Highlights from the Legislature on Wednesday
February 6, 2008
Highlights from the Legislature on Wednesday.- The Senate gave final approval to increasing the compensation of board members of regional transportation districts from $3,000 to $12,000 a year (Senate Bill 46). The bill nearly died because Republicans opposed it along with Sen. Paula Sandoval, D-Denver, and Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver, abstained from voting. Republican Sen. Ken Kester changed his vote to a yes, allowing it to pass 18-15. It now heads to the House.- The Senate gave final approval to changing the law on cost recovery in lawsuits (House Bill 1020). Under the change, if a plaintiff rejects a settlement offer and the final judgment ends up being less than the settlement offer, the plaintiff can recover costs from the time before the settlement offer was made.- The House approved and sent to the Senate a measure (House Bill 1130) that would allow authorities to get unlimited extensions to phone wiretaps as long as they get permission, despite objections from Democrats who said federal officials have misused those powers.- The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony from people who said they were sexually abused as children, including former Miss America Marilyn Van Derbur. They were considering a proposal to remove the statute of limitations for sexual abuse lawsuits (House Bill 1011). A similar proposal failed two years ago.New Bills Introduced- Allow car repair shops to get a title and sell abandoned vehicles.- Require county clerks to send a notice to voters who have been marked inactive.