Come Wednesday, 165 new laws will take effect, including a measure that allows people visiting the Colorado State Fair to tote around alcoholic beverages and another that would ban language from the Colorado Revised Statutes labeling people “mentally ill” or “learning disabled.” Instead, people with those conditions would be described as “persons with mental illness” and “persons with disabilities,” and so forth, writes The Associated Press.
Another new law requires people who bury human bodies in private cemeteries to file the location with the county clerk. Yet another allows seniors to buy a lifetime state-parks pass.
One more bars retailers from charging service fees for gift cards.
Meanwhile, another law, F.A.S.T.E.R. (or Funding Advancements for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery), enacted by Governor Bill Ritter last year, is hitting some residents’ wallets hard for not paying their vehicle registration fees on time. All those increased late fees, up to $100, have added up nicely for the Department of Transportation, which has received $130 million from F.A.S.T.E.R., including $25 million from the late fees (via Fox 31).