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S_SA_2017A 04/17/2017 Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS

Date: 04/17/2017
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:34 PM to 03:54 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:
HB17-1210

HB17-1211

HB17-1113
Postponed Indefinitely

Referred to Senate Education

Referred to Senate Legislative Council





01:34 PM -- HB17-1210



Senator Priola and Senator Fields, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 17-1210 to the committee. This bill prohibits a school district, board of cooperative services, or charter school from expelling a student in preschool, kindergarten, first grade, or second grade or imposing an out-of-school suspension, except as required by federal law, unless:



• the student commits an action on school grounds that endangers others;

• failure to remove the student from the school building would create a serious safety threat that cannot be reduced or eliminated by using reasonable modifications to manage the student's behavior; or

• the enrolling entity has exhausted the other appropriate and available behavioral and disciplinary interventions.



01:42 PM --
Dr. Grant Schmidt, representing Hanover School District and the Colorado Rural Alliance, testified against the bill. Discussion ensued between Dr. Schmidt and Senator Fields.



01:48 PM --
Rob Sanders, representing the Buffalo School District, testified against the bill.



































01:51 PM



Dr. Schmidt and Mr. Sanders responded to committee member questions.



02:03 PM --
Carol Meredith, representing the Arc of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.



02:05 PM --
Rachel Judd, representing the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center, testified in support of the bill and responded to committee member questions.





02:12 PM



Committee discussion with Ms. Judd, Ms. Meredith, and the bill sponsors continued.



02:28 PM --
Bill Jaeger, representing the Colorado Children's Campaign, testified in support of the bill and responded to committee member questions.



02:32 PM --
Dalia Milford, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.





02:34 PM



Mr. Jaeger responded to additional committee member questions.



02:46 PM --
Dr. Phillip Strain, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



02:50 PM --
Charlotte Brantley, representing Clayton Early Learning, testified in support of the bill.





02:53 PM



Dr. Strain responded to committee member questions.

















































02:55 PM



Senators Priola and Fields presented amendments L.002 and L.003 (Attachments A and B).



17SenateState0417AttachA.pdf17SenateState0417AttachA.pdf 17SenateState0417AttachB.pdf17SenateState0417AttachB.pdf

BILL: HB17-1210
TIME: 03:11:17 PM
MOVED: Court
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.002 (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: HB17-1210
TIME: 03:11:31 PM
MOVED: Court
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment B). 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























03:11 PM



Senator Priola presented amendment L.004 (Attachment C). Committee discussion ensued.



17SenateState0417AttachC.pdf17SenateState0417AttachC.pdf

BILL: HB17-1210
TIME: 03:12:27 PM
MOVED: Court
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment C). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Court
Senats
Hill
Sonnenberg
Marble
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection





























































03:12 PM



Senator Fields presented amendment L.005 (Attachment D). Committee discussion ensued.



17SenateState0417AttachD.pdf17SenateState0417AttachD.pdf



Mr. Jaeger returned to the table to answer additional committee member questions.

BILL: HB17-1210
TIME: 03:17:31 PM
MOVED: Fenberg
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.005 (Attachment D). 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

























































03:17 PM



Senators Priola and Fields wrapped up their presentation of the bill. Committee members commented on the bill.

BILL: HB17-1210
TIME: 03:32:56 PM
MOVED: Court
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1210, as amended, 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: HB17-1210
TIME: 03:33:35 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 17-1210 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed 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

























03:34 PM -- HB17-1211



Senator Priola, sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1211 to the committee. The bill creates the Discipline Strategies Pilot Grant Program in the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The program will provide funding for professional development for teachers and principals concerning culturally responsive methods of student discipline, and developmentally appropriate responses to the behavioral issues of students in early elementary grades. The State Board of Education must adopt rules for the new grant program. A local education provider may apply to the CDE for a grant. The department is required to review applications, and recommend the recipients and grant awards. The bill specifies the minimum criteria to be used when making grant awards. The pilot program is not eligible to receive state appropriations. The program must be funded exclusively through gifts, grants, and private donations.



Committee members discussed the bill with Senator Priola.



03:38 PM --
Evie Hudak, representing Colorado PTA, testified in support of the bill.

BILL: HB17-1211
TIME: 03:40:57 PM
MOVED: Hill
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1211 to the Committee on Education. The motion passed on a vote of 3-2.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Court
Yes
Fenberg
Yes
Hill
Yes
Sonnenberg
No
Marble
No
Final YES: 3 NO: 2 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





03:42 PM



The committee recessed.



































03:43 PM -- HB17-1113



The committee reconvened.



Senator Scott, sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1113 to the committee. This bill gives the executive committee of the Legislative Council the power to allow members of the General Assembly to participate electronically in committee meetings during the interim. A majority of members must attend a meeting in person for a committee to hold a vote, and only members attending the meeting in person are permitted to vote. Members who participate electronically may receive per diem or other compensation they are otherwise entitled to claim for attendance at the meeting, but may not be reimbursed for any expenses incurred to participate electronically.



Committee members discussed the bill with Senator Scott.





03:48 PM



Kate Meyer, Office of Legislative Legal Services, responded to committee member questions.

BILL: HB17-1113
TIME: 03:53:37 PM
MOVED: Hill
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1113 to the Committee on Legislative Council. The motion passed on a vote of 3-2.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Court
No
Fenberg
Yes
Hill
Yes
Sonnenberg
No
Marble
Yes
Final YES: 3 NO: 2 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





03:54 PM



The committee adjourned.


The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details