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S_SA_2019A 04/25/2019 01:36:33 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Date 04/25/2019
Attendance
Marble *
Sonnenberg X
Williams A. X
Moreno X
Foote X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Time 01:36:33 PM to 06:29:47 PM
Place Old State Library
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Foote
This Report was prepared by Julia Jackson
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB19-1318 Referred to Senate Appropriations
HB19-1176 Referred to Senate Appropriations
HB19-1278 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
HB19-1314 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

HB19-1318 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


01:40:53 PM  
Senator Foote, co-prime sponsor, presented House Bill 19-1318. The bill makes several modifications to the Fair Campaign Practices Act.
01:42:32 PM  
The committee recessed.
01:43:53 PM  
The committee reconvened.
01:45:06 PM  
Secretary of State Jena Griswold testified in support of the bill.
01:49:46 PM  
Matt Arnold, representing Campaign Integrity Watchdog, testified on the bill.
02:00:31 PM  
Melissa Polk, representing the Department of State, responded to questions from the committee.
02:01:02 PM  
Committee members discussed the bill with Senator Foote and Senator Bridges.
02:02:15 PM  
Senators Foote and Bridges, co-prime sponsors, wrapped up their presentation of the bill. Committee members commented on the bill.


02:04:51 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1318 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Foote
Seconded
Marble No
Sonnenberg No
Williams A. Yes
Moreno Yes
Foote Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB19-1176 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


02:07:05 PM  
Senator Foote, sponsor, presented House Bill 19-1176. The bill creates a task force to study and compare three methods of financing health care in Colorado. The task force must hire a contractor to conduct an analysis and report to the General Assembly by September 1, 2021.
02:09:41 PM  
Jennifer Roberts, representing the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, testified in support of the bill.
02:11:55 PM  
Judy Danielson, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
02:18:07 PM  
Senator Foote wrapped up his presentation of the bill.


02:19:54 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1176 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Foote
Seconded
Marble No
Sonnenberg No
Williams A. Yes
Moreno Yes
Foote Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB19-1278 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


02:20:00 PM  

Senator Fenberg, sponsor, presented House Bill 19-1278.  The bill makes various changes to the Uniform Election Code of 1992.

02:28:18 PM  
Senator Fenberg responded to questions from the committee.
02:38:16 PM  
Secretary of State Jena Griswold testified in support of the bill.
02:38:35 PM  
Kelly Byrne, representing America Votes,
testified in support of the bill.  She provided a letter in support
of the bill (Attachment A).
02:44:55 PM  
Lizzy Stephan, representing New Era Colorado, testified in support of the bill. She provided a packet of letters in support of the bill (Attachment B).
02:46:37 PM  
Molly Fitzpatrick, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder, testified in support of the bill.
02:50:15 PM  
Chuck Broerman, El Paso County Clerk and Recorder, testified against the bill.
02:54:19 PM  

Pam Bacon, Logan County Clerk and Recorder, testified against the bill.

02:57:05 PM  
Angela Myers, Larimer County Clerk and
Recorder, testified against the bill.  She provided handouts to the
committee (Attachment C).
03:02:07 PM  
Merlin Klotz, Douglas County Clerk and Recorder, testified against the bill and provided handouts to the committee (Attachment D).
03:06:01 PM  
The panel of county clerks responded to questions from the committee.
03:31:09 PM  
Celeste Landry, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
03:32:11 PM  
Amanda Gonzalez, representing Colorado Common Cause, testified in support of the bill.
03:34:29 PM  

Senator Fenberg distributed a handout regarding the bill's changes to petition signature requirements (Attachment E).

03:35:00 PM  
George Stern, Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder, testified in support of the bill.
03:39:11 PM  
Jamie Simpson, representing the AFL-CIO
and Transport Workers Union, testified in support of the bill.
03:42:26 PM  
Harry Hempy, representing himself, testified on the bill from a neutral position.
03:46:18 PM  
Janice Vos Caudill, Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder and President of the Colorado County Clerks Association (CCCA), testified on the bill from a neutral position.
03:48:01 PM  

Lori Mitchell, Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder representing the CCCA, testified on the bill from a neutral position.

03:48:24 PM  
Pam Anderson, Executive Director of the CCCA, testified on the bill from a neutral position.
03:54:10 PM  
Kathleen Curry, representing Unite Colorado, testified against the bill.
03:57:13 PM  
Shelly Dunlop, representing herself, testified against the bill.
03:59:57 PM  

Lindsay Singh, representing herself, testified against the bill and provided a written copy of her testimony (Attachment F).

04:03:19 PM  
Jesse Kumin, representing Best Democracy, testified against the bill.
04:08:16 PM  
Debra Johnson, Denver County Clerk and Recorder, testified in support of the bill.
04:08:34 PM  
Martha Tierney, representing America Votes and the Colorado Democratic Party, testified in support of the bill.
04:14:39 PM  
Caitlin Schneider, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
04:15:07 PM  
Garrett Fardon, representing America Votes, testified in support of the bill. He provided a handout to the committee (Attachment G).
04:20:19 PM  
Gary Swing, representing the Unity Party of Colorado, testified against the bill.
04:20:34 PM  
Frank Attwood, representing the Approval Voting Party, testified against the bill.
04:24:38 PM  
Dallas Schroeder, Elbert County Clerk and Recorder, testified against the bill.
04:27:13 PM  
Blake Huber, representing himself, testified against the bill.
04:30:13 PM  
Danielle Grimm, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
04:34:25 PM  
Lauren Smith, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
04:39:14 PM  
Andrea Wilkins, representing the League of Women Voters of Colorado, testified on the bill from a neutral position.
04:39:35 PM  

Karen Widhalm read a letter from Melissa Babian against the bill.

04:42:11 PM  
Eric Bergman, representing Colorado Counties, Inc., testified against the bill.
04:45:51 PM  
The committee recessed.
05:01:21 PM  
The committee came back to order.
05:03:53 PM  

The committee discussed amendment L.108 (Attachment H) and amendment L.120 (Attachment I) with Senator Fenberg.



05:06:37 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.108 (Attachment H).
Moved Foote
Seconded
Marble
Sonnenberg
Williams A.
Moreno
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


05:13:56 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.120 (Attachment I).
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Marble Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Williams A. Yes
Moreno Yes
Foote Yes
YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
05:21:00 PM  

Committee discussion about amendment L.119 (Attachment J) and amendment L.118 (Attachment K) ensued.



05:22:23 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.119 (Attachment J).
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Marble Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Williams A. No
Moreno No
Foote No
YES: 2   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


05:24:42 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.118 (Attachment K).
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Marble
Sonnenberg
Williams A.
Moreno
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Withdrawn
05:29:02 PM  

Megan Waples, Office of Legislative Legal Services, answered questions about amendment L.117 (Attachment L).



05:32:37 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.117 (Attachment L).
Moved Foote
Seconded
Marble No
Sonnenberg No
Williams A. Yes
Moreno Yes
Foote Yes
YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
05:32:37 PM  
Senator Fenberg gave concluding remarks.


05:38:03 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1278, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Foote
Seconded
Marble No
Sonnenberg No
Williams A. Yes
Moreno Yes
Foote Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB19-1314 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


05:38:14 PM  

Senator Winter and Senator Donovan, co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 19-1314 and distributed amendments L.014 and L.015 (Attachments M and N). This bill creates the Just Transition Office to provide worker benefits, award grants, and receive utility reports related to coal plant retirement.

05:49:13 PM  
Stan Dempsey, president of the Colorado Mining Association, testified against the bill.
05:53:19 PM  
Richard Orf, representing the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, testified against the bill.
05:56:19 PM  

John Swartout, Executive Director of Colorado Counties Inc., testified against the bill.

05:58:58 PM  
Mr. Dempsey and Mr. Orf responded to questions from the committee.
06:06:29 PM  
Katie Belgard, representing Conservation Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
06:08:52 PM  

Patrick Quinn, representing the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 111, testified in support of the bill.

06:11:57 PM  

Jason Walsh, representing the Blue/Green Alliance, testified in support of the bill.

06:17:10 PM  
Mr. Walsh responded to questions from the committee.
06:21:13 PM  

Sienna Snook and Kate Corcoran testified in support of the bill.

06:23:40 PM  
Senator Winter presented amendment L.014 and L.015.


06:24:48 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.014 (Attachment M).
Moved Foote
Seconded
Marble
Sonnenberg
Williams A.
Moreno
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


06:25:03 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.015 (Attachment N).
Moved Foote
Seconded
Marble
Sonnenberg
Williams A.
Moreno
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
06:25:03 PM  

Senators Winter and Donovan made concluding remarks.



06:28:59 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1314, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Foote
Seconded
Marble Excused
Sonnenberg No
Williams A. Yes
Moreno Excused
Foote Yes
Final YES: 2   NO: 1   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


06:29:47 PM   The committee adjourned.






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