Highlights from the Legislature on Tuesday
” The House Agriculture Committee killed a bill that would have barred Colorado regulators from issuing new rules to protect wildlife from oil and gas drilling if they would hurt current energy production. House Bill 1167 would have prevented the Oil and Gas Conservation commission from issuing rules under the “Colorado Habitat Stewardship Act of 2007,” a law intended to protect wildlife feeding, breeding, habitation or migration, if the rule would impact any producing oil or gas well.
” The full Senate gave final backing to a Senate Bill 78 allowing the state to give up control of some roadways that are no longer considered part of the state highway system to counties and cities. The state has set aside $20 million to give to local governments who want to take over the responsibility of maintaining such roads. The bill now heads to the House. Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, said lawmakers should instead use the money to fix the state’s worst bridges. But Sen. Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, said rejecting the bill would cost the state more money in the long run because it would have to keep paying for maintenance on those roads.
” The Senate gave final backing to Senate Bill 36 cracking down on bootleg recordings, sending it to the House for consideration. Currently, selling pirated recordings is a misdemeanor and the bill would also make it a crime to transport such recordings. Violators caught with 100 or fewer recordings would be fined at least $100 but those with 100 or more would be fined at least $1,000. Prosecutors could also ask a judge for permission to destroy the recordings and confiscate the recording equipment.
” Require the state to train foreclosure counselors to help homeowners avoid foreclosure (House Bill 1276).
” Require utilities to tell customers the types of fuels used to generate electricity (House Bill 1277).
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