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s_jud_2016a_2016-04-18t13:32:05z2 Hearing Summary

Date: 04/18/2016



Final

BILL SUMMARY for HB16-1391



SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Refer House Bill 16-1391 to the Committee of the W PASS







02:24 PM -- HB16-1391



Senator Lundberg, sponsor, presented House Bill 16-1391, concerning a prohibition against nonattorneys providing legal services related to immigration matters. Senator Lundberg described the bill and his reasons for supporting it.



02:25 PM --
Ms. Catherine Chan, representing the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Chan discussed the remedies available for people who have been harmed by nonattorneys in the immigration process.



02:30 PM --
Ms. Alissa Gardenswartz, representing the Colorado Attorney General's Office, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Gardenswartz discussed deceptive trade practices and the effect of the bill on prosecutions.



02:32 PM --
Mr. Eric Johnson, representing the Colorado Bar Association, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Johnson stated that he viewed the bill as consumer protection legislation, and he discussed different legal systems throughout the world. He also provided examples where people have been harmed by nonattorneys when seeking immigration assistance. Mr. Johnson discussed working on the bill with other interested parties.



02:38 PM --
Ms. Patricia Murphy, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Murphy discussed the differences between duties for nonattorneys and attorneys.



02:41 PM --
Ms. Denise Maes, representing the ACLU of Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Maes discussed testimony presented at the House Judiciary Committee hearing on the bill. She also discussed the effects that may be felt by those harmed by nonattorneys in the immigration process.





02:44 PM



Senator Lundberg provided closing remarks on the bill.

BILL: HB16-1391
TIME: 02:45:19 PM
MOVED: Lundberg
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1391 to the Committee of the Whole with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 4-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Yes
Cooke
Excused
Merrifield
Yes
Lundberg
Yes
Roberts
Yes
Final YES: 4 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS














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