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h_sa_2017a_2017-05-03t13:47:38z0 Hearing Summary

Date: 05/03/2017

Location: RM 271

Final

BILL SUMMARY for SB17-281



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Adopt amendment L.008 (Attachment C). The chair ru

Postpone Senate Bill 17-281 indefinitely. The moti

Refer Senate Bill 17-281 to the Committee of the W


PASS

FAIL







01:48 PM -- SB17-281



Representative Williams and Representative Covarrubias, co-prime bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 17-281. The reengrossed bill prohibits sanctuary jurisdiction policies, defined as any policy that restricts public officials or employees from sending to or receiving from federal immigration authorities information regarding an individual's immigration status. It also prohibits jurisdictions from restricting the maintenance or exchange of such information and from encouraging the physical harboring of an alien in violation of federal law. The governing body of all jurisdictions within the state must provide written notice to each elected official, employee, and law enforcement officer of his or her duty to comply with federal immigration law.



On or before July 1, 2018, and each year thereafter, all jurisdictions must submit a written report affirming their compliance with federal immigration law to the Department of Public Safety (DPS). DPS must indicate to the state controller any jurisdictions that fail to provide timely reports. On or before September 1, 2018, and each year thereafter, DPS must compile the compliance reports and submit an annual report to the General Assembly and the state controller, who must withhold state funds from any jurisdiction not in compliance beginning in FY 2018-19. DPS must publish on its website Colorado-specific information provided by the federal government about jurisdictions that release aliens from their custody. The bill removes immunity from civil liability for public entities if an illegal alien who established residency in what is determined to be a sanctuary jurisdiction is convicted of a crime that caused a plaintiff injury.



Representative Williams and Representative Covarrubias answered questions from the committee.





02:20 PM




The committee members continued to dialogue with the bill sponsors.





02:50 PM




The committee dialogue with the bill sponsors ensued.



03:17 PM --
Rupesh Baral, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Baral answered questions from the committee.



03:26 PM --
Christopher Lasch, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill. He provided a handout to the committee (Attachment A). Mr. Lasch answered questions from the committee.



17HouseState0503AttachA.pdf17HouseState0503AttachA.pdf



03:46 PM --
Cesar Garcia Hernandez, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill. Mr. Hernandez answered questions from the committee.



03:51 PM --
Joan Poston, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



03:55 PM --
Sheriff Bruce Hartman, County Sheriffs of Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill. He provided a handout to the committee (Attachment B).



17HouseState0503AttachB.pdf17HouseState0503AttachB.pdf



03:58 PM --
Allison Dailey, Colorado Counties, Inc., testified in opposition to the bill.





04:00 PM



Sheriff Hartman and Ms. Dailey answered questions from the committee.



04:12 PM --
Anahid Katchian, representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Katchian answered questions from the committee.



04:18 PM --
Laura Richards, Indivisible Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill.



04:22 PM --
Eleanor Cabell, representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill.



04:25 PM --
Nancy Nixon, American Civil Liberties Union, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Nixon answered questions from the committee.





04:32 PM



Representative Williams explained amendment L.008 (Attachment C) to the committee. The committee discussed amendment L.008.



17HouseState0503AttachC.pdf17HouseState0503AttachC.pdf

BILL: SB17-281
TIME: 04:36:12 PM
MOVED: Williams D.
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.008 (Attachment C). The chair ruled that the amendment did not fit under the bill title.
SECONDED: Humphrey
VOTE
Benavidez
Hooton
Humphrey
Leonard
Melton
Weissman
Williams D.
Lontine
Foote
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION:





04:37 PM



Representative Covarrubias and Representative Williams made concluding remarks about the bill. Committee members commented on the bill.

BILL: SB17-281
TIME: 05:11:52 PM
MOVED: Williams D.
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-281 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion failed on a vote of 3-6.
SECONDED: Leonard
VOTE
Benavidez
No
Hooton
No
Humphrey
Yes
Leonard
Yes
Melton
No
Weissman
No
Williams D.
Yes
Lontine
No
Foote
No
YES: 3 NO: 6 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL




BILL: SB17-281
TIME: 05:11:54 PM
MOVED: Melton
MOTION: Postpone Senate Bill 17-281 indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 6-3.
SECONDED: Weissman
VOTE
Benavidez
Yes
Hooton
Yes
Humphrey
No
Leonard
No
Melton
Yes
Weissman
Yes
Williams D.
No
Lontine
Yes
Foote
Yes
Final YES: 6 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS







05:12 PM



The committee took a brief recess.








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