Highlights from the Colorado Legislature on Tuesday
– Several hundred union members rallied outside the Capitol to show support for embattled public employee unions in Wisconsin. Several got into a shouting match with rival tea party supporters who decried the unions, but the demonstrations were otherwise peaceful.
– The House moved ahead on a GOP proposal to ratchet back late fees for car tag renewals from a maximum of $100 to $10 (House Bill 1084).
– The House gave final approval to a measure waiving mandatory emissions inspections in Larimer and Weld counties (House Bill 1082).
– A prayer change in the House sparked a small debate, all over a question of when the gavel falls. The House decided to hold prayers after the session is gaveled to order, meaning lawmakers may be counted absent if they show up after the prayer. Republicans pointed out that lawmakers who don’t wish to pray could simply leave the chamber, and House Resolution 1005 passed 49-25.
– The Senate approved a bill that would prevent young athletes believed to have suffered a concussion from returning to a game unless they’ve received medical clearance. Senate Bill 40 now heads to the House.
– The House rejected a bill that would have prevented Cabinet members or others in the executive branch from lobbying the Legislature for two years after leaving their jobs (House Bill 1134).
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