CBA Director of Legislative Relations Michael Valdez discusses Martin Luther King Jr. Day, honoring veterans, and the status of the civil unions bill in this week’s video legislative update.
Senate Judiciary Gives SB 11—Civil Unions Initial Okay
On Wednesday, Jan. 23, after several hours of testimony, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved SB 11 and moved the bill to the Appropriations Committee for consideration of the fiscal implications of the bill. The CBA went on record for the second year to support the legislation. Several substantive sections of the Bar Association have supported the passage of this legislation and are continually reviewing the bill for possible technical corrections amendments. Technical amendments were adopted by the Senate Judiciary Committee to comply with the “Rule of 7” days statutory time calculations.
The House of Representatives Gave Final House Approval of Two Technical “Legal” Bills on Wednesday, Jan. 23:
- HB 13–1077. Concerning the enactment of Colorado Revised Statutes 2012 as the positive and statutory law of the state of Colorado was approved on a vote of 63 yes, 0 no and 2 excused; and
- HB 13–1029. Concerning the use of authority verbs in the Colorado Revised Statutes was approved on a vote of 63 yes, 0 no and 2 excused.
Friday, Jan. 25—Military Day at the Capitol
The House and Senate paid tribute to veterans during the annual Military Day series of Resolutions:
- HJR13–1006. Concerning recognition of Military, Veterans, and MIA/POW Appreciation Day.
- HJR13–1008. Concerning the U.S.S. Pueblo.
- HJR13–1009. Concerning the designation of the Leopard Creek bridge in Placerville as the “Pfc. Paul L. Haining Memorial Bridge.”
- HJR13–1012. Concerning the designation of National Guard and Reserve retirees as veterans.
- HJR13–1010. Concerning recognizing the 60th anniversary of the armistice marking the end of the Korean War.
- HJR13-1011.Concerning recognition of military personnel from Colorado who have served in Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom and in the Global War on Terrorism, and honoring those who have died while serving their country in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere around the world.
CBA Legislative Policy Committee
For readers who are new to CBA legislative activity, the Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) is the CBA’s legislative policy-making arm during the legislative session. The LPC meets weekly during the legislative session to determine CBA positions on requests from the various sections and committees of the Bar Association.
At the meeting on Friday, Jan. 25, the LPC voted to take action on several bills at its weekly meeting:
- The Committee voted to support HB 13–1016. Concerning the distribution to beneficiaries of amounts in pay-on-death (POD) financial institution accounts pursuant to written designation in the records of the financial institution;
- The Committee voted to oppose HB 13–1032. Concerning offenses against an unborn child and HB 13–1033. Concerning a prohibition on abortion.
Stay tuned to CBA-CLE Legal Connection for summaries of ten bills of interest.