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H_LG_2017A 03/01/2017 Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Date: 03/01/2017
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:33 PM to 02:19 PM
Coleman
X
Exum
X
Place: HCR 0107
Gray
X
Liston
X
This Meeting was called to order by
McKean
X
Representative Lebsock
Navarro
X
Ransom
X
This Report was prepared by
Singer
X
Juliann Jenson
Thurlow
X
Valdez
X
Wilson
X
Rosenthal
X
Lebsock
X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
SB17-066

HB17-1198
Referred to the Committee of the Whole

Amended, Referred to the Committee of the Whole





01:33 PM -- SB17-066



Representatives Saine and Lebsock, co-sponsors, explained the bill. There is a sunrise review process for groups seeking peace officer status. The bill clarifies that municipalities do not need to go through that process to employ a police force. Representatives Saine and Lebsock answered questions from the committee. Discussion ensued regarding the duties and responsibilities of a town marshall.



01:39 PM --
Corey Hoffmann, representing the town of Hudson, spoke in favor of the bill. Mr. Hoffmann explained that current law is ambiguous regarding the employing of a police force, and this bill clarifies the hiring process. Mr. Hoffmann also explained the differences, as defined by state law, between a marshall, sheriff, and police chief.



01:44 PM --
Meghan Dollar, representing Colorado Municipal League (CML), spoke in support of the measure. Ms. Dollar explained that CML supports local control and decision-making and believes this bill clarifies police force hiring practices.































01:45 PM




Representatives Saine and Lebsock made closing remarks and answered additional questions from the committee.

BILL: SB17-066
TIME: 01:46:52 PM
MOVED: Lebsock
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-066 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 13-0.
SECONDED: McKean
VOTE
Coleman
Yes
Exum
Yes
Gray
Yes
Liston
Yes
McKean
Yes
Navarro
Yes
Ransom
Yes
Singer
Yes
Thurlow
Yes
Valdez
Yes
Wilson
Yes
Rosenthal
Yes
Lebsock
Yes
Final YES: 13 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS

















































01:55 PM -- HB17-1198



Representative Gray, sponsor, explained the bill. The bill allows a special district having a five-member board to increase the number of board members to seven by the adoption of a resolution of the board of county commissioners or the governing body of the municipality that approved the service plan of the special district. If an increase is made, a board cannot be reduced back to five members. The bill also specifies the length of the initial term of each new special district board member and sets forth the election requirements. Representative Gray distributed amendment L 001 (Attachment A). The amendment clarifies that the new special district board members are to be elected and not appointed. Discussion ensued regarding the size and responsibilities of special district boards.



17HouseLocal0301AttachA.pdf17HouseLocal0301AttachA.pdf



02:05 PM --
Evan Goulding, representing the Special District Association of Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Goulding explained that a statutory procedure is necessary to move a board from five to seven members. He added that more members are needed in larger special improvement districts in order to provide full representation. He answered questions from the committee and discussed appointments and elections.





02:12 PM



Representative Gray made closing remarks about the amendment and the bill.


























































BILL: HB17-1198
TIME: 02:13:43 PM
MOVED: Gray
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment A). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED: Lebsock
VOTE
Coleman
Exum
Gray
Liston
McKean
Navarro
Ransom
Singer
Thurlow
Valdez
Wilson
Rosenthal
Lebsock
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection


BILL: HB17-1198
TIME: 02:16:08 PM
MOVED: Gray
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1198, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 12-0, with 1 excused.
SECONDED: Navarro
VOTE
Coleman
Excused
Exum
Yes
Gray
Yes
Liston
Yes
McKean
Yes
Navarro
Yes
Ransom
Yes
Singer
Yes
Thurlow
Yes
Valdez
Yes
Wilson
Yes
Rosenthal
Yes
Lebsock
Yes
Final YES: 12 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





02:19 PM




The meeting adjourned.


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