Abortion ban, “Make My Day Better”, driverless car proposals all killed

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DENVER — While the Capitol press corps and several lawmakers focused Tuesday on the high-profile roll-out of eight Democratic proposals aimed at curbing mass shootings and gun violence in the state, Democratic lawmakers up on the second floor quietly went about their business and killed off more GOP proposals.

In the Senate, lawmakers voted down a proposal from Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, that would have allowed driver-less cars on Colorado roads.

Brophy’s proposal would ensure that automated cars, now being developed by Google, must still contain licensed drivers, and the cars must have an override switch so they can be driven manually if needed.

But lawmakers on the Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday remarked that the legislation is “ahead of its time.”

And a proposal from Rep. Stephen Humphrey, R-Severance, that would have banned abortion in Colorado was formally voted down on Tuesday.

The House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, which heard testimony on the bill last week, killed the bill on Tuesday, with one Republican, Rep. Kathleen Conti of Littleton joining Democrats in voting down the measure 7-4.

The legislation would have banned abortions in Colorado and make it a class 3 felony to perform them.

On Monday, a bill dubbed “Make My Day Better”, which sought to extend the rights now afforded homeowners to protect themselves with deadly force to businesses, got voted down for the seventh year in a row.

House Bill 1048, sponsored by Rep. Justin Everett, R-Littleon, was voted down on a party-line vote.