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S_ED_2020A 01/29/2020 09:48:40 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
Date 01/29/2020
Attendance
Bridges X
Hill X
Lundeen X
Story X
Todd X
Time 09:48:40 AM to 01:22:32 PM
Place SCR 352
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Todd
This Report was prepared by Rachel Kurtz-Phelan
Hearing Items Action Taken
Conf 20-Colorado Mesa University Board Of Trustees Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
SB20-009 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
SB20-052 Amended, referred to Senate Finance
SB20-089 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call

Conf 20-Colorado Mesa University Board Of Trustees - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


09:48:52 AM  

Senator Todd invited the appointees from Colorado Mesa University (CMU) to come to the table.  Kelly Brough, Alejandro Sanchez, Ronald Davis, and Alison Griffin, appointees to the board of trustees for CMU, came to the table and told the committee about their personal, educational, and professional backgrounds, and about why they would like to be appointed or reappointed to the board.

09:52:37 AM  

The panelists answered questions from the committee.



10:01:49 AM
Motion Refer the appointments of Alejandro Sanchez, Ronald Davis, and Alison Griffin, and the reappointment of Kelly Brough, to the Colorado Mesa University Board Of Trustees to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Story
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Hill Yes
Lundeen Yes
Story Yes
Todd Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB20-009 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


10:02:17 AM  
Senator Zenzinger and Senator Rankin, co-sponsors,
presented Senate Bill 20-009, which concerns the expansion of the adult
education and literacy grant program.  The co-sponsors provided opening
comments on the bill. They distributed amendment L.001 (Attachment A) and
explained the amendment.  The co-sponsors answered questions from
the committee.
10:09:38 AM  

The following people testified on the bill:

10:16:35 AM  

Khatira Amon, representing herself as a student at Spring Institute, spoke in support of the bill.

10:21:36 AM  

Soumaya Sammie, representing herself as a student at Spring Institute, spoke in support of the bill.

10:24:06 AM  

The prior two witnesses answered questions from the committee.

10:25:30 AM  

Paula Schriefer, President of Spring Institute, spoke in support of the bill.

10:28:56 AM  

Isabel Cruz, representing the Center for Work, Education, and Employment, spoke in support of the bill.

10:34:03 AM  

The co-sponsors answered questions about amendment L.001 (Attachment A).

10:35:11 AM  

The committee continued to discuss the bill and the amendment.



10:45:33 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Todd
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Hill No
Lundeen No
Story Yes
Todd Yes
YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


10:46:12 AM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-009, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Todd
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Hill Yes
Lundeen Yes
Story Yes
Todd Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB20-052 - Amended, referred to Senate Finance

10:46:28 AM  

Senator Coram and Senator Zenzinger, co-sponsors, presented Senate Bill 20-052, which concerns the creation of a smart school bus safety pilot program.

10:50:44 AM  
Senator Zenzinger read into the record
written testimony in support of the bill from Greg Jackson, Executive Director
of Transportation and Fleet Services for Jefferson County Public Schools.
 Copies of amendments L.001, L.002, and L.004 were distributed to
the committee (Attachments B, C, and D).
10:54:38 AM  

The following people testified on the bill:

10:55:51 AM  

Dan Snowberger, Superintendent of Durango School District, testified remotely in support of the bill.

11:00:10 AM  

Robert Brown, representing Montrose County School District, testified remotely in support of the bill.

11:03:09 AM  

Jim Pavlich, Director of Safety and Security for Montrose County School District, testified remotely in support of the bill.

11:03:43 AM  

The two witnesses testifying remotely from Montrose County School District answered questions from the committee.

11:10:01 AM  

Senator Coram read into the record a letter of support from Disability Law Colorado.

11:11:26 AM  

Ward Leber, representing the Child Safety Network, spoke in support of the bill.

11:21:24 AM  

John Simmons, representing School Safety Partners, spoke about the bill.  He distributed a packet of handouts to the committee (Attachment E).

11:33:15 AM  

Detective Daniel Sperry, representing the Child Safety Network, spoke in support of the bill.

11:37:48 AM  

The co-sponsors explained amendments L.001, L.002, and L.004 (Attachments B, C, and D).



11:43:31 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Todd
Seconded
Bridges
Hill
Lundeen
Story
Todd
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


11:43:46 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002
Moved Todd
Seconded
Bridges
Hill
Lundeen
Story
Todd
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


11:44:01 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004
Moved Todd
Seconded
Bridges
Hill
Lundeen
Story
Todd
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
11:44:25 AM  

Committee members provided closing comments on the bill.  The co-sponsors answered questions from the committee.

11:55:17 AM  
Committee members continued to provide
closing comments on the bill.


11:56:42 AM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-052, as amended, to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Todd
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Hill Yes
Lundeen No
Story Yes
Todd Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB20-089 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

11:56:54 AM  
President Garcia and Senator Danielson,
co-sponsors, presented Senate Bill 20-089, which concerns funding assistance
to increase the minimum amounts paid to persons employed by local education
providers.  They provided opening comments and distributed amendments
L.001, L.002, L.003, L.004, and L.005 (Attachments F through J).  Senator
Hill distributed amendment L.006 (Attachment K).
12:03:25 PM  

The co-sponsors answered questions from the committee.

12:06:49 PM  

The following people testified on the bill:

12:06:58 PM  

Hailey McMoore, representing Great Education Colorado, spoke in support of the bill.

12:11:02 PM  

Kristi Leech, representing Great Education Colorado, spoke in support of the bill.

12:14:10 PM  

Kallie Leyba, representing the American Federation of Teachers Colorado, spoke in support of the bill.

12:16:26 PM  

The panel of witnesses answered questions from the committee.

12:23:47 PM  

Cory Bissell, representing himself as a member of the Jefferson County Education Association, spoke in support of the bill.

12:28:15 PM  

Amie Baca-Oehlert, representing the Colorado Education Association, spoke in support of the bill.  She distributed a handout to the committee (Attachment L).

12:31:52 PM  

The prior two witnesses answered questions from the committee.

12:36:39 PM  

Jonna Levine, representing Support Jeffco Kids, spoke in support of the bill.

12:39:42 PM  

Shawna Fritzler, representing the Jefferson County Parent Teacher Association, spoke in support of the bill.

12:42:59 PM  

The prior two witnesses answered questions from the committee.

12:46:08 PM  

Eric Rothaus, representing the Department of Treasury, came to the table to answer questions about the impact of the bill on the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program.

12:50:03 PM  

Bill Ryan, Director of the State Land Board, came to the table to answer questions from the committee.

12:56:14 PM  

Senator Danielson read written testimony into the record from a teacher in the Montezuma-Cortez School District.

01:01:03 PM  

Anna Gerstle, Legislative Council Staff, came to the table to answer questions about the bill's fiscal note.

01:04:48 PM  

Senator Danielson explained amendments L.001 through L.005 (Attachments F through J) and answered questions from the committee.

01:07:37 PM  

The committee continued to discuss the bill and the amendments.



01:14:48 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Bridges
Hill
Lundeen
Story
Todd
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


01:15:02 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002
Moved Todd
Seconded
Bridges
Hill
Lundeen
Story
Todd
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


01:15:26 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004
Moved Todd
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Hill No
Lundeen No
Story Yes
Todd Yes
YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


01:15:43 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003
Moved Todd
Seconded
Bridges
Hill
Lundeen
Story
Todd
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
01:16:35 PM  

Committee members gave closing comments on the bill.

01:18:37 PM  
Amendment L.005 (Attachment J) was withdrawn.
 The co-sponsors provided closing comments on the bill.


01:22:18 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-089, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Todd
Seconded
Bridges Yes
Hill No
Lundeen No
Story Yes
Todd Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


01:22:32 PM   The committee adjourned.






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