Highlights from the Legislature on Wednesday
” The House Agriculture Committee killed a bill that would have cracked down on puppy mills after opponents said it would have been tough to enforce and could hurt legitimate breeding facilities. Rep. Beth McCann, a Denver Democrat, said animals are being abused in some large breeding facilities. Her bill (House Bill 1172) would have prevented dog breeders from keeping more than 50 adult breeding dogs after witnesses testified overcrowding was a major factor in many abuse cases.
” A House committee has approved a key piece of the Legislature’s jobs creation plan that will offer tax incentives to companies that move to Colorado and create at least 10 new jobs. The bill (House Bill 1001) was approved by the House Finance Committee and now goes to Appropriations.
” The full Senate gave initial approval to a plan (Senate Bill 108) to raise vehicle registration fees. Under the bill, owners of passenger cars and many SUVs would have to pay an extra $32 when they register their vehicles this year and $41 next year.
” Allow county jail inmates to earn more time to get out of jail early if they behave (House Bill 1263).
” Exempt fuel-efficient vehicles from sales and use tax (House Bill 1268).
” Require inmates to pay for their own college programs unless they get financial aid or a scholarship (House Bill 1264).
” Allow adults to enter designated beneficiary agreements regarding property, medical decisions and disposition of remains (House Bill 1260).
” Allow students who have been in a Colorado high school for at least three years to attend college based on resident tuition, regardless of immigration status (Senate Bill 170).
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