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A2D041FCF0BF71C78725880F0075298A Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SB22-150

SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Date Mar 24, 2022      
Location SCR 352



SB22-150 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


03:19:45 PM  

Senator Danielson, bill sponsor, explained Senate Bill 22-150, concerning responding to the missing indigenous persons crisis, and, in connection therewith, establishing the office of liaison for missing and murdered indigenous relatives.  She discussed missing and murdered indigenous relatives (MMIR), the related office and staff created in the bill, and the stakeholder process.  

 

 

03:26:49 PM  
ChairmanEmmanual
Hart, representing Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, testified in support of the
bill.  areas in remote, no Amber alerts, need extra resources.  office
placed in colorado to advocate.  



Cooke - jurisdictional questions



Hart - access to data.  
03:36:26 PM  

Vice Chairman Ramona Eagle, representing Southern Ute Indian Tribe, testified in support of the bill.  She discussed law enforcement response times.  

Daisy Bluestar, representing the Southern Ute Tribe/ innovative action for indigenous relatives, testified in support of the bill.  She discussed unresolved cold cases.

Committee members asked questions about state boundaries and other jurisdictional-related questions. 

Discussion ensued about lack of news coverage for MMIR cases and the benefits of an alert system. 

03:49:33 PM  

Tanski Chrisjohn, representing self, testified in support of the bill. She provided statistics about violence and murder rates of indigenous women.

Danielle SeeWalker, representing self, testified in support of the bill. She discussed the long history of MMIR cases.  

Lynette Greybull, representing Not Our Native Daughters, testified in support of the bill.

Committee members asked questions about other state responses to MMIR. 

04:07:05 PM  

Chairman Jordan Dresser, representing Northern Arapahoe Business Council, testified in support of the bill.

Isabella Snowbird, representing self, testified in support of the bill.

Monycka Snowbird, representing Haseya Advocate Program, testified in support of the bill. She discussed misclassified or misidentified victims.

Raven Payment, representing self, testified in support of the bill.

Mrs. Donna Chrisjohn, representing self, testified in support of the bill.

Committee members asked questions about the cycle of violence and trauma.  Discussion followed about how the new office, as proposed in the bill, could transform trauma into healing.  Further questions were raised about cultural competency, misidentification protocols, and educational resources and training for law enforcement.   

 

04:31:19 PM  

Mrs. Jennifer Wolf, representing self, testified in support of the bill.  She discussed racial misclassification, data, and hotspot identification. 

Mr. Rick Williams, representing self, testified in support of the bill. He discussed multi-tribal communities and mobility. 

 

04:46:40 PM  

Mrs. Christine Sage, representing MMIR Task Force, testified in support of the bill.

Ms. Gina Lopez, representing self, testified in support of the bill.

04:52:59 PM  

Ms. Amanda Finger, representing Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, testified in support of the bill.

Misha White, representing Conservation Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

Discussion followed about the relationship between human trafficking and MMIR.

05:02:11 PM  

Rachel Gomez, representing self, testified in support of the bill.

Nellie Mattole, representing self, testified in support of the bill.

Emma Ragona, representing self, testified in support of the bill.

05:11:36 PM  

Hon. Joseph Salazar, representing self, testified in support of the bill.

Michelle Fix-Westall, representing self, testified in support of the bill.

Mrs. Shaina Oliver, representing self, testified in support of the bill.

Nathaniel Brown, representing the Navajo Nation, testified in support of the bill. He answered questions from the committee.

05:36:40 PM  

Mrs. Renee Millard Chacon, representing Womxn from the Mountain, testified in support of the bill.

Senator Danielson read a statement in support of the bill from Deb Haaland, the United States Secretary of the Interior. 

05:42:42 PM  

Executive Director Stan Hilkey, representing Colorado Department of Public Safety, testified to amend the bill.  He recommended that the office, as proposed in the bill, be a part of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to better maximize resources, among other reasons.  

Director John Camper, representing Colorado Bureau of Investigation - Department of Public Safety, testified to amend the bill. He made himself available for questions.

Committee members asked questions about the differences between active and cold cases and the frequency of misidentification.  Further questions were raised about structure and where the proposed office should be housed. 

 

06:11:03 PM  

Committee discussion followed about staffing, the sunrise process, and criminal investigations. 

The bill sponsor discussed negotiations with the Department of Public Safety and committed to continue discussions about where to house the proposed MMIR office. 

 

 

06:33:26 PM  

Senator Danielson discussed and presented Amendment L. 001 about reporting requirements (Attachment A). 



06:34:36 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Cooke
Gardner
Rodriguez
Gonzales
Lee
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
06:34:55 PM  

The bill sponsor and committee members made closing comments.



06:43:21 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-150, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Gonzales
Seconded
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Gonzales Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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