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S_SA_2019A 04/10/2019 01:33:57 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Date 04/10/2019
Attendance
Fields X
Marble X
Sonnenberg X
Court X
Foote X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Time 01:33:57 PM to 03:10:46 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Foote
This Report was prepared by Julia Jackson
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB19-1232 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
SB19-235 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
SB19-225 Committee Discussion Only

HB19-1232 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


01:35:08 PM  

The chair made opening remarks about the hearing.

01:35:21 PM  

Senator Coram and Senator Rodriguez, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 19-1232 to the committee.  This bill aligns state law with the updated federal guidelines under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).  Changes include placing affirmative duty on the court to make an inquiry into whether a child is subject the ICWA; allowing the petitioning party to use certified mail, instead of registered mail; requiring any response by tribal agents to be distributed to all parties and the court; and changing guidelines for how the court determines if the child is an Indian child.

01:37:41 PM  

Judge Brett Woods, representing Denver Juvenile Court, testified in support of the bill.

01:38:29 PM  

Jenn Collins, representing Denver Human Services, testified in support of the bill.

01:38:48 PM  

Kathryn Redhorse, representing the Colorado Department of Human Services, testified in support of the bill.

01:41:58 PM  

Cara Nord, representing the Office of the Child's Representative, testified in support of the bill.

01:43:44 PM  

The committee discussed amendment L.001 (Attachment A).



01:44:09 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment A).
Moved Court
Seconded
Fields
Marble
Sonnenberg
Court
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


01:44:34 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1232, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Court
Seconded
Fields Yes
Marble Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Court Yes
Foote Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-235 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


01:44:50 PM  

Senator Fenberg and Senator Danielson, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 19-235 to the committee. The bill requires the transfer of certain records to the Department of State for the purpose of automatically registering voters.

01:51:22 PM  

Secretary of State Jena Griswold testified in support of the bill.

01:56:31 PM  

Melissa Polk, representing the Department of State, responded to committee member questions.

Secretary Griswold and the bill sponsors responded to committee member questions.

01:58:25 PM  

Molly Fitzpatrick, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder, testified in support of the bill.

02:13:33 PM  

Lori Mitchell, Chaffee County Clerk representing the Colorado County Clerks Association, testified on the bill in a neutral capacity.

02:16:22 PM  

Senator Danielson introduced amendments L.001, L.002, L.003, and L.004 (Attachments B-E).

02:21:04 PM  

Martha Tierney, representing America Votes and the Colorado Democratic Party, testified in support of the bill.

02:21:32 PM  

Kelly Byrne, representing America Votes, testified in support of the bill.

02:23:41 PM  

Jennifer Levin, representing Disability Law Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

02:28:28 PM  

Amanda Gonzalez, representing Colorado Common Cause, testified in support of the bill.

02:28:41 PM  

Elisabeth Epps, representing herself, testified against the bill and responded to committee member questions.

02:33:25 PM  

Marie Venner, representing Colorado Interfaith Power and Light, testified on the bill.

02:34:28 PM  

Charley Olena, representing New Era Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

02:35:18 PM  

David DeNovellis, representing the Department of Health Care Policy and Finance, responded to committee member questions.

02:42:54 PM  

Senator Danielson discussed amendment L.001 with the committee.

02:44:02 PM  

Megan Waples, Office of Legislative Legal Services, responded to committee member questions about amendment L.001.



02:49:53 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment B).
Moved Court
Seconded
Fields
Marble
Sonnenberg
Court
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:50:18 PM  

Senator Danielson discussed amendment L.002.

02:50:34 PM  

Ms. Waples responded to questions about amendment L.002.



02:51:43 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment C).
Moved Court
Seconded
Fields
Marble
Sonnenberg
Court
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:51:44 PM  

Senator Danielson discussed amendment L.003 with the committee.



03:00:09 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment D).
Moved Court
Seconded
Fields Yes
Marble No
Sonnenberg No
Court Yes
Foote Yes
YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
03:00:10 PM  

Senator Danielson discussed amendment L.004.



03:00:45 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment E).
Moved Court
Seconded
Fields
Marble
Sonnenberg
Court
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:00:46 PM  

Senators Fenberg and Danielson wrapped up their presentation of the bill.

03:03:15 PM  

Committee members commented on the bill.



03:05:45 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-235, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Court
Seconded
Fields Yes
Marble No
Sonnenberg No
Court Yes
Foote Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-225 - Committee Discussion Only


03:06:05 PM  

The committee recessed.

03:06:12 PM  
The committee reconvened. The chair announced that Senate Bill 19-225 and Senate Bill 19-232 would be laid over to a later date.


03:10:46 PM   The committee adjourned.