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S_LG_2016A 04/19/2016 02:00:37 PM Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Date: 04/19/2016
ATTENDANCE
Time: 02:00 PM to 02:51 PM
Donovan
X
Kefalas
X
Place: SCR 353
Martinez Humenik
X
Tate
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Ulibarri
X
Senator Marble
Crowder
X
Marble
X
This Report was prepared by
David Beaujon
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
HB16-1367

HB16-1340
Referred to the Committee of the Whole

Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only



02:01 PM -- HB 16-1367



Senator Marble and Senator Hodge, co-prime sponsors, discussed the provisions of House Bill 16-1367 concerning county categorization for salary purposes. The salary of county officers is set in statute and determined by the category of the county in which the officer serves (I through VI). Four subcategories, A through D were added to each category in 2015 under Senate Bill 15-288 for the purpose of increasing or decreasing county officer salaries. All counties are currently in subcategory A, which would result in a 30 percent increase to county officers beginning January 2019, when they are sworn in. This bill recategorizes counties resulting in smaller increases for the elected officers of those counties.



02:05 PM --
Eric Bergman, Colorado Counties, Inc., spoke in support of the bill and provided an informational handout on the bill (Attachment A). He also responded to questions from the committee about the bill and implementation of SB 15-288 by certain counties.



160419 AttachA.pdf160419 AttachA.pdf





02:14 PM



The chair closed testimony and Senator Marble and Senator Hodge closed their remarks on the bill.

BILL: HB16-1367
TIME: 02:14:34 PM
MOVED: Marble
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1367 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 7-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Donovan
Yes
Kefalas
Yes
Martinez Humenik
Yes
Tate
Yes
Ulibarri
Yes
Crowder
Yes
Marble
Yes
Final YES: 7 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



02:15 PM



The committee recessed.



02:30 PM -- HB 16-1340



The committee returned from recess. Senator Crowder announced that Senator Scott was in another committee presenting a bill and that testimony on House Bill 15-1340 concerning county planning commission approval requirement exemption would be opened in Senator Scott's absence.



Under current law, if a county or regional planning commission has adopted a master plan for all or part of the county or region, then any authorization for or construction of public spaces or buildings in an unincorporated territory of the county, including roads, parks, and public utilities, must be approved by the planning commission. This bill specifies that a planning commission does not need to review a proposed project that is permitted under existing zoning laws or is contemplated by a plan, including the county's master plan, a proposal, or an application that has already been approved by the planning commission.



02:32 PM --
Casey Tighe, Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners, spoke in support of the bill and discussed the current county planning commission approval process. He also responded to questions from the committee about the role of county planning commissions, current practices of some county planning commissions, and whether the bill was necessary.



02:50 PM



The chair closed testimony. The bill was laid over unamended and tentatively scheduled for action only on April 26, 2016.



02:51 PM



The committee adjourned.




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