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Gov. Hickenlooper to Visit Leadville To Sign Bills
Can you name any of the bills that came out of the 2014 Colorado legislative session? How about HB-1089? Does HB- 1021 ring a bell?
Well, if you’re not familiar with them, you’ll probably be hearing more about them in the next few days. And it’s not so much what the bills are about, although both of them certainly have an attachment to Leadville and Lake County. But it’s more about where these bills will be signed into law that will capture the attention of local residents, because HB-1089 and HB-1021 will be made law by the stroke of the Governor of Colorado right here in The Cloud City.
Tomorrow, May 15 the Colorado Governor will be visiting “an historic Leadville site” to put his John Hickenlooper to two bills, signing them into law. HB-1089 concerns the 10th Mountain Division license plate for vehicles. Apparently, there is some vigilant group of folks driving around with these special plates on their cars, who shouldn’t be. But not to worry, because the new law will nip this problem in the bud.
This new law will now require the department of revenue to confirm that a person is “qualified” to have a “10th mountain division” license plate by making the issuance or renewal of the plate conditional upon the person’s possession of a certificate from the sponsoring organization. Seems before this legislation was introduced, any citizen could walk right up and request a 10th Mountain Division license plate without being qualified. Good to know they’ve finally got that straightened out!
The second bill that Gov. Hickenlooper will sign into law is HB-1021, which might hit a little closer to home, especially for commuters.
It seems some people drive up Independence Pass in vehicles they shouldn’t, particularly those in excess of 35 feet in length. Yes, clearly there are signs indicating that this is against the law. And yes, most would agree that driving on Highway 82 any length of time past the Village of Twin Lakes, a reasonable person would conclude that Indy is one rugged, mountain thoroughfare. But some folks just want to have it their way, and attempt to haul that big old RV up to top the top anyway. Most get stuck, jamming up traffic and requiring assistance to get unstuck.
Well, thanks to HB-1021, those violators will now be slapped with a $2000 fee instead of the former $500 violation. Although some wonder if that fine is actually a relevant deterrent to denizens who reside on the west side of Indy Pass. Did legislators consider just letting the locals trapped behind the stuck vehicle perched precariously atop one of the state’s highest passes, simply tend to the violator themselves? Nope, HB-1021 is a much more civilized way to go.
So there you have it. These are the pressing legislative bills – both sponsored by Lake County representatives – Sen. Gail Schwartz and Rep. Millie Hamner – that will bring the Head of Sate to Leadville tomorrow.
So, if you see any fanfare or black vehicles with dark, tinted windows cruising down historic Harrison Avenue, just give the Governor a wave. It’ll be a short, two signature visit; the second one this year.
Ah, that’s right it IS an election year! Welcome to The Cloud City, Governor. Always glad to see you way up on top!