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2008 Legislative and Issue Analyses

To view the analyses, click on More Info below the bill number or issue. All documents are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat for viewing.

Analyses are based on bills or issues at the time of their consideration by the Board of  Directors. Bills may change during the course of a legislative session. For the current status of these and other bills introduced in the Colorado legislature, visit the web site for the Colorado General Assembly.

Occasionally the Board of Directors also will take a position on a ballot measure. In compliance with state election law, no analyses are prepared on ballot measures that are not of official concern to the Health District.

Questions about analyses? Contact the Health District at 970-224-5209.

2008 Legislative and Issue Analyses
Bill or Issue What it concerns HD Board Action Date Considered
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Requires each school district board of education and the state charter school institute to adopt and implement a policy that requires beverages for sale to students from any source to meet minimum nutritional requirements. The Board of Directors voted to strongly support this bill. Feb. 26
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Raises eligibility levels for children to enroll for health care coverage through Medicaid or CHP+. The Board of Directors voted to support this bill. March 14
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Repeals, reorganizes, and reenacts state laws concerning the establishment and operation of public health agencies. Directs each county to create or be part of a public health agency. Specifies duties of the State Board of Health, including the development of a comprehensive public health plan. The Board of Directors voted to strongly support this bill. March 25
Larimer County Issue 1-A
The measure calls for a .25-percent (25 cents on $100) sales tax to be used to construct and operate a treatment and detox facility for mental health and substance and alcohol abuse, and offer outpatient programs and services. The Board of Directors voted to support this measure. September 23
Amendment 59
Amendment 59 proposes amending the Colorado Constitution to: Eliminate rebates that taxpayers receive when the state collects more money than it is allowed, and spend the money on preschool through 12th grade (P-12) education; Eliminate the required inflationary increase for P-12 education spending; and Set aside money in a new savings account for P-12. The Board of Directors voted to support this amendment. September 23
Proposed changes to Larimer County policies regarding tobacco product distribution and promotion on county property
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The Larimer County Board of Health adopted a resolution on November 13, 2008 to recommend to the County Commissioners that they adopt an internal policy to prohibit the free or nominal cost distribution of tobacco products and other promotional items on property that is owned, leased or rented by the county. The County Commissioners are expected to consider the recommendation in early December, 2008. The Board strongly supports this issue and encourages county officials to adopt policies banning sponsorship of events by the tobacco industry on county property and banning advertising of tobacco products on county property. November 18