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S_ED_2018A 04/18/2018 10:02:11 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
Date 04/18/2018
Attendance
Gardner E
Merrifield X
Neville T. *
Todd X
Zenzinger X
Priola X
Hill X
Time 10:02:11 AM to 10:55:56 AM
Place SCR 352
This Meeting was called to order by Hill
This Report was prepared by Rachel Kurtz-Phelan
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB18-229 Amended, referred to Senate Finance
HB18-1277 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
HB18-1070 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

SB18-229 - Amended, referred to Senate Finance

10:02:49 AM  
Senator Martinez Humenik, sponsor, introduced
Senate Bill 18-229 concerning student teacher background checks.  The
bill allows a student in a teacher preparation program to obtain a fingerprint
based criminal background check from the Colorado Department of Education.

 
The bill was on the table for
action only.  Senator Martinez Humenik reminded the committee that
amendments L.001, L.002, and L.003 (Attachments A-C) were passed during
the previous committee hearing.  She distributed amendment L.008 (Attachment
D) and explained the amendment.


10:04:41 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.008
Moved Zenzinger
Seconded
Gardner
Merrifield
Neville T.
Todd
Zenzinger
Priola
Hill
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


10:05:07 AM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-229, as amended, to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Zenzinger
Seconded
Gardner Excused
Merrifield Yes
Neville T. Yes
Todd Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Priola Yes
Hill Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB18-1277 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


10:05:13 AM  

Senator Kefalas, sponsor, presented House Bill 18-1277 which concerns a requirement that an application for a Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Act grant of financial assistance for public school capital construction to include a plan for the future use or disposition of any existing public school facility that the applicant will stop the current use upon receipt of the grant.

10:06:47 AM  

Senator Kefalas answered questions from the committee.  There were no witnesses present to testify.



10:08:52 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1277 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Todd
Seconded
Gardner Excused
Merrifield Yes
Neville T. Yes
Todd Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Priola Yes
Hill Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB18-1070 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


10:08:57 AM  
Senators Zenzinger and Scott, co-sponsors,
presented House Bill 18-1070 which concerns an increase in the amount of
financial assistance that can be provided for public school capital construction
under the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program.  They distributed
a copy of amendment L.004 (Attachment E).  Senator Zenzinger explained
the amendment and provided background information about the bill.
10:13:59 AM  

The co-sponsors answered questions from the committee.

10:17:35 AM  

Jason Hopfer, representing the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance, came to the table to answer questions from the committee.

10:22:39 AM  

Kathy Gebhardt, representing the Colorado Association of School Boards, the BEST Board, and the Boulder Valley School Board, spoke in support of the bill.

10:28:58 AM  

George Welsh, Superintendent of Canyon City School District and also representing the Rural Alliance and the Opportunity Coalition, spoke in support of the bill.

10:34:38 AM  
The preceding two witnesses answered questions from the committee.
10:35:58 AM  

Bill Wilson, representing Brush School District RE-2J, the Rural Alliance, and the Opportunity Coalition, spoke in support of the bill.

10:42:37 AM  

Lloyd Harwood, Vice President of the Canyon City Board of Education, spoke in support of the bill.

10:44:21 AM  

The preceding two witnesses answered questions from the committee. Committee discussion ensued.

10:51:05 AM  

Rob Alejo, representing Alamosa School District, spoke in support of the bill.  

10:51:53 AM  
Arlan Van Ry, representing the Alamosa
School Board, spoke in support of the bill.
10:52:56 AM  

The preceding two witnesses answered questions from the committee.  There were no more witnesses present to testify, so Senator Hill closed public testimony.  



10:54:38 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004
Moved Zenzinger
Seconded
Gardner Excused
Merrifield
Neville T.
Todd
Zenzinger
Priola
Hill
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


10:55:06 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1070, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Zenzinger
Seconded
Gardner Excused
Merrifield Yes
Neville T. Yes
Todd Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Priola Yes
Hill Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


10:55:56 AM   Committee Adjourned






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