The following persons testified regarding HB 21-1136:
Terry Scanlon, representing the Judicial Department, provided background on the bill and its need.
Steve Vasconcellos, representing the Judicial Department, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Vasconcellos discussed the number of retired judges that might be impacted by the bill, and the potential for the bill to incentivize judges nearing retirement to retire as a result of the bill. Mr. Vasconcellos responded to further questions about the impact of the pandemic on court needs, and the number of judges currently participating in the Senior Judge Program. Discussion ensued regarding the program's reimbursement range, and how new retired judges coming into the program will be utilized. Discussion returned to pandemic-related concerns in the court system, including space and other logistics. Discussion followed regarding the impact of bringing retirement judges back into service on the Public Employee Retirement Association program.