State pet among bills guv signs


Gov. John Hickenlooper signed several measures into law on Monday, including a bill declaring shelter dogs and cats as the official state pet.

Though some called that bill frivolous, others said it will be helpful in shining a spotlight on protecting abused and neglected animals.

“These dogs and cats need good families and loving homes, and this bill will highlight the great work our animal shelters do every day,” said Rep. Brittany Petterson, D-Lakewood, who sponsored the bill with Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Glenwood Springs.

The measure started as a part of a civics lesson by a group of Walsenberg middle school students.

The governor also signed another animal-related bill, one designed to instruct police and sheriff’s deputies on how to deal with dogs they encounter while on the job.

The measure, sponsored in part by Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose, stems from a slew of police shootings of pets around the state under what some pet owners said were questionable circumstances.

Other measures signed by Hickenlooper include:

■ SB200, expanding the number of people who are eligible to receive Medicaid benefits.

■ HB1080, to offer an aircraft manufacturer tax credit when they hire new workers.

■ HB1287, to extend the tax credit the state offers to any employers who hire new workers.

■ HB1308, to provide cell phone information to police in emergencies.

Earlier this week, the governor signed HB1278, which lowered the state’s spill-reporting threshold for oil and gas drillers from five barrels of fluid to one barrel.


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