Highlights from the Legislature on Tuesday
” The House approved a key economic stimulus bill that would raise car registration fees to pay for road and bridge repairs. Rep. Joe Rice, D-Littleton, the bill’s sponsor, says the measure (Senate Bill 108) will protect 5,000 to 8,000 jobs over the next year and create tens of thousands of new jobs. It faces a third reading before going back to the Senate for consideration of amendments.
” The House tentatively approved a key piece of the Legislature’s jobs creation plan that will offer tax incentives to companies that move to Colorado and create new jobs. The bill (House Bill 1001) faces a third reading before it goes to the Senate.
” The House approved and sent to the Senate a bill making it easier for gays and lesbians to leave property to their partners and to visit each other in the hospital. The measure (House Bill 1260) would allow any two unmarried people to make each other their designated beneficiaries.
” The House approved and sent to the Senate a measure that would require inmates to pay for their own college programs unless they get financial aid or a scholarship (House Bill 1264).
” The House killed a bill that would have raised fees imposed by counties after supporters said the measure (House Bill 1135) would put an unfair burden on taxpayers during the current economic slump.
” The House approved a package of $600 million in cuts and transfers to this year’s budget and sent it back to the Senate for consideration of amendments.
” The House gave tentative approval to a bill that would require mortgage loan originators to register with the state and undergo a criminal background check (House Bill 1085). Mortgage brokers have had to register with the state and submit to background checks since 2006.
” The Senate Finance Committee backed a proposal to eliminate spending limits on the state budget (Senate Bill 228), sending it to the full Senate.
” The Senate rejected a proposal (Senate Bill 156) to ban the use of plastic bags in large stores by 2012.
” The Senate gave final approval to allowing the partners of gay and lesbian state workers to get health insurance coverage, sending the measure (Senate Bill 88) to the House.
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