Highlights from the Legislature on Monday
Highlights from the Legislature on Monday:- The House approved Senate amendments and sent to the governor a bill (House Bill 1161) that would require miners to prove that they will restore groundwater aquifers before they are allowed to use the in-situ leach mining technique.- Landlords would have to provide basic services like heat and hot and cold running water under a measure given initial backing by the Senate on Monday. Under the measure (House Bill 1356), tenants would be able to withhold their rent if landlords fail to fix such problems after giving them two written notices of the problem.- The House approved Senate amendments and sent to the governor a measure (House Bill 1208) that allows teens charged as adults to request a hearing before a judge.- The Senate backed a measure (Senate Bill 246) that would allow retailers to sell a wide range of discounted prescription drugs. The bill would change the state’s anti-monopoly law to say that overhead costs no longer have to be considered in calculating whether a retailer is selling below cost. It now heads to the House for a hearing.- The Senate delayed a vote on a proposal that would bar health insurers from paying doctors to switch patients’ drugs, a practice critics call a form of kickbacks. Opponents succeeded in sending it to the appropriations committee because of changes made to the bill last week.- The Senate gave initial backing to requiring the state to regulate oil and gas exploration and waste disposal facilities. The measure (House Bill 1414) would require that the sites be at least a half mile from homes, schools and parks and that fabric is used to line pits to prevent waste from getting into groundwater. Some facilities now use clay liners and Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, said the change would hurt small operators.- People could take their health insurers to court if the companies denies a legitimate claim under a measure (House Bill 1407) given initial backing by the Senate. If a claim is illegally denied, the company would have to pay an amount equal to twice the benefits.
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