Senate Bill 01-175
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Sixty-third General Assembly
STATE OF COLORADO
This Unofficial Version Includes Committee
Amendments Not Yet Adopted on Second Reading
LLS NO. 01-0754.01 Debbie Haskins SENATE BILL 01-175
Senate Committees House Committees
A BILL FOR AN ACT
CONCERNING RECOGNITION OF THE BENEFITS OF MARRIAGE.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced and does not necessarily reflect any amendments that may be subsequently adopted.)
Allows the state registrar of vital statistics ("state registrar") to issue a certificate of commendation recognizing long-term marriages to couples who have been married twenty-five years or fifty years. Allows one or both of the parties to the marriage or a relative or friend of the married couple to request the certificate. Directs that the applicant submit a marriage certificate or other documentation of the marriage to the state registrar. States that the certificate should bear the signature of the governor and the state registrar.
States that no fees shall be charged for such a certificate, but allows the state registrar to accept private gifts, grants, and donations to pay for the costs of issuing the certificates. Directs that such moneys be credited to the vital statistics records cash fund.
SECTION 10 Article 2 of title 25, Colorado Revised Statutes, is amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION to read:
(2) THE STATE REGISTRAR SHALL DEVELOP A CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION FOR MARRIED COUPLES WHO HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OR FOR FIFTY YEARS. SUCH CERTIFICATE SHALL STRESS THE BENEFITS OF LONG-TERM MARRIAGE AND RECOGNIZE THE PARTICULAR MARRIED COUPLE FOR BEING MARRIED IN A LONG-TERM MARRIAGE. EACH CERTIFICATE SHALL INCLUDE A SIGNATURE OR FACSIMILE SIGNATURE OF THE GOVERNOR AND THE STATE REGISTRAR.
(3) THE STATE REGISTRAR SHALL ISSUE A CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION TO A MARRIED COUPLE IF THE PERSON REQUESTING THE CERTIFICATE SUBMITS A COPY OF THE COUPLE'S MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE OR A COPY OF A BIBLE PAGE OR OTHER FAMILY DOCUMENT THAT PROVIDES A RECORD OF THE COUPLE'S MARRIAGE. SUCH APPLICATION MAY BE FILED BY ONE OR BOTH OF THE PARTIES TO THE MARRIAGE OR BY A RELATIVE OR FRIEND OF THE MARRIED COUPLE. THE STATE REGISTRAR SHALL COLLECT A REASONABLE FEE BASED UPON THE DIRECT AND INDIRECT COSTS OF PREPARING AND ISSUING THE CERTIFICATES OF COMMENDATION. UPON RECEIPT OF THE APPLICATION AND ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTATION AND PAYMENT OF THE FEE, THE STATE REGISTRAR SHALL PREPARE A CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION AND MAIL THE CERTIFICATE TO THE PERSON REQUESTING THE CERTIFICATE.
SECTION 20 25-2-121 (2) (b), Colorado Revised Statutes, is amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SUBPARAGRAPH to read:
25-2-121. Fee adjustments - vital statistics records cash fund created. (2) (b) (III) THE STATE REGISTRAR IS AUTHORIZED TO ASSESS A REASONABLE FEE FOR CERTIFICATES OF COMMENDATION ISSUED PURSUANT TO SECTION 25-2-107.5 BASED UPON THE DIRECT AND INDIRECT COSTS OF ISSUING THE CERTIFICATES OF COMMENDATION. THE STATE REGISTRAR MAY ALSO ACCEPT GIFTS, GRANTS, AND DONATIONS FOR THE EXPENSES OF ISSUING CERTIFICATES OF COMMENDATION. SUCH FEES AND GIFTS, GRANTS, AND DONATIONS SHALL BE CREDITED TO THE VITAL STATISTICS CASH FUND, CREATED IN THIS PARAGRAPH (b), AND ARE SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATION BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FROM SUCH CASH FUND TO PAY FOR THE DIRECT AND INDIRECT COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATES OF COMMENDATION PURSUANT TO SECTION 25-2-107.5.
SECTION 30 Effective date. This act shall take effect at 12:01 a.m. on the day following the expiration of the ninety-day period after final adjournment of the general assembly that is allowed for submitting a referendum petition pursuant to article V, section 1 (3) of the state constitution; except that, if a referendum petition is filed against this act or an item, section, or part of this act within such period, then the act, item, section, or part, if approved by the people, shall take effect on the date of the official declaration of the vote thereon by proclamation of the governor.
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