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Date: 02/25/2016



Final

BILL SUMMARY for SB16-117



SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment A). The motion p

Refer Senate Bill 16-117, as amended, to the Commi
Pass Without Objection

PASS







10:59 AM -- SB16-117



Senator Sonnenberg, prime sponsor, next presented Senate Bill 16-117, which limits the authority of state agencies to impose discretionary fines. Specifically, the bill prohibits any state agency from imposing a discretionary fine of $1,000 or more unless the agency provides written notice of the violation of the law or rule and the offender fails to correct the violation on or before the 20th business day after receipt of the written notice. The bill caps discretionary fines as follows:

      for an individual, ten percent of the taxable income reported on his or her last state income tax return;

      for a business, ten percent of the operating revenue reported on its income statement for the last fiscal year; and

      for a political subdivision of the state, ten percent of its tax revenue for the last fiscal year.



Senator Sonnenberg addressed a question from the committee. He distributed and explained Amendment L.002 (Attachment A). Discussion ensued on the safety of the drinking water in Burlington, Colorado.



16SenateFin0225AttachA.pdf16SenateFin0225AttachA.pdf



11:12 AM --
Ms. Heidi Humphreys, representing the Department of Revenue, Ms. Erin Mewhinney, representing the Department of Human Services, Mr. Will Allison, representing the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), all testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Mewhinney addressed a question from the committee about how the bill could change her department's existing authority to regulate certain activities. Mr. Allison responded to a question about how water quality violations in the city of Burlington were handled by CDPHE.





11:29 AM



Senator Sonnenberg responded to committee comments and questions about fines levied against the city of Burlington. Discussion continued on whether the bill limits the ability of the various departments to regulate activities for public health and safety purposes.



11:37 AM --
Mr. Kevin Bommer, representing the Colorado Municipal League, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Bommer addressed questions from the committee about the bill's anticipated impact on public sector entities.



11:54 AM --
Ms. Shane Madsen, representing the Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association, testified in support of the bill.





11:55 AM



Senator Sonnenberg made some closing remarks about the bill and Amendment L.002. Mr. Ed DeCecco, Office of Legislative Legal Services, addressed a question about the proposed amendment.

BILL: SB16-117
TIME: 12:02:30 PM
MOVED: Hill
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment A). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
Johnston
Kerr
Hill
Neville T.
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection




BILL: SB16-117
TIME: 12:02:44 PM
MOVED: Hill
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 16-117, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 3-2.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Holbert
Yes
Johnston
No
Kerr
No
Hill
Yes
Neville T.
Yes
Final YES: 3 NO: 2 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS












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