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July 1 means the year will be half over, summer will be in full swing and 57 new state laws will take effect.
It’s also when a new Colorado budget cycle goes into effect, with revenue an estimated $384 million below what the state has budgeted. Here’s a rundown of some of the laws that begin Wednesday.

MONEY FOR MEDICAID — Hospital patients will be charged a fee, which will be spent on Medicaid costs.

CARBON-MONOXIDE MONITORS — Home buyers need to install carbon-monoxide alarms once they move into a home, and renters have to install a carbon-monoxide alarm in a home or apartment before allowing anyone new to move in.

WATCH OUT, THEY SPIT — It will be third-degree assault for people to cause a peace officer to come into contact with their bodily fluids with the intent to harass, annoy, infect or threaten the officer.

NO SEXTING WITH A MINOR — People who believe they are talking to a person 15 years old or younger are not legally allowed to view the child’s private parts, send pictures of their own privates or lure the child via text messaging or instant messaging. Stalking and harassment via text or instant messaging also are illegal.

NOT WITHOUT MY WATER — Homeowners can now collect rainwater that falls on their property and use it for animals, fire protection, irrigation and their household.

SMOKING TAX — A state sales-tax exemption on the sale, use or storage of cigarettes will disappear for the next two years.

DROPOUTS BEGONE — $157,772 will be set aside to create an Office of Dropout Prevention and Student Re-engagement with the equivalent of two full-time employees.


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