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J_CDC_2023A 03/16/2023 08:35:50 AM Committee Summary

Date 03/16/2023
Catlin X
Lindsay X
Mullica X
Simpson X
Hinrichsen X
Story X
Time 08:35:50 AM to 08:52:10 AM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Story
This Report was prepared by Bo Pogue
Hearing Items Action Taken
Consideration of Senate Bill 23-161 Recommend Support for SB 23-161

Consideration of Senate Bill 23-161 - Recommend Support for SB 23-161

08:37:40 AM  
The committee was
called to order.  A quorum was present.  The committee considered
Senate Bill 23-161, concerning state funding to finance the purchase of
a firefighting aircraft to respond to wildfires, pursuant to Senate Rule
42.  Representative Story provided an overview of the proposed purchase
of a Fire Hawk helicopter. Bo Pogue, Legislative Council Staff, responded
to questions regarding the budgetary placement of capital projects funded
through certificates of participation. Discussion ensued regarding the
impact of the project on the annual capital construction budget, and other
potential uses for the funds to be committed to the project.  Senator
Simpson related the tenor of discussions of the bill in the Senate Finance
Committee.  Mr. Joel Malecka, Department of Public Safety, responded
to questions regarding whether the department plans to continue to lease
two large air tankers after it enters into a lease-purchase agreement for
the Fire Hawk.  Discussion followed regarding the outlook for wildfires
in Colorado going forward, and the availability of firefighting helicopters.
08:50:34 AM  
Discussion continued
on the subject of wildfires and Senate Bill 23-161.

08:50:40 AM
Motion Recommend support to the Senate Appropriations Committee for Senate Bill 23-161.
Moved Hinrichsen
Catlin Yes
Lindsay Yes
Mullica Yes
Simpson Yes
Hinrichsen Yes
Story Yes
YES: 6   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS

08:52:10 AM   The committee adjourned.

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