BILL SUMMARY for SB09-171
SENATE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND ENERGY
|Votes: View--> ||Action Taken: |
|Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment B). The motion |
Refer Senate Bill 09-171, as amended, to the Commi
|Pass Without Objection|
11:15 AM -- Senate Bill 09-171
Senator Gail Schwartz, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 09-171, which expands the allowable uses of funds from the Colorado Customized Job Training program to include employee training efforts focused on Colorado's new energy economy. The Colorado Customized Job training program is a collaborative effort to provide grants to employees to receive customized job training conducted at community colleges or at private enterprises. Senator Schwartz made some introductory remarks about the bill, and distributed and spoke to amendment L.002 (Attachment B).
The following people testified on the bill:
11:18 AM -- Dr. Nancy McCallin, representing the Colorado Community Colleges System, spoke in support of the bill. Dr. McCallin talked about the distribution of grants under the existing program and answered questions from the committee. Discussion ensued about the bill's use of the phrase "new energy economy."
11:29 AM -- Mr. Matt Cheroutes, representing the Governor's Office of Economic Development and International Trade, spoke in support of the bill. Mr. Cheroutes said the bill will address a need for workforce training in energy-related jobs. He spoke to the definition of the new-energy economy and said that it incorporates renewable or sustainable energy technologies. Discussion ensued about the scope of the definition of "new energy economy." Senator Schwartz told the committee that the intent of the bill is to help put people in the state back to work. Senator Lundberg expressed his concerns about the definition of new energy. Discussion ensued.
11:48 AM -- Ms. Jennifer Freeman, representing the Colorado Youth Corps Association, spoke in support of the bill. Ms. Freeman described some energy efficiency and land conservation projects completed by youth in her organization. She added that community colleges are the appropriate venue for retraining adults to find jobs.
Senator Schwartz made some concluding remarks about the bill.
|TIME: || 11:54:45 AM|
|MOTION:||Refer Senate Bill 09-171, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed on a vote of 5-1-1. |
Final YES: 5 NO: 1 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
Prior to the vote, Senator Schwartz briefly explained amendment L.002.