Bill To Exempt 2 Colorado Counties From Car Tests Fails

DENVER (AP) — State Senate Democrats have killed a Republican proposal to waive vehicle emission inspections in Larimer and Weld counties.

Lawmakers on Thursday indefinitely postponed consideration of House Bill 1082 by a 4-to-3 party line vote.

Democrats argued that looming federal clean air standards will make emissions tests mandatory anyway. The bill’s supporters argued that requiring inspections in Larimer and Weld will have a negative economic impact.

Larimer and Weld counties are not required by federal law to inspect vehicle emissions. But state legislators added them to a group of counties around Denver where the tests are mandatory.

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