Ritter vetoes farm equipment bill

DENVER — Gov. Bill Ritter issued his first veto of the 2010 session on Monday.

The Democrat nixed a measure designed to free farmers and ranchers from having to provide proof to county clerks that their agriculture vehicles are being using only for agricultural purposes.

The measure also would have exempted them from having to pay a 50-cent motorist insurance identification fee when they register those vehicles.

Ritter said House Bill 1101, introduced by Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, would invite fraud among those not eligible to get a farm truck license plate.

“The current system has worked well for decades, and I am unconvinced that there is a compelling need for a change,” Ritter wrote in his veto message. “Indeed, by removing the program’s existing safeguards, (the bill) would expose the agriculture license program to increased fraud in the form of illegitimate farm plate vehicle registrations and non-agriculture vehicles receiving this program’s benefits.”


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