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Bill Detail: HB23-1248

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Title Executive Committee's Investigatory Authority
Status House Committee on Legislative Council Postpone Indefinitely (04/12/2023)
Bill Subjects
House Sponsors J. Mabrey (D)
L. Garcia (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Danielson (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 03/15/2023

Current law authorizes the general assembly to prescribe the
conditions and manner under which a witness may be summoned to
attend, to produce documents, or both, before a committee, or to either the
house of representatives or senate. Joint rule 33 of the Colorado
legislative joint rules of the senate and house outlines the current
mechanism by which the general assembly exercises its investigatory
authority and issues subpoenas.
The bill authorizes the executive committee of the legislative
council (executive committee) to create ad hoc investigatory committees
and grants the executive committee the power to subpoena a witness, to
take testimony under oath, and to assemble records, documents, and other
evidence by subpoena duces tecum. The bill also requires the executive
committee, if it decides not to issue a subpoena under its own discretion,
to issue a subpoena if 30% or more of the voting members of an ad hoc
investigatory committee, created by the executive committee, vote to
require the executive committee to do so.
The bill requires a subpoena issued by the executive committee to
  • The name of the issuing body;
  • The authority under which the subpoena is issued;
  • The subject of the inquiry and a command to the person to
whom it is issued to attend and give testimony at a time and
place specified in the subpoena; or
  • A command to the person to whom the subpoena is
directed to produce books, records, documents, or other
tangible evidence as the executive committee may require.
The bill requires service of process to be made by a sheriff, the
sheriff's deputy, or any other person who is at least 18 years of age and
not interested in the proceeding. Service must be made by delivering a
copy of the subpoena to the person named in the subpoena not later than
48 hours before the time specified for appearance in the subpoena unless,
for good cause shown, a majority of the executive committee authorizes
service within the 48-hour period.
The bill allows any person subpoenaed by the executive committee
to seek relief by providing the executive committee with a written
statement indicating how such disclosure would be illegal or unduly
oppressive or burdensome. The executive committee may consider any
relief request but is not obligated to do so if it determines that the
potential impact of the subpoena outweighs the burden imposed on the
person subject to the subpoena. Any person who is issued a subpoena and
is denied a request for relief by the executive committee may request that
a district court in the county where the subpoena was served, the county
of the residence of the witness or custodian served, or the city and county
of Denver quash or limit the scope of the subpoena. The bill also permits
any person who is subpoenaed by the executive committee to be
represented by legal counsel.

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