BILL SUMMARY for SB09-104
SENATE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND ENERGY
|Votes: View--> ||Action Taken: |
|Adopt Amendment L.001 (Attachment A). The motion |
Adopt Amendment L.002 (Attachment B). The motion
Refer Senate Bill 09-104, as amended, to the Commi
|Pass Without Objection|
Pass Without Objection
10:04 AM -- Senate Bill 09-104
The committee was called to order. A quorum was present. Senator Paula Sandoval, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 09-104, which requires county human service agencies to provide a birth certificate and Social Security card to youth in foster care before they leave foster care at age 18. According to the bill, the costs of providing these documents is to be paid by the counties, not the youth in foster care receiving the documents. Senator Sandoval made introductory remarks about the bill and distributed and spoke to amendments L.001 and L.002 (Attachments A and B, respectively). Senator Sandoval explained that Amendment L.001 strikes everything below the bill's enacting clause.
The following people testified on the bill:
10:08 AM -- Ms. Kippi Clausen, representing Bridging the Gap, Mile High United Way, spoke in support of the bill. Committee members received a packet of information about youth in foster care, prepared by Mile High United Way (Attachment C). Ms. Clausen said the lack of identification documents is the top issue facing young people in the state leaving foster care.
10:11 AM -- Ms. Codie Stichter, also representing Bridging the Gap, Mile High United Way, spoke in support of the bill. Ms. Stichter described the need for identification documents for youth leaving foster care at no cost to the youth.
10:13 AM -- Ms. Diane Julio, representing Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children, spoke in support of the bill. Committee members received a short description of Ms. Julio's experience in helping a youth in foster care obtain identification documents, prepared by CASA (Attachment D). Ms. Julio addressed a question about why youth in foster care should wait until they are released from foster care to get viable identification documents. Discussion ensued. Ms. Julio also explained that some youth in foster care may have identification documents, but these documents are damaged and thus no longer viable.
10:19 AM -- Ms. Natalia Asher, also representing Bridging the Gap, Mile High United Way, spoke in support of the bill. Ms. Asher shared her personal experiences with needing viable identification documents.
10:21 AM -- Dr. Skip Barber, representing the Colorado Association of Family and Children's Agencies, spoke in support of the bill. Dr. Barber said his agency is working to begin the process of obtaining viable identification documents for foster care youth six months before a youth's planned emancipation.
|TIME: || 10:25:07 AM|
|MOTION:||Refer Senate Bill 09-104, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed on a vote of 6-0-1.|
Final YES: 6 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
Prior to the vote, Senator Sandoval briefly explained and addressed questions about Amendment L.002.
Prior to the vote, Senator Sandoval explained the intent of L.001. Senator Sandoval addressed questions about the bill's fiscal impact.