Highlights from the Colo. Legislature on Wednesday
Highlights from the Legislature on Wednesday:
– The Legislature convened its 120-day session. All 100 members took oaths, with leaders from both parties promising to work together to find common ground.
– Republicans took charge of the state House, giving Colorado its first divided Legislature in 10 years. Republican Frank McNulty took the gavel as House speaker.
– Democratic Sen. Suzanne Williams, who was involved in a fatal crash in Texas last month, was blocked from consideration for leading the Senate’s transportation committee by Democratic leaders. Williams was vice-chairwoman of the transportation committee last year and had been expected to lead it this year.
– The new Republican House majority made some minor changes to committee names. The words “energy” and “labor” were stripped from separate House committees.
– Require proof of citizenship to vote (Senate Bill 18).
– Require photo ID to vote (House Bill 3).
– Change medical marijuana laws to allow shops to sell pot for no profit, to waive residency requirements for employees at medical marijuana shops, to ban land used to grow pot from agricultural tax breaks, and other changes (House Bill 43).
– Create a state public education fund using unspent state funds (Senate Bill 1).
– Require lawmakers to identify how they’ll pay for spending proposals or tax cuts (House Bill 52).
– Allow teens as young as 14 to drive motor vehicles on highways for agricultural purposes (House Bill 24).
– Add homeless adults and juveniles to the list of at-risk crime victims eligible for state assistance (Senate Bill 4).
– Prohibit official state recognition of state employee union representatives (Senate Bill 38).
– Require standards of accountability for corporations (Senate Bill 50).
– Limit civil liability for mountain bike operators (Senate Bill 36).
– Require energy utilities to disclose costs associated with utility bills (Senate Bill 30).
– Make daylight saving time year-round (Senate Bill 22).
– Provide a property tax exemption for business personal property first used in a business (Senate Bill 26).
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