Salida’s state representative and senator have both had pieces of legislation move through the General Assembly recently.

Rep. Jim Wilson (R-Salida) and Sen. Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass) cosponsored “Use Local Traffic Info for CDOT Speed Limit Study,” Senate Bill 14-146, which passed both the House and the Senate and was sent to the governor April 22.

Current law requires the Colorado Department of Transportation to approve any change to a speed limit on a portion of a state highway that is within a municipality and requires CDOT to conduct any traffic investigation needed to determine a safe and reasonable speed limit if a municipality with a population of 5,000 or fewer people requests that it do so.

The bill requires CDOT to conduct such a traffic investigation upon the request of a municipality of any size and allows CDOT to receive traffic and engineering data from the city or county engineer of any requesting municipality when conducting such a traffic investigation.

Wilson and Schwartz, along with Sen. Kevin Grantham (R-District 2) and Rep. Leroy Garcia (D-District 46), sponsored Colorado Senate Joint Resolution 14-037 “National Correctional Officers & Employees Week,” which passed the House Wednesday.

The joint resolution recognizes May 4-10 as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week to commemorate the “exceptional performance of duties under the most difficult circumstances performed by correctional officers and employees and for their tireless commitment to criminal justice and public safety.”

Additionally, the joint resolution calls upon citizens of the state to remember and honor those correctional officers and employees who, “through their courageous deeds, have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

“Human Trafficking,” House Bill 14-1273, sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth McCann (D-District 8), Rep. Jared Wright (R-District 54), Sen. Linda Newell (D-District 26) and Schwartz passed the Senate Wednesday.

The bill would, among other things, bring the language and elements of Colorado’s human trafficking laws in line with the federal definition of human trafficking and the Uniform Code and create the Colorado Human Trafficking Council within the Department of Public Safety.

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