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42DECE28A05B6768872587EC0079A8B0 Hearing Summary


Date Feb 17, 2022      
Location SCR 352

SB22-055 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

03:08:53 PM  

Senators Cooke and Hansen, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 22-055, concerning increased alcohol monitoring for impaired driving offenders.   The bill sponsors discussed interlock devices, the need for the bill, and its merits.

Committee members asked questions about the increase in drunk/drugged driving fatalities and arrests, and repeat offenses.  Further discussion ensued about current law requiring 30 days with no driving, followed by eligibility for an interlock device, for driving under the influence.    



03:19:41 PM  

Mr. Howard Small, representing self, testified in support of the bill.  He discussed interlock devices and preventative measures.

Ms. Clara Shelton, representing self, testified in support of the bill.  She discussed stopping the cycle of repeat offenses. 

03:29:07 PM  

Mr. Fran Lanzer, representing Mothers Against Drunk Driving Colorado, testified in support of the bill.  He discussed the stakeholder process and answered questions about interlock devices, associated costs, and the one-month waiting period.


03:36:29 PM  

James Karbach, representing the Office of the State Public Defender, testified in support of the bill. 

Committee members discussed a shift in public policy about driving. 

Mr. Matthew Law, representing Smart Start, testified in a neutral position on the bill.  He discussed remote alcohol monitoring options.  He provided a copy of his testimony (Attachment A). 

Committee members asked questions about installation and monthly fees for interlock devices. 

03:49:23 PM  

Senator Cooke distributed and explained Amendment L. 001 about the offender services fund (Attachment B). 

03:50:04 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment B)
Moved Cooke
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:50:25 PM  

Committee members remarked about the bill's common sense approach, and the sponsors made brief closing remarks. 

03:53:33 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-055, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Cooke
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Gonzales Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS

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