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S_SA_2023A 04/13/2023 06:20:58 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Date 04/13/2023
Attendance
Baisley X
Gonzales X
Liston X
Sullivan X
Coleman X
Time 06:20:58 PM to 09:03:48 PM
Place Old Supreme Court
This Meeting was called to order by Coleman
This Report was prepared by Hamza Syed
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB23-211 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole
SB23-276 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

SB23-211 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


06:21:15 PM  
Senator Danielson, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 23-211. The bill aligns state law with updated federal guidelines under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) that took effect February 9, 2023.
06:22:36 PM  
Chairman Melvin Baker, representing Southern Ute Indian Tribe, testified in support of the bill.
06:31:03 PM  
Zoe Goodblanket,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill. The committee
asked questions to the witness.
06:39:52 PM  
A panel of witnesses
testified on the bill.




Kendall Marlowe,
representing The Kempe Foundation, testified in support of the bill.




Jennifer Black
Elk, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.




Beth Wright, representing
Native American Rights Fund, testified in support of the bill.




The committee
asked questions to the panel.
06:50:44 PM  
A panel of witnesses
testified on the bill.




Mary Ryan, representing
themself, testified in support of the bill.




Kari Hollow Horn,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.




Rory Meehan, representing
themself, testified in support of the bill.




Thomas Chaney,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
07:02:01 PM  
A panel of witnesses
testified on the bill.




Ashley Chase,
representing Colorado Office of the Child's Representative, testified in
support of the bill.




Daisy Bluestar,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.




Daunica Strong,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.




Written testimony
on the bill can be found in Attachment E.

07:09:30 PM  
Senator Moreno, bill sponsor, spoke on Senate Bill 23-211.
07:11:24 PM  
Senator Danielson presented amendment L.001 (Attachment A).


07:12:57 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment A)
Moved Sullivan
Seconded
Baisley
Gonzales
Liston
Sullivan
Coleman
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
07:13:16 PM  
The bill sponsors and committee gave final remarks.


07:17:03 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 23-211, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Sullivan
Seconded
Baisley Yes
Gonzales Yes
Liston Yes
Sullivan Yes
Coleman Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB23-276 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

07:17:17 PM  
Senator Fenberg,
bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 23-276. The bill modifies the "Uniform
Election Code of 1992" (code), the law regarding initiatives and referendums,
and the "Fair Campaign Practices Act". The committee asked questions
to the sponsor.
07:23:25 PM  
The bill sponsor presented amendments L.001 (Attachment B), L.002 (Attachment C), and L.003 (Attachment D).
07:39:41 PM  
A panel of witnesses
testified on the bill.




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




Aly Belknap, representing
New Era Colorado, testified in support of the bill.




Kyle Giddings,
representing Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, testified in support
of the bill.




The committee
asked questions to the panel.
07:49:43 PM  
A panel of witnesses
testified on the bill.




Tom Byron, representing
themself, testified in support of the bill.




Margaret Mixer,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.




Britt Bermingham,
representing Centennial State Prosperity, testified in support of the bill.
08:00:35 PM  
A panel of witnesses
testified on the bill.




Deputy Secretary
of State Christopher Beall, representing Colorado Department of State,
testified to amend the bill.




Caleb Thornton,
representing Colorado Department of State, was available to answer committee
questions.




Brad Lang, representing
Colorado Department of State, was available to answer committee questions.




The committee
asked questions to the panel.
08:15:10 PM  
A panel of witnesses
testified on the bill.




Matt Crane, representing
Colorado County Clerks Association, testified in support of the bill.




Clerk Josh Zygielbaum,
representing Colorado County Clerks Association, testified in support of
the bill.




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




Lori Mitchell,
representing Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder, testified in support of
the bill.




The committee
asked questions to the panel.
08:27:26 PM  
A panel of witnesses
testified on the bill.




Clerk Cristy Sulewski,
representing Ouray County Clerk and Recorder, testified in support of the
bill.




Clerk Paul Lopez,
representing Denver Clerk and Recorder, testified in support of the bill.




Hayle Johnson,
representing Jackson County Colorado, testified in support of the bill.




Sheri Davis, representing
Colorado County Clerks Association, testified in support of the bill.




Director Todd
Davidson, representing Denver Clerk and Recorder, testified in support
of the bill.
08:40:06 PM  
A panel of witnesses
testified on the bill.




Carly Koppes,
representing Colorado County Clerks Association, testified in support of
the bill.




Angela Myers,
representing Larimer County Clerk & Recorder, testified in support
of the bill.




El Paso County
Clerk Steve Schleiker, representing themself, testified in support of the
bill.




Elizabeth Steele,
representing Colorado Common Cause, testified in support of the bill.
08:50:05 PM  
A panel of witnesses
testified on the bill.




Clerk and Recorder
Justin Grantham, representing Fremont County Clerk and Recorder's Office,
testified in support of the bill.




Dr. Michael Neil,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.




Written testimony
on the bill can be found in Attachment F.



08:55:03 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment B)
Moved Sullivan
Seconded
Baisley
Gonzales
Liston
Sullivan
Coleman
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


08:55:23 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment C)
Moved Sullivan
Seconded
Baisley
Gonzales
Liston
Sullivan
Coleman
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


08:55:45 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment D)
Moved Sullivan
Seconded
Baisley
Gonzales
Liston
Sullivan
Coleman
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
08:56:01 PM  
The bill sponsor gave and committee final remarks.


09:03:38 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 23-276, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Sullivan
Seconded
Baisley Yes
Gonzales Yes
Liston Yes
Sullivan Yes
Coleman Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


09:03:48 PM   The committee adjourned.






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