR 356
Ulibarri
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:
HB16-1285

HB16-1197

HB16-1361

HB16-1334

HB16-1397

HB16-1282

SB16-186
Postponed Indefinitely

Referred to Appropriations

Referred to Finance

Postponed Indefinitely

Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Referred to Appropriations

Referred to Appropriations





02:16 PM -- HB16-1285



Senator Crowder asked the committee to postpone House Bill 16-1285 indefinitely.

BILL: HB16-1285
TIME: 02:17:00 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 16-1285 indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Hill
Yes
Jones
Yes
Ulibarri
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Scott
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





















02:17 PM -- HB16-1197



Senators Crowder and Todd presented House Bill 16-1197 to the committee. The bill requires each state agency that certifies, licenses, or registers an occupation to:



• publish a summary of pathways available to military veterans by evaluating the extent to which military training meets state requirements, identifying reciprocity mechanisms in other states, and determining if occupational examinations are available that authorize a veteran to practice;

• consult with community colleges and other post-secondary education institutions about courses or programs that fill the gap between military and civilian occupational training, and refresher courses for lapsed occupational training; and

• consider adopting a national credentialing examination.



02:19 PM --
Steve Rylant, representing the United Veterans Committee (UVC), testified in support of the bill.



02:20 PM --
Cory Everett, representing Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations, testified in support of the bill.



02:23 PM --
Frank McCurdy, representing UVC, testified in support of the bill.





02:25 PM



Senators Crowder and Todd wrapped up their presentation to the committee.

BILL: HB16-1197
TIME: 02:26:12 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1197 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Hill
Yes
Jones
Yes
Ulibarri
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Scott
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



























02:28 PM -- HB16-1361



Senators Sonnenberg and Newell presented House Bill 16-1361 to the committee. The bill prohibits a health benefit plan or pharmacy benefit management firm that covers pharmaceutical services from:



• limiting or restricting a covered person's ability to select a pharmacy or pharmacist of his or her choice if the pharmacy or pharmacist is licensed and has agreed to the terms of the contract with the health plan or pharmacy benefit provider;

• imposing cost-sharing requirements on a covered person, a pharmacy, or a pharmacist as a result of a covered person's selection of a pharmacy, unless that provider network contract imposes those same cost-sharing requirements on all persons or pharmacies in the state;

• imposing other conditions on a covered person, pharmacist, or pharmacy that limit a covered person's ability to select a pharmacy of his or her choosing; and

• denying a pharmacy or pharmacist the right to participate in a pharmacy network contract in the state if the pharmacy or pharmacist holds a valid license and agrees to specified conditions.



02:33 PM --
Patrick Boyle, representing Express Scripts, testified against the bill and presented a packet of handouts (Attachment A).



16SenateState0425AttachA.pdf16SenateState0425AttachA.pdf



02:45 PM --
Dan O'Connell, representing Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, testified against the bill.



02:57 PM --
Nick Colglazier, representing Colorado Competitive Council, testified against the bill.



02:59 PM --
Ky Davis, representing Harris Pharmacy, testified in support of the bill.



03:03 PM --
Tom Davis, representing Kiowa Healthmart, testified in support of the bill.



03:28 PM --
Kay Markus, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



03:34 PM --
Ricky Markus, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



03:38 PM --
Thomas Bratz, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



03:45 PM --
Terri Newland, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



03:49 PM --
Laura Negley, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



























03:53 PM --
Heidi Haines, representing the Arc of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.



03:55 PM --
Shannon Southall, representing Rocky Mountain Care, testified in support of the bill.



04:00 PM --
Chris Howes, representing the Colorado Retail Council, testified in support of the bill.





04:02 PM



Senators Newell and Sonnenberg wrapped up their presentation to the committee.

BILL: HB16-1361
TIME: 04:05:52 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1361 to the Committee on Finance. The motion passed on a vote of 4-1.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Hill
No
Jones
Yes
Ulibarri
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Scott
Yes
Final YES: 4 NO: 1 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





04:18 PM -- HB16-1334



Senator Hodge presented House Bill 16-1334 to the committee, along with amendment L.004 (Attachment B). This bill authorizes the Board of County Commissioners of any county to enact ordinances, resolutions, or other forms of binding law to create inclusionary zoning programs in unincorporated areas of the county.



16SenateState0425AttachB.pdf16SenateState0425AttachB.pdf



04:20 PM --
Scott Smith, representing the Colorado Association of Homebuilders and the Colorado Association of Realtors, testified against the bill.



04:25 PM --
Ken Hoagland, representing Community Capital Corp., testified in support of the bill.























04:28 PM --
Kevin Doran, representing Adams County, testified in support of the bill.



04:32 PM --
Peter LiFari, representing Adams County, testified in support of the bill.





04:36 PM



Senator Hodge wrapped up her presentation to the committee and discussed amendment L.004.

BILL: HB16-1334
TIME: 04:36:42 PM
MOVED: Jones
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment B). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Hill
Jones
Ulibarri
Sonnenberg
Scott
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection


BILL: HB16-1334
TIME: 04:38:34 PM
MOVED: Jones
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1334, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole. The motion failed on a vote of 2-3.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Hill
No
Jones
Yes
Ulibarri
Yes
Sonnenberg
No
Scott
No
YES: 2 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL














BILL: HB16-1334
TIME: 04:39:01 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 16-1334 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
Hill
Yes
Jones
No
Ulibarri
No
Sonnenberg
Yes
Scott
Yes
Final YES: 3 NO: 2 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





04:39 PM -- HB16-1397



Senator Hodge presented House Bill 16-1397 to the committee. The bill repeals and reenacts, with amendments, the authority of the Department of Human Services (DHS) to build a veterans community living center and assorted facilities on the site of the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, subject to available appropriations. Under the bill, DHS will lead the planning, design, completion, and operation of the new facilities near the existing Fitzsimons veteran community living center.



04:40 PM --
Nikki Hatch, representing DHS, testified in support of the bill.



04:45 PM --
Mark Wester, representing DHS, testified in support of the bill.



04:48 PM --
Marvin Meyers, representing UVC, testified in support of the bill.



04:53 PM --
Frank McCurdy, representing UVC, testified in support of the bill.



04:56 PM --
Angela Lawson, representing the Aurora City Council, testified in support of the bill.







































04:58 PM



Senator Hodge wrapped up her presentation to the committee.

BILL: HB16-1397
TIME: 04:58:46 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1397 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
Hill
Yes
Jones
Yes
Ulibarri
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Scott
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





05:00 PM -- HB16-1282



Senator Tate presented House Bill 16-1282 to the committee. This bill applies the disclosure requirements in the Fair Campaign Practices Act to regular biennial school board elections. This bill also specifies that any political committee, small donor committee, independent expenditure committee, or political organization that is participating in an odd-numbered year election must file expenditure disclosure reports with the Secretary of State's Office (SOS) on a schedule outlined in state law.



05:01 PM --
Roger Good, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



05:05 PM --
Suzanne Staiert, Deputy Secretary of State, testified in support of the bill.



05:07 PM --
Elena Nunez, representing Colorado Common Cause, testified in support of the bill.



05:08 PM --
Peg Perl, representing Colorado Ethics Watch, testified in support of the bill and presented a handout (Attachment C).



16SenateState0425AttachC.pdf16SenateState0425AttachC.pdf



























05:11 PM



Senator Tate wrapped up his presentation to the committee.

BILL: HB16-1282
TIME: 05:11:53 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1282 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 4-0, with one excused.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Hill
Yes
Jones
Yes
Ulibarri
Excused
Sonnenberg
Yes
Scott
Yes
Final YES: 4 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





05:13 PM -- SB16-186



Senator Tate presented Senate Bill 16-186 to the committee. This bill defines a small-scale issue committee as an issue committee that has accepted or made contributions or expenditures in an amount that does not exceed $5,000 during an applicable election cycle for the purpose of supporting or opposing any ballot issue or question. This bill amends the disclosure, reporting, and registration requirements for small-scale issue committees under the Fair Campaign Practices Act. Requirements are established for small-scale issue committees that accept or make contributions in an aggregate amount during any applicable election cycle of less than $250, between $250 and $5,000 and over $5,000. This bill is repealed on June 30, 2019.



05:15 PM --
Peg Perl, representing Colorado Ethics Watch, testified in support of the bill.



05:19 PM --
Elena Nunez, representing Colorado Common Cause, testified in support of the bill.



05:23 PM --
Suzanne Staiert, Deputy Secretary of State, testified in support of the bill.



































05:29 PM



Senator Tate wrapped up his presentation to the committee.

BILL: SB16-186
TIME: 05:30:03 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 16-186 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 3-1, with 1 excused.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Hill
Yes
Jones
No
Ulibarri
Excused
Sonnenberg
Yes
Scott
Yes
Final YES: 3 NO: 1 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





05:31 PM



The committee adjourned.


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