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DCB0C0C52A61CD418725863100683923 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For HB20B-1001

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
Date Dec 1, 2020      
Location Old Supreme Court



HB20B-1001 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


11:58:26 AM  
Senators Coram and
Donovan, co-prime sponsors, explained HB20B-1001 concerning support for
expanding broadband access for preschool through twelfth grade education,
and, in connection therewith, creating the connecting Colorado students
grant program and making an appropriation.  





The senators discussed the importance of robust internet connections, especially
for multi-user households.  They further discussed the internet demands
of online school.  
12:10:23 PM  
Amie Baca-Oehlert,
representing Colorado Education Association, testified in support of the
bill.

 

Jamie Rosenberg, representing self, testified in a neutral position on
the bill.  

 

Jarred Masterson, representing Rural Alliance and Colorado Association
of School Executives, testified in support of the bill.
12:25:38 PM  
Senator Donovan explained
Amendment L.003, which addresses grants and timelines.



Senator Bridges discussed the legislative intent of the bill.  



The bill sponsors explained that grant recipients will be prioritized by
need.  



Committee discussion ensued.


12:33:38 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Bridges
Lundeen
Moreno
Tate
Woodward
Hansen
Gonzales
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
12:33:40 PM  
The bill sponsors
made concluding remarks and reiterated the importance of internet connection
for online school.  


Committee members
discussed the necessity of broadband access.  


12:52:04 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20B-1001, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Lundeen Yes
Moreno Yes
Tate Excused
Woodward Yes
Hansen Yes
Gonzales Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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