DENVER — Four bills the Office of the Attorney General drafted and championed during the 2009 legislative session to better protect Colorado consumers and the state’s water will go into effect Wednesday, Aug. 5.
“Each of our pragmatic proposals this year was aimed at better protecting the high quality of life we Coloradans enjoy,” Attorney General John Suthers said. “Each of the four bills that will go into effect Wednesday will help keep Colorado a great place to live, recreate and do business.”
The bills slated to go into effect Wednesday are:
- 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;
- 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 1183, which toughens the criminal penalties for those who commit appraisal fraud; and,
- House Bill 1124, which clarifies the authority of public bodies’ governing boards to go into executive session to discuss legal issues with their attorneys.
The Office of the Attorney General drafted and supported seven bills during the 2009 legislative session. All seven of the bills passed and were signed into law.