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H_ED_2018A 04/16/2018 01:46:56 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
Date 04/16/2018
Attendance
Bridges X
Everett X
Exum X
Garnett X
Lee *
Leonard X
Lundeen X
McLachlan X
Reyher X
Sias X
Wilson X
Buckner X
Pettersen X
Time 01:46:56 PM to 05:24:58 PM
Place HCR 0112
This Meeting was called to order by Buckner
This Report was prepared by Damion Pechota
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB18-1379 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
HB18-1391 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

HB18-1379 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


01:47:14 PM  
Representatives Pettersen and Wilson presented and summarized House Bill 18-1379 concerning public school finance. The sponsors distributed a handout from Legislative Council Staff on statewide base per pupil funding [Attachment A].
01:54:39 PM  

Dorman Land, representing himself as a teacher, testified in support of the bill.

01:56:35 PM  
Lisa Escarcega, representing the Colorado Association of School Executives, testified in support of the bill.
01:57:44 PM  
Grant Schmidt, representing the Rural Alliance,
testified in support of the bill. He discussed the importance of funding
rural schools.
02:01:04 PM  
The previous three witnesses answered questions from the committee.
02:07:34 PM  

Jennifer Walmer, representing Education Reform Now and Democrats for Education Reform, testified in support of the bill. She discussed the impact of the negative factor on school funding.

02:09:36 PM  

Bill Jaeger, representing the Colorado Children's Campaign, testified in support of the bill. He spoke about the importance of funding early childhood education.

02:12:14 PM  
The previous two witnesses answered questions from the committee.
02:16:58 PM  
Amie Baca-Oehlert, representing the Colorado Education Association, testified in support of the bill. She talked about teacher expenses in Colorado.
02:22:09 PM  
Matt Cook, representing the Colorado Association of School Boards, testified in support of the bill.
02:23:05 PM  
The previous two witnesses answered questions from the committee.
02:33:00 PM  
Committee discussion ensued on the distribution of funds
and the issue of providing higher pay for teachers.
02:44:19 PM  
The sponsors presented and summarized amendment L.001 [Attachment B].
02:45:08 PM  

Brita Darling, Office of Legislative Legal Services, discussed amendment L.001.



02:45:52 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Pettersen
Seconded Wilson
Bridges
Everett
Exum
Garnett
Lee
Leonard
Lundeen
McLachlan
Reyher
Sias
Wilson
Buckner
Pettersen
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:45:53 PM  
The sponsors provided closing comments. The members provided closing comments.


02:52:31 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1379, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Pettersen
Seconded Wilson
Bridges Yes
Everett No
Exum Yes
Garnett Yes
Lee Yes
Leonard No
Lundeen Yes
McLachlan Yes
Reyher Yes
Sias Yes
Wilson Yes
Buckner Yes
Pettersen Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB18-1391 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


02:52:37 PM  
Representatives Duran and Winter presented and summarized House Bill 18-1391 concerning sexual misconduct in higher education. The sponsors answered questions from the committee.
03:05:54 PM  
Jeaneatte Grey Gilbert, representing Regis
University, spoke for questions only. She discussed the policies in higher
education for victims of sexual misconduct.
03:08:12 PM  
Erica Westin, representing the University
of Colorado, spoke for questions only. She discussed the importance of
establishing a statewide policy regarding sexual misconduct.
03:09:49 PM  
Michelle Merz Hutchunson, representing the Colorado School of Mines, spoke for questions only.
03:10:23 PM  
The previous three witnesses answered questions from the committee.
03:20:10 PM  
Committee discussion ensued regarding the process in institutions of higher education for reviewing cases of sexual misconduct.
03:28:38 PM  

Cari Simon, representing the Fierberg National Law Group, testified in support of the bill.

03:32:35 PM  

John Clune, representing Hutchison Black and Cook Attorneys at Law, testified in support of the bill.

03:34:56 PM  

Pat O'Rourke, University Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

03:35:59 PM  
The previous three witnesses answered questions from the committee regarding the administrative process of sexual misconduct and the potential impact on criminal proceedings.
03:50:14 PM  
Committee discussion ensued.
04:10:29 PM  
The sponsors answered questions from the committee.
04:11:36 PM  

Tyler Coward, representing the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education, testified in opposition of the bill. He discussed his concerns with the bill. He answered questions from the committee.

04:21:47 PM  
Mr. Coward continue to answer questions from the committee.
04:23:12 PM  

Jess Davidson, representing End Rape on Campus, testified in support of the bill. She discussed her personal experience as a rape victim. Ms. Davidson answered questions from the committee.

04:27:55 PM  

Ken Fowler, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. She shared her personal experience as a rape victim.

04:32:51 PM  
Jessica Higgins, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. She shared her personal experience as a rape victim.
04:33:29 PM  

Raana Simmons, representing the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, testified in support of the bill. She answered questions from the committee.

04:45:00 PM  
Ms. Simon and Mr. Clune were brought back
to the table to answer questions.
04:54:50 PM  
The sponsors answered questions from the
committee.
04:58:49 PM  
Committee discussion ensued about referring
the bill to the House Judiciary Committee.
05:03:04 PM  

The sponsors distributed and discussed amendment L.003 [Attachment C].



05:03:58 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003
Moved Garnett
Seconded Lee
Bridges
Everett
Exum
Garnett
Lee
Leonard
Lundeen
McLachlan
Reyher
Sias
Wilson
Buckner
Pettersen
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
05:03:58 PM  
The sponsors provided closing comments
on the bill.
05:09:02 PM  
The committee members provided closing comments on the bill.


05:24:42 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1391, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Pettersen
Seconded McLachlan
Bridges Yes
Everett No
Exum Yes
Garnett Yes
Lee Yes
Leonard No
Lundeen No
McLachlan Yes
Reyher No
Sias No
Wilson No
Buckner Yes
Pettersen Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 6   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


05:24:58 PM   Committee Adjourned






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