Highlights from Monday’s Legislature
February 11, 2008
– Gov. Bill Ritter signed a bill that allows the secretary of state to retest electronic voting machines disqualified in December. The bill (House Bill 1155) was amended to only allow the machines to be approved for use in elections in 2008 and 2009. Secretary of State Mike Coffman said he will hold public hearings and demonstrations over the next two weeks before deciding which machines to recertify.- The House Business Affairs & Labor Committee approved a measure (House Bill 1196) that would require an authentic member of the original recording group to appear in any live concert using the group’s name. It would allow a $15,000 fine for each violation. The bill now goes to the full House for debate.- The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would make selling bootleg recordings a felony if it involves more than 100 recordings or if it’s a repeat violation. The bill (Senate Bill 104) requires authorities to confiscate bootleg recordings and the equipment used to manufacture them. That measure now goes to the Senate Finance Committee.- The House tentatively approved a plan (House Bill 1178) that would make it a misdemeanor to send deceptive e-mails for marketing purposes.