Skip to main content
Colorado General AssemblyToggle Main Menu
Agency NameToggle Agency Menu

B804541FDEB19EF8872586930061DC26 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For HB21-1060

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Date Mar 9, 2021      
Location HCR 0107



HB21-1060 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


10:48:57 AM  
The committee recessed.
10:52:29 AM  
The committee returned to order. Representatives
Gonzales-Gutierrez and Jodeh, prime sponsors, presented House Bill 21-1060,
concerning the certification process for the purpose of application for
U nonimmigrant status. Representative Gonzales-Gutierrez explained the
effect of the bill and discussed its need. Representative Jodeh provided
additional input on the merits of the bill, and stakeholder work on the
bill. Representative Gonzales-Gutierrez explained the effect of amendments
L.001 and L.002.
11:04:31 AM  
Discussion ensued regarding whether the scope of HB 21-1060 includes witnesses, and the number of U visas granted by the United States annually.
11:06:40 AM  
The following persons testified regarding HB 21-1060:

Ms. Ashley Harrington, representing the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy network, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Harrington responded to questions regarding the lack of uniformity among law enforcement agencies with regard to certifying U visa requests, and the impact of delays in the U visa process on victims. Ms. Harrington responded to further questions regarding the types of crimes involved in the U visa process, and the paperwork involved in this process. Discussion ensued regarding the various requirements for being eligible for a U visa, and difficulties encountered in acquiring the visa.

11:42:24 AM  
Arnold Hanuman, representing the Colorado District Attorneys' Council, testified in opposition to the bill, noting that his organization could change its position on the bill if it were amended.

Juan Silva, representing the Second Judicial District, made himself available to explain the U visa process. Mr. Silva responded to questions regarding how he prioritizes U visa applications, and the impact of his U visa responsibilities on his overall workload. Discussion ensued regarding potential amendments to the bill. Mr. Silva responded to questions regarding the U visa appeals process.

12:04:32 PM  
Patricia Medige, representing Colorado Legal Services, testified on the bill from a neutral position. Ms. Medige addressed questions raised during earlier testimony.

Sterling Harris, representing the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, testified in support of the bill.

Alejandra Cardona Lamas, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

Salvador Hernandez, representing Mi Familia Vota, testified in support of the bill.

12:21:24 PM  
Michelle Carey, representing the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, testified in support of HB 21-1060.

Ashley Chase, representing the Office of the Child's Representative, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Chase responded to questions regarding the frequency with which children are involved in the U visa application process.

12:29:41 PM  
Alyssa Reed, representing herself, testified in support of HB 21-1060.

Claudia Aguilar, representing the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

Melanie Kesner, representing the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, read the testimony of Kathleen VanVoorhis in support of the bill.

Lydia Waligorski, representing Violence Free Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

Eric Pavri, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Reed responded to questions regarding the standard in HB 21-1060 for "helpfulness."

01:02:55 PM  
AMENDMENT: L.001 - Private M: Tipper S: Woodrow


01:03:19 PM
Motion Conceptual to L.001
Moved Tipper
Seconded Woodrow
Bacon
Benavidez
Bockenfeld
Carver
Daugherty
Luck
Lynch
Roberts
Woodrow
Tipper
Weissman
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


01:03:40 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Tipper
Seconded Woodrow
Bacon
Benavidez
Bockenfeld
Carver
Daugherty
Luck
Lynch
Roberts
Woodrow
Tipper
Weissman
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


01:04:01 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002
Moved Tipper
Seconded Woodrow
Bacon
Benavidez
Bockenfeld
Carver
Daugherty
Luck
Lynch
Roberts
Woodrow
Tipper
Weissman
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
01:04:04 PM  
The bill sponsors provided closing remarks in support of HB 21-1060. Various committee members provided their positions on the bill.


01:19:13 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1060, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Tipper
Seconded Benavidez
Bacon Yes
Benavidez Yes
Bockenfeld No
Carver No
Daugherty Yes
Luck No
Lynch Yes
Roberts Yes
Woodrow Yes
Tipper Yes
Weissman Yes
Final YES: 8   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






Email addresses for the Colorado legislature have changed from the @state.co.us domain to the @coleg.gov domain on December 1, 2022. Details