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S_HHS_2019A 03/14/2019 01:37:09 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 03/14/2019
Attendance
Hisey X
Smallwood X
Winter X
Pettersen *
Fields X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Time 01:37:09 PM to 02:54:24 PM
Place LSB B
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Fields
This Report was prepared by Anne Wallace
Hearing Items Action Taken
Conf 19-Human Services — Executive Director — Department Of Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
HB19-1031 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
HB19-1028 Referred to the Committee of the Whole

Conf 19-Human Services — Executive Director — Department Of - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:38:08 PM  

Lisa Kaufmann, Governor's Office, introduced Michelle Barnes, appointee to the Executive Director of the Department of Human Services.  The Governor's Executive Order and appointment letter for Ms. Barnes may be found in Attachment A.  Her resume and application are available at the State Archives.

01:38:42 PM  

Ms. Barnes presented to the committee regarding her experience and qualifications.

01:42:32 PM  
Ms. Barnes responded to committee questions.


01:49:12 PM
Motion Refer the appointment of Michelle Barnes to the Executive Director of the Department Of Human Services to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Pettersen
Seconded
Hisey Yes
Smallwood Yes
Winter Yes
Pettersen Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB19-1031 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


01:51:13 PM  
Senator Gonzalez, bill sponsor, presented
House Bill 19-1031 to the committee.  
Under
current law, a medical marijuana patient may have one primary caregiver
at any one time.  The bill allows a patient who is under the age of
18 to have each parent or guardian act as a primary caregiver.  If
the patient is under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, the judge
presiding over the case may determine who is the primary caregiver.
 
01:54:34 PM  
Autumn Brooks, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
01:56:00 PM  
Vicki Trujillo, Safe Access Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
01:57:01 PM  
David Wasserman, Southern Colorado Cannabis Council, testified in support of the bill.
02:00:16 PM  
Christine Bondi-Cerrato, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
02:04:13 PM  
Jericho Bondi-Cerrato, representing himself,
testified in support of the bill.
02:05:13 PM  
Matthew Cerrato, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
02:08:50 PM  

Senator Gonzalez dsitrbuted amendment L.002 to the committee (Attachment B).



02:11:00 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment B).
Moved Pettersen
Seconded
Hisey
Smallwood
Winter
Pettersen
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:11:01 PM  
Senator Gonzalez gave closing remarks on the bill.


02:12:16 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1031, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Pettersen
Seconded
Hisey Yes
Smallwood Yes
Winter Yes
Pettersen Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB19-1028 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


02:12:40 PM  
Senator Fenberg, bill sponsor, presented
House Bill 19-1028 to the committee.  
The
bill creates a statutory right for a patient with an autism spectrum disorder
(ASD) to use medical marijuana.  ASD must be diagnosed by a primary
care physician, physician with experience in ASD, or licensed mental health
provider acting within their scope of practice in order to qualify as a
disabling medical condition.
 In
addition, the bill encourages the State Board of Health in the Colorado
Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to prioritize medical
marijuana health research grants for studies to gather objective scientific
research regarding the efficacy and the safety of administering medical
marijuana for ovarian cancer, dementia, and pediatric conditions, including
but not limited to ASD.
02:16:41 PM  
Michelle Walker, Safe Access Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
02:20:15 PM  
David Wasserman, Southern Colorado Cannabis Council, testified in support of the bill.
02:24:00 PM  
Senator Fields announced that Senator Coram
was in attendance.
02:24:17 PM  
Jonah Trujilllo, representing himself,
testified in support of the bill.  
02:25:30 PM  
Vicki Trujillo, Safe Access Colorado, testified
in support of the bill.  Ms. Trujillo responded to committee questions.
 
02:26:44 PM  
Autumn Brooks, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
02:31:39 PM  
Amanda Bent, Drug Policy Alliance, testified in support of the bill.
02:35:35 PM  
Jamie Kropp, representing herself, testified
in support of the bill.
02:37:21 PM  
Benjamin Waters, Native Roots, testified in support of the bill.
02:39:16 PM  
Dan Brandt, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
02:40:07 PM  
Melanie Rose Rodgers, Safe Access Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
02:45:40 PM  

Senators Fenberg and Coram responded to committee questions about the bill.  Committee members commented on the bill.



02:54:09 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1028 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Pettersen
Seconded
Hisey Yes
Smallwood Yes
Winter Yes
Pettersen Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


02:54:24 PM   The committee adjourned.






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