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S_SA_2016A 12/16/2016 10:05:35 AM Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



COMMITTEE ON JOINT STATE VETERANS & MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Date: 12/16/2016
ATTENDANCE
Time: 10:05 AM to 12:09 PM
Foote
*
Hill
E
Place: RM 271
Humphrey
E
Jones
*
This Meeting was called to order by
Leonard
E
Senator Scott
Lontine
X
Neville P.
E
This Report was prepared by
Primavera
X
Vanessa Conway
Sonnenberg
E
Tyler
E
Ulibarri
E
Wist
*
Ryden
X
Scott
X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
SMART Act Presentation Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

SMART Act for Department of State
Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only

Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only





10:06 AM -- SMART Act Presentation Department of Military and Veterans Affairs



Major General H. Michael Edwards, the Adjutant General of Colorado and Executive Director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), and Michael T. "Mickey" Hunt, DMVA Deputy Executive Director, presented the DMVA SMART Act report (Attachment A) and Performance Plan (Attachment B).



16JointState1216AttachA.pdf16JointState1216AttachA.pdf Attachment B can be viewed at Legislative Council.



10:37 AM



Senator Scott asked General Edwards about a DMVA facility in the Grand Junction area.





10:38 AM



Senator Jones thanked the DMVA.



















10:41 AM



Representative Primavera asked for a breakdown of grant money for Veterans Assistance grants. The Adjutant General responded to the question. The two continued to discuss veterans issues, including veterans services and homeless veterans.





10:45 AM



Representative Foote thanked the DMVA for their assistance during the Cold Springs Fire. He also asked for clarification regarding the DMVA's budget. Greg Dorman, DMVA legislative liaison, responded to the question.



10:46 AM



Representative Lontine asked about educational programs for veterans.





10:47 AM



Representative Ryden thanked the DMVA and asked about women members of the military. The Adjutant General discussed several programs and processes in place to support women in service.





10:54 AM



Representative Melton asked about the F35 and whether the state legislature could do anything further to support the DMVA in Colorado. The Adjutant General discussed the F35 downgrade.





11:01 AM -- SMART Act Presentation Department of State



Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert, and Gary Zimmerman, Chief of Staff, presented the Department of State SMART Act report as well as several handouts (Attachments C, D, E, F, G, and H).



16JointState1216AttachC.pdf16JointState1216AttachC.pdf 16JointState1216AttachD.pdf16JointState1216AttachD.pdf 16JointState1216AttachE.pdf16JointState1216AttachE.pdf



16JointState1216AttachF.pdf16JointState1216AttachF.pdf 16JointState1216AttachG.pdf16JointState1216AttachG.pdf 16JointState1216AttachH.pdf16JointState1216AttachH.pdf























11:46 AM



Senator Jones asked about implementation of Amendment 71.





11:51 AM



Representative Ryden thanked the Secretary for his service and asked him about late ballots and same day registration.





11:56 AM



Representative Foote asked the Secretary about Voter Service & Polling Centers.





12:02 PM



Representative-elect Benavidez asked the Secretary about election wait times in different geographical locations.





12:09 PM



The committee adjourned.