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S_SA_2017A 04/24/2017 Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS

Date: 04/24/2017
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:52 PM to 05:13 PM
Court
X
Fenberg
X
Place: SCR 357
Hill
X
Sonnenberg
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Marble
*
Senator Marble
This Report was prepared by
Julia Jackson
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
SB17-293

HB17-1026

HB17-1273

HB17-1236

HB17-1235

HB17-1080
Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Postponed Indefinitely

Postponed Indefinitely

Postponed Indefinitely

Postponed Indefinitely

Postponed Indefinitely





01:52 PM -- SB17-293



Senator Kagan, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-293 to the committee. The bill, recommended by the Committee on Legal Services, updates the paper standards required for a contractor used to publish or print the Colorado Revised Statutes. Under the bill, any contract or extension of contract, except the one in effect on January 1, 2017, must meet the alkaline reserve minimum requirements and acidity levels for uncoated paper established by the American National Standards Institute and the National Information Standards Organization.












































BILL: SB17-293
TIME: 01:53:15 PM
MOVED: Fenberg
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-293 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 excused.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Court
Yes
Fenberg
Yes
Hill
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Marble
Excused
Final YES: 2 NO: 2 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: TIE





01:55 PM -- HB17-1026



Senator Jones, sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1026 to the committee. A reverse mortgage provides a cash advance to the borrower based on the equity in the borrower's primary residence. Under current law, the borrower must repay the advance if he or she does not occupy the home as their primary residence, with exceptions for temporary absences of up to 60 days or, if the property is adequately secured, up to one year. The reengrossed bill, recommended by the Wildfire Matters Review Committee (committee), requires that, in 2017, the committee examine issues related to exceptions to the primary residence requirement for borrowers who are temporarily unable to occupy their home due to a natural disaster or an incident beyond the borrower's control that makes the home uninhabitable. The bill is repealed September 1, 2018.



01:58 PM --
Paul Weissmann, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.





02:04 PM



The committee recessed.











































02:04 PM



The committee reconvened.



Senator Jones wrapped up his presentation of the bill.

BILL: HB17-1026
TIME: 02:05:32 PM
MOVED: Court
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1026 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: HB17-1026
TIME: 02:06:36 PM
MOVED: Marble
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 17-1026 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





















02:07 PM -- HB17-1273



Senator Coram and Senator Jones, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 17-1273 to the committee. This bill requires that applications for real estate development permits include adequate water conservation and demand management measures to reduce water needs and prohibits local governments from approving development permits that fail to demonstrate appropriate water conservation and demand management measures. Senator Coram provided a letter in support of the bill to committee members (Attachment A).



17SenateState0424AttachA.pdf17SenateState0424AttachA.pdf



Committee members discussed the bill with the sponsors.



02:15 PM --
Mary Kay Hogan, representing the Colorado Association of Homebuilders, testified on the bill from a neutral position.



02:17 PM --
Bruce Whitehead, representing Southwestern Water Conservation District, testified in support of the bill.



02:21 PM --
Drew Beckwith, representing Western Resource Advocates, testified in support of the bill.



02:23 PM --
Alex Funk, representing the National Young Farmers Coalition, testified in support of the bill.



02:26 PM --
Rachel Richards, representing the Northwest Council of Governments Water Quality and Quantity Committee, testified in support of the bill and responded to committee member questions.



02:31 PM --
Chris Treese, representing the Colorado River Water Conservation District, testified in support of the bill.



















































02:32 PM



Senators Coram and Jones wrapped up their presentation of the bill.

BILL: HB17-1273
TIME: 02:36:06 PM
MOVED: Court
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1273 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: HB17-1273
TIME: 02:36:25 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 17-1273 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



























02:37 PM -- HB17-1236



Senator Coram and Senator Smallwood, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 17-1236 to the committee. This bill requires the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), in consultation with the Hospital Provider Fee Oversight and Advisory Board, to prepare an annual report detailing the cost of uncompensated care provided by general hospitals in Colorado. The bill specifies the information that hospitals are required to submit to HCPF and the cost categories that must be included in the hospital expenditure report. HCPF is required to submit the hospital expenditure report to the Health and Human Services Committees and the Joint Budget Committee of the General Assembly, the Governor, and the Medical Services Board by January 15 of each year beginning in 2018.



02:44 PM --
Larry Dupper, representing Montrose Hospital, testified on the bill from a neutral position.



02:45 PM --
Chris Tholen, representing the Colorado Hospital Association, testified against the bill.





02:49 PM



Senator Coram and committee members discussed the bill with Mr. Tholen and Mr. Dupper.



03:07 PM --
John Bartholomew, representing HCPF, testified in support of the bill. He provided a handout to committee members (Attachment B).



17SenateState0424AttachB.pdf17SenateState0424AttachB.pdf



03:10 PM --
Julie Mowry, representing Rocky Mountain Health Plans, testified in support of the bill.





03:12 PM



Mr. Bartholomew responded to committee member questions.



03:18 PM --
Caitlin Westerson, representing the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, testified in support of the bill.



03:19 PM --
Natalie Wood, representing the Bell Policy Center, testified in support of the bill. She provided a written copy of her testimony (Attachment C) and responded to committee member questions.



17SenateState0424AttachC.pdf17SenateState0424AttachC.pdf

























03:24 PM



Senators Smallwood and Coram wrapped up their presentation of the bill. Committee members commented on the bill.

BILL: HB17-1236
TIME: 03:35:25 PM
MOVED: Court
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1236 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: HB17-1236
TIME: 03:35:46 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 17-1236 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

























03:36 PM -- HB17-1235



Senator Coram and Senator Crowder, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 17-1235 to the committee. This bill, as amended by the House Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee, establishes a financial assistance program for persons purchasing health insurance though the state's heath insurance exchange (Connect for Health Colorado) who meet the following conditions:



• have income between 400 percent and 500 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL);

• have insurance premiums greater than 15 percent of their household income;

• live in one of the three insurance rating areas with the highest premiums; and

• do not have access to health coverage through a government program or affordable, employer-sponsored health insurance.



The bill limits the total amount of assistance provided through the program to $5.7 million from the General Fund. The amount of assistance provided is equal to the costs of the least expensive bronze plan available to the enrollee minus 15 percent of household income. Assistance is provided quarterly following the end of a calendar quarter in which an eligible enrollee maintained and paid for a health plan through Connect for Health Colorado. The assistance program will run from July 1, 2017, through December 31, 2018, or until $5.7 million is spent on the program, whichever occurs first. The financial assistance program may be administered by counties within the program area. If a county is not willing to administer the program, Connect for Health Colorado will administer the program for that county. The bill creates a special 60-day open enrollment period starting on June 1, 2017.



03:40 PM --
Beth Reilly, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



03:44 PM --
Julia Kozusko, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



03:47 PM --
Jennifer Pronga, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



03:49 PM --
Jane Mather, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



03:56 PM --
Eileen Waldow, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



04:00 PM --
Grand County Commissioner Richard Cimino, representing Grand County and Counties and Commissioners Acting Together (CCAT), testified in support of the bill. He provided a handout to committee members (Attachment D).



17SenateState0424AttachD.pdf17SenateState0424AttachD.pdf



04:03 PM --
Pitkin County Commissioner Rachel Richards, representing Pitkin County and CCAT, testified in support of the bill.



04:07 PM --
Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs, representing Summit County, testified in support of the bill.





















04:12 PM --
Natalie Wood, representing the Bell Policy Center, testified in support of the bill.



04:15 PM --
Tim Gaudette, representing Small Business Majority, testified in support of the bill.



04:18 PM --
Emily Michels, representing the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, testified in support of the bill.





04:23 PM



Senators Crowder and Coram wrapped up their presentation of the bill. Committee members commented on the bill.

BILL: HB17-1235
TIME: 04:33:54 PM
MOVED: Court
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1235 to the Committee on Appropriations. 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: HB17-1235
TIME: 04:34:52 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 17-1235 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





04:35 PM -- HB17-1080



Senator Crowder, sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1080 to the committee. The bill, as amended by the House Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee, clarifies and modifies the licensing requirements for durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers in several areas. First, it specifies that the definition of DME supplier applies for both the current competitive bid product categories for DME and to any successor bidding program established by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Second, it requires a license to be obtained for each physical location from which a DME supplier provides services in Colorado. Third, the bill modifies the various requirements for the physical locations used by a DME supplier in the state, including prohibiting a DME supplier from using a supply warehouse or repair facility as a licensed location, unless it meets certain accreditation criteria.



04:37 PM --
Jason Hopfer, representing the Bone Growth Stimulator Coalition, testified against the bill.

04:41 PM --
Elisabeth Rosen, representing the Bone Growth Stimulator Coalition, testified against the bill.



04:42 PM --
Kelli Ore, representing Rocky Mountain Medical Equipment and herself, testified in support of the bill.



04:47 PM --
Doug Coleman, representing the Colorado Association for Medical Equipment Services, testified in support of the bill.



04:50 PM --
Kenneth Snyder, representing Nepenthe Home Medical Equipment, testified in support of the bill.

























04:53 PM



Mr. Coleman responded to committee member questions.



04:57 PM --
Brian Mayer, representing Thornton Medical, testified in support of the bill.



04:59 PM --
Ty Harper, representing himself and Major Medical Supply, testified in support of the bill.



05:02 PM --
Danny Dounglomchunt, representing Major Medical Supply, testified in support of the bill.



05:04 PM --
Jody Wright, representing Rocky Mountain Medical Equipment, testified in support of the bill.





05:09 PM



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

BILL: HB17-1080
TIME: 05:12:23 PM
MOVED: Court
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1080 to the Committee on Appropriations. 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: HB17-1080
TIME: 05:12:43 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 17-1080 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





05:13 PM



The committee adjourned.


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