Thursday, January 13, 2011

Notable Colorado bills from the first day (2011)

Senate Bill 4, by Sen. Lucia Guzman, D-Denver, treats a crime against a homeless person as a crime against an at-risk person, increasing the penalties.

SB 12 allows students to possess and take prescription drugs at school, if they have a prescription. Currently, they need further approval from the school. The sponsor is Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray.

Brophy also is sponsoring SB 22, which would put Colorado on Daylight Saving Time year-round.

Two Republican bills seek to prevent voter fraud. SB 18 would require proof of citizenship to register to vote. The sponsor is Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch.

HB 1003 would require a government-issued photo ID to vote. The sponsors are Reps. Ken Summers and Libby Szabo.

HB 1012 would let unaffiliated voters participate in party primaries. The sponsor is Rep. Ed Casso, D-Thornton.

HB 1023 would extend the state’s foreclosure deferment program, which expires this year, until 2016. The sponsor is Rep. Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver.

HB 1048 would create an income tax credit for private school tuition and home schools. The sponsor is Rep. Spencer Swalm, R-Centennial.

Legislature will revisit the battle over medical marijuana. HB 1043 makes a number of changes to last year’s law that created a license for medical marijuana shops. The sponsor is Rep. Tom Massey, who carried last year’s bill. Supporters predicted when the 2010 bill passed that they would have to run a follow-up bill this year.