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40129CB3D6CBF6B78725895D0079EAC2 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For HB23-1167

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Date Feb 21, 2023      
Location Old State Library



HB23-1167 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

03:11:43 PM  

Representative DeGruy Kennedy, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 23-1167, concerning persons who report emergency overdose events in good faith. Representative DeGruy Kennedy explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. Representative DeGruy Kennedy responded to questions regarding the inclusion of those who manufacture synthetic opiates within the scope of the bill.

03:17:50 PM  
Ms. Lisa Raville, representing Harm Reduction Action Center, testified in support of HB 23-1167.

Aubrey Wilde, representing Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, testified in support of the bill.

Tessa Torgeson, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

03:25:21 PM  
Lauren Snyder, representing Mental Health Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

Dr. Bryon Adinoff, representing Colorado Psychiatric Society, testified in support of the bill.

Jose Esquibel, representing the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, testified in support of the bill. Discussion ensued regarding trends in overdoses and how they are impacted by recent legislation, including in other states that have passed laws concerning synthetic opioids. Discussion followed regarding harm reduction strategies.

03:43:04 PM  
Denver District Attorney Beth McCann, representing herself, testified in support of HB 23-1167. Ms. McCann responded to questions regarding the scope of the bill including manufacturing and distribution, and the ability of her office to bring charges under the bill.

Coreen Braden, representing Arapahoe County Young People in Recovery, testified in support of the bill.

Dr. Joshua Barocas, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.

Matt Pagnotti, representing Vivent Health, testified in support of the bill.

03:57:17 PM  

Dave Wasserman, representing Conscious Consulting, testified on HB 23-1167 from an "amend" position. Chief Gregory Sadar, representing Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police and the Commerce City Police Department, testified on the bill from an "amend" position. Chief Sadar responded to questions regarding incentivizing people to take opioids through state law versus the fear of being arrested for reporting an overdose, and critical thought during an emergency event. Discussion ensued regarding expanding the scope of the bill to include probationers.

04:12:42 PM  
Ms. Jessie Broom, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

Shannon Bucci, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

Elizabeth Sullivan, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

Ms. Betsy Craft, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

Bryan Rose, representing Law Enforcement Action Partnership, testified in support of the bill.

Miriam Ordonez Rodriguez, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

04:37:38 PM  
Ms. Jennifer Dillon, representing Swing By Street Supply Mutual Aid, testified in support of the bill.

Eva Frickle, representing JeffcoCan, West Metro Resistance, Indivisible CD7, Indivisible Front Range Resistance, testified in support of the bill.

Mz. Maggie Seldeen, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

04:50:07 PM  

Representative DeGruy Kennedy explained the effect of amendment L.004 (Attachment B). Representative DeGruy Kennedy responded to questions about the scope of recent legislation concerning good samaritan laws, and including drug manufacturers within the scope of HB 23-1167. Discussion ensued regarding a potential fact pattern that might play out under the amendment.



04:56:30 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004
Moved Woodrow
Seconded Garcia
Armagost Yes
Daugherty Yes
Epps No
Evans Excused
Garcia No
Luck Yes
Marshall Yes
Sharbini Yes
Snyder Yes
Soper Yes
Woodrow Yes
Bacon Yes
Weissman Yes
YES: 10   NO: 2   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
04:56:49 PM  

Discussion ensued regarding the merits of amendment L.001 (Attachment C).



04:58:28 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Woodrow
Seconded Weissman
Armagost
Daugherty
Epps
Evans Excused
Garcia
Luck
Marshall
Sharbini
Snyder
Soper
Woodrow
Bacon
Weissman
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
04:58:30 PM  

Representative DeGruy Kennedy providing closing remarks in support of HB 23-1167. Representatives Armagost, Soper, and Weissman provided their positions on the bill.  Written input from the public concerning the bills heard on February 21 may be found in Attachment D.



05:06:03 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 23-1167, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Woodrow
Seconded Snyder
Armagost No
Daugherty Yes
Epps Yes
Evans Excused
Garcia Yes
Luck Yes
Marshall Yes
Sharbini Yes
Snyder Yes
Soper No
Woodrow Yes
Bacon Yes
Weissman Yes
Final YES: 10   NO: 2   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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