Published: February 2, 2014
DENVER — Your weekly look at what's coming up at the Colorado Legislature:
BATTLE OVER GUNS CONTINUES
Republicans and gun rights activists get their chance to argue for the repeal of last year's expansion of background checks to private and online sales. Democrats criticized last year because not everyone who came to testified got a chance, say they're going to let everyone have their say. So expect a long hearing Monday afternoon at the Senate State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. With Democrats in power, however, the bill is expected to fail.
Isn't it awful to get photo radar tickets? Well, not if you're a state lawmaker with a special legislative plate because those plates are not found in the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle database, according to a report last year from KCNC-TV. Because they're not in the system, photo radar tickets don't get sent to lawmakers with the plates. Republican Rep. Chris Holbert wants to do away with the plates, and his bill to do that is in a House committee Thursday.
ELECTRONIC BRACELET TAMPERING
The former inmate suspected of killing Department of Corrections Executive Director Tom Clements last March was able to slip out of his electronic monitoring device, and it was days before authorities found out. A bill from Republican Rep. Tim Dore in a House committee Thursday would make parolees subject to immediate warrantless arrest if they tamper with or remove their electronic monitoring devices.
Gov. John Hickenlooper's administration unveiled a new state logo right now as part of a branding initiative. Some people loved it. Some people hated it, and made fun that it looks like a carbon-monoxide warning label. Republican Rep. Bob Rankin thinks it should be up to Colorado voters to decide whether the state should continue to use the new logo, and his bill being heard in a House committee Tuesday would put the question on the ballot.
Colorado public buildings will have flags lowered to half-staff Monday to honor Jefferson County Sheriff's Sgt. David Baldwin, who was killed when an SUV crashed into his motorcycle head-on on Jan. 26. Baldwin, a 27-year veteran of the department, was on duty at the time of the crash.