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S_HHS_2019A 04/10/2019 10:11:22 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 04/10/2019
Attendance
Crowder X
Smallwood X
Winter *
Pettersen X
Fields X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Time 10:11:22 AM to 11:31:36 AM
Place LSB B
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Fields
This Report was prepared by Elizabeth Haskell
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB19-1147 Referred to Senate Finance
SB19-217 Laid Over
HB19-1183 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

HB19-1147 - Referred to Senate Finance


10:11:31 AM  
Senator Lee, bill sponsor, presented
House Bill 19-1147.  The bill makes various revisions to the Colorado
Traumatic Brain Injury Program (program), and increases surcharges on certain
motor vehicle violations which are used to finance the program. Among other
changes, the bill:
  • renames the program, trust fund board,
    and trust fund to remove the word "traumatic," and redefines
    brain injury for the purposes of the program;
  • eliminates spending requirements for
    education and research;
  • clarifies that persons served by the
    program must receive service coordination and skills training;
  • eliminates a requirement that an individual
    must exhaust all other health benefit funding before being eligible for
    assistance from the trust fund;
  • requires that at least five board members
    have certain experience with brain injuries, as outlined in the bill; and
  • removes a prohibition against the use
    of General Fund for the program.

The
bill transfers $450,000 from the General Fund to the newly renamed Colorado
Brain Injury (BI) Trust Fund and appropriates the money to the Department
of Human Services for FY 2019-20.

Increased surcharges. Certain motor vehicle
violations are subject to an additional surcharge that is deposited into
the BI Trust Fund and used to finance the program. The bill increases the
surcharge assessed for state and local speeding violations from $15 to
$20. Under current law, if the surcharge for a state speeding violation
is collected by a municipal court, the surcharge increases to $17, and
$2 is retained by the municipality; the bill eliminates the increased surcharge
and municipal share in these instances. The bill also increases the surcharge
on persons convicted of DUI, DUI per se, driving while ability impaired
(DWAI), and underage drinking and driving (UDD) from $20 to $25.  

10:15:55 AM  
Jim Tatten, representing himself, testified against the bill.
10:19:06 AM  
Gretchen Russo, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
10:23:23 AM  
Valillian McGuire, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
10:26:19 AM  
The witness panel responded to questions.
10:29:40 AM  
Lydia Waligorski, Violence Free Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
10:32:44 AM  
Nicolas Meier, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
10:39:23 AM  
The witness panel responded to questions.
10:40:42 AM  
Senator Lee made closing remarks.
10:44:20 AM  
Gretchen Russo returned to the table to respond to questions.


10:48:36 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1147 to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Crowder
Seconded
Crowder Yes
Smallwood No
Winter Yes
Pettersen Excused
Fields Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 1   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-217 - Laid Over


10:55:11 AM  
Senator Foote and Senator Tate, bill sponsors,
requested that the bill be laid over until April 11, 2019.  Senator
Fields announced that the bill will be laid over.



HB19-1183 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


10:58:34 AM  
Senator Bridges, bill sponsor, presented House Bill 19-1183
and responded to questions. The bill encourages public schools and public
places, as specified in this bill, to have sufficient quantities of functional
automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to ensure reasonable availability
for use during cardiac arrest emergencies. All public places are required
to accept any gifts, grants, or donations of an AED that meets federal
standards. In addition, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
(CDPHE) shall award a $75,000 contract to a nonprofit organization for
the purpose of acquiring and distributing AEDs to public places by September
1, 2019. Finally, this bill extends good samaritan protections to certain
persons and entities including those who provide teaching or training on
CPR, persons whose primary duties do not include the provision of health
care, and any person or entity that provides medical oversight services
to a location where an AED is located.
11:00:19 AM  
Richard Perse, Play with Heart, testified in support of the bill.
11:05:17 AM  
Alan Himelfarb, Starting Hearts, testified
in support of the bill.
11:14:02 AM  
The witness panel responded to questions.
11:14:17 AM  
Ariel Hammerquist, Legislative Council Staff, responded to questions about the fiscal impact of the bill.
11:23:37 AM  
Committee discussion and questions followed.
11:25:44 AM  
Senator Bridges made closing remarks.
11:26:35 AM  
Senator Fields recessed the meeting.
11:26:36 AM  

Senator Fields reconvened the meeting.



11:30:35 AM
Motion This is a conceptual amendment - Page 2, strike lines 6 through 10 and renumber statutory citations accordingly.
Moved Pettersen
Seconded
Crowder
Smallwood
Winter
Pettersen
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


11:31:06 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1183, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Pettersen
Seconded
Crowder Yes
Smallwood No
Winter Yes
Pettersen Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


11:31:36 AM   The committee adjourned.






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