Colorado legislative roundup

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From The Durango Herald (Joe Hanel):

The $7 billion bill to fund the state government passed the House on Thursday on a 40-25 vote. Rep. Ellen Roberts of Durango was one of three Republicans to vote for the measure. The bill now goes to the Senate…

The ninth bill in Gov. Bill Ritter’s tax package cleared the Legislature. House Bill 1197 caps the conservation easement tax credit program at $26 million a year. That’s an estimated $37 million less than the state would have given out in tax credits to preserve land from urban development. The Senate passed the bill 22-13 on Monday, and the House agreed with changes Thursday and repassed the bill on a 38-26 vote…

A bill to crack down on uranium mill pollution won strong support from the House in a voice vote Thursday. House Bill 1348, by Rep. Buffie McFadyen, D-Pueblo West, requires faster cleanup of pollution at uranium mills. The bill is targeted to Colorado’s only uranium mill, in Cañon City. A second mill could be built in Montrose County. It would not be affected by HB 1348 unless it attempted to expand without cleaning any pollution it might create.

More coverage from The Pueblo Chieftain (Patrick Malone). From the article:

The House gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill that would hold the Cotter Corp. uranium mill near Canon City more accountable for pollution and notification of residents in polluted areas. Next, HB1348, sponsored by Rep. Buffie McFadyen, D-Pueblo West, faces a full vote of the House…

Rep. Marsha Looper, R-Colorado Springs, on Thursday said Cotter has polluted millions of gallons of groundwater. “Uranium companies need to be responsible and clean up their mess,” she said.

More 2010 Colorado legislation coverage here.

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