Legislature This Week, Feb. 14, 2011

Though the measures are expected to die, committees in the House and Senate this week will consider several Republican bills concerning illegal immigration.

Today: The House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee will consider a measure to have only oil and gas producers file and pay severances taxes, or turn the measure into a study of the impacts of not having royalty owners do that, too. Currently, both pay the tax.

Tuesday: Sen. Steve King’s measure to create a rainy-day fund will be debated in the Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee.

Wednesday: The Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee will hear two bills addressing illegal immigrants: one that would grant police more powers to arrest them; and one dealing with employing them.

Thursday: The House Finance Committee will consider whether the state can afford to approve a measure that would reinstate the sales tax exemption for agriculture products, which would reduce state revenues by about $3.7 million a year.

Next week: A House committee will consider a bill to allow people who have concealed-weapons permits to carry their firearms in places where weapons aren’t allowed, such as schools, colleges or university grounds.

All floor action and committees can be watched or heard on the Legislature’s website, http://www.leg.state.co.us.



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