BILL SUMMARY for HB09-1178
SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
|Votes: View--> ||Action Taken: |
|Amend reengrossed bill, page 2, line 14, after "no|
Refer House Bill 09-1178, as amended, to the Commi
|Pass Without Objection|
01:33 PM -- House Bill 09-1178
Senator Boyd, bill sponsor, explained the provisions of House Bill 09-1178. She stated that the bill creates a voluntary task force to study and make recommendations to the Department of Human Services concerning implementation of a Caregiver Abuse Registry. Senator Boyd discussed previous legislation that created a working group in the department and that this group has done some of the work, but needed more time to come up with an appropriate registry. The members are volunteers who serve without pay and without per diem.
Senator Renfroe asked if there is another task force that deals with this issue.
01:37 PM -- Randy Chapman, representing the Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People, spoke in support of the bill. He discussed the need for the bill and described circumstances concerning abuse and neglect of people with developmental disabilities.
01:39 PM -- Darla Stuart, representing the Arc of Aurora, spoke in support of the bill. She distributed a handout (Attachment A). She discussed the vulnerability of people with developmental disabilities. Ms. Stuart stated that the goal of the task force is to ensure that the needs of the population are met and at the same time ensure that people are not accused unfairly. She discussed a potential amendment concerning including people with developmental disabilities or their families serving on the task force.
01:42 PM -- Angela VanManen, representing the Arc of Denver, spoke in support of the bill. She discussed her role in the current work group and research that she has been conducting on abuse registries. She noted that 26 states have established abuse registries. She discussed possible models for Colorado to adopt. Ms. VanManen discussed the importance of this bill.
Senator Hudak asked about statistics concerning low rates of reporting for these types of abuse.
|TIME: || 01:51:49 PM|
|MOTION:||Refer House Bill 09-1178, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a 6-0 roll call vote. |
Final YES: 6 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS