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Archives for April 15, 2010

Legislation: County Clerk and Recorder Fees to Increase in July

The cost of filing documents with county clerk and recorder offices statewide will increase on July 1. Governor Bill Ritter signed into law HB 10-1007, authorizing a filing fee of $10 for the first page and $5 for each additional page.

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Legislation: Legislature Safeguards Pets with Civil Protective Orders

Pets in Colorado will be protected from domestic violence, thanks to legislation signed into law this week by Governor Bill Ritter.

SB 10-080 (.pdf) extends to pets the same civil protections offered by restraining orders that cover an animal’s owner, safeguarding them against being threatened, transferred without permission, or being concealed or harmed, when those actions are intended to “coerce, control, punish, intimidate, or exact revenge upon” a person covered by a court-issued restraining order.

KWGN-TV has an inside look at the impetus for the legislation and footage of Governor Ritter signing the bill.

SB 10-080 goes into effect on July 1.

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Update: Fruita Voters Impose State’s First Sales Tax on Medical Marijuana

The small Western Slope town of Fruita has become the first municipality in Colorado to charge a sales tax on medical marijuana.

Although Fruita does not yet have a single medical marijuana dispensary within its city limits, voters approved the measure in advance of the dispensary boon seen in other Colorado cities. Sales of medical marijuana will be taxed an additional 5 percent, on top of the current 3 percent sales tax in Fruita. The additional tax is expected to offset the administrative costs associated with operating dispensaries, such as criminal background checks and other law enforcement duties and land use considerations.

Listen to Colorado Public Radio’s Mike Lamp interview Fruita City Manager Clint Kinney to learn more about Fruita’s proactive taxing mechanism.

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Update: Library of Congress Rules on Subpoena Authority Under Copyright Act

A material question of substantive law regarding subpoena authority was recently raised before the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress: “Whether the Copyright Royalty Judges [CRJs] have authority under the Copyright Act to subpoena a nonparticipant to appear and give testimony or to produce and permit inspection of documents or tangible things?”

The question arose in a series of briefs filed by digital entertainment providers RealNetworks, Inc.; Live365, Inc.; SoundExchange, Inc.; CBS Interactive, Inc.; Pandora Media, Inc.; and Slacker, Inc.. The Register’s Final Order resolved the issue in the affirmative, stating that CRJs indeed have the authority to compell nonparties to appear and produce documents.

The Federal Register contains the Copyright Office’s Memorandum Opinion, which contains the procedural background, statutory authority, summary of the parties’ arguments, and the Register’s determination. The Register’s decision was effective February 23.