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A0B2E71C7B23ABC2872586CE006BFC5C Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For HB21-1299

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date May 7, 2021      
Location Old State Library



HB21-1299 - Referred to House Appropriations

01:39:31 PM  

Representative Sullivan, bill sponsor, introduced and explained HB21-1299. This bill establishes the Office of Gun Violence Prevention (the office) in the Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) with the purpose of coordinating and promoting efforts to reduce gun violence.

Office of Gun Violence Prevention. The CDPHE director must appoint the office director, who in turn is required to hire staff. At a minimum, the office is required to have 1 FTE in FY 2021-22 and 2 FTE in FY 2022-23. The office may collaborate with other state agencies to carry out its responsibilities, including the Address Confidentiality Program, the Office of Suicide Prevention, the Safe2Tell program, the School Safety Resource Center, the Department of Education, the Office of Behavioral Health, the Attorney General, and the Division of Criminal Justice, as well as other organizations with expertise in gun violence prevention and gun safety. The office must identify and apply for available federal grants and other funding to further its work, and may seek, accept, and expend these funds.

Public awareness campaign. The office is required to conduct an education campaign with the goal of increasing general public awareness of state and federal laws and resources relating to gun violence prevention. The campaign is directed towards gun owners, parents and legal guardians of children, and professions that provide services to communities disproportionately impacted by gun violence. In addition, the office must develop materials and training resources for local law enforcement, healthcare providers, and educators in multiple languages.

Grant program. Subject to available money, the office must establish a grant program to award organizations that conduct community-based gun violence intervention initiatives. The office should promulgate rules for awarding grants, including application procedures, grant terms, and reporting requirements. Grant recipients must be able to demonstrate the ability to conduct effective programs and, in selecting recipients, the office should prioritize organizations working in communities disproportionately impacted by gun violence.

Resource bank. The office is required to create and maintain a resource bank for data, research, and statistics on gun violence in Colorado, and is required to collaborate with researchers to improve data collection, enhance prevention tools, and provide resources to communities. Reporting. Beginning in November 2021, the office is required to submit annual reports to the CDPHE detailing information about the education campaign, any effective programs or research identified, and any federal grants or other funding procured. The CDPHE must include a summary of this report in their SMART Act hearing.

01:46:33 PM  
Representative Bacon, bill sponsor, gave opening comments on the bill.
01:46:56 PM  
Bill sponsors responded to questions from committee members.
02:07:23 PM  
Bill sponsors continued to respond to questions from committee members.
02:13:58 PM  
Dr. Garen Wintemute,
representing himself, testified in support of the bill.  Mr. Raymond
Washington, Fatherhood Support Services, testified in support of the bill.
 Mr. Marlon Sango, representing himself, testified in support of the
bill.  Mr. Jonathan McMillan, representing himself, testified in support
of the bill.  Maisha Fields, Brady Colorado, testified in support
of the bill.  Mr. Sango, Ms. Fields, and Mr. Washington responded
to questions from committee members.  
02:35:08 PM  
The panel continued to answer questions from committee members.
02:46:23 PM  

Taylor Rhodes, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, testified in opposition to the bill.  Mr. Mario Acevedo, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill. Lesley Hollywood, Rally for our Rights, testified in opposition to the bill.  Robert Edmiston, The Firearms Coalition of Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill.  Mr. Ronald Dietz, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill.  The panel of witnesses responded to questions from committee members.

03:03:30 PM  
The panel continued to answer questions from committee members.
03:09:46 PM  

Dr. Sindhu Sudanagunta, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. District Attorney Beth McCann, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Ari Davis, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Jason McBride, The McBride Impact, testified in support of the bill. Mrs. Jane Dougherty, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. The panel of witnesses responded to questions from committee members.

03:40:11 PM  
The panel continued to answer questions from committee members.
03:40:32 PM  
Dr. Maya Haasz, American Academy of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Michelle McDaniel, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Julie Meyers, American Academy of Pediatrics, CO Chapter, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Angela Metcalf, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Mrs. Po Murray, Newtown Action Alliance, testified in support of the bill. Ms. McDaniel responded to questions from the committee.
04:01:46 PM  
Representative Gonzales-Gutierrez answered a question from a committee member.
04:06:47 PM  
The previous panel of witnesses continued to respond to questions from committee members.
04:08:15 PM  

Ms. Val Beck, Brady Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Jacqui Shumway, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Julie Carr, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Christina Gardner, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, Boulder Group, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Mary Parker, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. The panel responded to questions from committee members.

04:29:46 PM  
Mrs. Danielle Young-Kombo,
representing herself, testified in support of the bill.  Ms. Barbara
Niederhoff, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, testified in support
of the bill.  Ms. Abbey Winter, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in
America, testified in support of the bill.  Eileen McCaren, Colorado
Ceasefire, testified in support of the bill.  Mrs. Emily Engelhaupt,
Giffords Gun Owners for Safety, testified in support of the bill.




Submitted written
testimony can be found in Attachment A.
04:53:15 PM  
Representative Larson
introduced and discussed amendment L.003 (Attachment B), amendment L.002
(Attachment C), and amendment L.001 (Attachment D).
05:05:18 PM  
Committee members
made comments on the amendments.


05:09:57 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment B)
Moved Larson
Seconded Woog
Bradfield Yes
Cutter No
Gonzales-Gutierrez No
Holtorf Yes
Jodeh No
Larson Yes
Ortiz No
Pelton Yes
Ricks No
Woog Yes
Young No
Sirota No
Michaelson Jenet No
YES: 5   NO: 8   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


05:11:31 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment C)
Moved Larson
Seconded Pelton
Bradfield Yes
Cutter No
Gonzales-Gutierrez No
Holtorf Yes
Jodeh No
Larson Yes
Ortiz No
Pelton Yes
Ricks No
Woog Yes
Young No
Sirota No
Michaelson Jenet No
YES: 5   NO: 8   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


05:12:55 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment D)
Moved Larson
Seconded Pelton
Bradfield Yes
Cutter No
Gonzales-Gutierrez No
Holtorf Yes
Jodeh No
Larson Yes
Ortiz No
Pelton Yes
Ricks No
Woog Yes
Young No
Sirota No
Michaelson Jenet No
YES: 5   NO: 8   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
05:12:56 PM  
Representative Bacon gave closing comments on the bill.
05:15:27 PM  
Representative Sullivan gave final remarks on the bill.
05:27:03 PM  
Bill sponsors continued to make final comments on the bill.
05:29:37 PM  
Committee members gave final comments on the bill.
05:39:09 PM  
Committee members continued to make final comments on the bill.
05:49:22 PM  
Committee members continued to make final comments on the bill.
06:02:01 PM  
Committee members continued to make final comments on the bill.
06:13:41 PM  
Committee members continued to make final comments on the bill.


06:22:02 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1299 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Sirota
Seconded Cutter
Bradfield No
Cutter Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Holtorf No
Jodeh Yes
Larson No
Ortiz Yes
Pelton No
Ricks Yes
Woog No
Young Yes
Sirota Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 8   NO: 5   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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