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F9CEC15746B16E26872586AA006B98C4 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SB21-174

SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Date Apr 1, 2021      
Location SCR 352



SB21-174 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


01:35:19 PM  

Senator Cooke and Ginal, co-prime sponsors, explained Senate Bill 21-174, concerning adoption of written policies by law enforcement agencies for constitutionally required peace officer credibility disclosure notifications.  They discussed the federal Brady Bill, accountability, disclosure notifications, and uniform standards for reporting law enforcement behavior to a district attorney. 

 

The bill sponsors answered questions about the stakeholder process. 

 

01:47:58 PM  

Committee members asked further questions about police chiefs and bias, fact patterns and sustained findings, internal investigations, and compliance. 

01:58:41 PM  

Senator Cooke distributed and explained Amendment L 001 (Attaachment A) about accusations.and Amendment L.002 (Attachment B) regarding on-going investigations.

02:02:10 PM  

Mr. Ronald Sloan, representing Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, testified in support of the bill, as amended. He brought up issues about notification and disclosure to defense counsel. 

 

Tom Raynes, representing Colorado District Attorneys' Council, testified to amend the bill.  He discussed Brady Bill compliance and the bill's limited application to trials.  He answered questions about fact patterns. 

02:19:13 PM  

Sheriff Justin Smith, representing County Sheriffs of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

 

02:22:19 PM  

Meghan Dollar, representing Colorado Municipal League, testified in a neutral position on the bill. She discussed the stakeholder process. 

 

Sean McCauley, representing Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, testified in support of the bill.  He discussed the need for uniformity about disclosures. 

 

Committee members asked questions about affirmative defense, complaints, and enforcement mechanisms as outlined in the bill. 

 

Senator Cooke revisited the amendments. 



02:43:12 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment A)
Moved Cooke
Seconded
Cooke
Gardner
Rodriguez
Gonzales
Lee
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


02:43:34 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment B)
Moved Cooke
Seconded
Cooke
Gardner
Rodriguez
Gonzales
Lee
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:43:50 PM  

Senators Cooke and Ginal made closing remarks. 

 

 



02:50:04 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-174, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Cooke
Seconded
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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