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S_SA_2021A 04/27/2021 02:02:53 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Date 04/27/2021
Attendance
Jaquez Lewis *
Simpson X
Sonnenberg *
Coleman X
Gonzales X
Time 02:02:53 PM to 06:15:55 PM
Place Old Supreme Court
This Meeting was called to order by Gonzales
This Report was prepared by Anne Wallace
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB21-1016 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB21-1116 Referred to Senate Appropriations
HB21-1222 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
HB21-1231 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
HB21-1236 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
HB21-1212 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
SCR21-001 Postponed Indefinitely
HB21-1117 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB21-1121 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

HB21-1016 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


02:03:13 PM  
Senator Gardner and President Garcia, bill sponsors, presented House Bill 21-1016 to the committee. The bill allows a veteran defendant to petition that their case be transferred to a jurisdiction with a veteran’s specialty court, if such a court is unavailable in their jurisdiction.
02:09:56 PM  
Senator Gonzales proceeded with witness testimony on the bill.
02:10:55 PM  
Arnold Hanuman, representing Colorado District Attorneys' Council, testified in support of the bill. Anthony Archer, representing Veteran Sheepdogs of America, testified in support of the bill. The witness panel responded to committee questions.
02:18:51 PM  
District Attorney John Kellner, representing 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office, testified in support of the bill. Brian Mason, representing 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office, testified in support of the bill.
02:24:31 PM  
The bill sponsors gave closing remarks on the bill.


02:28:27 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1016 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Coleman
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis Excused
Simpson Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Coleman Yes
Gonzales Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1116 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


02:28:40 PM  
Senator Liston and President Garcia, bill sponsors, presented House Bill 21-1116 to the committee. The bill grants free access to state parks and recreation areas to Colorado residents who are Purple Heart recipients.
02:33:52 PM  
Senator Gonzales
proceeded with witness testimony on the bill. Submitted testimony on the
bill may be found in Attachment A.
02:34:03 PM  
Anthony Archer, representing VFW and Stefan Sheepdogs of America, testified in support of the bill. Glen Cooper, representing Military Order of the Purple Heart, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Phil Treglia, representing self, testified in support of the bill.
02:48:43 PM  
The committee recessed.
The committee came back to order.


02:49:04 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1116 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Coleman
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Simpson Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Coleman Yes
Gonzales Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1222 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


02:49:31 PM  
Senator Smallwood
and Senator Winter, bill sponsors, presented House Bill 21-1222 to the
committee. The bill requires local governments to treat family child care
homes as residential property when it comes to zoning, land use, fire and
life safety, sanitation, and building code regulations.



Amendment L.003 was distributed to the committee (Attachment B).
02:54:16 PM  
Senator Gonzales
proceeded with witness testimony on the bill. Submitted testimony on the
bill may be found in Attachment C.
02:56:10 PM  
Alexander Winter, representing self, testified in opposition to the bill. Christina Walker, representing Clayton Early Learning, testified in support of the bill. Nicole Riehl, representing Executives Partnering to Invest in Children, testified in support of the bill.
03:05:26 PM  
Kathryn Kuhlenberg, representing self, testified in support of the bill. Jeanne McQueeney, representing self, testified in support of the bill. Stacey Carpenter, representing self, testified in support of the bill. Carin Rosa, representing Office of Early Childhood, Department of Human Services, was available to answer committee questions.


03:14:56 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment B).
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis
Simpson
Sonnenberg
Coleman
Gonzales Excused
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:14:57 PM  
The committee recessed.
The committee came back to order.
03:16:20 PM  
The bill sponsor gave closing remarks on the bill.


03:17:05 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1222, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Simpson Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Coleman Yes
Gonzales Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1231 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


03:18:29 PM  
Senator Bridges and Senator Fields, bill sponsors, presented House Bill 21-1231 to the committee. The bill adds "Space National Guard" to provisions in state statute that mention the Colorado Army National Guard and the Air National Guard, and "Space Force" to provisions in statute that list the branches of the United States armed forces.
03:21:08 PM  
Senator Coleman proceeded
with witness testimony on the bill. Submitted witness testimony on the
bill  may be found in Attachment D.

03:21:24 PM  
Brigadier General Laura Clellan, representing Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, testified in support of the bill. Colonel Michael Lockette, representing Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, testified in support of the bill.
03:25:43 PM  
The bill sponsors gave closing remarks on the bill.


03:27:59 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1231 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Coleman
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Simpson Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Coleman Yes
Gonzales Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1236 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


03:29:05 PM  
Senator Bridges and
Senator Priola presented House Bill 21-1236. The bill updates and modifies
statutes pertaining to the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the
Colorado Cybersecurity Council, and the Joint Technology Committee.

03:30:23 PM  
Senator Gonzales
proceeded with witness testimony on the bill.  

03:30:39 PM  
Kim Bimestefer, representing
Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, testified in support of
the bill. Tony Neal-Graves, representing Office of Information Technology,
testified in support of the bill. Dean Williams, representing Colorado
Department of Corrections, testified in support of the bill. Meghan MacKillop,
representing Colorado Municipal League, testified in support of the bill.
03:39:10 PM  
The bill sponsors
gave closing remarks.


03:40:28 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1236 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Coleman
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Simpson Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Coleman Yes
Gonzales Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1212 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


03:41:06 PM  
Senator Coram and Senator Fields, bill sponsors, presented House Bill 21-1212 to the committee. The bill requires the Governor to consider geographic and demographic diversity when making appointments to certain boards, commissions, committees, or task forces beginning January 1, 2022.
03:43:51 PM  
Senator Coleman proceeded
with witness testimony. Submitted testimony on the bill may be found in
Attachment E.
03:44:10 PM  
Don Suppes, representing Delta County, testified in support of the bill. Richard Orf, representing Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
03:47:16 PM  
The bill sponsor
gave closing remarks on the bill. Committee members commented on the bill.


03:52:32 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1212 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Simpson Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Coleman Yes
Gonzales Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SCR21-001 - Postponed Indefinitely


03:52:59 PM  
Senator Lundeen,
bill sponsor, presented Senate Concurrent Resolution 21-001 to the committee.
The concurrent resolution refers a measure to voters at the November 2022
general election to amend the Colorado Constitution to limit a state of
disaster emergency declared by the Governor to 30 consecutive calendar
days.
04:00:11 PM  
Senator Gonzales
proceeded with witness testimony on the resolution. Submitted testimony
may be found in Attachment F.
04:00:34 PM  
Director Kevin Klein, representing DHSEM, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:03:21 PM  
The bill sponsor
gave closing remarks on the resolution. Committee members commented.


04:23:39 PM
Motion Refer to the Full Senate.
Moved Simpson
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis No
Simpson Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Coleman No
Gonzales No
YES: 2   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


04:24:04 PM
Motion Postpone SCR21-001 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely.
Moved Coleman
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Simpson No
Sonnenberg No
Coleman Yes
Gonzales Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1117 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


04:25:18 PM  
Senator Gonzales and Senator Rodriguez, bill sponsors, presented House Bill 21-1117 to the committee. The bill clarifies that the state prohibition on local rent control laws is not applicable to local laws that restrict rents on newly constructed or redeveloped housing so long as the local regulation provides options to the property owner or land developer, and creates alternatives to the construction of new affordable housing on the building site.
04:30:50 PM  
Senator Coleman proceeded
with witness testimony on the bill. Submitted witness testimony on the
bill may be found in Attachment G.

04:31:14 PM  
Councilwoman Robin Kniech, representing self, testified to amend the bill. Meghan Dollar, representing Colorado Municipal League, testified in support of the bill. Kinsey Hasstedt, representing Enterprise Community Partners, testified in support of the bill. The witness panel responded to committee questions.
04:42:50 PM  
Brizai Gomez Cortes, representing Metro Caring, testified in support of the bill. Melanie Kesner, representing Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Andrea Stojsavljevic, representing Healthier Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
04:51:32 PM  
Tawny Peyton, representing Rocky Mountain Home Association, testified in opposition to the bill. Annemarie Sunde, representing Colorado Landlord Legislative Coalition, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:56:34 PM  
Bruce Eisenhauer, representing Department of Local Affairs, testified in support of the bill. Brian Connolly, representing Colorado Housing Affordability Project, testified in support of the bill. Commissioner Kayla Marcella, representing Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI), testified in support of the bill.
05:02:56 PM  
Kelly McNicholas Kury, representing Pitkin County and Counties and Commissioners Acting Together, testified in support of the bill. Anna DeWitt, representing self, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Michael Neil, representing Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, testified in support of the bill. George Marlin, representing self, testified in support of the bill.
05:11:44 PM  
Caitlin Quander, representing NAIOP Colorado, testified to amend the bill. Andrew Harick, representing Colorado Apartment Association, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:11:45 PM  
Amendments L.007 and L.008 were distributed (Attachments H and I).


05:18:34 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.007 (Attachment H).
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis
Simpson
Sonnenberg
Coleman
Gonzales
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


05:19:13 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.008 to L.007 (Attachment I).
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis
Simpson
Sonnenberg
Coleman
Gonzales
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
05:19:20 PM  
The bill sponsors
gave closing remarks. Committee members commented on the bill.
 


05:26:14 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1117, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Simpson No
Sonnenberg No
Coleman Yes
Gonzales Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1121 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


05:26:43 PM  
Senator Gonzales,
bill sponsor, presented House Bill 21-1121 to the committee. The bill increases
eviction and tenancy protections for residential tenants.  
05:30:23 PM  
Senator Coleman proceeded
with witness testimony on the bill. Submitted witness testimony on the
bill may be found in Attachment J.
05:30:43 PM  
Tawny Peyton, representing Rocky Mountain Home Association, testified in opposition to the bill. Annemarie Sunde, representing Colorado Landlord Legislative Coalition, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:35:21 PM  
Bruce Eisenhauer, representing Department of Local Affairs, testified in support of the bill. Sheena Kadi, representing Metro Caring, testified in support of the bill. Melanie Kesner, representing Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
05:42:19 PM  
Kinsey Hassetdt,
representing Enterprise Community Partners, testified in support of the
bill. Dr. Michael Neil, representing Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition,
testified in support of the bill. Aubrey Hasvold, representing Colorado
Coalition for the Homeless, testified in support of the bill.
05:48:20 PM  
Andrew Hamrick, representing Colorado Apartment Association, testified in a neutral position on the bill.
05:50:44 PM  
Jason Hopfer, Colorado Association of Realtors, testified regarding the bill.
05:52:04 PM  
Amendments L.011
and L.012 were distributed (Attachments K and L).  


05:54:00 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.012 (Attachment L).
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis
Simpson
Sonnenberg
Coleman
Gonzales
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
05:58:13 PM  
The committee discussed
the amendments.


06:13:08 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.011 (Attachment K).
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Simpson No
Sonnenberg No
Coleman Yes
Gonzales Yes
YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
06:13:14 PM  
The bill sponsor gave closing remarks on the bill.


06:15:37 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1121, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Simpson No
Sonnenberg No
Coleman Yes
Gonzales Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


06:15:55 PM   The committee adjourned.






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