New laws mean shorter lines for licenses, high fees |

New laws mean shorter lines for licenses, high fees

DENVER – Starting this week, drivers won’t have to stand in line as long to get their driver’s licenses.But they will pay $21, up from $15.60.Three more license offices will open – in Adams, Jefferson and Larimer counties – and 53 more clerks hired.”The winners on July 1 are kids who need health care, seniors in nursing homes, victims of domestic violence. Those folks will be better off,” said House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, D-Denver.”The bad news is that if you’re a drunk driver, sex offender, animal abuser, a lawbreaking mortgage broker, July 1 will not be a good day for you.”The Legislature considered 645 bills and passed 90, focusing on mortgage abuses, tracking sex offenders on the Internet and revealing who is behind election attack ads.Some Republicans aren’t happy that the fees were raised.”Here we are with record revenue rolling in from Referendum C, with a backbreaking property tax increase, and we’re about to give them a one-two-punch with increased fees and more nanny bills,” said Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma.”Then we have some bills that will cost consumers, especially a mortgage bill that will keep people on the bubble from affording a home,” he added.Gardner was referring to Senate Bill 216, which includes heavy fines for mortgage brokers who arrange loans for people who obviously can’t afford them.Last year a record 28,453 mortgage foreclosures were reported statewide, and that number is expected to rise this year.Colorado joins 48 other states in requiring motorcyclists under 18 to wear helmets.The DUI law now requires motorists to take either a blood test or breathalyzer if only one is available within the required two hours.—Information from: Rocky Mountain News,

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