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Colorado Department of Law — Annual Report 2009

The Department of Law budget by the numbers

Total FY2009-2010 appropriation

$47,616,989

Total full-time positions

396.1

2009 Legislative Initiatives

The Office of the Attorney General had a spectacular 2009 legislative session with every bill it pushed becoming law. The office’s successes ranged from securing better funding for police training initiatives to strengthening the state’s consumer protection laws. The bills that became law were:

  • House Bill 1109, which expands the definition of when a home is in foreclosure to help protect homeowners late on their mortgage payments from being victimized by foreclosure-consulting scams;

  • Senate Bill 54, which 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 1036, which increases funding for law enforcement training programs provided through the Peace Officer Standards and Training program;

  • House Bill 1183, which toughens the criminal penalties for those who commit appraisal fraud;

  • Senate Bill 119, which clarifies provisions of the Colorado Water Quality Control Act, making it clear no part of the law impairs the state’s ability to enforce penalties for companies discharging hazardous waste or hazardous materials into Colorado waters;

  • House Bill 1141, which updates the Uniform Consumer Credit Code; and,

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

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