BILL SUMMARY for HB16-1056
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY
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Representative Mitsch Bush, vice chair, called the meeting to order.
01:33 PM -- HB 16-1056
Representative Tyler, prime sponsor, came to the table to present House Bill 16-1056. The bill, recommended by the Transportation Legislation Review Committee, broadens the records search employed by the Department of Revenue (DOR) to locate owners and lienholders of abandoned motor vehicles. Under current law, only Colorado records are searched in order to locate the owner or lienholder of an abandoned vehicle. Under the bill, the DOR must perform a Colorado records search as well as a national records search using a qualified entity that has a national database and that can retrieve records based both on the vehicle's VIN (vehicle identification number) and registration number (license plate). The qualified entity must also be able to provide appropriate owner and lienholder contact information. The bill also aligns provisions related to vehicles abandoned on public lands to vehicles abandoned on private land. Finally, the bill increases the notification deadline, from three to five days, in which tow operators must determine whether there is an owner and/or lienholder registered with DOR and send notice to those parties.
01:35 PM -- Tony Anderson, representing the DOR Division of Motor Vehicles, came to the table to answer committee questions.
01:37 PM -- Greg Fulton, representing the Colorado Motor Carriers Association (CMCA), testified in support of the bill.
01:39 PM -- Steve Hochmiller, representing U.S. Transport, testified in support of the bill.
01:42 PM -- John Connolly, representing the Towing and Recovery Professionals of Colorado, testified in support of the bill. He responded to questions from the committee.
01:51 PM -- Barbara Walker, representing the Independent Bankers of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
01:52 PM -- Sophia San Miguel, representing herself, spoke neutrally to the bill.
01:54 PM -- Jennifer Waller, representing the Colorado Bankers Association, testified in support of the bill.
Representative Tyler requested for the bill to be laid over to a following meeting so that amendments could be prepared with stakeholders.