Colorado governor vetoes 3 bills


DENVER (KKTV) - Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed three bills on Friday and provided his reasons for shooting down each one.

HB 18-1181, SB 18-223 and SB 18-179 were all vetoed.

SB 18-223
The bill changed laws concerning autopsy reports connected to the death of a minor. Under the bill, the death of a minor would be considered confidential and would only be disclosed by the county coroner or any other entity in accordance with certain exceptions.

“Transparency can lead to enhanced government protections, greater public and private resources, and heightened public understanding and demand for change,” wrote Governor John Hickenlooper in the veto letter. He went on to say, “An informed public has societal benefits for all at-risk children, present and future.”

Supporters say the bill would protect family privacy and deter copycat suicides.

HB 18-1181
The bill sought to expand the ability of nonresident electors to participate in the governance of special districts allowing nonresident electors who own taxable property within the district to vote in special district elections.

“Allowing non-Coloradans to vote in Colorado elections to select our elected representatives is poor public policy,” said Governor John Hickenlooper in the veto letter. “Out-of-state landowners enjoy Colorado’s great views, activities, and economy. While we are grateful to our out-of-state neighbors and their love of Colorado, we are unpersuaded that the State should allow those who spend days or weeks in Colorado to make decisions impacting those who make it their home each and every day.”

SB 18-179
If this bill was passed, a distributor could have claimed a credit for taxes paid on tobacco products that were shipped or transported by the distributor to a consumer outside of the state until Sept. 1.

“While the bill’s economic benefits appear minimal, the negative health effects of cheaper tobacco are both significant and compelling,” said Governor John Hickenlooper in the veto letter. “These concerns remain from when we vetoed SB 17-139.”