Highlights from the Legislature on Wednesday
February 27, 2008
– The House approved and sent to the Senate a bill (House Bill 1180) that would allow military spouses to collect unemployment insurance if they are forced to relocate. Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Monument, said those spouses and their employers are forced to pay for unemployment insurance but can’t collect it if they are transferred.- The House approved and sent to the Senate a measure (House Bill 1276) that would require employers to provide reasonable accommodations in the workplace for nursing mothers.- The Senate gave initial approval to barring motor vehicles on public land, trails and roads unless the area is authorized for vehicles. Violators would be fined $100 and get 10 points on their license if they’re caught on a non-wilderness area. If they break the law in a wilderness area, they would be fined $200 and accrue 15 points on their license.- American flags displayed by state and local governments would have to be made in this country under a proposal (House Bill 1111) backed by the Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee. Most state agencies now buy flags made by state prisoners, but Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton, said schools buy their flags elsewhere. The bill now heads to the full Senate.- The Senate confirmed Colorado State University’s board of governors members Patrick L. McConathy of McCoy and Thomas T. Farley of Pueblo. New Bills Introduced- Require any single family or multifamily home offered for sale after July 1 that has a fuel-burning heater or appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage to have a carbon monoxide alarm installed near sleeping quarters.- Allow a judge to consider DNA evidence of parentage in child support cases and require a judge to terminate child support if test results show a man is not the child’s biological parent.