Attorney General Reports Successful Legislative Session For Consumer Protection, Criminal Justice Issues

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that every bill his office endorsed this legislative session has either been signed into law or awaits the governor’s signature.

“The Office of the Attorney General put forward seven bills aimed at strengthening the state’s consumer protection laws, improving law enforcement’s access to training programs and protecting Colorado’s lifeblood, its water,” Suthers said. “Every one of our commonsense bills received the endorsement of the House and Senate. I look forward to implementing and enforcing these pragmatic proposals.”

The office’s bills were:

  • House Bill 1109, which expands the definition of when a home is in foreclosure to help protect homeowners late on their mortgage payments from being victimized by foreclosure-consulting scams;
  • Senate Bill 54, which raises the civil-penalties cap for companies that violate the Colorado Consumer Protection Act and increases the maximum penalty a company can incur for violating the Colorado Antitrust Act of 1992;
  • House Bill 1036, which increases funding for law enforcement training programs provided through the Peace Officer Standards and Training program;
  • House Bill 1183, which toughens the criminal penalties for those who commit appraisal fraud;
  • Senate Bill 119, which clarifies provisions of the Colorado Water Quality Control Act, making it clear no part of the law impairs the state’s ability to enforce penalties for companies discharging hazardous waste or hazardous materials into Colorado waters;
  • House Bill 1141, which updates the Uniform Consumer Credit Code; and,
  • House Bill 1124, which expands the authority of public bodies’ governing boards to go into executive session to discuss legal issues with their attorneys.

Suthers also praised the Legislature’s actions on a variety of bills affecting the work of the Office of the Attorney General, including:

  • Passing Katie’s Law, Senate Bill 241, which allows police to collect DNA from individuals arrested on suspicion of committing felonies to help solve cold cases;
  • Sidelining Senate Bill 273, an unconstitutional attempt to dip into Pinnacol Assurance’s shareholders’ assets to raise $500 million to balance the budget;
  • Killing House Bill 1274, an attempt to abolish Colorado’s death penalty;
  • Agreeing to study sentencing reform instead of passing the original version of Senate Bill 286, which would have, among other things, substantially reduced the criminal penalties for the vast majority of felonies committed in Colorado; and,
  • Dropping Senate Bill 288, which would have capped the number of felons each district attorney could send to prison every year.

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