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2006 Issue #1 Fireworks Ban

Fri, 03 Feb 2006 06:37:08 GMT

HOUSE BILL 1067: The measure seeks to change Colorado's fireworks law to prohibit the possession and use of fireworks which have explosive or pyrotechnic composition.

Issue #6: Front Range toll road

Fri, 06 May 2005 06:56:18 GMT

State lawmakers are debating House Bill 1030 which would give Colorado's statewide tolling authority to power to set rates for what's being called the Front Range Toll Road to run from north of Fort Collins to south of Pueblo parallel to I-25 about 20-30 miles to the east. Current law allows counties to set tolling rates.

Issue #9: Seat belt use - Primary offense

Fri, 06 May 2005 06:55:41 GMT

House Bill 1138 (Rep. Fran Coleman (D)-Denver, Sen. Peter Groff (D) Denver) would make it a primary offense for a driver to operate a motor vehicle without the driver and all front seat passengers wearing safety belts.

ISSUE #2: Sunday liquor sales

Tue, 03 May 2005 05:52:13 GMT

SUMMARY OF SENATE BILL 77 -"Empowers a local government to authorize the sale of alcohol beverages on Sunday between 12 noon and 8 p.m." Current Colorado law allows for 3.2 alcohol to be sold at grocery stores and tastings at Colorado wineries on Sundays, but does not allow for liquor to be sold in retail establishments on Sundays. This legislation would put that decision in the hands of individual local governments.

ISSUE #1: Teen Driving Restrictions

Wed, 13 Apr 2005 14:23:51 GMT

SUMMARY OF SENATE BILL 36 (SB05-036): "The bill prohibits minor drivers under the age of 18 from carrying any passengers under the age of 21 for the first six months in which the driver holds a license (without adult supervision).

Issue #8: Gay marriage ban proposal

Tue, 12 Apr 2005 14:31:50 GMT

Colorado voters may have the opportunity this fall to define marriage in the state Constitution. State lawmakers will debate a resolution next week asking for a ballot amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

Issue #4: Homeowner's Property Rights

Tue, 12 Apr 2005 03:05:09 GMT

Summary of Senate Bill 100: This bill states that any restrictive covenant that prohibits or limits xeriscape, prohibits the use of drought-tolerant vegetative landscapes, or requires cultivated vegetation to include turf grass shall be void and unenforceable.

Issue #7: Healthy foods in public schools

Wed, 30 Mar 2005 04:49:03 GMT

SUMMARY OF SENATE BILL 197: Should Colorado schools be required to offer healthy foods? Specifically, should they be required to have 50% of their vending machine items meet acceptable nutritional standards by the 2007-08 school year?

ISSUE #3: Parental Leave For Educational Activities

Tue, 22 Feb 2005 03:23:05 GMT

Summary of Senate Bill 21: This bill creates the "Colorado Parental Leave for Educational Activities Act". The bill allows an employee of any company that employs at least ten people to take unpaid leave for the purpose of attending parent-teacher conferences and other school activities related to the educational advancement of the employee's child. The bill limits the unpaid leave to five hours in any one-month period, not to exceed 40 hours in any academic year. Employers may require that the leave be taken in a maximum of 2½ -hour segments. An employee would be allowed to elect to substitute accrued paid vacation leave, personal leave, or other types of paid leave for unpaid leave. Employees should make reasonable attempts to schedule conferences or other activities outside of regular work hours.

ISSUE #5: Tenure rules for Colorado's public universities

Fri, 18 Feb 2005 13:40:14 GMT

SUMMARY: Gov. Bill Owens has suggested standardizing the tenure requirements at public universities statewide in light of recent events surrounding tenured CU-Boulder Professor Ward Churchill. Opponents believe determining who receives the job security at the Colorado's higher educational institutions ought to be left to the institutions themselves and that there are more important issues facing higher education in Colorado than standardizing tenure