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23EB03985D1801458725896500064C09 Hearing Summary


Date Feb 28, 2023      
Location Old State Library

SB23-095 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole

06:08:50 PM  

Representatives Soper and Daugherty, prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 23-095, concerning criminalizing unlawfully pointing a laser device at an aircraft. Representative Daugherty explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. Representative Soper provided further details on the need for the legislation. Discussion ensued regarding the type of people who are committing the crime covered by the bill.

06:15:14 PM  
Mr Kelly Sloan, representing Colorado Aviation Business Association, testified in support of the bill.

Ms Kathleen Mayer, representing Flight For Life Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

Director of Flight Operations for the Colorado State Patrol Cameron Campbell, representing Colorado State Patrol, testified in support of the bill.

Mrs. Trimbi Szabo, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Discussion ensued regarding the number of people prosecuted under federal laws prohibiting the shining of laser pointers at aircraft, and the ability of state and local officials to prosecute such people without state laws. Mr. Sloan responded to questions regarding the penalties contained in SB 23-095, and penalties in similar laws in other states. Discussion followed regarding enforcement of the law, and the connection between felonizing the behavior addressed by the bill and protecting those who fly aircraft. Mr. Sloan responded to questions regarding the use of "knowingly" instead of "intentionally" in the bill.

06:53:06 PM  

Representative Epps explained the effect of amendment L.003 (Attachment F). Discussion ensued regarding the merits of the amendment.

07:23:04 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003
Moved Epps
Seconded Bacon
Armagost No
Daugherty No
Epps Yes
Evans No
Garcia Yes
Luck No
Marshall No
Sharbini Yes
Snyder No
Soper No
Woodrow No
Bacon Yes
Weissman No
YES: 4   NO: 9   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
07:23:06 PM  
Representatives Daugherty and Soper provided closing remarks in support of SB 23-095. Various committee members provided their positions on the bill.

07:35:31 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 23-095 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Soper
Seconded Daugherty
Armagost Yes
Daugherty Yes
Epps No
Evans Yes
Garcia Yes
Luck Yes
Marshall Yes
Sharbini Yes
Snyder Yes
Soper Yes
Woodrow Yes
Bacon Yes
Weissman Yes
Final YES: 12   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS

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