Highlights from the Legislature on Monday
April 6, 2009
” The Senate killed a proposal that would have allowed illegal immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges. Five Democrats joined with Republicans to defeat the measure 18-16 after a three-hour debate. Senate Bill 170 would have applied to students who are in the country illegally and who have graduated from Colorado high schools.
” The House gave tentative approval to a bill (House Bill 1039) allowing colleges to decide whether to provide in-state tuition to veterans and their dependents. Sponsors wanted to make it mandatory, but opponents said it would cost $2 million a year and the state couldn’t afford it. The bill faces a third reading before it goes to the Senate.
” The House tentatively approved a bill that would bar adults from talking on cell phones without handsfree devices while driving. The bill (House Bill 1094) would also impose a total ban on cell phone use for drivers younger than 18. It faces a third reading before it goes to the Senate.
” The House gave initial approval to a bill that adds text and instant messages to the list of computer crimes for Internet exploitation of a child (House Bill 1132). It faces a third reading before it is sent to the Senate.
” The House tentatively approved a bill cracking down on smuggling contraband cigarettes (House Bill 1173). The bill provides funding for finding and identifying Internet cigarette retailers, and requires tobacco sellers to report sales. It faces a third reading before it goes to the Senate.