Legislative Recap

May 082005
Authors: Brian Park

The state legislature was a busy place last week. Bills that lawmakers debated and voted on included a bill to ban cigarette smoking statewide in indoor establishments and suspending a person's driver license if they provide alcohol to minors. A resolution was also decided on regarding the issue of same-sex marriage and civil unions.

Senate Bill 207

What It Will Do: Ban cigarette smoking in restaurants, bars and pool halls throughout the state. Casinos, bingo parlors and other gambling establishments would be exempt from the rule.

Sponsors: Sen. Dan Grossman, D-Denver; Rep. Mark Larson, R-Cortez.

History: Passed in the House of Representatives by a 37-28 vote.

What's Next: Sent back to the Senate, where the amendments the House added will be up for debate.

House Concurrent Resolution 1002

What It Will Do: The resolution would have asked the voters of Colorado to state that a marriage is between one man and one woman. It would have asked voters to outlaw same-sex marriages as well as civil unions in the state of Colorado.

Sponsors: Sen. Ed Jones, R-Colorado Springs; Rep. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud.

History: By a 6-5 vote the House Judiciary Committee indefinitely postponed the resolution on May 3.

What's Next: Nothing, the bill is effectively killed and will not be voted out of committee.

House Bill 1306

What It Will Do: Suspend a person's driver license for six months if the person is caught providing alcohol to anyone who is younger than 21. If the person lets a minor use their identification to purchase or receive alcohol that action can also result in the suspension of the license. A hearing can be conducted regarding the suspension and a probationary license can be issued for the person to drive to work or school.

Sponsors: Sen. Joan Fitz-Gerald, D-Golden; Rep. Jim Kerr, R-Littleton.

History: Passed through third reading in the Senate on May 3.

What's Next: Currently in the House of Representatives.

House Bill 1057

What It Will Do: Students will be required to take a course that will prepare them for higher education, but parents and school administrators can reject the idea if they both agree to it. It will also notify students in the eighth grade, prior to going into the ninth grade, about higher education opportunities the state of Colorado offers as well as admission guidelines.

Sponsors: Sen. Paula Sandoval, D-Denver; Rep. Jerry Frangas, D-Denver.

History: Signed by Gov. Bill Owens on May 2.

What's Next: The bill will put into effect next school year.

House Bill 1326

What It Will Do: It would be illegal for a sexually violent predator and offender to live or work within 1,500 feet of a school, child care facility, playground, video arcade, recreation center or shopping malls and centers.

Sponsors: Reps. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch and Gwyn Green, D-Golden.

History: By a 7-4 vote the House Judiciary Committee indefinitely postponed the bill on May 3.

What's Next: Nothing, the bill is effectively killed and will not be voted out of committee.

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