Consumer, water laws take effect

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Four bills buttressing protection for consumers and the state’s waterways became law today.

Senate Bill 119 clarifies provisions of the Colorado Water Quality Control Act, making it clear that no part of the law impairs the state’s ability to enforce penalties for companies discharging hazardous waste or hazardous materials into Colorado waters.
Senate Bill 54 raises the civil-penalties cap for companies that violate the Colorado Consumer Protection Act and increases the maximum penalty a company can incur for violating the Colorado Antitrust Act of 1992.
House Bill 1183 toughens the criminal penalties for those who commit appraisal fraud.

House Bill 1124 expands the authority of public bodies’ governing boards to go into executive session to discuss legal issues with their attorneys.

The bills were drafted by the Office of the Attorney General.