College name change among 108 new laws

Stop calling it Mesa State College.

On Wednesday when more than 100 new laws go into effect, the four-year school officially will change its name. From then on, it will be Colorado Mesa University.

The university plans to mark the event Tuesday with an unveiling of a newly renovated Houston Hall, which was the first building on the school’s current campus.

At the same time, the university will unveil its new “visual identity,” including its new logo, spokeswoman Dana Nunn said.

On Wednesday, Colorado Mesa University will go live with its new website,, Nunn said.

Early next week, it will change out the big sign on 12th Street and North Avenue, she said.

That change is one of 108 new laws going into effect Wednesday.

A measure introduced by Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, will require the state’s coroners to include in reports whether a deceased woman was pregnant at the time of her death.

Bradford said the new law has nothing to do with abortion or a personhood amendment.

Rather, it’s an attempt to see if there is a trend in domestic violence attacks against pregnant women. Such trends were discovered in other states after they passed similar laws, she said.

“What it will accomplish is allow Colorado to be among the other 28 states that use the death certificate to collect information, like things pointing to domestic violence,” Bradford said. “It is an issue in all states, and we know it’s an issue here. But we have no idea — we’re searching in the dark — as to what degree.”

If it proves to be a problem, Bradford said that information can be used to train counselors in identifying and preventing future domestic violence deaths of pregnant women.

Other new laws that go into effect Wednesday include:

A provision to give judges discretion in sentencing criminals.

A requirement that the Colorado Department of Transportation come up with a plan to improve traffic flow on Interstate 70.

An extension on a deadline to raise private funds to repair the golden dome at the Capitol building.


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