Denver (AP) - Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter has signed into law a bill that requires state agencies to fully disclose anticipated costs when submitting proposed legislation to lawmakers.
Republican State Rep. Jim Kerr of Littleton says he introduced the bill after documents showed Ritter's administration had withheld budget information from the legislature, misleading lawmakers about the cost of programs they were voting on.
The administration denies wrongdoing.
The bill moved quickly through the legislature after reports showed individuals in the department of natural resources withheld key fiscal information from the general assembly regarding oil and gas regulations in 2007.
The governor signed the bill March 20 with no fanfare. The law takes effect Aug. 4.
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