5 Things To Know in the Colorado Legislature


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Your weekly look at what’s coming up at the Colorado Legislature:

GUN CONTROL STAYS AT FORE

Gun control measures continue to dominate attention. The Democratic House plans to take final votes Monday on a gun-control package including ammunition limits, a ban on concealed weapons on college campuses and expanded background checks. Gov. John Hickenlooper, who supports some gun control measures, moderates a debate Tuesday of prominent state politicians on reducing gun violence.

REPUBLICAN GUN PROPOSALS

The GOP gun violence package isn’t faring as well as the Democratic package, an understandable outcome in a Legislature fully in Democratic control. Two of the GOP gun bills — to resist stricter federal firearm laws and to expand concealed-carry rights — face dim prospects Tuesday in a House committee known for rejecting minority proposals.

WILDFIRE PREVENTION

The Senate starts debate Tuesday on revised policies for prescribed burns on state forest lands. The proposal is a reaction to a deadly wildfire in the foothills southwest of Denver last year that was caused by a state-authorized prescribed burn.

PAPERLESS INSURANCE PROOF

Smartphones could be used to show proof of auto insurance under a proposal going to a House committee starting Wednesday. More than 20 states are considering electronic updates to paper proof-of-insurance laws.

YOUR CHEATIN’ HEART

Did you know marital infidelity is a crime in Colorado? The law isn’t enforced, and House members will again consider taking the arcane crime off the books in a Thursday committee hearing0. Previous attempts have raised snickers but failed amid concerns the change would send the wrong message.

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