Highlights from the Legislature on Monday
April 20, 2009
” The Legislature marked the 10th anniversary of the Columbine high school shootings and approved a resolution (House Joint Resolution 1019), declaring that April 20 be known statewide as a Day of Recommitment, “a day to remember all innocent victims of school shootings and a day to encourage all Coloradans to recommit themselves and their families to being better people, better parents and better community members.”
” The House rejected Senate amendments to a measure that would require public school students to have a minimum amount of physical activity a week (Senate Bill 131). Lawmakers said now is not the time to impose new mandates on schools. If the Senate does not agree, the bill will die.
” The Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee backed a measure (House Bill 1094) that would require that drivers use handsfree devices while talking on their cell phones. Drivers under 18, as well as bus and taxi drivers, would be barred from talking or texting on cell phones while driving. The bill, which has already passed the House, now goes to the Senate Finance Committee for another vote.
” The Senate voted 21-14 to give initial approval to phasing out the business personal property tax over 40 years. The measure (Senate Bill 85) must pass another vote before it can go to the House for consideration.
” Create a new energy improvement district with the ability to issue bonds from special assessments on real estate (House Bill 1350).
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” Ask voters to create an independent redistricting commission to draw congressional and legislative districts following the 2010 Census (House Concurrent Resolution 1005).
” Requires the Department of Local Affairs to pay up to $60 per ton of waste tires to processors and users.