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0691B114010CBD24872586C40071D442 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SB21-238

SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY
Date Apr 27, 2021      
Location SCR 357



SB21-238 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

02:43:23 PM  
Senator Zenzinger
and President Garcia, co-prime sponsors, introduced Senate Bill 21-238,
concerning the Front Range Passenger Rail District, the maintenance of
a passenger rail system, and the governing structure, powers, and duties
of the district. The sponsors responded to questions from the committee.
Public comment on this bill can be found in Attachment B.    

03:03:12 PM  
Mr. James Souby, representing State Southwest Chiefs and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Souby responded to questions from the committee.
03:09:54 PM  
Salvatore Pace, representing
Southwest Chief and Front Range Rail Commission, testified in support of
the bill. Executive Director Shoshana Lew, representing herself, testified
in support of the bill. Robert Eaton, representing Amtrak, testified in
support of the bill. The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
03:30:22 PM  
Ms. Jill Gaebler,
representing Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission,
testified in support of the bill. Ms. Gaebler responded to questions from
the committee.
03:37:36 PM  
Tom Norton, representing
Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance, testified in opposition to the
bill. Ryan Fertig, representing Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance,
testified in opposition to the bill. The panelists responded to questions
from the committee.
03:46:52 PM  
Commissioner Claire
Levy, representing Boulder County, testified to amend the bill. Council
Member Aaron Brockett, representing City of Boulder, testified to amend
the bill. Ms. Joan Peck, representing City of Longmont, testified to amend
the bill.
03:55:28 PM  
Dana Crawford, representing Housing Business in Trinidad Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Gary DeFrange, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Mayor William Karspeck , representing Town of Berthoud, testified in support of the bill. The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
04:05:45 PM  
Mr. Rick Klein, representing
himself, testified in support of the bill. Mayor Phillip Rico, representing
City of Trinidad, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Kathy Cathcart,
representing Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, testified in support
of the bill.
04:15:28 PM  
Skyler McKinley,
representing AAA, testified in support of the bill.  Dr.  Kay
Palmer, representing League of Women Voters of Colorado , testified in
support of the bill. The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
04:25:47 PM  
Mr. Jack Wheeler,
representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Andrew Bartlett,
representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
04:30:42 PM  
Mr. Michael Juran,
representing Altia, testified in support of the bill. Danny Katz, representing
CoPIRG (Colorado Public Interest Research Group), testified in support
of the bill. Ryan Blankenship, representing himself, testified in support
of the bill.
04:38:04 PM  
Carl Smith, representing
SMART-Transportation Division, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Robert
 Brewster, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
04:40:31 PM  
Kurt Walker, representing
Pine Canyon Ranch, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Andrew Goetz,
representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Mrs. Nancy McCaffrey,
representing Board Member of ColoRail, testified in support of the bill.
04:52:17 PM  
 Ms. Cy Michaels,
representing herself, testified in support of the bill.  Ms. Pat Fletcher,
representing Trinidad Parks and Recreation Commitee, Arts and Culture Commission,
testified in support of the bill.
05:00:17 PM  
Mr. Gary Sprung,
representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Jack Tone,
representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
05:00:18 PM  
Senator Zenzinger
introduced and distributed Amendments L.001, L.002, L.003, and L.004 (Attachments
C-F).


05:06:41 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment C)
Moved Zenzinger
Seconded
Coram
Donovan
Hisey
Scott
Zenzinger
Pettersen
Winter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


05:07:22 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment D)
Moved Zenzinger
Seconded
Coram
Donovan
Hisey
Scott
Zenzinger
Pettersen
Winter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


05:08:15 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment E)
Moved Zenzinger
Seconded
Coram
Donovan
Hisey
Scott
Zenzinger
Pettersen
Winter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


05:08:49 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment F)
Moved Zenzinger
Seconded
Coram
Donovan
Hisey
Scott
Zenzinger
Pettersen
Winter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
05:08:52 PM  
Senator Scott introduced
and distributed Amendment L.005 (Attachment G).


05:11:59 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.005 (Attachment G)
Moved Scott
Seconded
Coram Yes
Donovan No
Hisey No
Scott Yes
Zenzinger No
Pettersen No
Winter No
YES: 2   NO: 5   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
05:12:43 PM  
Senator Zenzinger
gave closing remarks and responded to comments from the committee.


05:15:45 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-238, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Zenzinger
Seconded
Coram Yes
Donovan Yes
Hisey Yes
Scott No
Zenzinger Yes
Pettersen Yes
Winter Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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