BILL SUMMARY for SB09-179
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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|Moved to refer Senate Bill 09-179 to the Committee||PASS|
03:10 PM -- Senate Bill 09-179
The committee reconvened. Representative Gagliardi presented Senate Bill 09-179 which makes several changes to state law concerning communicable diseases. Specifically, the bill:
- requires all women to be tested for HIV during their first trimester of pregnancy, or when entering a hospital for delivery if not tested during pregnancy, unless a woman declines the test;
- allows state and local health officers to detain a person diagnosed with tuberculosis without a court order for up to five days and specifies procedures for seeking a court-ordered detention;
- clarifies the prohibition on working in food preparation when affected by an infectious disease;
- allows the State Board of Health to adopt rules for controlling infectious disease;
- creates an exception to the misdemeanor offense for violating a State Board of Health rule concerning infectious disease by allowing certain health professionals to be subject to a civil penalty for such a violation;
- defines "sexually transmitted infection" and replaces out-of-date medical terminology; and
- repeals provisions concerning prescriptions for sexually transmitted infections and exemptions for reporting the personal information of research subjects anticipating in medical research studies on AIDS or HIV; and
- modifies the membership requirements of the HIV/AIDS Prevention Grant Program Advisory Committee.
03:15 PM -- Dr. Ned Calonge, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Public Health and Environment, spoke in support of the bill. He stated that 15 percent of pregnant women are not being tested for HIV/AIDS. He stated that the public health department is seeking to close this gap. Dr. Calonge explained the need to update the language in the Colorado statute with regard to sexually transmitted diseases.
03:21 PM -- Scott Matthews, Director of Program Services, March of Dimes, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Matthews provided a handout in support of the bill to the committee (Attachment D).
03:23 PM -- Dr. Chris Urbina, Denver Public Health, spoke in support of the bill.
03:27 PM -- Jeff Thormodsgaard, Colorado Organizations Responding to AIDS, spoke in support of the bill.
03:29 PM -- Kay Kinzie, pregnancy coordinator, Children's Hospital, spoke in support of the bill. Ms. Kinzie stated she is a nurse and has been working with HIV positive mothers for several years. She stated that the transmission of HIV from mothers to their children has been significantly reduced due to testing. She spoke to the critical nature of testing a mother and the increase in positive outcomes if testing occurs.
|TIME: || 03:37:41 PM|
|MOTION:||Moved to refer Senate Bill 09-179 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a 10-0 roll call vote.|
Final YES: 10 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS