Holiday Drive 2013
NEW LAWS TO HIT THE BOOKS WEDNESDAY
A few new laws will hit the books when the New Year rolls around. The laws that have been getting most of the headlines are Colorado’s new recreational marijuana laws. A few retail shops will open on the first of the year, while several other openings around the state will be staggered throughout early January. Over 300 licenses related to recreational marijuana have been issued in Colorado, some of which were issued in Steamboat. Other laws that will take effect include allowing 16 year olds to pre-register to vote. The law does not change the voting age, but only allows youth to register 2 years prior to being able to vote. The state will also try to recoup gasoline taxes from electric car users, by implementing a $50 annual fee on those who drive plug-in cars.
REPUBLICANS WILL TRY TO REPEAL NEW GUN LAWS
The Republican leader in the Colorado House says his party will try to overturn or change the gun restrictions Democrats passed earlier this year. Representative Brian DelGrosso said Friday Republicans plan to introduce a bill to repeal the 15-round limit on ammunition magazines during the session that begins next month. He says Republicans will likely also revisit expanded background checks, but did not provide specifics on possible legislation. The restrictions that took effect July 1st led to the recall ouster of two Democratic state senators. Republicans will have a difficult time overturning the laws, though. Democrats control the House by a wide margin and have a one-vote lead in the Senate. Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper has said he doesn’t want any of the gun laws repealed.
BROPHY TO FINISH TOUR OF COLORADO MONDAY
Since announcing his candidacy for Governor, State Senator Greg Brophy has been to 62 of Colorado’s 64 counties. Brophy vowed to visit all 64 counties while campaigning, and today, he will complete that tour. Brophy will stop in Frisco this evening. Brophy said of the tour, “If you want to be a Governor for all of Colorado, it’s critical that you actually go to all of Colorado.” During the tour Brophy has put nearly 14,000 miles on his car. Brophy has been hearing similar things the entire tour. He says, “People are tired of a Governor that listens to out-of-state interests and doesn’t lead on the issues that matter to the average Coloradan.” Brophy has used his knowledge of statewide issues and his 11 years as a State Legislator to prove he will be the effective leader. He says “It’s been a while since Colorado has had a Governor that understood how to lead at the Capitol.” Pictured: Greg Brophy
STATE MEDICAID SAYS RECORDS OF NEARLY 2,000 PEOPLE STOLEN
Colorado Medicaid is notifying 1,918 people of an information security breach involving a private contractor employee who sent the information to a personal email account. The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing Friday said the information may have been meant for the employee’s personal business use. The information includes names, dates of birth, Medicaid identification numbers, addresses, telephone numbers and health conditions. That information is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The private contractor, Colorado Community Health Alliance, discovered the email the day after it was sent November 21st. Colorado Medicaid spokeswoman Rachel Reiter says the email was secured and the contractor’s temporary employee terminated. It’s not clear if charges are pending.
WYOMING SHERIFF WARNS OF “SECRET SHOPPER” SCAM
The Sweetwater County Sheriffs’ Office Friday issued an alert on a swindle being circulated by mail. It’s a version of what’s commonly called the ‘Secret Shopper’ scam. Sheriff Rich Haskell explained that county residents have been receiving letters informing them they have been hired to participate in a “paid Mystery Shoppers Program,” working “as a Consumer Service Evaluator.” Enclosed with the letter is what appears to be a legitimate check made out to the addressee, usually for $1,387.40. Haskell says the check is counterfeit. The victim is advised to contact a so-called company ‘Account Manager,’ who will provide instructions on depositing it. Once the bogus check is deposited, the victim is usually then directed to buy a Moneygram for, most often, $855, to be sent to an individual in Atlanta, Georgia; ostensibly to “evaluate” the competence of the store where the Moneygram is purchased. The victim is also advised to “take out his or her salary,” which is supposed to be $400. Haskell says the Moneygram is where the sting kicks in, because once it’s purchased and sent, the funds are picked up at the other end and disappear. Another variation is to charge the victim “training” and “processing” fees for what appears on the surface to be an easy, lucrative, part-time job.