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H_SA_2018A 05/02/2018 11:01:45 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Date 05/02/2018
Attendance
Benavidez X
Hooton X
Humphrey *
Leonard X
Melton X
Weissman X
Williams D. *
Lontine X
Foote X
Time 11:01:45 AM to 05:13:43 PM
Place RM 271
This Meeting was called to order by Foote
This Report was prepared by Amanda King
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB18-228 Postponed Indefinitely
SB18-077 Postponed Indefinitely
HB18-1426 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole
SB18-061 Postponed Indefinitely
SB18-220 Postponed Indefinitely
SB18-221 Postponed Indefinitely
SB18-193 Postponed Indefinitely
SB18-230 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

SB18-228 - Postponed Indefinitely


11:02:01 AM  

Representative Van Winkle, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 18-228.  Under current law, school districts are required to have open enrollment policies that allow a student to enroll in a district school other than his or her assigned school, or to enroll in a school in another school district.  For students who enroll across district boundaries, a receiving school district may only transport students from an adjacent school district, and may only reimburse a parent or guardian for transporting such students, if the adjacent school district consents to the transportation.  This bill allows a school district to transport a student from any district and to arrange transportation for enrolled students without seeking the consent of the student's resident district.

 

Representative Van Winkle provided a handout to the committee [Attachment A]. He explained amendment L.002 [Attachment B].

11:05:44 AM  
Representative Van Winkle answered questions from the committee.
11:09:22 AM  
Luke Ragland, Ready Colorado, testified in support of the bill. He answered questions from the committee.
11:16:42 AM  
Matt Cook, Colorado Association of School Boards, testified in opposition to the bill. He answered questions from the committee.
11:25:50 AM  
Nate Golich, Colorado Education Association, testified in opposition to the bill. He answered questions from the committee.


11:34:03 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 [Attachment B].
Moved Williams D.
Seconded Humphrey
Benavidez
Hooton
Humphrey
Leonard
Melton
Weissman
Williams D.
Lontine
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
11:34:04 AM  
Representative Van Winkle made concluding remarks about the bill. Committee members made comments regarding the bill.


11:38:15 AM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-228, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Williams D.
Seconded Leonard
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


11:38:28 AM
Motion Postpone Senate Bill 18-228 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely.
Moved Melton
Seconded Lontine
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



SB18-077 - Postponed Indefinitely


11:38:34 AM  

Representative Valdez and Representative Reyher, co-prime bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 18-077. The bill exempts the sale of used motor vehicles from state sales and use tax if the vehicles have previously been titled in the state.  Only used motor vehicles valued at $20,000 or less qualify for the exemption.  Local governments and special districts that collect sales tax on motor vehicles are not required to adopt this exemption.

11:43:13 AM  
Representative Reyher and Representative Valdez answered questions from the committee.
11:46:11 AM  
Brendon Reese, Department of Revenue, answered questions from the committee.
11:47:04 AM  
Representative Valdez and Representative Reyher made concluding remarks about the bill. Committee members made comments regarding the bill.


11:52:13 AM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-077 to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Williams D.
Seconded Leonard
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


11:52:24 AM
Motion Postpone Senate Bill 18-077 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely.
Moved Melton
Seconded Lontine
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



HB18-1426 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


11:52:55 AM  

Representative Melton and Representative Pabon, co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 18-1426. Under current law, virtual currency activities are not subject to any state regulation.  The bill exempts the transmission of virtual currency from the Money Transmitters Act in the Division of Banking in the Department of Regulatory Agencies.  The bill defines the term "virtual currency" to mean any type of digital representation of value that is used as a medium of exchange, unit of account, or store of value, which is not recognized as legal tender by the United States government. Representative Melton explained amendment L.002 [Attachment C].

11:58:34 AM  
The committee recessed.
11:59:25 AM  
The committee came back to order.
12:00:01 PM  

Jennifer Waller, Colorado Bankers Association, testified in opposition to the bill, but said her organization was neutral on the bill if amendmend by amendment L.002.

12:01:15 PM  

Represenative Melton and Representative Pabon made concluding remarks about the bill.



12:01:15 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 [Attachment C].
Moved Melton
Seconded Weissman
Benavidez
Hooton
Humphrey
Leonard
Melton
Weissman
Williams D.
Lontine
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


12:02:11 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1426, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Melton
Seconded Humphrey
Benavidez Yes
Hooton Yes
Humphrey Yes
Leonard Yes
Melton Yes
Weissman Yes
Williams D. Yes
Lontine Yes
Foote Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB18-061 - Postponed Indefinitely


12:02:46 PM  

Representative Lawrence, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 18-061.  For tax year 2018 and all subsequent years, the bill reduces the state income tax rate from 4.63 percent to 4.43 percent.  The bill also reduces the alternative minimum tax rate from 3.47 percent to 3.27 percent and reduces the percentage of the federal alternative minimum tax credit allowed to Colorado alternative minimum taxpayers from 12.0 percent to 11.8 percent.  Additionally, the income tax rate used in years when the income tax rate reduction TABOR refund mechanism is triggered is reduced from 4.50 percent to 4.305615346 percent.

 

12:07:36 PM  

Represenative Lawrence made concluding remarks regarding the bill.  Committee members commented on the bill.



12:13:09 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-061 to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Williams D.
Seconded Leonard
Benavidez No
Hooton No
Humphrey Yes
Leonard Yes
Melton Excused
Weissman No
Williams D. Yes
Lontine No
Foote No
YES: 3   NO: 5   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


12:13:25 PM
Motion Postpone Senate Bill 18-061 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely.
Moved Weissman
Seconded Lontine
Benavidez Yes
Hooton Yes
Humphrey No
Leonard No
Melton Excused
Weissman Yes
Williams D. No
Lontine Yes
Foote Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 3   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB18-220 - Postponed Indefinitely


12:13:41 PM  
Representative Ransom, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 18-220. Conditional upon voter approval, the bill prohibits the state and its subdivisions from prohibiting or restricting the flow of information about the citizenship or immigration status of individuals and from encouraging the physical harboring of an illegal immigrant. Representative Ransom provided a written statement from Gray Buckley, Retired Peace Officers of Colorado, to the committee [Attachment D].
12:22:38 PM  
Representative Ransom answered questions from the committee.
12:24:35 PM  

Kyle Huelsman, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, testified in opposition to the bill. He answered questions from the committee.

12:32:32 PM  

John Sampson, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. He provided a handout to the committee [Attachment E]. He answered questions from the committee.

12:39:27 PM  

Kathy White, Colorado Fiscal Institute, testified in opposition to the bill. She answered questions from the committee.

12:44:05 PM  

Marat Kudlis, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.

12:50:40 PM  

Alli Daley, Colorado Counties, Inc., testified in opposition to the bill.

12:52:54 PM  
Kirk Fry, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
12:56:51 PM  

Patricia Ferrero, Conservation Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill.

12:59:36 PM  

Finangi Manganez, representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill.

01:00:24 PM  

Ms. Ferrero answered questions from the committee.

01:02:25 PM  

Floyd Trujillo, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.

01:05:48 PM  
Representative Ransom made concluding remarks about the bill. Committee members commented on the bill.


01:15:41 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-220 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Williams D.
Seconded Humphrey
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


01:15:53 PM
Motion Postpone Senate Bill 18-220 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely.
Moved Melton
Seconded Lontine
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



SB18-221 - Postponed Indefinitely


01:16:01 PM  
The committee recessed.
01:16:23 PM  
The committee came back to order.
01:43:17 PM  

A letter from Doris Beaver opposing the bill was distributed to the committee [Attachment F].

01:44:29 PM  

Representative Catlin, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 18-221.  The bill allows counties with a population of less than 70,000, either by board of county commissioners referendum or citizen initiative, to change the method for electing county commissioners.  For counties that currently elect county commissioners by vote of the whole county, this bill allows that method to be changed to elect commissioners by district.  For counties that currently elect county commissioners by district, the method can be changed to elect county commissioners by vote of the whole county.

01:48:44 PM  

Charly Minkler, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.

01:54:24 PM  

Craig Cates, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.

01:56:11 PM  

J. Paul Brown, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. He responded to questions from the committee.

02:06:12 PM  

Mr. Cates and Mr. Brown responded to questions from the committee.

02:10:26 PM  
Mr. Minkler responded to questions from the committee.
02:12:03 PM  

Ben Tisdel, Ouray County Board of County Commissioners, testified in opposition to the bill.  He distributed a handout to the committee [Attachment G].

02:20:11 PM  
Richard Orf, Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill.
02:21:15 PM  

Eric Bergman, Colorado Counties, Inc., testified in opposition to the bill.  He provided a handout to the committee [Attachment H].

02:23:55 PM  

Deanna Bartee, representing herself, testified remotely from Adams State University in support of the bill.

02:28:44 PM  

Brant Harrison, Colorado Farm Bureau, testified remotely from Colorado Mesa University in support of the bill.  He answered questions from the committee.

02:33:20 PM  

Anita "Sweetie" Marbury, Mayor of Durango, representing herself, testified remotely from Ft. Lewis College in opposition to the bill.

02:37:13 PM  

Jean Walter, representing herself, testified remotely from Ft. Lewis College in opposition to the bill.

02:40:57 PM  

Lawrence Zauberis, representing himself, testified remotely from Ft. Lewis College in support of the bill. He answered questions from the committee.

02:45:37 PM  

Malynda Nelsen, representing herself, testified remotely from Ft. Lewis College in support of the bill.

02:46:29 PM  

Paula Craig, representing herself, testified remotely from Ft. Lewis College in support of the bill. She answered questions from the committee.

02:51:41 PM  

Tara Farrell read a statement from Travis Oliger in support of the bill remotely from Ft. Lewis College.

02:55:38 PM  

William Swapp, representing himself, testified remotely from Ft. Lewis College in support of the bill.

02:59:26 PM  

Judy Spady, Free Counties Project, testified remotely from Ft. Lewis College in support of the bill.

03:02:24 PM  

Tom Prossee, representing himself, testified remotely from Ft. Lewis College in support of the bill.

03:06:47 PM  

Randy Kirkpatrick, representing himself, testified remotely from Ft. Lewis College in support of the bill.

03:10:15 PM  
Debbie Lee, representing herself, testified remotely from Ft. Lewis College in support of the bill.
03:11:48 PM  

Tara Farrell read a statement from Ray Wallace in support of the bill remotely from Ft. Lewis College.

03:13:50 PM  

Tara Farrell, representing herself, testified remotely from Ft. Lewis College in support of the bill.

03:16:48 PM  

Theresa Conley, Conservation Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill.

03:20:01 PM  
Representative Catlin made concluding remarks about the bill.


03:25:37 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-221 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Williams D.
Seconded Humphrey
Benavidez No
Hooton No
Humphrey Yes
Leonard Yes
Melton No
Weissman Yes
Williams D. Yes
Lontine No
Foote No
YES: 4   NO: 5   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


03:25:51 PM
Motion Postpone Senate Bill 18-221 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely.
Moved Melton
Seconded Lontine
Benavidez Yes
Hooton Yes
Humphrey No
Leonard No
Melton Yes
Weissman No
Williams D. No
Lontine Yes
Foote Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB18-193 - Postponed Indefinitely


03:26:03 PM  

Representative Carver, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 18-193. The bill prohibits state agencies from imposing an occupational rule unless it is demonstrably necessary and narrowly tailored to achieve a specific, legitimate public health, safety, or welfare objective. Each state agency must conduct a comprehensive review and analysis of every occupational rule it has promulgated and determine whether each regulation should be repealed or amended. 

 

Representative Carver distributed amendment L.001, amendment L.002, and an unofficial preamended version of the bill [Attachments I to K].

03:39:46 PM  
Daniel Kimbrough, AFL-CIO, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:41:58 PM  
Andrew Hamer, AFL-CIO, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:44:23 PM  

Phil Hayes, National Electrical Contractors Association, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and United Association of Pipefitters Local 208, testified in opposition to the bill.

03:47:18 PM  

Dianna Orf, Colorado Dental Hygienists' Association, testified in opposition to the bill.

03:51:04 PM  

Marilyn Stansbury, Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain, testified in opposition to the bill.

03:53:33 PM  

Jim Dent, Weifield Group Contracting, testified in opposition to the bill.

03:54:48 PM  
Shari Shiffer-Krieger, Americans for Prosperity, testified in support of the bill.
03:58:33 PM  

Spence Purnell, Reason Foundation, testified in a neutral capacity on the bill. He answered questions from the committee.

04:04:10 PM  

Representative Carver explained amendment L.001.



04:05:19 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 [Attachment I].
Moved Humphrey
Seconded Williams D.
Benavidez
Hooton
Humphrey
Leonard
Melton
Weissman
Williams D.
Lontine
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
04:05:20 PM  

Representative Carver explained amendment L.002.



04:05:43 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 [Attachment J].
Moved Humphrey
Seconded Williams D.
Benavidez
Hooton
Humphrey
Leonard
Melton
Weissman
Williams D.
Lontine
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
04:05:44 PM  
Representative Carver made concluding remarks about the bill. Committee members made comments regarding the bill.


04:12:13 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-193, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Humphrey
Seconded Leonard
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


04:12:24 PM
Motion Postpone Senate Bill 18-193 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely.
Moved Melton
Seconded Lontine
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



SB18-230 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


04:12:31 PM  
The committee recessed.
04:12:44 PM  
The committee came back to order.
04:28:20 PM  

Representative Saine and Representative Gray, co-prime bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 18-230.  The bill permits the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to authorize more than one drilling unit in a pooling order for oil and gas resources.  Drilling units may cover any pool, or a portion of a pool.  A statutory pooling order must specify that a nonconsenting owner is immune from liability for costs arising from spills, releases, damage, or injury resulting from oil and gas operations on the drilling unit.

 

Representative Saine distributed amendment L.007 [Attachment L].

04:32:38 PM  
Representative Saine and Representative Gray responded to questions from the committee.
04:43:39 PM  

Tracee Bentley, Colorado Petroleum Council, testified in support of the bill.

04:46:17 PM  

Jill Fulcher, Colorado Petroleum Council, testified in support of the bill.

04:49:27 PM  
Dan Haley, Colorado Oil and Gas Association, testified in support of the bill.
04:51:12 PM  
Ms. Fulcher answered questions from the committee.
04:56:27 PM  

Sophia Guerrero-Murphy, Conservation Colorado, testified in support of the bill if amended by amendment L.007.

04:59:58 PM  

Morgan Cullen, Colorado Municipal League, testified in support of the bill if amended by amendment L.007.

05:01:49 PM  

Doug Vilsack, Department of Natural Resources, testified in support of the bill if amended by amendment L.007.

05:02:34 PM  
Mr. Vilsack answered questions from the committee.
05:02:53 PM  

Jean Lim, Wildgrass Oil and Gas Committee, testified in support of the bill if amended by amendment L.007.

05:06:26 PM  

Sara Loflin, League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradans, testified in support of the bill if amended by amendment L.007.

05:08:33 PM  

Ms. Lim answered questions from the committee.

05:09:56 PM  
Representative Gray discussed amendment L.007.


05:10:48 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.007 [Attachment L].
Moved Weissman
Seconded Lontine
Benavidez
Hooton
Humphrey
Leonard
Melton
Weissman
Williams D.
Lontine
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
05:10:49 PM  
Representative Saine and Representative Gray made concluding remarks about the bill.


05:13:26 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-230, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Williams D.
Seconded Humphrey
Benavidez Yes
Hooton Yes
Humphrey Yes
Leonard Yes
Melton Yes
Weissman Yes
Williams D. Yes
Lontine Yes
Foote No
Final YES: 8   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


05:13:43 PM   Committee Adjourned






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