BILL SUMMARY for HB09-1151
SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
|Votes: View--> ||Action Taken: |
|Adopt prepared Amendment L.007 (Attachment B). Th|
Refer House Bill 09-1151, as amended, to the Commi
|Pass Without Objection|
03:02 PM -- House Bill 09-1151
Senator Heath, bill sponsor, provided an overview of House Bill 09-1151. He explained that the bill places the review and approval activities for school district and junior college construction projects in the Department of Public Safety. According to Senator Heath, this moves this responsibility from the Department of Labor and Employment which will streamline the processes for schools districts and junior colleges.
Senator King discussed his concerns with the bill.
03:11 PM -- Diana Scott, representing Eagle County School District and Summit County School District, spoke about the bill. She indicated that she has concerns about some of the wording in the bill, especially concerning the language with the fire division having some leeway with fire codes. She would prefer to see school building construction as its own department, not under the fire division.
03:14 PM -- Jeff Arnold, representing the Colorado School Plant Managers Association, spoke about the bill. He noted that he believes that this bill will create efficiencies which he supports. He has wording that he would like to see clarified through amendment. Senator Carroll asked about specific wording. Mr. Arnold indicated that his concerns are related to the alignment with moving the inspection review from the Department of Public Safety to be under the Division of Fire Safety.
The committee discussed the specifics of the bill.
03:21 PM -- Peter Weir, representing the Department of Public Safety, and Kevin Klein, representing the Division of Fire Safety, spoke in support of the bill. Mr. Weir explained that this bill will create efficiencies and he noted that the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Labor and Employment are in support of the bill.
Senator King asked about why Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is not included in this bill to further streamline processes. Mr. Klein indicated that the statute for this bill has a fairly narrow focus and DORA's processes are outside the scope of that statute. He explained that this bill applies only to public schools whereas the DORA regulations deal with all buildings. The committee discussed the specifics of the bill with Mr. Klein.
03:36 PM -- Jerry Stricker, representing the Fire Marshalls Association of Colorado and the State Fire Chiefs Association, spoke in support of the bill.
03:38 PM -- Greg Wheeler, representing the Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, spoke about the bill. He explained that there is a need for regulation at the state level because many local governments do not have building departments that can do school inspections.
Senator Hudak asked about the specifics of the bill. Mr. Klein returned to the table to address Senator Hudak's questions concerning state charter school institutes.
03:46 PM -- Wayne Blazik, representing the Colorado State Plant Managers Association, spoke about the bill. He discussed the issue of local planning. He also discussed the increased efficiencies that would be brought about by involving DORA in the process.
Senator Heath concluded his presentation of the bill and distributed prepared Amendment L.007 (Attachment B).
|TIME: || 03:51:36 PM|
|MOTION:||Refer House Bill 09-1151, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a 7-0 roll call vote. |
Final YES: 7 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS