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H_SA_2021A 06/03/2021 04:57:48 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STATE, CIVIC, MILITARY, & VETERANS AFFAIRS
Date 06/03/2021
Attendance
Amabile X
Bernett X
Boesenecker X
Catlin X
Duran X
Hanks X
Neville X
Valdez A. X
Williams X
Sirota X
Kennedy X
Time 04:57:48 PM to 08:29:07 PM
Place LSB A
This Meeting was called to order by Kennedy
This Report was prepared by Ryan Dudley
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB21-272 Amended, referred to House Finance
SB21-087 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
HCR21-1002 Referred to House Appropriations

SB21-272 - Amended, referred to House Finance

04:58:04 PM  
Representative Bernett, bill sponsor, introduced Senate Bill 21-272. This bill makes various statutory changes to the operation of the Public Utilities Commission, and removes the existing cap on annual fees collected from regulated public utilities.
05:01:28 PM  
The bill sponsor introduced and discussed the amendments at this time.
05:09:04 PM  
Michael Nicoletti, representing the Department of Regulatory Agencies, testified in support of the bill.
05:10:52 PM  
Nick Wagner, representing Black Hills Energy, and Steve Berman, representing Xcel Energy, testified to amend the bill.
05:17:00 PM  
Represenatative Bernett
moved amendments L.030 (Attachment A), L.031 (Attachment B) L.029 (Attachment
C), and L.028 (Attachment D). Members of the committee asked questions
about amendment L.028.


05:17:07 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.030
Moved Bernett
Seconded Duran
Amabile Yes
Bernett Yes
Boesenecker Yes
Catlin No
Duran Yes
Hanks No
Neville No
Valdez A. Yes
Williams Excused
Sirota Yes
Kennedy Yes
YES: 7   NO: 3   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


05:17:51 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.031
Moved Bernett
Seconded Duran
Amabile
Bernett
Boesenecker
Catlin
Duran
Hanks
Neville
Valdez A.
Williams Excused
Sirota
Kennedy
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


05:18:36 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.029
Moved Bernett
Seconded Duran
Amabile
Bernett
Boesenecker
Catlin
Duran
Hanks
Neville
Valdez A.
Williams Excused
Sirota
Kennedy
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


05:19:37 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.028
Moved Bernett
Seconded Duran
Amabile
Bernett
Boesenecker
Catlin
Duran
Hanks
Neville
Valdez A.
Williams
Sirota
Kennedy
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
05:20:01 PM  
The bill sponsors
and members of the committee made closing remarks.


05:20:58 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-272, as amended, to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Bernett
Seconded Valdez A.
Amabile Yes
Bernett Yes
Boesenecker Yes
Catlin No
Duran Yes
Hanks No
Neville No
Valdez A. Yes
Williams No
Sirota Yes
Kennedy Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-087 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations

05:21:05 PM  
Representative McCormick and Representative Caraveo, bill sponsors, introduced Senate Bill 21-087. This bill removes the agricultural worker exemption from the Colorado Labor and Peace Act.
05:32:08 PM  
The bill sponsors distributed and discussed the amendments.
05:37:45 PM  
Members of the committee asked questions to the bill sponsors.
06:00:33 PM  
Fatuma Emmad, representing
Farmer, Co-Founder of Frontline Farming, Co-Convenor of PPFSW, Network
Manager of PPPN, and President of MHF, testified in support of the bill.
 Juana Armijo, representing Former Farmworker in CO & AZ and current
farmworker Frontline Farming, testified in support of the bill. Roberto
Meza read a version of of Mr. Armijo's testimony in English.
06:16:43 PM  
The witness panel answered questions from the committee.
06:22:11 PM  
Mr. Carlyle Currier,
representing Colorado Farm Bureau, testified in opposition to the bill.
 Mr. Pat O'Toole, representing Colorado Wool Growers and Colorado
Cattlemen's Associations, testified in opposition to the bill.  Mr.
Dan Waldvogle, representing Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, testified to
amend the bill.  Mrs.  Hana Fullmer, representing herself, testified
to amend the bill.  Bruce Talbott, representing Colorado Fruit and
Vegetable Growers Association, testified to amend the bill.
06:48:00 PM  
Members of the committee asked questions to the witness panel.
06:58:49 PM  
Mr. Blaine Diffendaffer, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill.
07:03:16 PM  
 Erin Foster
West, representing National Young Farmers Coalition, testified in support
of the bill.  Jennifer Rodriguez, representing Colorado Legal Services,
testified in support of the bill.  Dr. Thomas Acker, representing
Hispanic Affairs Project, testified in support of the bill.  Members
of the committee asked questions to the witness panel.
07:30:15 PM  
The bill sponsors
introduced amendments L.078 (Attachment E), L.080 (Attachment F), L.084
(Attachment G), L.092 (Attachment H), L.089 (Attachment I), and L.093 (Attachment
J). Committee members discussed the amendments.



07:31:28 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.078
Moved Duran
Seconded Valdez A.
Amabile
Bernett
Boesenecker
Catlin
Duran
Hanks
Neville
Valdez A.
Williams
Sirota
Kennedy
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


07:32:05 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.080
Moved Amabile
Seconded Duran
Amabile
Bernett
Boesenecker
Catlin
Duran
Hanks
Neville
Valdez A.
Williams
Sirota
Kennedy
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


07:33:50 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.084
Moved Valdez A.
Seconded Sirota
Amabile
Bernett
Boesenecker
Catlin
Duran
Hanks
Neville
Valdez A.
Williams
Sirota
Kennedy
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


07:34:39 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.092
Moved Duran
Seconded Bernett
Amabile
Bernett
Boesenecker
Catlin
Duran
Hanks
Neville
Valdez A.
Williams
Sirota
Kennedy
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


07:36:14 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.089
Moved Bernett
Seconded Valdez A.
Amabile
Bernett
Boesenecker
Catlin
Duran
Hanks
Neville
Valdez A.
Williams
Sirota
Kennedy
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


07:39:55 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.093
Moved Valdez A.
Seconded Bernett
Amabile
Bernett
Boesenecker
Catlin
Duran
Hanks
Neville
Valdez A.
Williams
Sirota
Kennedy
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
07:39:56 PM  
The bill sponsors and members of the committee made closing remarks.


07:58:47 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-087, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Duran
Seconded Valdez A.
Amabile Yes
Bernett Yes
Boesenecker Yes
Catlin No
Duran Yes
Hanks No
Neville No
Valdez A. Yes
Williams No
Sirota Yes
Kennedy Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HCR21-1002 - Referred to House Appropriations


08:11:44 PM  
Representatives Geitner and Kennedy, bill sponsor, presented House Concurrent Resolution 21-1002. Conditional on voter approval, this resolution expands eligibility for the homestead exemption for seniors or veterans with a disability to the Gold Star spouse of a deceased service person.
08:13:36 PM  
Members of the committee
discussed the resolution and asked questions to the bill sponsors.
08:17:54 PM  
Steve Schleiker,
representing the El Paso County Assessor, testified in support of the resolution.
 Chip Kossow, representing self, testified in support of the resolution.
 Members of the committee asked questions to the witnesses.
08:26:28 PM  
The bill sponsors and committee members made closing remarks.


08:28:56 PM
Motion Refer HCR21-1002 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Kennedy
Seconded Valdez A.
Bernett Yes
Boesenecker Yes
Catlin Yes
Duran Yes
Hanks Yes
Kennedy Yes
Neville Yes
Valdez A. Yes
Williams Yes
Sirota Yes
Amabile Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


08:29:07 PM   The committee adjourned.






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