Highlights from the Legislature on Thursday
” College supporters and the state Historical Society reached a deal to share the extra money that Colorado casinos are expected to rake in under new, looser rules. Last November, voters gave Colorado’s casino towns the power to add games, expand hours and raise betting limits. The state gets a cut of the increased revenue under the measure, called Amendment 50. The House Education Committee approved the plan unanimously and sent it to the full House for debate.
” The House Judiciary Committee rejected a proposal that would have required mandatory jail time for sex offenders, citing the $140 million price tag the first five years. However, the measure (House Bill 1144) remained alive when the House Judiciary Committee tied 5-5 on a vote to kill it. The bill, which was rejected 6-4, will remain on the calendar until lawmakers decide what to do next.
” The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill (Senate Bill 52) that would give Colorado’s leading research facilities a much-needed funding boost that will help retain and create higher paying jobs. The bill now goes to the Appropriations Committee.
” Senators recited the Gettysburg Address as their morning prayer to mark the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.
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