BILL SUMMARY for SB09-050
SENATE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND ENERGY
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|Adopt Amendment L.001 (Attachment B). The motion |
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Refer SB 09-050 to the Committee of the Whole. Fo
10:49 AM -- Senate Bill 09-050
The meeting came to order. A quorum was present.
Senator Scheffel, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 09-050. The bill requires that at least one member of the Limited Gaming Control Commission reside in Gilpin or Teller counties. The bill does not change the total membership of the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission. Senator Scheffel addressed questions about future appointees to the board.
10:55 AM -- Mr. Mark Sievers, private citizen from Teller County, spoke in favor of the bill. Committee members received pictures of abandoned casinos in Gilpin and Teller counties and a table comparing limited gaming in various states, prepared by Mr. Sievers (Attachment A). Mr. Sievers walked the committee through Attachment A and said that Colorado underperforms almost every other state with legalized gambling in terms of revenues collected. Mr. Sievers addressed questions about limited gaming restrictions.
11:10 AM -- Ms. Carol Clark, private citizen from Teller County, spoke in favor of the bill. She said that Teller County residents do not have a voice about limited gaming in their community.
11:12 AM -- Ms. Treon Goossen, private citizen, spoke in favor of the bill. In response to a question, Ms. Goossen said the bill is not about whether limited gaming is good for the state, but about whether community members from limited gaming communities have representation on the board.
11:15 AM -- Mr. Bob Campbell, County Commissioner, Teller County, spoke in favor of the bill. He said he believes the bill meets a need for representation of the interests of residents in limited-gaming communities. Commissioner Campbell responded to questions about citizen members of the Limited Gaming Control Commission.
11:19 AM -- Ms. Lois Rice, Executive Director, Colorado Gaming Association, spoke in opposition to the bill. Ms. Rice said the gaming industry is one of the most regulated industries in the state. She said placing a community member on the board may lead to conflicts of interest because community members benefit financially from limited gaming activities. Ms. Rice suggested changes to the bill. Ms. Rice explained that Colorado is one of only two states with limited gaming stakes.
Senator Scheffel made concluding remarks about the bill, and then distributed and spoke about amendment L.001 (Attachment B). Senator Cadman remarked on possible conflicts in the language of the bill.
|TIME: || 11:33:50 AM|
|MOTION:||Adopt Amendment L.001 (Attachment B). The motion passed on a vote of 6-1.|
Not Final YES: 6 NO: 1 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
Prior to the vote, Senator Foster explained why she would not support the amendment.