It’s going to get more exciting …
Despite widespread reports of division and dissent among our elected ranks, the second regular session of the 65th General Assembly of the state legislature is ahead of schedule, according to a few representatives.The highlights of the session, scheduled to close on May 10, have included:- a bill targeted at vending machines in public schools, in order to require at least 50 percent of food is nutritious;- a statewide smoking ban riddled with bullet holes;- a passing of a bill limiting a miner’s liability for claims located near public recreation spots, which should help reopen popular hiking trails closed out of fear of lawsuit;- a slew of corporate exemption bills, including one for foot doctors, most of which have passed;- a bill eventually suspended that penalized business owners for negligently handling paperwork from an illegal immigrant;- a bill passed allowing communities to more easily track sexual criminals;- a bill strengthening the punishment for repeat drunk driving offenders.- an elevator inspection bill that was kicked out, leaving no state requirement to have elevators inspected;- a curious bill allowing cars without a bar, television and a phone to be called a limousine;- and a number of bills allowing personalized license plates (the Broncos were the latest).While license plate decorations and vending machines bills reek of public interests and high-level hand-holding, debate on the floor should get more weighty and time-consuming from here on out. Immigration bills received little interest so far, and upcoming bills attempting to define “marriage” will ramp up the partisan lines.In a state riddled with transportation, environment and education deficiencies, it’s sad to predict that this will be where our public officials spend most of their time in discussion, but it’s most likely the truth. And, watch out in the coming days, as a little bill slides through with large local impact: the ski safety act bill increasing fines for violations.
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