Capitol notes

Mar 092006
Authors: James Baetke

House Bill 1250: Increases the fines from $300 to $1,000 for a skier who violates slope, trail or boundary closures. The fines haven't been increased in more than 25 years. Under the proposed bill, signs will be erected alerting skiers to stay inbounds and warning skiers of potential fines. Increased fines also apply to riding a ski train or lift under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or leaving the scene of an accident without exchanging contact information.

Senate Bill 002: Requires contracts in selling homes to detail whether the home has been used as a methamphetamine laboratory. If a seller fails to disclose the information, the purchaser can file a claim in court for damages and court costs.

Senate Bill 105: Creates the "Elevator and Escalator Safety Act" declaring the regulation of mechanical elevators and escalators to be a matter of statewide concern. Requires those who check and maintain these devices to be certified statewide by meeting qualifications and paying a fee.

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