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0A0B7FD102F0816A872586310063684B Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SB20B-002

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH CARE & HUMAN SERVICES
Date Dec 1, 2020      
Location HCR 0112



SB20B-002 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


11:05:49 AM  
Representatives Tipper
and Exum, bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 20B-002. The bill creates
the Emergency Direct Assistance Grant Program in the Division of Housing
in the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). The program will provide grants
to individuals who experience financial need due to the COVID-19 pandemic
and who may not be eligible for other types of assistance. The division
must create rules and administer the program, including contracting with
local nonprofit organizations to award grants. The bill transfers $5.0
million from the General Fund to the newly created Emergency Direct Assistance
Grant Program Fund. Money in the fund is continuously appropriated to the
DOLA. The division must use money in the fund by June 30, 2021, and any
unspent money reverts back to the General Fund on June 30, 2022. In addition,
the bill transfers $54.0 million from the General Fund to the Housing Development
Grant fund to provide housing assistance. These funds must be accounted
for separately from existing funds, and the division may use up to three
percent for administrative costs. Finally, the bill transfers $1.0 million
from the General Fund to the Eviction Legal Defense Fund. No later than
January 1, 2021, the State Court Administrator must grant these funds to
qualifying organizations that were awarded grants from the fund in the
current FY 2020-21. Any remaining money in the defense fund at the end
of the year remains in the fund and does not revert to the General Fund.
11:20:47 AM  
Representative Tipper discussed provisions of the bill that she plans to amend. Committee questions followed.
11:27:48 AM  
Annemarie Sunde, Colorado Landlord Legislative Coalition, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions.
11:33:05 AM  
Daniel Chase, representing
the Department of Labor and Employment, testified to amend the bill and
responded to questions.
11:38:29 AM  
Sarah Mercer, Colorado Legal Services, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions.
11:44:26 AM  
Bruce Eisenhauer, Department of Local Affairs, testified in support of the bill.
11:44:27 AM  
The committee received
written testimony on SB20-002 (Attachment A)

11:47:22 AM  
Representative Tipper responded to questions.
12:07:03 PM  
The committee was called back to order


12:12:39 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.007
Moved Cutter
Seconded Larson
Caraveo
Cutter
Holtorf
Larson
Liston
Mullica
Young
Michaelson Jenet
Singer Excused
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
12:12:40 PM  
Representative Tipper
presented amendment L.007.
12:12:49 PM  
Representative Mullica
discussed amendment L.008.
12:15:49 PM  
The committee recessed.
12:16:16 PM  
The committee came
back to order.
12:42:42 PM  
Representative Tipper
responded to amendment L.008.
12:44:30 PM  
Representative Exum
commented on amendment L.008. Committee members commented on the amendment.
12:55:15 PM  
The bill sponsors
made closing comments.
12:58:06 PM  
Committee members commented on the bill.


01:03:53 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20B-002, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Singer
Seconded Cutter
Caraveo Yes
Cutter Yes
Holtorf Yes
Larson No
Liston Yes
Mullica Yes
Young Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Singer Yes
Final YES: 8   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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