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S_SA_2017A 03/22/2017 Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS

Date: 03/22/2017
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:34 PM to 05:48 PM
Court
X
Fenberg
X
Place: SCR 357
Hill
X
Sonnenberg
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Marble
X
Senator Marble
This Report was prepared by
Julia Jackson
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
SB17-219

SB17-217

SB17-221

SB17-220

HB17-1158

HB17-1156
Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Amended, Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Referred to Senate Appropriations

Postponed Indefinitely





01:35 PM -- SB17-219



Senator Hill and Senator Garcia, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 17-219 to the committee. Under current law, the authority to form local advisory boards for veteran community living centers is scheduled to repeal on July 1, 2017. This bill eliminates the repeal date, and continues the boards indefinitely.



Senators Hill and Garcia wrapped up their presentation of the bill.










































BILL: SB17-219
TIME: 01:38:47 PM
MOVED: Hill
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-219 to the Committee of the Whole with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Court
Yes
Fenberg
Yes
Hill
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Marble
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





01:39 PM -- SB17-217



Senator Garcia, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-217 to the committee. Under current law, the Board of Commissioners for Veterans Community Living Centers is scheduled to repeal on July 1, 2017. This bill eliminates the repeal date of the board, continuing it indefinitely.



01:40 PM --
Kathleen Dunemn, Chair of the Board of Commissioners for Veterans Community Living Centers, testified in support of the bill.





























































01:44 PM



Senator Garcia wrapped up his presentation of the bill.

BILL: SB17-217
TIME: 01:45:15 PM
MOVED: Court
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-217 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, with 1 member excused.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Court
Yes
Fenberg
Yes
Hill
Excused
Sonnenberg
Yes
Marble
Yes
Final YES: 4 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





01:45 PM -- SB17-220



Senator Court, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-220 to the committee. This bill indefinitely continues the Restorative Justice Coordinating Council in the Judicial Department. Under current law, this council is scheduled to repeal on July 1, 2017.



Senator Court presented amendment L.001 (Attachment A). Committee members discussed the bill and amendment with Senator Court.



17SenateState0322AttachA.pdf17SenateState0322AttachA.pdf



01:49 PM --
Deborah Witzel, Restorative Justice Coordinator for the State of Colorado and representing the Colorado Judicial Department, testified in support of the bill.



01:51 PM --
Meghan Dollar, representing the Colorado Municipal League, testified in support of the bill.

























01:54 PM



Committee members discussed the bill with Senator Court.





01:56 PM



The bill was laid over one bill.





01:56 PM -- SB17-221



Senator Court, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-221 to the committee. This bill indefinitely continues the Court Security Cash Fund Commission and the Court Security Cash Fund in the Judicial Department. Under current law, the commission and fund are scheduled to repeal on July 1, 2017.



01:58 PM --
Mindy Masias, representing the Colorado Judicial Department, testified in support of the bill.





01:59 PM



Senator Court wrapped up her presentation of the bill.

BILL: SB17-221
TIME: 02:00:42 PM
MOVED: Court
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-221 to the Committee of the Whole with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Court
Yes
Fenberg
Yes
Hill
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Marble
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS































02:01 PM -- SB17-220



Senator Court wrapped up her presentation of Senate Bill 17-220.

BILL: SB17-220
TIME: 02:02:05 PM
MOVED: Court
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment A). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Court
Fenberg
Hill
Sonnenberg
Marble
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection


BILL: SB17-220
TIME: 02:02:24 PM
MOVED: Court
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-220, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Court
Yes
Fenberg
Yes
Hill
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Marble
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





02:03 PM



The committee recessed.

















02:07 PM -- HB17-1158



The committee reconvened.



Senator Smallwood and Senator Martinez Humenik presented House Bill 17-1158 to the committee. This bill modifies and clarifies charitable organization requirements under the Colorado Charitable Solicitations Act as follows:



• By requiring that registration statements or renewals, financial reports, and solicitation notices be signed and affirmed under penalty perjury, this bill makes falsifying a charitable organization's financial reports or registration documents a second degree perjury offense, which is a class one misdemeanor.

• Any changes that affect the identity of the organization, such as a name change or tax status change, must be reported to the Department of State within 30 days.

• The time limit for a request for a hearing on the denial, suspension, or revocation of a registration is changed from 5 to 30 days.

• The requirement that a charitable organization designate a registered agent for the service of process and notices is replaced with the requirement that the organization provide an address of record.

• The failure to file a financial report is subject to a fine. Notice of failure to file is deemed received if it is sent twice by the Department of State to the address on file.

• The Department of State may promulgate rules providing for the withdraw of an active registration by a charitable organization.



02:13 PM --
Tim Griesmer, representing the Colorado Department of State, testified in support of the bill and responded to committee member questions.





02:17 PM



Senators Smallwood and Martinez Humenik wrapped up their presentation of the bill.

BILL: HB17-1158
TIME: 02:18:47 PM
MOVED: Hill
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1158 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Court
Yes
Fenberg
Yes
Hill
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Marble
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS

















02:20 PM -- HB17-1156



Senator Fenberg, sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1156 to the committee. The bill prohibits physicians specializing in psychiatry and licensed or registered mental health professionals from engaging in conversion therapy with patients under 18 years of age. The bill defines "conversion therapy" as practices that seek to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attraction to individuals of the same sex. Violations of this prohibition are addressed through the disciplinary processes for these regulated professionals. Certain psychotherapies are exempted from the definition of conversion therapy if they provide acceptance, support, and understanding for the facilitation of an individual's coping, social support, and identity exploration and development. Sexual orientation-neutral interventions to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices are also permitted, so long as they do not seek to change the patient's sexual orientation or gender identity. Therapies are also allowed to assist a person undergoing gender transition.



Committee members discussed the bill with Senator Fenberg.



02:40 PM --
Dr. Apryl Alexander, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



02:44 PM --
Jacob Schuler, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. He provided a petition collected in support of the bill from students at the Colorado School of Mines (Attachment B).



17SenateState0322AttachB.pdf17SenateState0322AttachB.pdf



02:46 PM --
Amanda Henderson, representing the Interfaith Alliance, testified in support of the bill and responded to committee member questions.



02:51 PM --
Judah Ruscha, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



02:53 PM --
Liz Marr, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



02:56 PM --
Noah McQueen, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



02:59 PM --
Blake Jones, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



03:02 PM --
Rachel Catt, representing the Colorado LGBT Bar Association, testified in support of the bill.



03:05 PM --
Dr. Jody Ryan, representing the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, testified in support of the bill.































03:10 PM



Dr. Ryan and Ms. Catt responded to committee member questions.



03:22 PM --
William Cook, representing the Human Rights Campaign, testified in support of the bill.



03:26 PM --
Martha Kaegel, representing One Colorado, testified in support of the bill.



03:29 PM --
Dr. Charlotte Lippolis, representing the Colorado Psychiatric Society, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Society, and the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Lippolis responded to committee member questions.



03:39 PM --
Moses Gur, representing the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, testified in support of the bill.



03:41 PM --
Sheri Proctor, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



03:45 PM --
Brad Allen, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



03:49 PM --
Eleanor Cabell, representing Indivisible Colorado, testified in support of the bill.



03:52 PM --
Jason Pranaitis, representing himself, testified against the bill.



03:57 PM --
Mindy Miller, representing herself, testified in support of the bill and responded to committee member questions.



04:02 PM --
Susan Kerkhoff, representing herself, testified against the bill.



04:06 PM --
Betty Becker, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



04:08 PM --
Carolyn Martin, representing Christian Home Educators of Colorado, testified against the bill.



04:12 PM --
Bishop John Brannon, representing himself, testified against the bill.



04:16 PM --
David DeJiacomo, representing himself, testified against the bill.



04:19 PM --
Michael J. Norton, representing the Colorado Freedom Institute and Colorado Family Action, testified against the bill. He distributed copies of his testimony (Attachment C).



17SenateState0322AttachC.pdf17SenateState0322AttachC.pdf

























04:23 PM



Bishop Brannon responded to committee member questions.



04:26 PM --
Dr. Reo Leslie, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. He distributed a handout to the committee (Attachment D).



17SenateState0322AttachD.pdf17SenateState0322AttachD.pdf



04:30 PM --
Robin Goodspeed, representing herself, testified against the bill.



04:33 PM --
Scott Irvin, representing himself, testified in support of the bill and responded to committee member questions.



04:37 PM --
Jeff Johnston, representing himself, testified against the bill. He distributed a handout to the committee (Attachment E).



17SenateState0322AttachE.pdf17SenateState0322AttachE.pdf



04:41 PM --
Dr. Robin Patterson, representing herself, testified against the bill.



04:45 PM --
Megan Malinaric, representing herself, testified against the bill.



04:50 PM --
Drew Patterson, representing himself, testified against the bill.



04:54 PM --
Matt Miller, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



04:56 PM --
Laura Richards, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



05:02 PM --
Janice Magid, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. She provided a letter of support from Dr. Kesson Magid to the committee (Attachment F).



17SenateState0322AttachF.pdf17SenateState0322AttachF.pdf



05:06 PM --
Tangi Lancaster, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



05:09 PM --
Ericka Salerno, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.























05:16 PM --
Becky Benedict, representing herself, testified in support of the bill and provided a written copy of her testimony (Attachment G).



17SenateState0322AttachG.pdf17SenateState0322AttachG.pdf



05:22 PM --
Rosina Kovar, representing herself, testified against the bill and provided a written copy of her testimony (Attachment H).



17SenateState0322AttachH.pdf17SenateState0322AttachH.pdf



05:26 PM --
Euell Santistevan, Jr., representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



05:28 PM --
Carol Caudill, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.





05:31 PM



Committee members received additional petitions in support of the bill (Attachment I).



17SenateState0322AttachI.pdf17SenateState0322AttachI.pdf



Senator Fenberg wrapped up his presentation of the bill. Committee members commented on the bill.

BILL: HB17-1156
TIME: 05:46:40 PM
MOVED: Fenberg
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1156 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion failed on a vote of 2-3.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Court
Yes
Fenberg
Yes
Hill
No
Sonnenberg
No
Marble
No
YES: 2 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL










BILL: HB17-1156
TIME: 05:46:57 PM
MOVED: Hill
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 17-1156 indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 3-2.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Court
No
Fenberg
No
Hill
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Marble
Yes
Final YES: 3 NO: 2 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





05:48 PM



The committee adjourned.


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