Highlights from the Legislature on Wednesday
” 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 now goes back to the Senate for consideration of amendments.
” The House approved and sent to the Senate a key piece of the Legislature’s jobs creation plan (House Bill 1001) that would offer tax incentives to companies that move to Colorado and create new jobs.
” The House unanimously approved and sent to Gov. Bill Ritter a bill (Senate Bill 1) that will require state and local governments to develop wildfire protection plans.
” The House approved and sent to the Senate a bill ordering the Department of Revenue to immediately suspend the driver’s license of a person who fails to appear for a license suspension hearing (House Bill 1234).
” The House approved and sent to the Senate on a 60-4 vote 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 gave final backing to a measure (Senate Bill 179) promoting HIV testing for pregnant women to prevent the disease from being passed on to their babies, sending it to the House.
” The Senate gave final approval to raising the tire disposal fee to $3.25 a tire to raise $5 million a year to foster the growth of small companies working on renewable energy and energy efficiency ideas.
” Require every adult arrested or charged with a felony to submit to a DNA test (Senate Bill 241).
” Create the Colorado wildlife passport fund for operation and maintenance of wildlife habitat and acquisition of property (Senate Bill 235).
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