Ms. Lisa Raville, representing the Harm Reduction Action Center, testified in support of HB 19-1263. Ms. Raville discussed issues facing those with substance abuse issues, and the ways in which these persons affect the community.
Ms. Alli Daley, representing Colorado Counties, Inc, testified on the bill. She suggested some improvements to the bill.
Ms. Tristan Gorman, representing the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, spoke in support of the bill. She discussed collaterol consequences for felony convictions. She discussed housing and employment and the impact of a felony conviction. She noted revolving doors and relapses.
Mr. Art Way, representing the Drug Policy Alliance, spoke in favor of the bill. He discussed the impacts of the drug war and going hard on the user. He discussed the need to look at the issue from a demand, not supply, side. Discussion ensued regarding the General Assembly's attempts to address second-order effects of being convicted of a felony, and the use of felony charges to incentivize treatment.