BILL SUMMARY for HB09-1120
SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
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|Refer House Bill 09-1120 to the Committee of the W||PASS|
03:29 PM -- House Bill 09-1120
Senator Penry, bill sponsor, presented House Bill 09-1120 concerning criminalizing certain acts in order to protect the safety of certain public servants.
03:31 PM -- Mark Randall, representing the Colorado District Attorneys Council, spoke in support of the bill. Mr. Randall distributed a handout (Attachment A). He discussed that if an officer is in a detention facility it is a class 4 felony if someone throws bodily fluid on an officer. However, it is a much lower charge if this situations occurs outside of a detention facility. According to Mr. Randall, this bill makes it third degree assault if a person causes a peace officer, firefighter, or emergency medical technician to come into contact with certain biological or hazardous materials. The bill also requires the individual to submit to a medical test for communicable diseases.
03:37 PM -- Jamie Svalberg, representing the Denver Police Department and the Colorado Chiefs of Police, spoke in support of the bill. She discussed her experiences with having an individual spit in her eyes and mouth. Ms. Svalberg noted that the individual was charged with simple assault and Ms. Svalberg has to undergo several sets of testing for communicable diseases.
03:41 PM -- Peg Ackerman, representing the County Sheriffs of Colorado, spoke in support of the bill. She noted that this bill may have some fiscal impact to the jails.
03:43 PM -- Marcos Mocine-McQueen, representing the Colorado Professional Firefighters, spoke in support of the bill. He discussed the role of firefighters and emergency medical technicians and why they should be included under the bill.
|TIME: || 03:50:56 PM|
|MOTION:||Refer House Bill 09-1120 to the Committee of the Whole with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a 7-0 roll call vote. |
Final YES: 7 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS