New state laws go into effect July 1
Some laws going into effect in Colorado on July 1:
– House Bill 1091: Requires most new homes to have carbon monoxide detectors.
– House Bill 1132: Adds text and instant messages to the list of crimes for Internet exploitation of children.
– House Bill 1202: Regulates funeral homes and crematories.
– House Bill 1260: Allows unmarried couples, including same-sex couples, to arrange for the other to inherit property, make hospital visits and make funeral arrangements.
– House Bill 1293: Charges hospitals a fee based on size to raise $600 million a year. State will qualify for federal matching funds. Backers say it will provide coverage to nearly 100,000 Coloradans and extend care for uninsured. Critics say hospitals can pass the fee to health insurers.
– House Bill 1326: Requires companies that hire people to circulate initiative petitions to be licensed after concerns in recent elections about the use of paid circulators, some from out of state. Requires circulators to be trained to comply with petition laws.
– Senate Bill 108: Imposes new vehicle registration fees to eventually raise $250 million a year to repair unsafe bridges and maintain roads. Imposes a $2 daily fee on car rentals and opens the door to tolls on existing highways.
– Senate Bill 228: Phases out state spending restrictions that limit growth to 6 percent a year to allow greater spending when the economy recovers. Over five years, money must be set aside for transportation, building projects and a reserve fund.
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