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S_JUD_2018A 04/30/2018 02:44:10 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Date 04/30/2018
Attendance
Coram X
Fields X
Kagan X
Cooke X
Gardner X
Time 02:44:10 PM to 06:12:30 PM
Place SCR 352
This Meeting was called to order by Gardner
This Report was prepared by Juliann Jenson
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB18-1375 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
SB18-258 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
SB18-249 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
SB18-250 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
SB18-251 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
SB18-252 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

HB18-1375 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


02:44:49 PM  

Senator Gardner called the meeting to order.  He announced that SB 18-258 will be heard second instead of last and noted that the mental health competency bills will be heard together because of their related subject matter. 

Senator Gardner explained HB18-1375, otherwise known as the Revisor's Bill.  He emphasized that the Revisor's Bill does not make any substantive changes but rather amends or repeals obsolete and imperfect language. 

Senator Gardner distributed Amendment L. 005 (Attachment A).  Jennifer Gilroy, Office of Legislative Legal Services, explained that the amendment corrects mis-conforming language. 

02:49:06 PM  

Larry Sarner, representing the Colorado Citizens for Science in Medicine, testified in support of the bill but brought up a couple areas concerning incorrect references to naturopathic doctors (Attachment B).  Senator Gardner responded that he would look at the issue before second reading.  



02:54:24 PM
Motion L.005
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Coram
Fields
Kagan
Cooke
Gardner
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


02:54:56 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1375, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Yes
Kagan Yes
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB18-258 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


02:55:03 PM  

Senators Scott and Gardner explained SB18-258, concerning excluding from the speedy trial calculation the period of delay caused by a continuance ordered by the court.  The senators explained the merits and practicality of the bill.  They answered questions from the committee about the rights of the accused and exceptions to speedy trials. 

 

03:04:53 PM  

Lucienne Ohanion, representing the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, spoke in opposition to the bill.  She brought up constitutional rights and due process.  

03:12:52 PM  

Dan Rubenstein, District Attorney for Mesa County, spoke in support of the bill.  He explained the differences between the Colorado statutory right to a speedy trial and the constitutional right to one.  He also discussed timelines, limitations, and the circumstances under which a defendant may be granted a continuance. 

03:16:30 PM  

Dan May, District Attorney for El Paso County, testified in support of the bill.  He discussed the "gamesmanship" involved with Colorado's speedy trial statutory scheme. 

 



03:37:09 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-258 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields No
Kagan No
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB18-249 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


03:37:25 PM  

The committee took a brief recess.

The committee was called back to order, and Senators Gardner and Lambert explained the four following bills:

  • SB18-249 concerning establishing alternative programs in the criminal justice system to divert individiuals with a mental health condition to community treatment, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. 
  • SB18-250 concerning the provision of jail-based behavioral health services, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. 
  • SB18-251 concerning establishing a statewide behavioral health court liaison program, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. 
  • SB18-252 concerning actions related to determinations of competency to proceed, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. 

Senator Gardner further explained the reasons for bringing forth these bills so late in the session,  including compliance and fines in federal court.  Senator Lambert discussed the stakeholder process and prior work on these issues in the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) and elsewhere.  He emphasized the urgency of the legislation. 

Carolyn Kampman, Chief Legislative Analyst with the JBC, distributed and explained a handout concerning the bills (Attachment C).  She reviewed the problem, recent JBC and General Assembly actions, bill drafting, and policy objectives. 

A handout regarding the growing demand for competency restoration was distributed (Attachment D).

The following amendments were distributed:

  • SB18-249: L.003 (Attachment E)
  • SB18-250: L.002 and L.003 (Attachments F and G)
  • SB18-251: L.001, L.002, L.004, and L.005 (Attachments H, I, J, and K)
  • SB18-252: L.001, L.002, and L.003 (Attachments L, M, and N)
04:00:13 PM  

Reggie Bicha,  Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services (DHS), spoke in support of the bill.  He explained DHS protocol to restore competency and also discussed those individuals who could properly be served in the community instead of in a jail.  He answered questions from the committee about jail-based competency evaluations, the related lawsuit and settlement agreement, circumstances under which it is necessary to hospitalize, and the average number of days it takes to restore competency. 

 

04:05:38 PM  

Robert Werthwein, Director of Office of Behavioral Health in DHS, made himself available for questions only.  Mr. Wertwein answered questions about jail-based competency evaluations and the settlement agreement. 

 

04:12:06 PM  

Cynthia Kowert, representing the Office of the Attorney General, raised constitutional concerns about a section in SB18-049 that allows a judge to plea bargain with defendants. She reported that it could potentially violate the rules for criminal procedure.  She stated that she would support the bill if amended. 

04:17:59 PM  

Tom Raynes, representing the Colorado District Attorneys' Council (CDAC), testified in support of the bills if amended. He discussed each bill and referenced the amendments he would support.  His concerns primarily addressed mandated programming. 

 

04:21:45 PM  

Tim Lane, represernting the CDAC, provided a neutral stance on the bills if amended.  He proceeded to discuss the bills and the proposed amendments.  He discussed competency evaluations, restoration services, compensation to county jails or lack thereof, redirection specialists, safety bail-outs, time frames, victims, and other related issues. 

The committee recessed.

 

04:38:54 PM  

The committee was called back to order. 

Abigail Tucker, representing herself as a licensed psychologist and clinical director and as a member of the Adams County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, spoke in favor of the bills.  She proceeded to give her reasons for supporting each bill including clarity, more support for community-based restoration, and screening.  She emphasized the need for early intervention that does not take place in jails. 

04:55:12 PM  

Frank Cornelia, representing the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, spoke in support of the measures.  He discussed each bill and the amendments he supports.

04:59:02 PM  

Doug Wilson, representing the Office of the State Public Defender, testified in favor of the measures overall but raised a number of concerns.  Some of his concerns had to do with time frames, outdated jail-based curricula, and jail-based restoration in general.  He also discussed the proposed amendments.

05:03:07 PM  

Maureen Cain, representing the Office of the State Public Defender, spoke both in favor of and opposition to certain parts of the four measures.  The major issue she expressed concerns about was the 150-day time period in SB18-252.  She stated that 150 days is too long to wait for a competency hearing while in custody. 

 

05:21:06 PM  

Terry Scanlon, legislative liaison for the Judicial Department, spoke in support of SB18-251 and expressed a neutral position on the other bills. 

05:22:33 PM  

Brenidy Rice, representing the Judicial Department, was basically neutral on the bills but voiced a number of concerns about how the bills impact judicial discretion.

05:24:45 PM  

Iris Eytan, representing the Colorado Lawyers Committee, spoke both in favor of and against the bills.  She explained her involvement in a lawsuit against the state to ensure that competency evaluations are completed in a timely manner.  She discussed how individuals are still spending time in jail well past the time lines outlined in the settlement agreement.  She expressed concerns about SB18-252 in particular. 

 

05:34:03 PM  

Mark Ivandick, representing Disability Law Colorado, spoke both for and against the measures.  He discussed the need for more programs such as Restoring Individuals Safely and Effectively (RISE) and discouraged jail-based restoration services.  He also provided a history of the problem and raised concerns about SB18-252. 

 

 

05:46:42 PM  

Patrick Fox, representing the Colorado Psychiatric Society and former deputy director of clinical services in DHS, spoke in favor of the bills.  He discussed the increase in competency reviews and compared per diem costs to manage an individual.  He answered questions about the competency-based curriculum in county jails and the difficulty of finding educators to teach it.

 

05:52:31 PM  

Robert Werthwein from DHS returned to the table and answered questions about the RISE program and the curriculum used in county jail restoration programs.



06:01:10 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields No
Kagan No
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


06:02:21 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-249, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Yes
Kagan Yes
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB18-250 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations




06:02:53 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Coram
Fields
Kagan
Cooke
Gardner
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


06:03:08 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Coram
Fields
Kagan
Cooke
Gardner
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


06:03:31 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-250, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Yes
Kagan Yes
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB18-251 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations




06:06:32 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Coram
Fields
Kagan
Cooke
Gardner
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


06:07:02 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields No
Kagan Yes
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
YES: 4   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


06:07:17 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Coram
Fields
Kagan
Cooke
Gardner
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


06:07:33 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.005
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Coram
Fields
Kagan
Cooke
Gardner
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


06:07:55 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-251, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Yes
Kagan Yes
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB18-252 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations




06:08:34 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Coram
Fields
Kagan
Cooke
Gardner
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


06:10:09 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields No
Kagan No
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


06:10:23 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Coram
Fields
Kagan
Cooke
Gardner
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


06:10:55 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-252, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Gardner
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Yes
Kagan Yes
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


06:12:30 PM   Committee Adjourned






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