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S_JUD_2018A 03/14/2018 02:20:20 PM Committee Summary

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STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Date 03/14/2018
Attendance
Coram E
Fields X
Kagan X
Cooke X
Gardner X
Time 02:20:20 PM to 02:45:30 PM
Place SCR 352
This Meeting was called to order by Gardner
This Report was prepared by Juliann Jenson
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB18-1025 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
HB18-1029 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

HB18-1025 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


02:21:36 PM  

Senator Gardner and Senator Cooke, co-prime sponsors, introduced HB18-1025, which relocates Title 12 liquor laws to Title 44.  

Christy Chase, Office of Legislative Legal Services, assured the committee that the bill is a non-substantive relocation. 

 



02:24:05 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1025 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Cooke
Seconded
Coram Excused
Fields Yes
Kagan Yes
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB18-1029 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


02:24:18 PM  

Senator Lundberg, sponsor, explained HB18-1029 concerning lowering the period of mandatory parole from five years to three years for certain felony offenses.   He relayed that the bill was recommended by the Sentencing in the Criminal Justice System Interim Study Committee. 

Senator Lundberg distributed Amendments L.005, L.006, and L.007 (Attachments A, B, and C). 

Senator Lundberg answered questions from the committee regarding the stakeholder process and the rationale for the bill.  He emphasized that the majority of parolees who fail on parole do so within the first three years. 

02:29:28 PM  

Melissa Roberts, Director of Adult Parole for the Department of Corrections, spoke in favor of the bill.  She explained that the bill is cost effective and allows for parole officers to focus on their higher-risk case loads.  She emphasized that over-supervision can be counter-productive.   

 

02:35:01 PM  

Carrie Thompson, representing the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, testified in support of the bill.  She explained that there has not been a change in mandatory parole for 25 years.  She emphasized there is no appreciable gains after 3 years of parole. 

02:38:49 PM  

Arnold Hanuman, representing the Colorado District Attorneys' Council, explained the amendments,   He said that they were for structural, cross-referencing, or relocation purposes. 

02:41:54 PM  

Senator Lundberg made closing remarks. 



02:43:10 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.005
Moved Kagan
Seconded
Coram Excused
Fields
Kagan
Cooke
Gardner
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


02:43:29 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.006
Moved Kagan
Seconded
Coram Excused
Fields
Kagan
Cooke
Gardner
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


02:43:47 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.007
Moved Kagan
Seconded
Coram Excused
Fields
Kagan
Cooke
Gardner
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


02:44:29 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1029, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Kagan
Seconded
Coram Excused
Fields Yes
Kagan Yes
Cooke Yes
Gardner No
Final YES: 3   NO: 1   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


02:45:30 PM   Committee Adjourned






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