Feb 17, 2014 9:38 AM by Garrett Boyd
MORE ROUNDS IN THE CHAMBER
Lawmakers have already considered - and rejected - several Republican gun proposals that would repeal new background checks on private and online sales, undo limits on ammunition magazines, and let schools decided whether to allow teachers to carry firearms. But there are still a few more gun bills left to be heard. This week, a proposal Republicans bring every year would grant legal protections to businesses that use deadly force against intruders. Republicans also want to allow a sales-tax holiday for buying firearms and ammunition. And a Democratic bill would restore the right of some felons to carry firearms.
TECHNOLOGY AND PRIVACY
New concerns surrounding privacy and technology are a hot topic of discussion this year. This week, lawmakers will hear a Republican proposal that would limit the retention of images from license plate readers and other "passive surveillance" images recorded by government agencies. Another Republican bill seeks to add a new felony for teenagers who distribute explicit images of their former lovers, a trend that is commonly known as "revenge porn." But federal laws against child pornography may make the bill moot.
LAST CALL? OH, LET'S WAIT A LITTLE LATER
House lawmakers are expected to take a final vote on a bill letting cities and counties decide whether to allow bars stay open past 2 a.m. Under the proposal, bars could stay open until 4:30 a.m. Opponents have raised concerns over drunk driving, but supporters say letting bars stay open later could reduce the rush of crowds letting out at the same time at 2 a.m. The bill still needs to be considered by the Senate.
OUTLAW GREYHOUND RACING?
The Senate takes up a bill Monday that would prohibit greyhound races in Colorado. However, opponents of the bill have questioned whether legislative action is necessary since the last Greyhound racing track in Colorado stopped operations in June 2008. The bill would still allow bets on greyhound races held in other states. The House has already approved the bill.
Lawmakers still aren't working on a bill to align local elections rules with new state rules allowing same-day registration and requiring ballots be mailed to all eligible voters. Local elections officials don't have much time to start work on primary elections this summer, so expect hasty action by the House to agree to Senate changes on the bill, which would send the measure to Gov. John Hickenlooper for final approval.