Highlights from the Legislature on Monday
April 13, 2009
” A House committee rejected a proposal to study ways to combine the Colorado Department of Education and the Department of Higher Education. The House Education Committee killed the proposed study (House Joint Resolution 13) on a 7-5 vote.
” The Senate backed two measures aimed at taking $500 million from a state-created workers compensation insurance company to balance next year’s budget over the objections of Pinnacol Assurance. The bills, along with the overall $18.9 billion budget, now head to the House for consideration.
” Allow police to order a communications or Internet provider to cut, reroute or divert phone lines or intercept cell calls if there is a hostage situation (Senate Bill 284).
” Eliminate the state sales and use tax exemption for cigarettes (House Bill 1342).
” Eliminate the requirement for front license plates for vehicles (House Bill 1340).