Highlights from the Legislature on Monday
February 18, 2008
Highlights from the Legislature on Monday:- House Minority Leader Mike May, R-Parker, appointed Republican Rep. Tom Massey to the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee, replacing Rep. Douglas Bruce, R-Colorado Springs. May removed Bruce from the panel for refusing to back a resolution supporting military veterans.- The Senate gave final backing to a proposal (Senate Bill 77) to make it a misdemeanor to trick online ticket sites into selling more than the maximum number of tickets. The measure was proposed partly in response to problems the Colorado Rockies had with their World Series ticket sales.- The House approved and sent to the Senate a bill (House Bill 1148) that would set a higher standard for the state’s adverse possession that allows someone to claim another person’s property if they have had access to that property for at least 18 years. The bill was introduced after a Boulder couple lost part of their property to a neighbor based on claims they weren’t using the property and the neighbor was using it.- The House tentatively approved a measure (House Bill 1185) that would give adoptive pet owners 90 days to get their pet spayed or neutered over objections that many animal shelters already provide the service for free. Lawmakers said it could cost $200 or more to spay or neuter a pet and they are concerned fewer people will adopt pets because of the expense. The bill faces a third reading before it goes to the Senate.- The House tentatively approved a bill (House Bill 1200) that would bar participation in computer-assisted remote hunting, which allows people to use computers to fire weapons and hunt animals. It faces a third reading before going to the Senate.- The House tentatively approved a proposal (House Bill 1304) that would increase state protection for the bald eagle after the federal government removed it from a list of threatened species. It faces a third reading before it has a hearing in the Senate.