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H_PBH_2021A 04/13/2021 03:01:38 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 04/13/2021
Attendance
Baisley X
Bradfield X
Cutter X
Gonzales-Gutierrez *
Holtorf X
Jodeh X
Ortiz E
Pelton X
Ricks *
Woog X
Young X
Sirota X
Michaelson Jenet X
Time 03:01:38 PM to 04:49:22 PM
Place HCR 0112
This Meeting was called to order by Michaelson Jenet
This Report was prepared by Alexa Kelly
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB21-147 Referred to House Finance
SB21-021 Amended, referred to House Finance
SB21-099 Referred to House Appropriations
HB21-1248 Amended, referred to House Appropriations

SB21-147 - Referred to House Finance


03:01:59 PM  

Representative Van Winkle, bill sponsor, introduced SB21-147. This bill continues the regulation of athletic trainers by the Division of Professions and Occupations in the Department of Regulatory Agencies until September 1, 2031.  The current repeal date is September 1, 2021.

03:03:32 PM  
Representative Froelich, bill sponsor, gave opening comments on the bill.
03:03:53 PM  
Bill sponsors responded to questions from committee members.
03:12:07 PM  
Dr. Daniel Moon, representing Colorado Orthopedic Society, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Mike Sundeen, representing Colorado Athletic Trainers Association, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Theodore Schlegel, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.


03:23:58 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-147 to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Pelton
Seconded Sirota
Baisley Yes
Bradfield Yes
Cutter Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Holtorf Yes
Jodeh Yes
Ortiz Excused
Pelton Yes
Ricks Yes
Woog Yes
Young Yes
Sirota Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 12   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-021 - Amended, referred to House Finance


03:24:12 PM  
Representative Young,
bill sponsor, introduced SB21-021.




The bill enters Colorado into the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Interstate Compact, pending its adoption by ten or more states.  The
compact requires that member states recognize licenses for audiology or
speech-language pathology issued by any other member state, including practicing
telehealth services, and establishes minimum criteria for such licenses.
 One such criterion is a background check for audiologists and speech-language
pathologists.  Credentialed practitioners in a member state can apply
for the privilege to practice in another member state.  The compact
grants member states the authority to charge a fee for such privilege.


 

The bill grants the Department of Regulatory Agencies the authority to
promulgate rules related to the implementation of the compact, to appoint
members to the compact’s governing commission, and to report data to the
commission, as determined by rule.
03:27:33 PM  
Representative Carver, bill sponsor, gave opening remarks on the bill.
03:27:48 PM  
Bill sponsors responded
to questions from committee members.
03:30:41 PM  
Dr. Lesley Edwards-Gaither, representing Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Military Spouses, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Elissa Jodon, representing Colorado Academy of Audiology, testified in support of the bill. Lacy Hoyer-Helms, representing OASIS Pediatric Therapy, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Susan Adams, representing American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Katheryn Boada, representing Children's Hospital Colorado and Colorado Speech-Language Hearing Association, testified in support of the bill.
03:44:29 PM  
The panel of witnesses
responded to questions from committee members.
03:47:18 PM  
Mr. Dan Logsdon, representing Council of State Governments, answered questions from committee members.
03:47:56 PM  

Megan Wagner, representing Colorado Speech Language Hearing Association, testified in support of the bill. The witness responded to questions from committee members.

Submitted written testimony can be found in Attachment A.

03:56:36 PM  
Representative Young
introduced and explained amendment L.001 (Attachment B). Representative
Carver responded to questions on L.001 from committee members.


04:00:31 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment B)
Moved Young
Seconded Pelton
Baisley
Bradfield
Cutter
Gonzales-Gutierrez
Holtorf
Jodeh
Ortiz Excused
Pelton
Ricks
Woog
Young
Sirota
Michaelson Jenet
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
04:00:32 PM  
Representative Carver
and Representative Young gave final comments on the bill.
04:01:41 PM  
Committee members gave final comments on the bill.


04:03:45 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-021, as amended, to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Young
Seconded Sirota
Baisley Yes
Bradfield Yes
Cutter Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Holtorf Yes
Jodeh Yes
Ortiz Excused
Pelton Yes
Ricks Yes
Woog Yes
Young Yes
Sirota Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 12   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-099 - Referred to House Appropriations


04:04:20 PM  
Representative Young,
bill sponsor, introduced SB21-099. This bill continues the Assistance Program
for Disability Benefits, including the Disability Funding Committee, until
September 1, 2026.  The program is currently set to expire September
1, 2021.
04:04:50 PM  
Representative Van Beber, bill sponsor, gave opening remarks on the bill.
04:07:38 PM  
Bill sponsors responded to questions from committee members.
04:10:14 PM  
Dr. Michael Neil, representing Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, testified in support of the bill.
04:17:06 PM  
Representative Young
and Representative Van Beber gave final comments on the bill.


04:18:45 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-099 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Young
Seconded Pelton
Baisley Yes
Bradfield Yes
Cutter Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Holtorf Yes
Jodeh Yes
Ortiz Excused
Pelton Yes
Ricks Yes
Woog Yes
Young Yes
Sirota Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 12   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1248 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


04:18:53 PM  
Representative Amabile,
bill sponsor, introduced HB21-1248. This bill makes several changes to
the operations of the Colorado Children's Trust Fund (CCTF) and the membership
of its board.  



CCTF board membership and powers.
 The bill increases the membership
of the CCTF board from 9 to 17 members.  The bill adds 10 new members
and removes 2 members that are appointed by the Governor.  The bill
also imposes a two-term limit on appointed board members.  



The new members include:



·        the director of the Department of Health Care
Policy and Financing or their designee;

·        the director of the Department of Local Affairs
or their designee;

·        the Child Protection Ombudsman;

·        two members who represent county leadership
in public health, human, or social services;

·        three members appointed by the executive director
of the Department of Human Services who are community members with certain
lived experiences; and

·        two legislators, with one member appointed
by the President of the Senate and one member appointed by the Speaker
of the House of Representatives.  



The bill also renames the fund as the "Colorado Child Abuse Prevention
Trust Fund" and expands the duties and powers of the board to:



·        advise and make recommendations regarding
any state plan developed to prevent child maltreatment;

·        develop strategies to increase child and caregiver
well-being and achievement and to decrease child maltreatment;

·        assist public and private agencies in coordinating
efforts on behalf of families;

·        identify opportunities for, and barriers to,
the alignment of standards, rules, policies, and procedures across programs
and agencies that support families;

·        collaborate with other relevant boards, commissions,
and councils that exist within the executive branch to address services
and supports for families;

·        promote academic research on the efficacy
and cost-effectiveness of child maltreatment prevention initiatives; and


·        distribute money and make grant awards from
the Colorado Child Abuse Prevention Trust Fund.



CCTF revenue and spending.
 Under current law, the CCTF board
is only allowed to spend 75 percent of money credited to the CCTF until
the total amount of assets in the fund exceeds $5 million, and once this
threshold is reached, court docket fees are no longer deposited into the
fund.  This bill repeals these statutory restrictions on both fee
collection to and spending from the fund.  The bill removes the authority
to award grants to home visitation programs, and does not allow grants
to be used for political, election, or lobbying purposes.



Reporting and repeal deadlines.
 The bill extends the deadline
for the Department of Human Services to provide a report to the General
Assembly evaluating CCTF expenditures and impacts of grants from November
1, 2021 to November 1, 2026.  The bill also extends the repeal date
of the CCTF and board to July 1, 2027.
04:20:08 PM  
Bill sponsor responded to questions from committee members.
04:24:30 PM  
Kendra Dunn, representing
Office of Early Childhood, Department of Human Services, testified in support
of the bill.  Jeannie  Vanderburg read the testimony of John
Faught, Executive Director of Public Policy at The Kempe Foundation, who
was in support of the bill.  Jade Woodard, representing Illuminate
Colorado, testified in support of the bill. The panel responded to questions
from committee members.
04:44:53 PM  
Dr. Ki'i Powell,
representing the Department of Human Services, testified in support of
the bill.


Ms. Dunn answered
questions from committee members.



04:45:52 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment C)
Moved Sirota
Seconded Pelton
Baisley
Bradfield
Cutter
Gonzales-Gutierrez
Holtorf
Jodeh
Ortiz Excused
Pelton
Ricks
Woog
Young
Sirota
Michaelson Jenet
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
04:45:55 PM  
Representative Amabile gave final remarks on the bill.
04:47:07 PM  
Committee members gave final remarks on the bill.


04:49:06 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1248, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Sirota
Seconded Cutter
Baisley Yes
Bradfield Yes
Cutter Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Holtorf Yes
Jodeh Yes
Ortiz Excused
Pelton Yes
Ricks Yes
Woog Yes
Young Yes
Sirota Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 12   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


04:49:22 PM   The committee adjourned.






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