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Disaster Repair Measure Approved in Colo. Senate

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Updated: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 02:42:55 MST

DENVER (AP)- Colorado counties are closer to getting more flexibility to repair roads and bridges after a disaster.
 
The state Senate gave unanimous preliminary approval for a bill to give counties new power to spend on road and bridge repairs when there has been an officially declared emergency.
 
Right now, counties are limited to road and bridge funds for that spending and can't use general tax dollars for that purpose.
 
One more Senate vote is required before the bill goes to the House.
 
Several more measures aimed at helping disaster responders and victims are pending in the Legislature and look to have broad bipartisan support.
 
Other bills offer tax exemptions to property owners, business owners and disaster-relief workers affected by flooding.

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