State House Bills Introduced January 17, 2012

The House Democrats who claim to want to create jobs seem to be introducing legislation that will do the complete opposite!

Last week the Senate introduced the “Hire Colorado ACT” SB12-001 Sen. Hudak-D and Rep. Duran-D and Ryder-D which requires that all state contracts over $1Million give preferential treatment to companies who:

  • 90% or more of employees are permanent residents of Colorado
  • Health Insurance benefits and retirements benefits must be provided
  • Apprentice Training program that complies with the Dept. of Labor

And now the House has introduced HB12-1082 Rep. Soper-D which will require that all state contracts awarded over $100,000 MUST pay the prevailing wage and fringe benefits to all workers including subcontractors.  This is better known as the Davis-Bacon prevailing wage act and does nothing but ENSURE HIGHER costs for the state and for the company attempting to make a profit.

As an accountant who has had to comply with the payroll reporting requirements it is not much fun but on the bright side it does mean companies who wish to do business with the state will have to hire another bookkeeper  or maybe even two to do the paperwork :)

Just these two bills alone if passed will virtually assure that the state’s construction and service costs will increase dramatically which given the current budget issues is fiscally reckless.

HB12-1087 Rep. Labuda-D is a bill that creates on-line animal abuser registry for those who have been convicted of:

“cruelty to animals, cruelty to a service animal, aggravated cruelty to animals, or animal fighting”

The person must register and provide their address, a photo and any aliases that they are known by.

I LOVE animals and those who abuse animals should be punished to the fullest extent allowed by law but what purpose does this law serve?  Will vets soon be required to report any and all animals treated for wounds that most likely were caused by another animal but now will need to peruse the animal abuser registry to see if one lives in the neighborhood?

I understand the sentiment behind this legislation and however well intended it is misguided and an unnecessary expansion of government.

HB12-1094 Rep. A. Kerr-D this one is a doozy and is sure to close the budget gap :)

If you stand, stop or park in front of a fire hydrant in an unincorporated area the fine is a minimum of $150 and maximum of $200.  In general the fine range for class b traffic infraction is $15 to $100 and so why a fire hydrant in an unincorporated area is deemed worthy of a higher fine is beyond me.

The Joint Budget Committee can relax as the revenue (tax) shortage is now fixed.

HB12-1088 Rep. Holbert-R and Becker-R and Sen. Grantham-R and extends the right to use deadly force against an intruder under certain conditions to include owners, managers, and employees of businesses.

Hard to believe that this law does not already exist.  This same bill was also attempted last year and illustrates the importance of obtaining a majority in the Senate of those who believe in the Principles of Liberty!!

HB12-1092 Rep. Priola-R and Sen. Brophy-R another great 2nd amendment bill!!

“creates exceptions to the offenses of carrying a concealed weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon on school, college, or
university grounds if the person is at least twenty-one years of age and may legally possess a handgun under the laws of Colorado and of the United States.”

HR12-1003 Rep. Balmer-R The intro of the bill says it all:

CONCERNING AN APPLICATION UNDER ARTICLE V OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO CALL A CONVENTION FOR PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION TO REPEAL THE “PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT“.

 

As I find more information I will update and so be sure to check back!

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