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S_TRA_2022A 04/05/2022 02:04:21 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY
Date 04/05/2022
Attendance
Donovan X
Hisey X
Scott X
Bridges *
Winter X
Time 02:04:21 PM to 05:45:41 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Winter
This Report was prepared by Juliann Jenson
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB22-175 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
SB22-193 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

SB22-175 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

02:04:36 PM  
Senators Hansen and
Fields, co-prime sponsors, explained Senate Bill 22-175, concerning the
use of mobile electronic devices when driving a motor vehicle.  They
discussed distracted drivers, safety, insurance premiums, and similar "hands
free" legislation in other states.
02:10:37 PM  
Craig Towler, representing
himself, testified in support of the bill.  


Ms. Jennifer Smith,
representing StopDistractions.org, testified in support of the bill.


Honorable David
Strickland, representing General Motors, testified in support of the bill.
02:21:07 PM  
Ms. Susan Dane, representing
Coloradans Organized for Responsible Driving (CORD), testified in support
of the bill.


Dr. Rebecca Kornas,
representing Colorado ACEP, testified in support of the bill.
02:26:56 PM  
Ms. Cassie Tanner, representing AAA Colorado,
testified in support of the bill.


Mrs. Robye Nothnagel, representing self,
testified in support of the bill.


Mr. Jaime Lewis, representing Colorado
Cross Disability Coalition, testified in support of the bill.
02:36:30 PM  
Mr. Michael O'Sullivan, representing Students
For Safer Roads, testified in support of the bill.


Greg Fulton, representing Colorado Motor
Carriers Association, testified in support of the bill.


Mr. Robert Frank, representing himself,
testified in support of the bill.
02:45:51 PM  

Ms. Georgia Rudolph, representing Students For Safer Roads, testified in support of the bill.

Mr. Zion Taylor, representing Students For Safer Roads, testified in support of the bill.

Mr. Devin Joslin, representing City of Boulder, testified in support of the bill.

02:45:52 PM  
Additional written testimony is included as Attachment A.
02:54:32 PM  
Senator Hansen distributed
and explained Amendment L.002 (Attachment B).  The amendment clarifies
certain definitions.


Committee members asked questions about the amendment.

Jery Payne, Office of Legislative Legal Services, answered questions about
the amendment and clarified the definition of "using."



03:00:27 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment B)
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Donovan
Hisey
Scott
Bridges
Winter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:00:28 PM  
Senator Hansen distributed and explained
Amendment L.003 about restructuring related fines (Attachment C).


03:01:12 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment C)
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Donovan
Hisey
Scott
Bridges
Winter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:01:14 PM  

Committee members asked questions about fines and driving-related points. 

The bill sponsors clarified that no points will be assessed with an affirmative defense. 

03:03:34 PM  

The bill sponsors made closing remarks. 



03:08:03 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-175, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Donovan Yes
Hisey Yes
Scott Yes
Bridges Yes
Winter Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB22-193 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

03:08:09 PM  
Senators Fenberg
and Gonzales, co-prime sponsors, explained Senate Bill 22-193, concerning
measures to improve air quality in the state.  They discussed air
quality, disadvantaged communities, and environmental justice.   They
continued to walk the committee through the bill and explained the use
of one-time dollars for industrial emissions, electric bikes (Ebikes),
trucking, and school buses.


Committee members
asked questions about aerial surveying.
03:18:00 PM  

Mr. Will Toor, representing Colorado Energy Office, Governor's Office, testified in support of the bill.

Mr. Michael Ogletree, representing Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, testified in support of the bill. 

Ms. Lorena Gonzalez, representing Conservation Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

03:29:45 PM  

Ms. Megan Kemp, representing Healthy Air & Water Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

Emilie Olson, representing Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), testified in support of the bill.

Ms. Shaina Oliver, representing Moms Clean Air Force, testified in support of the bill.

03:38:47 PM  

Mr. Justin Balik , representing World Resources Institute, testified in support of the bill.

Mr. Nick Torres, representing American Lung Association, testified in support of the bill.

Ean Tafoya, representing GreenLatinos, testified in support of the bill.

03:51:30 PM  

Ms. Alexandra Simon, representing CoPIRG and affiliates, testified in support of the bill. She raised concerns about diesel trucks, as outlined in the bill.

Jack Todd, representing Bicycle Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

County Commissioner George Marlin, representing Clear Creek, testified in support of the bill.

04:00:44 PM  
Alana Miller, representing
Natural Resources Defense Council, NRDC, testified to amend the bill.  She
distributed a letter that raises concerns about diesel trucks (Attachment
D)


Mayor of Avon Sarah Smith Hymes, representing herself, testified in support
of the bill.
04:07:15 PM  

Mr. Aaron Kressig, representing Western Resource Advocates, testified to amend the bill. He raised issues with diesel truck provisions.

Ms. Becky English, representing Sierra Club, testified in support of the bill.

Jacob Smith, representing Colorado Communities for Climate Action, testified in support of the bill.

04:18:48 PM  

Meghan MacKillop, representing Colorado Municipal League, testified in support of the bil

Mr. Matt Frommer, representing Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, testified to amend the bill.

Jennifer Clanahan, representing Mountain Mamas, testified in support of the bill.

04:27:10 PM  
Ms. Jan Rose, representing Colorado Coalition
for a Livable Climate, testified in support of the bill.


Mr. Allen Cowgill, representing himself,
testified in support of the bill.


Mr. Matt Stanberry, representing Highland
Electric Fleets, testified in support of the bill.
04:37:04 PM  

Chad Campbell, representing Xcel Energy, testified in support of the bill.

Omar Moreno, representing Iron Woman Construction, testified in support of the bill.

Patricia Nelson, representing Weld Air & Water, testified in support of the bill.

04:45:57 PM  
Mr. Greg Fulton, representing Colo Motor
Carriers Association, testified in support of the bill. He distributed
handouts related to the trucking industry (Attachment E).

Committee members asked questions of the witness about trucks, economics,
and hydrogen.
04:45:58 PM  
Additional written
testimony is included as Attachment F.
04:57:44 PM  

The committee recessed. 

 

05:32:53 PM  
The committee was called back to order.


Senator Fenberg distributed and explained Amendment L.001, which makes
technical changes regarding procurement terminology and funding (Attachment
G).  He also distributed and explained Amendment L.003 about Ebikes
and helmets (Attachment H).  

Committee members asked question about continuous funding, as outlined
in the first amendment.


05:35:15 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment G)
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Donovan
Hisey
Scott
Bridges
Winter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


05:35:35 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment H)
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Donovan
Hisey
Scott
Bridges
Winter
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
05:35:36 PM  
The bill sponsors made closing remarks.


Committee members made closing comments
about the bill.  Discussion followed about consumer responsibility,
climate goals,  and rule-making.


05:45:36 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-193, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Bridges
Seconded
Donovan Yes
Hisey No
Scott No
Bridges Yes
Winter Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


05:45:41 PM   The committee adjourned.






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