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S_SA_2017A 04/12/2017 01:30 PM Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS

Date: 04/12/2017
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:33 PM to 04:47 PM
Court
X
Fenberg
X
Place: SCR 357
Hill
X
Lundberg
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Sonnenberg
X
Senator Sonnenberg
This Report was prepared by
Julia Jackson
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
Conf 17-Military and Veterans Affairs — Executive Director

SB17-283

HB17-1175

HB17-1088
Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent

Referred to the Committee of the Whole

Postponed Indefinitely

Referred to Senate Appropriations





01:34 PM -- Confirmation of Military and Veterans Affairs — Executive Director



Lauren Lambert, Assistant Legislative Director for Governor John Hickenlooper, introduced Maj. Gen. Michael Loh, nominated to be Executive Director for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) and Adjutant General. Mickey Hunt, Deputy Director of the DMVA spoke to the nomination as well. Committee members received a packet of information about the nominee (Attachment A).



17SenateState0412AttachA.pdf17SenateState0412AttachA.pdf



Maj. Gen. Loh introduced himself to the committee and discussed the work of the DMVA.











































01:45 PM



Maj. Gen. Loh responded to committee member questions.



Senator Hill noted that the presentation from Patriot Boot Camp, previously on the calendar, had to be canceled.

BILL: Conf 17-Military and Veterans Affairs — Executive Director
TIME: 01:52:00 PM
MOVED: Hill
MOTION: Refer the appointment of Maj. Gen. Michael Loh as Executive Director of the Department of Military Affairs And Veterans Affairs to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and 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
Lundberg
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





01:53 PM -- SB17-283



Senator Lundberg, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-283 to the committee. This bill clarifies that it is not a discriminatory practice for an owner of a place of public accommodation to decline to provide goods, services, facilities, or other accommodation to an individual, group, or event that represents a message with which the owner disagrees.



01:59 PM --
Jacki Cooper Melmed, representing the Office of the Governor, testified against the bill.



02:02 PM --
Jeremy Bronson, representing Occasions Catering, testified against the bill.



02:05 PM --
Emma Shinn, representing the Colorado LGBT Bar Association, testified against the bill.





























02:08 PM



Ms. Melmed and Ms. Shinn responded to committee member questions.



02:11 PM --
Rev. Amanda Henderson, representing the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, testified against the bill.



02:13 PM --
Dilpreet Jammu, representing Colorado Sikhs, testified against the bill.



02:17 PM --
Tim Gaudette, representing Small Business Majority, testified against the bill.





02:20 PM



Mr. Jammu and Ms. Henderson responded to committee member questions.



02:24 PM --
Scott Levin, representing the Anti-Defamation League, testified against the bill.



02:28 PM --
Barry Roseman, representing the Plaintiff Employee Lawyers Association, testified against the bill.



02:31 PM --
Danna Liebert, representing herself, testified against the bill and responded to committee member questions.





02:36 PM



Mr. Levin and Mr. Roseman responded to committee member questions.



02:39 PM --
Michelle Jozaitis, representing the Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, testified against the bill.



02:41 PM --
Nancy Nixon, representing the American Civil Liberties Union, testified against the bill.



02:45 PM --
Holly Settle, representing herself, testified against the bill.



02:48 PM --
Rachel Clark, representing the Colorado Women's Bar Association, testified against the bill.



02:52 PM --
Elizabeth Mueller, representing herself, testified against the bill.































02:56 PM



Ms. Clark responded to committee member questions.



02:58 PM --
William Cook, representing himself, testified against the bill.



03:01 PM --
Mark Braunlich, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. He provided a written copy of his testimony to committee members (Attachment B).



17SenateState0412AttachB.pdf17SenateState0412AttachB.pdf



03:04 PM --
Stephanie Luck, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



03:09 PM --
Carolyn Martin, representing Christian Home Educators of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.





03:12 PM



Ms. Martin, Mr. Braunlich, and Ms. Luck responded to committee member questions.



03:31 PM --
Charles Friedenstein, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



03:36 PM --
Robert Fox, representing the Patriot League, read testimony on behalf of Aaron Robertson in support of the bill.

























































03:39 PM



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

BILL: SB17-283
TIME: 03:57:36 PM
MOVED: Lundberg
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-283 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 3-2.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Court
No
Fenberg
No
Hill
Yes
Lundberg
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Final YES: 3 NO: 2 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





03:58 PM



The committee recessed.





03:59 PM -- HB17-1175



Senator Fields, sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1175 to the committee. The bill requires barbers, hairstylists, cosmetologists, estheticians, and nail technicians to obtain one hour of domestic violence and sexual assault awareness training to qualify for the first renewal or reinstatement of a license after June 30, 2018. The bill does not subject these professions to mandatory reporting requirements. The director of the Division of Professions and Occupations in the Department of Regulatory Agencies must designate the training provider, may contract with a third-party to provide the training, and may determine other rules and training criteria as outlined in the bill. Senator Fields provided a handout to the committee (Attachment C).



17SenateState0412AttachC.pdf17SenateState0412AttachC.pdf



























04:04 PM --
Lydia Waligorski, representing the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, testified in support of the bill.



04:07 PM --
Jae Taylor, representing Boulder County Public Health, testified in support of the bill.



04:09 PM --
Susan Motika, representing Boulder County Public Health, testified in support of the bill.



04:11 PM --
Jennifer Anderson, representing the Office of the Attorney General, testified in support of the bill.





04:13 PM



The witnesses and Senator Fields responded to committee member questions.





04:23 PM



Senator Fields wrapped up her presentation of the bill. Committee members commented on the bill.

BILL: HB17-1175
TIME: 04:31:36 PM
MOVED: Court
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1175 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion failed on a vote of 2-3.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Court
Yes
Fenberg
Yes
Hill
No
Lundberg
No
Sonnenberg
No
YES: 2 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL
































BILL: HB17-1175
TIME: 04:31:31 PM
MOVED: Hill
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 17-1175 indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 3-2.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Court
No
Fenberg
No
Hill
Yes
Lundberg
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Final YES: 3 NO: 2 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





04:32 PM



The committee recessed.





04:35 PM -- HB17-1088



Senator Neville, sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1088 to the committee. This bill, as amended by the House State Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee, requires the Department of State to compare each signature on a candidate petition with the signature stored in the statewide voter registration system (SCORE) for any candidate petition filed for an election conducted on or after January 1, 2018. Under current law, voter information including address and voter eligibility is validated, but signatures are not compared. This bill also allows an employee of the Department of State to notify a candidate within three days of identifying a signature deficiency on a candidate petition. A candidate may cure the signature deficiency by providing a statement signed by the voter whose signature is deficient, along with a copy of the voter's identification to the Department of State within three days of receiving the notice. This bill also allows a circulator affidavit deficiency to be corrected by a candidate within five days of receiving notice of a deficiency by providing a new, corrected circulator affidavit to the Department of State.



04:36 PM --
Suzanne Staiert, Deputy Secretary of State, testified in support of the bill.



04:38 PM --
Elizabeth Steele, representing Colorado Common Cause, testified in support of the bill.

































04:40 PM



The witnesses responded to committee member questions.

BILL: HB17-1088
TIME: 04:46:33 PM
MOVED: Hill
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1088 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Court
Yes
Fenberg
Yes
Hill
Yes
Lundberg
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





04:47 PM



The committee adjourned.


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