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H_SA_2018A 05/03/2018 11:30:46 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Date 05/03/2018
Attendance
Benavidez *
Hooton X
Humphrey X
Leonard X
Melton *
Weissman *
Williams D. X
Lontine X
Foote X
Time 11:30:46 AM to 01:19:14 PM
Place LSB A
This Meeting was called to order by Foote
This Report was prepared by Amanda King
Hearing Items Action Taken
SCR18-004 Referred to House Appropriations
SCR18-005 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
SB18-236 Postponed Indefinitely
SB18-043 Postponed Indefinitely
SB18-242 Referred to the Committee of the Whole

SCR18-004 - Referred to House Appropriations


11:30:53 AM  

Representative Foote explained that testimony on Senate Concurrent Resolution 18-004 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 18-005 would be taken at the same time and then each resolultion would be voted on seperately.

11:31:38 AM  

Representative Duran and Representative Neville, co-prime resolution sponsors, presented SCR 18-004 and SCR 18-005.  Each state is granted representatives in the U.S. Congress based on the state's share of the total U.S. population.  Every ten years following the U.S. census, the state's congressional districts must be redrawn so that each district has equal population.  Currently in Colorado, the General Assembly is responsible for dividing the state into seven congressional districts.  SCR 18-004 refers a measure to the voters to amend the Colorado constitution to establish the Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission and requires the commission to create a congressional redistricting plan, thus removing this responsibility from the General Assembly.

 

Under current law, the Colorado Reapportionment Commission must create and approve a legislative district plan for the Colorado House of Representatives and Colorado State Senate.  SCR 18-005 refers a measure to the voters to amend the Colorado Constitution to replace the current Reapportionment Commission with the Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission.

11:41:45 AM  
Toni Larson, League of Women Voters of Colorado, testified in support of SCR 18-004 and SCR 18-005.
11:45:46 AM  

Mike Kopp, Colorado Concern, testified in support of SCR18-004 and SCR18-005.

11:51:03 AM  
John Zakhem, representing himself, testified in support of the SCR 18-004 and SCR 18-005. He discussed amendment L.002 to SCR18-005 [Attachment A]. Mr. Zakhem answered questions from the committee.
11:59:42 AM  
Amanda Gonzalez, Colorado Common Cause, testified in support of SCR 18-004 and SCR 18-005.
12:01:59 PM  
Mark Grueskin, Citizens for Integrity, testified in support of SCR 18-004 and SCR 18-005. He answered questions from the committee.
12:10:05 PM  

Representative Duran responded to committee member questions. Committee discussion with Mr. Grueskin ensued.

12:12:17 PM  
Emily Ibach, Colorado Farm Bureau, testified in support of SCR 18-004 and SCR 18-005.
12:13:53 PM  

Dianna Orf, Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, testified in support of SCR 18-004 and SCR 18-005.

12:14:39 PM  
Representative Duran and Representative Neville made concluding remarks about SCR 18-004 and SCR 18-005.
12:16:06 PM  
Committee members commented on the SCR 18-004.


12:18:36 PM
Motion Refer SCR18-004 to the Committee on Appropriations.
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



SCR18-005 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations




12:19:15 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 [Attachment A].
Moved Melton
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


12:20:01 PM
Motion Refer SCR18-005, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Weissman
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



SB18-236 - Postponed Indefinitely


12:20:06 PM  

Representative Sandridge, bill sponsor, presented SB 18-236.  Current law requires that the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) analyze whether to begin (sunrise review) or continue (sunset review) the regulation of a profession or occupation based on several factors.  The bill requires DORA to presume that consumers are sufficiently protected by market competition and private remedies, and to create occupational regulations only where the department finds credible evidence of a present, significant, and substantiated harm to consumers.  

 

The bill creates guidelines for DORA to follow when making recommendations to address harm arising from contractual disputes; fraud; unclean facilities or general health and safety issues; a provider's failure to meet contractual obligations or standards; protecting individuals who are not a party to a contract; providers not located in state; and consumer guidance.  The bill further requires DORA to recommend only the least restrictive regulation necessary to address the harm.

12:23:56 PM  

Marilen Reimer, American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill. She answered questions from the committee.

12:28:04 PM  

Dick Carpenter, Institute for Justice, testified in support of the bill. He answered questions from the committee.

12:33:51 PM  

Ben Railsback, National Society of Professional Engineers, testified in opposition to the bill. He answered questions from the committee.

12:39:56 PM  

Carl Larson, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, testified in support of the bill.

12:45:14 PM  

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

12:48:00 PM  

Charlie Katebi, Heartland Institute, testified in support of the bill.

12:51:49 PM  
Representative Sandridge made concluding remarks about the bill. Committee members commented on the bill.


12:57:57 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-236 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Humphrey
Seconded Leonard
Benavidez Excused
Hooton No
Humphrey Yes
Leonard Yes
Melton No
Weissman No
Williams D. Yes
Lontine No
Foote No
YES: 3   NO: 5   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


12:58:09 PM
Motion Postpone Senate Bill 18-236 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 Weissman
Benavidez Excused
Hooton Yes
Humphrey No
Leonard No
Melton Yes
Weissman Yes
Williams D. No
Lontine Yes
Foote Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 3   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB18-043 - Postponed Indefinitely


12:58:15 PM  

Representative Lundeen, bill sponsor, presented SB 18-043. The bill specifies that when the Senate rejects a Governor's nominee for state office, that individual is deemed "legally unfit" and the Governor cannot nominate the rejected individual to the same office for a second time. If a nominee is rejected for reappointment, the individual is removed from office once his or her term is up and cannot exercise the duties of the office, even if a replacement has not been named. The rejected individual is eligible to be nominated or reappointed when a new Senate convenes for its first regular session and can be appointed to the office following the day when the new Senate adjourns its first regular session.

 

Representative Lundeen answered questions from the committee.

01:05:53 PM  
The committee made comments regarding the bill. Representative Lundeen responded to questions from the committee.


01:09:48 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-043 to the Committee of the Whole.
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


01:10:08 PM
Motion Postpone Senate Bill 18-043 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



SB18-242 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


01:10:12 PM  
Representative Leonard, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 18-242. The bill requires a person swearing an oath of office for a public office or position to do so by swearing by the everliving God and to do so with an uplifted hand.
01:15:19 PM  
Representative Leonard responded to questions from the committee.
01:16:45 PM  

Representative Leonard made concluding remarks regarding the bill.  The committee members commented on the bill.



01:18:35 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-242 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Leonard
Seconded Williams D.
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


01:19:14 PM   Committee Adjourned






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