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S_SA_2020A 03/13/2020 03:26:57 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Date 03/13/2020
Attendance
Hansen X
Marble *
Sonnenberg X
Fields X
Foote X
Time 03:26:57 PM to 03:44:03 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Foote
This Report was prepared by Elizabeth Haskell
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB20-1359 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call

HB20-1359 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

03:27:05 PM  

Senators Fenberg and Holbert, bill sponsors, presented the House Bill 20-1359 and distributed amendments L.0018, L.019, L.020 and L.021 (Attachments A, B, C, and D). Due to public health concerns, the bill extends various political party and state deadlines for the 2020 election, including:

  • an extension for party and county assemblies to occur;
  • an extension for the central committee of each political party to file certificates of designation with the Secretary of State; and
  • an extension for the Secretary of State to deliver the certificate of the ballot to county clerks.

The bill allows for additional flexibility by political parties with respect to remote participation, quorum requirements, and proxy votes for assemblies or vacancy committees. Additionally, the ability of the state chair of a political party to fill a vacancy is extended to situations in which the vacancy occurs because the designation was not filled by the assembly or the vacancy committee. The provisions included in the bill are repealed on December 31, 2020.

03:33:42 PM  

Senator Fenberg reviewed the amendments.

03:34:06 PM  

Senator Holbert discussed the amendments.

03:35:03 PM  

Senator Marble distributed and discussed amendment L.017 (Attachment E).

03:37:18 PM  

Reese Edwards, Colorado Secretary of State, testified in support of the bill.

03:38:11 PM  

Jordan Lovinger, representing himself, testified in a neutral position on the bill.



03:41:58 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.017 (Attachment E).
Moved Fields
Seconded
Hansen
Marble
Sonnenberg
Fields
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:42:12 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.018 (Attachment A).
Moved Fields
Seconded
Hansen
Marble
Sonnenberg
Fields
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:42:29 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.019 (Attachment B).
Moved Fields
Seconded
Hansen
Marble
Sonnenberg
Fields
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:42:48 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.020 (Attachment C).
Moved Fields
Seconded
Hansen
Marble
Sonnenberg
Fields
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:43:08 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.021 (Attachment D).
Moved Fields
Seconded
Hansen
Marble
Sonnenberg
Fields
Foote
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:43:40 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1359, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Fields
Seconded
Hansen Yes
Marble Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Fields Yes
Foote Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


03:44:03 PM   The committee adjourned.






COVID-19 Resources
2021 Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book)
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