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S_TRA_2020A 02/06/2020 11:35:51 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY
Date 02/06/2020
Attendance
Foote *
Hisey X
Scott X
Donovan X
Winter X
Time 11:35:51 AM to 01:14:04 PM
Place SCR 352
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Winter
This Report was prepared by April Bernard
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB20-030 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
SB20-115 Referred to Senate Appropriations
SB20-124 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
SB20-132 Referred to Senate Appropriations

X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call

SB20-030 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

11:36:07 AM  
President Garcia and Senator Rodriguez,
co-prime sponsors, introduced SB20-030, concerning increased consumer protections
for customers of investor-owned utilities.  The bill directs the Public
Utilities Commission (PUC)  to require information from regulated
public utilities, including the number of utility customers exempted from
tiered rates due to medical conditions, and disconnections and delinquencies.
The bill directs the PUC to create rules surronding disconnection due to
non-payment and reporting of consumer positive payment history.  The
bill requires an opt-in from customers if utilities use new non-standard
rates.  The President explained the provided Amendments, L.002 and
L.004 (Attachments A and B).
11:40:19 AM  
The bill sponsors responded to committee
questions.
11:42:12 AM  
Bill Levis, representing AARP Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
11:44:17 AM  
Howard Geller, representing Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, testified in support of the bill.
11:48:44 AM  
The witnesses answered questions from the
committee.
11:51:44 AM  
Haven Rohnert, representing the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, testified in support of the bill.
11:52:50 AM  
Brooke Trammell, representing Xcel Energy, testified in support of the bill if amended.
11:58:38 AM  
Ms. Trammell responded to questions from
the committee.
12:02:54 PM  
Sabrina Padilla, representing Chronic Care Collaborative, testified in support of the bill.
12:03:44 PM  
Andrew Bennett, representing Energy Outreach
Colorado, testified in support of the bill.  He provided a handout
(Attachment C).
12:07:08 PM  
The witnesses responded to committee questions.
12:13:05 PM  
Michael Harrington, representing Black
Hills Energy, testified in support of the bill if amended.
12:13:06 PM  

The committee made comments about the amendments.



12:18:34 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment A).
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Foote
Hisey
Scott
Donovan
Winter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


12:19:26 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment B).
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Foote Yes
Hisey No
Scott No
Donovan Yes
Winter Yes
YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
12:19:44 PM  
The sponsors made closing remarks.


12:21:08 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-030, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Foote Yes
Hisey Yes
Scott Yes
Donovan Yes
Winter Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB20-115 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


12:21:41 PM  
Senator Crowder, prime sponsor, introduced
Senate Bill 20-115, concerning the registration of surplus military vehicles
as farm vehicles.  The bill allows a farmer or rancher to register
a surplus military vehicle if the vehicle meets the same requirements as
a truck or truck tractor.  A truck or truck tractor may be registered
as a farm vehicle if the vehicle is owned by a farmer or rancher and is
only commercially used to transport to market or transport raw agricultural
products produced or livestock raised by the farmer or rancher.  The
vehicle may also be used to transport livestock or commodities purchased
by the farmer or rancher for personal use if used in the farming or ranching
operations.  Senator Crowder provided a handout (Attachment D).

12:26:19 PM  
The bill sponsor answered committee questions.
12:32:46 PM  
Peter Mann, representing himself and military
vehicle owners of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

12:34:12 PM  
Adam Wilms, representing the Division of Motor Vehicles, answered questions about the history of registering military vehicles.
12:40:50 PM  
Mr. Wilms continued to answer questions
from the committee.
12:45:16 PM  
Senator Crowder made closing remarks about
the bill.
12:47:43 PM  
The committee made final remarks about
the bill.


12:50:33 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-115 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Foote No
Hisey Yes
Scott Yes
Donovan Yes
Winter Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB20-124 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


12:50:54 PM  
Senators Priola and Hansen, co-prime sponsors,
introduced Senate Bill 20-124, concerning adding to the public school facility
construction guidelines a requirement to consult with the local electric
utility on beneficial electrification and distributed generation opportunities.

12:54:17 PM  
Jeff Wadsworth, representing the Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, testified in support of the bill.
12:55:42 PM  
Sara Rose Tannenbaum, representing Conservation
Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
12:55:43 PM  

Amendment L.001 was provided to the committee (Attachment E).  The sponsors explained the amendment.



01:00:27 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment E).
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Foote
Hisey
Scott
Donovan
Winter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


01:01:30 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-124, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Foote Yes
Hisey Yes
Scott Excused
Donovan Yes
Winter Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB20-132 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


01:01:43 PM  
Senator Sonnenberg, prime sponsor, introduced
Senate Bill 20-132, concerning the use of surplus military vehicles for
specialized purposes under the "Uniform Motor Vehicle Law."  The
bill clarifies that military vehicles may be used on the roads in the same
manner as a tractor, as well as an emergency vehicle.

01:04:24 PM  
The bill sponsor responded to committee
questions.
01:07:34 PM  
Peter Mann, representing himself and military
vehicle owners of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
01:12:07 PM  
Senator Sonnenberg made closing remarks.


01:13:58 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-132 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Foote No
Hisey Yes
Scott Yes
Donovan Yes
Winter Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


01:14:04 PM   The committee adjourned.






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