signs final-wishes bill
By Charles Ashby
Herald Denver Bureau Chief
DENVER – A bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Bill Owens will allow
Coloradans to choose what will be done with their bodies after death.
Introduced by Rep. Mark Larson, R-Cortez, House Bill 1312 would
take that decision out of the hands of surviving family members and force them
to abide by whatever the deceased had asked for – burial or cremation –
before their death.
The measure was brought to Larson by Durango attorney Ellen
Roberts after she saw several cases where the final wishes of dead clients weren’t
In other matters, the governor also signed 30 other bills,
House Bill 1251 designed to cut down on auto thefts in the
Senate Bill 36 requiring that all high-school students
complete a civil-government course before graduation.
House Bill 1142 that eliminates the distinctions between
major and minor political parties when it comes to placing candidates’
names on the ballot.
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Legislature at a Glance
DENVER – Here is a look at
work in the Colorado Legislature Wednesday and Thursday:
The Senate Finance
Committee takes up a bill that would allow the state to post on the
Internet the names of businesses or people who owe at least $20,000
in back taxes and have ignored multiple notices.
A conference committee
meets to iron out differences over a bill that would limit
noneconomic damages for disfigurement and physical impairment in
medical malpractice cases.
Gov. Bill Owens signed a
bill that would force minor-party candidates to go through primary
elections before their names can appear on a general-election ballot
and another bill requiring students to complete a course on civil
government for high-school graduation.
The House Appropriations
Committee approved another effort to reform no-fault auto insurance.
The Senate Education
Committee approved a bill allowing higher-education institutions
that qualify to become enterprises under the state’s tax- and
The House Finance
Committee killed a resolution that would have asked voters to change
Amendment 23, guaranteeing funding for public schools, and the state’s
tax- and spending-limitation amendment from constitutional
amendments to statutes, where they could be amended to deal with the
The Senate gave final
approval and sent to the governor a bill that would allow for
increased fines of up to $1,000 for intentionally luring a bear with
food or edible waste.