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S_SA_2021A 05/11/2021 02:00:56 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Date 05/11/2021
Attendance
Jaquez Lewis X
Simpson X
Sonnenberg X
Coleman X
Gonzales X
Time 02:00:56 PM to 05:43:32 PM
Place Old Supreme Court
This Meeting was called to order by Gonzales
This Report was prepared by Anne Wallace
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB21-1071 Referred to Senate Finance
SB21-256 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

HB21-1071 - Referred to Senate Finance


02:02:00 PM  
Majority Leader Fenberg
and Senator Winter, bill sponsors, presented House Bill 21-1071. Starting
in January 2023, the bill allows single-county municipal elections using
instant runoff voting (IRV) to be conducted by a county clerk as a part
of a coordinated election. Starting in January 2025, this option will be
made available for municipalities located in multiple counties. The Secretary
of State (SOS) is required to establish the rules, requirements, and specifications
for a voting system allowing IRV.
02:08:06 PM  
The bill sponsors responded to committee questions.
02:11:04 PM  
Senator Gonzales
proceeded with witness testimony on the bill.  Submitted testimony
on the bill may be found in Attachment A.
 
02:12:20 PM  
Angela Myers, representing Larimer County Colorado Clerk & Recorder, testified in opposition to the bill.
02:12:57 PM  
John Magnino, representing Colorado Department of State, testified to amend the bill. Matt Crane, representing Colorado County Clerk's Association, testified to amend the bill.
02:16:59 PM  
Emma Donahue, representing Ranked Choice Voting for Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Melanie Potyondy, representing self, testified in support of the bill.
02:24:08 PM  
Karen Goldman, representing Colorado Municipal League and Colorado Municipal Clerks Association, testified in support of the bill. Gaythia Weis, representing League of Women Voters of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
02:29:19 PM  
Danny Katz, representing Colorado Public Interest Research Group, testified in support of the bill.
02:32:35 PM  
Barry Fagin, representing self, testified in a neutral position on the bill. Chuck Broerman, representing self, testified in opposition to the bill.
02:38:44 PM  
Terrance Carroll, representing Unite Colorado, was available to answer committee questions.
02:42:44 PM  
Justin Kurth, representing Stand Up Republic, testified in support of the bill.
02:44:13 PM  
The bill sponsors responded to committee questions.
02:47:37 PM  
The bill sponsors gave closing remarks.


02:48:26 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1071 to the Committee on Finance.
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



SB21-256 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

02:48:36 PM  
Majority Leader Fenberg and Senator Moreno, bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 21-256. The bill permits a local government to enact an ordinance, regulation, or other law governing the sale, purchase, transfer, or possession of a firearm, ammunition, or firearm component or accessory as long as it is not less restrictive than state laws. In addition, it allows local governments, including a special district or governing board of an institution of higher education to regulate the carrying of concealed handguns in their jurisdiction.
03:01:12 PM  
The bill sponsors
responded to committee questions.
03:14:43 PM  
Senator Coleman proceeded
with witness testimony on the bill. Submitted testimony on the bill may
be found in Attachment B.
03:15:29 PM  
Eileen McCarron, representing Colorado Ceasefire, testified in support of the bill. Nicole LiaBraaten, representing Moms Demand Action, testified in support of the bill. Ian Gaskins, representing Giffords Gun Owners for Safety, testified in support of the bill. Hannah Shearer, representing Giffords Law Center, testified in support of the bill. The witness panel responded to committee questions.
03:29:54 PM  
Tim Howard, representing Superior Board of Trustees, testified in support of the bill. Dawn Reinfeld, representing self, testified in support of the bill. Val Nosler Beck, representing Brady United Against Gun Violence, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Myra Isenhart, representing Colorado Ceasefire Outreach, testified in support of the bill.
03:39:19 PM  
Annette Moore, representing Blue Rising Together, testified in support of the bill. Rachel Friend, representing City of Boulder, testified in support of the bill. Claire Levy, representing Boulder County, testified in support of the bill.
03:47:57 PM  
Sylvia Bernstein, representing League of Women Voters of Boulder County, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Stephanie Greenberg, representing Colorado Faith Communities United Against Gun Violence, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Jacqui Shumway, representing self, testified in support of the bill. Maisha Fields, representing Brady Campaign, testified in support of the bill.
04:00:46 PM  
Rachel Hill, representing self, testified in support of the bill. Senator Evie Hudak, representing Colorado PTA, testified in support of the bill. Cherry-Rose Anderson, representing NAACP Boulder County, testified in support of the bill. Molly Frommelt, representing University of Colorado Boulder, testified in support of the bill.
04:09:09 PM  
Councilmember Wayne
Williams, representing Colorado Springs, testified in opposition to the
bill. Lesley Hollywood, representing Rally for our Rights, testified in
opposition to the bill. Peggy Gray, representing self, testified in opposition
to the bill. Michael Zundelevich, representing self, testified in opposition
to the bill. The witness panel responded to committee questions.
04:20:58 PM  
Lauren Boebert, representing self, testified in opposition to the bill. Russell Winkler, representing self, testified in opposition to the bill. Mario Acevedo, representing self, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:29:48 PM  
Ronald Dietz, representing self, testified in opposition to the bill. Mark Bromley, representing 2nd Amendment, testified in opposition to the bill. Matthew Erculiani, representing self, testified in opposition to the bill. Owen Clyncke, representing self, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:39:26 PM  
Dan Williams, representing Teller County, testified in opposition to the bill. Taylor Rhodes, representing Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, testified in opposition to the bill. Michael Stapleton, representing self, testified in opposition to the bill. Tanya Macbain, representing self, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:49:57 PM  
Erik Stone, representing Teller County, testified in opposition to the bill. Wade Hairfield, representing self, testified in opposition to the bill. Linda Bissett, representing self, testified in opposition to the bill. Nephi Cole, representing National Shooting Sports Foundation, testified in opposition to the bill. The witness panel responded to committee questions.
05:02:24 PM  
Keith Amorim, representing self, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:03:14 PM  
Amanda Sanders, representing self, testified in opposition to the bill. Travis Couture-Lovelady, representing National Rifle Association, testified in opposition to the bill. Robert Edmiston, representing The Firearms Coalition of Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill. The witness panel responded to committee questions.
05:19:15 PM  
Majority Leader Fenberg
distributed amendments L.001, L.003, and L.005 to the committee (Attachments
C, D, and E).


05:19:56 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment C).
Moved Coleman
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis
Simpson
Sonnenberg
Coleman
Gonzales
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


05:22:45 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment D).
Moved Coleman
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis
Simpson
Sonnenberg
Coleman
Gonzales
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
05:23:44 PM  
The committee discussed the amendments.


05:28:26 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.005 (Attachment E).
Moved Coleman
Seconded
Jaquez Lewis
Simpson
Sonnenberg
Coleman
Gonzales
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
05:28:53 PM  
The bill sponsors gave closing remarks on the bill.
05:34:43 PM  
Committee members commented on the bill. The bill sponsors responded to committee questions.


05:43:10 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-256, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
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


05:43:32 PM   The committee adjourned.






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