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S_SA_2017A 04/26/2017 Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS

Date: 04/26/2017
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:48 PM to 05:11 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:
HB17-1232

HB17-1287

HB17-1261

HB17-1262

HB17-1290

HB17-1299
Postponed Indefinitely

Postponed Indefinitely

Postponed Indefinitely

Postponed Indefinitely

Postponed Indefinitely

Postponed Indefinitely





01:48 PM -- HB17-1232



Senator Priola, sponsor, requested that House Bill 17-1232 be postponed indefinitely. The bill allows public utilities to provide motor vehicle charging or alternative fueling facilities as regulated or unregulated services following standards outlined in the bill. The investment costs for these facilities may be recovered from the utility’s ratepayers.

BILL: HB17-1232
TIME: 01:50:14 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 17-1232 indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 3-1, with 1 member excused.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Court
Excused
Fenberg
No
Hill
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Marble
Yes
Final YES: 3 NO: 1 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS













01:50 PM -- HB17-1287



Senator Priola and Senator Kerr, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 17-1287 to the committee. This bill initiates a statewide effort to establish a vision for public education in Colorado and to create a strategic statewide education plan to achieve the vision. The bill establishes three committees to achieve the work, and requires the use of a third-party facilitator to help coordinate and support the committees. The two advisory boards are required to support and advise the steering committee in creating a vision for education, and developing and overseeing the implementation of a strategic statewide education plan.



The bill outlines four phases to complete the work of the steering committee and advisory boards. Across these four phases, and with assistance from a third-party facilitator, the project is required to:



• review and synthesize input available from the Colorado Department of Education and the Department of Higher Education concerning the state education system;

• review research to identify the critical elements of the existing state education system and benchmark those elements with critical elements implemented in other high-performing states and countries;

• create a structure and process to solicit and synthesize input from around the state;

• oversee the ongoing development and implementation of the strategic plan; and

• recommend to the General Assembly and the State Board of Education (SBE) any statutory or regulatory changes that may be necessary to implement the plan.



The steering committee must establish a time line for completing the work. Beginning November 15, 2017, and each November thereafter, the steering committee must submit an annual report to the SBE, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the Governor, and the Education committees of the General Assembly summarizing the work completed during that year, and recommending necessary legislative and regulatory changes. The steering and advisory committees are permanent ongoing entities and not subject to sunset review.



Senator Priola introduced amendments L.006, L.007, L.008, and L.009 (Attachments A, B, C, and D).



17SenateState0426AttachA.pdf17SenateState0426AttachA.pdf 17SenateState0426AttachB.pdf17SenateState0426AttachB.pdf



17SenateState0426AttachC.pdf17SenateState0426AttachC.pdf 17SenateState0426AttachD.pdf17SenateState0426AttachD.pdf



01:56 PM --
Mark Sass, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



02:00 PM --
Jack Teter, representing Democrats for Education Reform, testified in support of the bill.



02:01 PM --
Kelly Caufield, representing Colorado Succeeds, testified in support of the bill.



02:04 PM --
Jennifer Corrigan, representing the Colorado Children's Campaign, testified in support of the bill.



















02:05 PM



Senator Kerr responded to committee member questions.





02:10 PM



Senators Priola and Kerr wrapped up their presentation of the bill. Senator Priola described the proposed amendments to the bill.

BILL: HB17-1287
TIME: 02:15:21 PM
MOVED: Fenberg
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.006 (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: HB17-1287
TIME: 02:15:48 PM
MOVED: Fenberg
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.007 (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
















BILL: HB17-1287
TIME: 02:16:02 PM
MOVED: Fenberg
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.008 (Attachment C). 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: HB17-1287
TIME: 02:16:17 PM
MOVED: Fenberg
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.009 (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











































02:16 PM



Committee members commented on the bill.

BILL: HB17-1287
TIME: 02:17:58 PM
MOVED: Fenberg
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1287, as amended, to the Committee on Legislative Council. 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: HB17-1287
TIME: 02:18:35 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 17-1287 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



























02:20 PM -- HB17-1261



Senator Zenzinger, sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1261 to the committee. This bill requires any person expending $1,000 or more per year on electioneering communications or regular biennial school electioneering to state in the communication the name of the person making the communication in accordance with current independent expenditure communication requirements. Under current law, such communication is defined as communication broadcast, printed, mailed, delivered, or distributed within 30 days of the primary election and 60 days of the general election. This bill expands this time frame to include communications that are broadcast, printed, mailed, delivered, or distributed at any point between the primary and general election.



02:21 PM --
Suzanne Staiert, Deputy Secretary of State, testified against the bill.



02:24 PM --
Mike Krause, representing the Independence Institute, testified against the bill and provided a handout to committee members (Attachment E).



17SenateState0426AttachE.pdf17SenateState0426AttachE.pdf



02:28 PM



Ms. Staiert, Mr. Krause, and Senator Zenzinger responded to committee member questions.



02:46 PM --
Daniel Silbaugh, representing Represent.US, testified in support of the bill.



02:48 PM --
Deborah Gard, representing the League of Women Voters of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.



02:49 PM --
Elena Nunez, representing Colorado Common Cause, testified in support of the bill.



02:51 PM --
Peg Perl, representing Colorado Ethics Watch, testified in support of the bill and provided a handout to committee members (Attachment F).



17SenateState0426AttachF.pdf17SenateState0426AttachF.pdf







































02:55 PM



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

BILL: HB17-1261
TIME: 02:59:36 PM
MOVED: Fenberg
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1261 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: HB17-1261
TIME: 02:59:56 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 17-1261 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





























03:00 PM -- HB17-1262



Senator Zenzinger, sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1262 to the committee. Under current law, electioneering communication means communication that unambiguously refers to a candidate and is broadcast, printed, directly mailed, or delivered by hand within 30 days of a primary election and 60 days of a general election. This bill changes this time frame to include communications that are broadcast, printed, directly mailed, or delivered by hand at any point between the primary election and general election.



03:03 PM --
Suzanne Staiert, Deputy Secretary of State, testified against the bill.



03:04 PM --
Mike Krause, representing the Independence Institute, testified against the bill and responded to committee member questions.



03:08 PM --
Elena Nunez, representing Colorado Common Cause, testified in support of the bill.



03:10 PM --
Deborah Gard, representing the League of Women Voters of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.



03:12 PM --
Danny Katz, representing the Colorado Public Interest Research Group, testified in support of the bill.



03:12 PM --
Peg Perl, representing Colorado Ethics Watch, testified in support of the bill and provided a handout to committee members (Attachment G).



17SenateState0426AttachG.pdf17SenateState0426AttachG.pdf



03:16 PM



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

BILL: HB17-1262
TIME: 03:20:53 PM
MOVED: Court
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1262 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: HB17-1262
TIME: 03:21:21 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 17-1262 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





03:22 PM -- HB17-1290



Senator Todd and Senator Donovan, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 17-1290. The reengrossed bill creates the Colorado Secure Savings Plan (plan) for private sector employees to be administered by the newly created statutory public entity, the Colorado Secure Savings Board. The plan includes an individual retirement account (IRA) provided by one or more financial services vendors approved by the board. Participants make contributions to the IRA through automatic payroll deductions. Moneys received from enrollees, participating employers, gifts, grants, donations, and loans, if pursued, go into the Colorado Secure Savings Plan Fund, a trust established for the plan.



Senators Todd and Donovan responded to committee member questions.



03:37 PM --
Carolyn Paul, representing ANB Bank and herself, testified against the bill.



03:41 PM --
Robert Sakata, representing the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, testified against the bill.



03:44 PM --
Jim Hall, representing the American Council of Life Insurers, testified against the bill.



03:46 PM --
Melanie Layton, representing the Colorado Bankers Association, testified against the bill.



03:50 PM --
Nicholas Colglazier, representing the Colorado Competitive Council and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, testified against the bill.































03:53 PM



Mr. Colglazier, Ms. Layton, and Mr. Hall responded to committee member questions.



04:02 PM --
Tony Gagliardi, representing the National Federation of Independent Business, testified against the bill.



04:06 PM --
Jeff Rogoff, representing Sazza restaurant, testified in support of the bill.



04:09 PM --
Tim Gaudette, representing Small Business Majority, testified in support of the bill.



04:12 PM --
Rich Jones, representing the Bell Policy Center, testified in support of the bill and provided a written copy of his testimony (Attachment H).



17SenateState0426AttachH.pdf17SenateState0426AttachH.pdf



04:16 PM --
Robb Green, representing the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, testified in support of the bill.





04:18 PM



Mr. Jones responded to committee member questions.



04:27 PM --
Demetrius Johnson, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



04:32 PM --
Phil Steckley, representing AARP, testified in support of the bill and provided a handout to committee members (Attachment I).



17SenateState0426AttachI.pdf17SenateState0426AttachI.pdf



04:36 PM



Mr. Steckley responded to committee member questions.





04:40 PM



Senators Todd and Donovan wrapped up their presentation of the bill. Committee members discussed the bill with Senators Todd and Donovan.



Committee members commented on the bill.










BILL: HB17-1290
TIME: 04:59:07 PM
MOVED: Court
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1290 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: HB17-1290
TIME: 05:02:20 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 17-1290 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





05:03 PM -- HB17-1299



Senator Fenberg and Senator Donovan, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 17-1299 to the committee. This reengrossed bill directs the Transportation Legislation Review Committee (TLRC) to study during the 2017 interim, the potential benefits and costs of energy storage systems. The bill defines energy storage systems as commercially available technology capable of absorbing energy, storing it for a period of time, and dispatching it in a prescribed manner.




















BILL: HB17-1299
TIME: 05:10:19 PM
MOVED: Fenberg
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1299 to the Committee on Legislative Council. 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: HB17-1299
TIME: 05:10:44 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 17-1299 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





05:11 PM



The committee adjourned.


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