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Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado Department of Human Services Executive Director Reggie Bicha today introduced a plan to redesign and strengthen Colorado’s mental health services and support system. The plan is called “Strengthening Colorado’s Mental Health System: A Plan to Safeguard All Coloradans.” “For the past five months, in response to the Aurora shooting, we have been working to expand mental health care and services across Colorado,” Hickenlooper said. “No single plan can guarantee to stop dangerous people from doing harm to themselves or others. But we can help people from falling through the cracks. We believe these policies will reduce the probability of bad things happening to good people.” http://1.usa.gov/T6aGL0 - Dec. 18, 2012




Colorado’s presidential electors met today to officially cast their votes for president and vice president. - Dec. 17, 2012


Gov. Hickenlooper announced today the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Colorado a $29.9 million grant from the Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge. These Race to the Top funds will enhance Colorado’s commitment to early learning so even more children have the best chances for success in school and life. Colorado is committed to helping ensure every child is ready for kindergarten and reading by the third grade. We are grateful to the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for awarding Colorado this grant. - Dec. 6, 2012



Capitol Christmas tree lighting event - The Tree of Honor was lit this afternoon at the state Capitol. The tree honors those military service members who have died serving our country. - Dec. 5, 2012



Gov. Hickenlooper joined Maj. Gen. Michael Edwards and family members of deployed Colorado National Guardsmen today for a holiday reception at the Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion. Santa Claus even stopped by to help read “The Soldiers’ Night Before Christmas.” - Nov. 28, 2012



Gov. Hickenlooper joined Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and volunteers to help serve meals for the Great Thanksgiving Banquet at the Denver Rescue Mission. - Nov. 21, 2012


Election Night - November 6, 2012



Gov. Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Garcia joined U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary Arne Duncan on the Education Drives America bus tour. Both joined Lowry Elementary School students in the lunchroom, garden and basketball court as part of the school's Let's Move! Field Day activities. Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Next stop - Limon Public School! - Sept. 17, 2012





We will never forget. - Sept. 11, 2012




Gov. John Hickenlooper and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship naming ceremony today at the state Capitol in honor of the USS Colorado. The Virginia-class submarine, designated SSN 788, is under construction and is expected to be delivered to the fleet in late 2016. “The naming of this ship honors all of Colorado’s military contributions,” Hickenlooper said. “Our servicemen and servicewomen, veterans and active, and their families have sacrificed so much so that our country can be so great.” http://1.usa.gov/Lx5sWW - June 25, 2012.



Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed two bills to help military families in Colorado. The bills will allow military spouses to transfer professional licenses and military children to obtain education at in-state tuition costs.


“We can’t have a strong military without having strong military families,” Hickenlooper said. “By expanding job opportunities to military spouses and increasing access to education, we are working to make Colorado the most military-friendly state in the nation.”


Hickenlooper signed HB12-1059, “Military Spouse Practice Occupation Profession,” sponsored by Rep. Marsha Looper and Sen. Mary Hodge. The bill allows military spouses to use their out-of-state professional licenses in Colorado for one year.


He also signed HB12-1350, “In-state Status Dependents Armed Forces Members,” sponsored by Rep. Mark Waller and Sen. Mary Hodge. The bill allows public colleges and universities to provide in-state tuition to the children of active military. - June 8, 2012



Gov. Hickenlooper welcomed home nearly 70 Colorado Army National Guardsmen today at Buckley AFB today. A one-year deployment is a tremendous sacrifice for each soldier and his or her family here at home. We also remember the ultimate sacrifice paid by one member of this unit. Chief Warrant Officer David Carter died a hero and we will be forever grateful for his service to our country and to the Colorado Army National Guard. - May 30, 2012



Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed HB12-1286 at High Noon Entertainment in Denver. The bill supports Colorado’s film industry and helps create jobs across the state. - May 18th, 2012




Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed into law HB12-1238 “The READ Act.” The literacy bill focuses on the early identification of children with significant reading deficiencies and requires the creation of a customized scientifically-based intervention plan called a “READ plan.” Additionally, parents and educators have greater opportunities to work together on both the student’s academic progress and decisions about advancement. - May 17, 2012 http://bit.ly/MnSMOw


Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed House Bill 12-1335 (the “FY 2012-13 Long Bill”) and praised the General Assembly for finding common ground that addresses the most vital issues facing Colorado.

The Long Bill passed through the Colorado Senate and Colorado House of Representatives this year with 86 yes votes and 8 no votes. That’s one more yes vote than last year and the fewest number of no votes since 1995.

“The overwhelming legislative approval of the budget shows that Colorado is a place where people get work done, and they get it done collaboratively and pragmatically,” Hickenlooper said. http://bit.ly/KThFAV - May 7, 2012




Gov. John Hickenlooper joined Attorney General John Suthers and leadership from the Colorado Senate and Colorado House of Representatives today to announce proposed legislation that could allow Lower North Fork fire victims to seek compensation for their losses.

“We all recognize that our immediate need is to assist the victims of the Lower North Fork fire,” Hickenlooper said. “This proposal allows fire victims to make claims under the new law, and it gives them an avenue to seek compensation in a way that we believe is constitutional.” http://bit.ly/J46Som - May 4, 2012



Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper today announced the release of the final Environmental Impact Statement for the final Colorado Roadless Rule. The preferred alternative identified in the impact statement provides conservation for 4.2 million acres of National Forest roadless areas within Colorado. Today’s announcement is the culmination of a seven-year collaborative process between the US Forest Service and State of Colorado.

“The new roadless rule represents a characteristically Colorado achievement,” said Hickenlooper. “The rule adds landmark protections to millions of acres of our state’s spectacular national forests by incorporating the diverse views of people and businesses across Colorado. The rule enhances all that makes Colorado special while at the same time providing a measure of flexibility that supports local economies and ensures communities can take steps to protect themselves from threats of wildfire.” http://bit.ly/JOaSqO - May 2, 2012



Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed HB12 -1295 “Colorado Rockies Vehicle License Plate,” sponsored by Rep. Kevin Priola and Sen. Lois Tochtrop. The governor signed the bill into law at Coors Field before the Colorado Rockies home opener.

The bill creates a specialty license plate for the Colorado Rockies that benefits the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club Foundation. http://bit.ly/IcnJpm  - April 9, 2012



Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law today concerning an exception to the Hearsay Rule to allow testimony from persons with developmental disabilities. - April 3, 2012




Gov. Hickenlooper delivered remarks today at the Ute Tribal flag ceremony welcoming flags from Colorado’s two Ute Tribes, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the Southern Ute Indian. The tribal flags will be posted in front of Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s and the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs’ (CCIA) office. Tribal leaders from both Ute Tribes are in Denver for the CCIA quarterly commission meeting in Boulder on Friday and the annual Denver March Powwow this weekend. - March 22, 2012

Gov. Hickenlooper signed a law today designating the Western Tiger Salamander as the state amphibian of Colorado. Students from Denver, who earlier this year testified in support of the designation, brought three of the salamanders to the bill signing. “You are a great model to the rest of the state that your own initiative and your own efforts can have huge results,” Hickenlooper told the students. The Western Tiger Salamander is the only amphibian found in all 64 counties of Colorado. - March 16, 2012


Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and Governor John Hickenlooper announced today that Colorado will use the $51.17 million it has received under the recent multistate settlement with the country’s five largest banks to fund homeowner relief and foreclosure-prevention efforts throughout the state.

“Housing is more than just a place to live, it provides opportunities,” Hickenlooper said. “We believe these programs will provide the critical and timely assistance to help families stay in their homes. Through a collaborative process with the Attorney General’s Office and the General Assembly, we’ve been able to find the best ways to leverage this funding to help those who are in most in need.”  http://bit.ly/wsrddT - March 16, 2012



Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia announced the state’s plan to help ensure every child in Colorado learns to read. The Colorado Reads: The Early Literacy Initiative report was released as part of the week-long events planned for Colorado Literacy Week, Feb. 27 – March 2.

“We kicked off Colorado Literacy Week to draw attention to the critical importance of early learning and putting Colorado’s children on a path to reading success,” Hickenlooper said. “We know reading success is a key indicator of both current and future academic success. This plan incorporates statewide feedback calling for the entire community, from families to schools to businesses, to support childhood literacy. Working together, we can make a difference.”


Gov. Hickenlooper joined Don Childears, president & CEO, Colorado Bankers Association, Paul Washington, director of the Denver Office of Economic Development and small businesses to announce “Let’s Talk Small Business,” a program to increase lending to small businesses.  Feb. 29, 2012 http://bit.ly/wJAhhD


Gov. Hickenlooper visits the 9/11 memorial at the Pentagon before a meeting with the Army.  Feb. 27, 2012



Gov. Hickenlooper joined Reggie Bicha, Dept of Human Services Executive Director to announce “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy” – a new child welfare plan for Colorado. Feb. 16, 2012  http://bit.ly/yjygTc



Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation to implement a statewide educator effectiveness evaluation system. The rules cover the quality standards school districts must adopt in their educator evaluation systems, teacher content knowledge standards, the structure of performance evaluations, definitions of performance evaluations and consequences, and the role of the Colorado Department of Education.  Feb. 15, 2012

Press release



 Gov. Hickenlooper met with Miss Loveland Valentine 2012 Mary Askham, who will spend the next year representing Loveland and speaking at many of the city’s nonprofit organizations and service clubs. Loveland has been selecting a Miss Loveland Valentine since 1962, with a list of criteria that includes a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and leadership roles in high school and community activities. - Feb. 6, 2012





State of the State address 2012 - Jan. 12, 2012

Read the speech here