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8FA385897EE946B0872583E00074DB64 Hearing Summary


Date Apr 18, 2019      
Location HCR 0112

SB19-172 - Committee Discussion Only

03:16:30 PM  

The committee recessed.

03:20:26 PM  

The committee returned to order. Representative Singer, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 19-172, concerning crimes related to an at-risk person, and, in connection therewith, creating the crimes of unlawful abandonment and unlawful confinement. Representative Singer explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. The following persons testified regarding the bill:

Ms. Laurie Rose Kepros, representing the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and the Office of the State Public Defender, testified in opposition to the bill. She identified three issues of concern.

Ms. Arlene Berringer, representing the Colorado Bar Association, testified on the bill. She expressed some concerns with the bill. Discussion ensued regarding certain terms in the bill, and the concerns expressed by the witnesses. Discussion followed regarding potential amendments to the bill.

03:43:40 PM  

Ms. Abigail Negley, representing the Arc of Colorado, testified in support of SB 19-172. She discussed the population that would be protected by the bill.

Dr. Skotti Church, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Church discussed cases of elder abuse.

Mr. Umar Shabazz, representing the Denver Police Department, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Shabazz discussed a case of elder abuse.

03:51:42 PM  

Ms. Christina Johnson, representing the Colorado Senior Lobby, testified in support of SB 19-172. She discussed an instance of abuse of an at-risk person.

Ms. Jane Walsh, representing the Second Judicial District, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Walsh discussed some cases of elder and at-risk person abandonment.

Ms. Deborah Hogfeldt, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. She discussed a case of abusive confinement of an at-risk person. Ms. Walsh responded to questions regarding the need for the legislation, and potential amendments.

04:10:47 PM  

Chairman Weissman laid over SB 19-172.

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