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S_TRA_2020A 02/13/2020 10:34:12 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY
Date 02/13/2020
Attendance
Foote X
Hisey X
Scott X
Donovan X
Winter X
Time 10:34:12 AM to 11:58:34 AM
Place SCR 352
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Winter
This Report was prepared by April Bernard
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB20-070 Committee Discussion Only
SB20-118 Amended, referred to Senate Finance
SB20-094 Postponed Indefinitely

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

SB20-070 - Committee Discussion Only


10:34:23 AM  
Senators Coram and Lee, co-prime sponsors,
introduced Senate Bill 20-070, concerning penalties for traffic offenses,
and distributing money collected from a traffic violation to the county
in which the violation occurs.  The bill increases the presumptive
ranges of fines for traffic offenses, as well as other fines and surcharges.
 The bill requires that 25 percent of fines collected for traffic
misdemeanors and 50 percent of the fine collected for traffic infractions
be transmitted to the county where the violation occurs.  Counties
may use the funds for traffic safety improvement, enforcement, and prosecution.
The bill also changes the classification of certain traffic offienses.
10:41:48 AM  
The bill sponsors responded to questions from the committee.
10:42:05 AM  
Keith Caddy, representing Montrose County, testified in support of the bill.
10:46:59 AM  
Tim Payne, representing Fremont County, testified in support of the bill.
10:47:50 AM  
The witnesses responded to questions from the committee.
10:49:03 AM  
Dan Hotsen Piller, representing the Seventh
Judicial District, testified in support of the bill.
10:51:06 AM  
Lane Thomasson, representing Montrose County,
testified in support of the bill.
10:56:49 AM  
The witnesses responded to questions from the committee.
11:07:13 AM  
Rebecca Wallace, representing the ACLU
of Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill.
11:10:59 AM  
The witness responded to questions from the committee.
11:17:35 AM  
The chair laid the bill over to a later
date at the request of the sponsors.



SB20-118 - Amended, referred to Senate Finance


11:18:13 AM  
Senator Hisey, prime sponsor, introduced
Senate Bill 20-118, concerning the transfer of the function of issuing
permits for the transportation of hazardous materials by motor vehicle
from the Public Utilities Commission to the Department of Transportation.
 The bill makes the transfer effective January 1, 2021.

11:21:09 AM  
The committee made comments on the bill.
11:21:25 AM  
Greg Fulton, representing the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, testified in support of the bill.
11:22:28 AM  
Andy Karsian, representing the Colorado Department of Transportation, testified in support of the bill.
11:24:30 AM  
Captain John Hahn, representing the Colorado State Patrol, testified in support of the bill.
11:26:41 AM  
The witnesses responded to committee questions.
11:27:14 AM  
Senator Hisey distributed and spoke about
Amendment L.001 (Attachment A).
11:32:35 AM  
Senator Hisey made comments on the fiscal note.


11:33:17 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment A).
Moved Hisey
Seconded
Foote
Hisey
Scott
Donovan
Winter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


11:33:53 AM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-118, as amended, to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Hisey
Seconded
Foote Yes
Hisey Yes
Scott Yes
Donovan Yes
Winter Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB20-094 - Postponed Indefinitely


11:34:11 AM  
The committee took a brief recess.
11:35:57 AM  
The committee came back to order.
11:38:08 AM  
Senator Priola, prime sponsor, introduced
Senate Bill 20-094, concerning the imposition of additional plug-in electric
motor vehicle registration fees by the High Performance Transportation
Enterprise (HPTE), making the total amount of registration fees imposed
on such vehicles roughly equal to the combined amount of registration fees
and motor fuel taxes imposed on vehicles powered by internal combustion
engines.  The fees will be credited to the Statewide Transortation
Enterprise Special Revenue Fund for use by the HPTE in funding surface
transportation infrastructure.
11:39:36 AM  
Curtis Edwards, representing Conservation Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill.
11:40:19 AM  
Matt Frommer, representing the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, testified in opposition to the bill.
11:43:31 AM  
Greg Fulton, representing the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, testified in support of the bill.
11:47:22 AM  
Senator Priola made closing remarks on the bill.
11:56:24 AM  
The committee made comments about the bill.


11:58:25 AM
Motion Postpone Senate Bill 20-094 indefinitely.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Foote Yes
Hisey Yes
Scott No
Donovan Yes
Winter Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


11:58:34 AM   The committee adjourned.






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