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h_fin_2016a_2016-02-17t13:31:00z0 Hearing Summary

Date: 02/17/2016



Final

BILL SUMMARY for HB16-1037



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment A). The motion f

Postpone House Bill 16-1037 indefinitely. The moti

Refer House Bill 16-1037 to the Committee on Appro
FAIL

PASS

FAIL







Representative Court, chair, called the meeting to order. A quorum was present.



01:31 PM -- HB16-1037



Representative Windholz, prime sponsor, introduced House Bill 16-1037. The bill, as recommended by the Vocational Rehabilitation Services for the Blind Interim Study Committee, creates two income tax credits for taxpayers who hire persons with developmental disabilities and persons who are blind or visually-impaired who are referred for employment by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). The bill includes a tax credit for employee wages equal to 50 percent of the gross wages of a qualifying employee for the first three months of employment and 30 percent of the gross wages of a qualifying employee in the next nine months of continuous employment. The bill also includes a tax credit for software and hardware costs equal to the share of the cost of the purchase, maintenance, repair, or upgrade of software or hardware that assists a qualifying employee in performing his or her job.



01:47 PM -- Kate Watkins, Legislative Council Staff, came to the table to discuss the changes to the fiscal note with a possible amendment.



01:51 PM -- Mr. Phil Ross, representing himself, came to the table in support of the bill. He responded to several questions from the committee regarding a possible amendment and wages for employees with disabilities.



02:01 PM -- Ms. Heidi Haines, representing Arc of Colorado, came to the table in support of the bill.





02:15 PM



The committee recessed.





02:21 PM



The committee came back to order.



02:21 PM -- Mr. Dan Burke, representing the National Federation of the Blind Colorado Chapter, came to the table in support of the bill.



02:33 PM -- Ms. Esther van Mourik, Office of Legislative Legal Services, came to the table to answer committee questions regarding the bill and a possible amendment.





02:38 PM



Committee discussion ensued regarding employees who are visually-impaired and blind and minimum wage laws. Representative Windholz distributed amendment L.003 (Attachment A) to the committee.



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BILL: HB16-1037
TIME: 02:52:04 PM
MOVED: Roupe
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment A). The motion failed on a vote of 2-8.
SECONDED: Priola
VOTE
Becker K.
No
Conti
Excused
Garnett
No
Kagan
No
Pabon
No
Priola
No
Roupe
No
Van Winkle
Yes
Wilson
Yes
Foote
No
Court
No
YES: 2 NO: 8 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL




BILL: HB16-1037
TIME: 03:03:09 PM
MOVED: Conti
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1037 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion failed on a vote of 5-6.
SECONDED: Priola
VOTE
Becker K.
No
Conti
Yes
Garnett
No
Kagan
No
Pabon
No
Priola
Yes
Roupe
Yes
Van Winkle
Yes
Wilson
Yes
Foote
No
Court
No
YES: 5 NO: 6 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL




BILL: HB16-1037
TIME: 03:05:42 PM
MOVED: Pabon
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 16-1037 indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 6-5.
SECONDED: Foote
VOTE
Becker K.
Yes
Conti
No
Garnett
Yes
Kagan
Yes
Pabon
Yes
Priola
No
Roupe
No
Van Winkle
No
Wilson
No
Foote
Yes
Court
Yes
Final YES: 6 NO: 5 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS










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