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H_LG_2017A 03/29/2017 Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Date: 03/29/2017
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:30 PM to 02:35 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
*
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:
HB17-1278 Referred to House Appropriations





01:31 PM -- HB17-1278



Representatives Exum and Pettersen, co-prime sponsors, explained HB17-1278 concerning the deposit of proceeds from the tax on insurance premiums to the Local Firefighter Safety and Disease Prevention Fund. The bill requires the State Treasurer to deposit $2.5 million of the proceeds from the tax on insurance policy premiums in the Local Firefighter Safety and Disease Prevention Fund for each of the three fiscal years commencing on or after July 1, 2017. They answered questions from the committee regarding the tax rate for insurance premiums, increases from this revenue source due to population growth, and other related funding issues. Further discussion ensued regarding merit or need-based distribution of the firefighter funds. It was emphasized by the sponsors that this funding request is directly skimmed off the top of revenue raised through insurance premium taxes and is not part of the General Fund.



Chris Creighton, representing Legislative Council Staff, answered technical questions from the committee.



01:59 PM --
Dennis Eulberg, representing the Colorado Professional Firefighters Organization, spoke in support of the bill.





























02:04 PM --
Garry Briese, representing the Colorado State Fire Chiefs, spoke in support of the bill. He explained that special district fire departments have very few options for raising revenue and are going out of business as a result, especially in rural parts of the state. He distributed a handout regarding the cost of firefighter gear and equipment (Attachment A).



17HouseLocalGov0329AttachA.pdf17HouseLocalGov0329AttachA.pdf



02:11 PM



Representatives Exum and Pettersen made closing remarks and answered questions from the committee. They explained the importance and necessity of firefighters in a community and funding shortfalls due to the Gallagher Amendment. Committee members discussed funding priorities and the budgeting process.

BILL: HB17-1278
TIME: 02:33:07 PM
MOVED: Exum
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1278 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 11-1 with 1 excused.
SECONDED: Singer
VOTE
Coleman
Yes
Exum
Yes
Gray
Yes
Liston
Yes
McKean
Excused
Navarro
Yes
Ransom
No
Singer
Yes
Thurlow
Yes
Valdez
Yes
Wilson
Yes
Rosenthal
Yes
Lebsock
Yes
Final YES: 11 NO: 1 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





02:35 PM




The committee adjourned.


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