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Gov. Hickenlooper signs Colorado Energy Office bill

DENVER —Thursday, May 24, 2012 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed 29 bills, including one that refocuses the Colorado Energy Office to build on the state’s national reputation as a leader in clean energy and energy innovation and to enhance the office’s ability to support private-sector job creation in renewable energy and natural gas industries.


“This legislation helps ensure our continued investment and research in Colorado’s energy industry,” Hickenlooper said about HB12-1315. “The office will promote clean and affordable sources of energy that are critical to the future of our state.”


The energy office bill changed the name of the office to the Colorado Energy Office, secured funding for five years and established the office’s Innovative Energy Fund and the Clean & Renewable Energy Fund.


The Colorado Energy Office promotes sustainable economic development in Colorado by encouraging job creation, increasing energy security and lowering long-term consumer costs while protecting the environment.


Here is a complete list of the bills signed today by the governor:


Number Title Sponsors Summary
SB12-150 State Treasurer Authority To Manage State Financing Schwartz / Sonnenberg Concerning the State Treasurer’s authority to manage state public financing, and, in connection therewith reducing an appropriations.
SB12-009 Consolidate Div Water Resources Funds Hodge / Swerdfeger Concerning the consolidation of cash funds administered by the Division of Water Resources, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations.
SB12-010 CBI Gifts Grants Donations Fund Hodge / Ferrandino Concerning the authority of the Department of Public Safety to use grants and donations for the purpose of funding the activities of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
SB12-026 Agency Rules With State Mandates On A Local Gov Cadman / Vaad Concerning a state of agency rule that creates a state mandate on a local government.
SB12-051 Contract Requirements For School Districts Bacon / Massey Concerning requirements for contracts executed by local education providers.
SB12-118 Repeal 25 Percent Food Threshold Liquor License White / Acree Concerning the repeal of the requirement for a hotel and restaurant alcohol license that twenty-five percent of sales must be from meals.
SB12-145 Cap 2011-12 School Land Revenues Transfers Steadman / Becker Concerning a cap on the 2011-12 state fiscal year transfers to the state public school fund from public school land moneys.
SB12-159 Evaluation Children With Autism Medicaid Waiver Hudak / Kerr J. Concerning the evaluation of home- and community-based services for children with autism under the Medicaid waiver program, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
SB12-160 Parent Involvement In Education Hudak / Duran Concerning parent involvement in public education advisory committees.
SB12-161 Reduce Correctional Facility Health Care Costs Nicholson / Bradford Concerning measures to reduce health care costs in correctional facilities.
SB12-168 Triggers For General Fund Obligations Steadman / Gerou Concerning a trigger related to General Fund obligations created in Senate Bill 09-228.
SB12-170 Personalized License Plate Auctions One Position Aguilar / Gerou Concerning authorization for personalized license plates of one position to fund a program that helps persons with disabilities obtain benefits.
SB12-175 Court Time Periods By Seven Day Periods Carroll / Gardner B. Concerning statutorily established time intervals.
HB12-1043 Concurrent Enrollment For Early High School Grads Conti / King K. Concerning concurrent enrollment for students who may complete high school graduation requirements before the end of twelfth grade.
HB12-1081 Operations Auraria Higher Education Center Duran / Steadman Concerning the operations of the Auraria Higher Education Center.
HB12-1124 Colorado Digital Learning Study Massey / Johnston Concerning a study of digital learning in Colorado.
HB12-1214 Community College Two-year Degree Programs Becker / Spence & Nicholson Concerning community college two-year degree programs in certain healthcare fields without a student transfer agreement.
HB12-1223 Inmates Eligibility For Earned Time Levy / Steadman Concerning earned time for inmates, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations.
HB12-1274 Regulation Notaries Public DOS Cash Fund Swerdfeger / Jahn Concerning the regulation of notaries public, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations.
HB12-1302 Flight For Life Colorado Special License Plate Massey / Tochtrop Concerning the creation of a Flight for Life Colorado license plate, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
HB12-1307 Bd Assessment Appeals Nonlawyer Trustees Kerr J. / Roberts Concerning the authority of a nonlawyer trustee of a certain size trust to represent the trust before the board of assessment appeals.
HB12-1327 Towing Carriers Repeal Bond Impose 5 Yr Revocation Coram / Roberts & King S. Concerning financial responsibility requirements for motor carriers, and, in connection therewith, repealing the surety bond requirement for towing carriers, imposing a period of disqualification from the right to operate as a towing carrier as an additional penalty for failure to respond as required after violating applicable provisions, creating a designated tow truck license plate, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
HB12-1328 Unif Consumer Credit Code Contracts For Purchase Priola / Giron Concerning exclusion from the “Uniform Consumer Credit Code” of certain charges by persons regularly engaged in making contacts for purchase of tangible personal property in the course of business if those charges do not exceed amounts permitted by law.
HB12-1334 Severence Tax Funding Agricultural Energy Projects Becker / Hodge Concerning the extension of severance tax funding for the promotion of agricultural energy-related projects, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
HB12-1346 Sex Offender Registration No Fixed Residence Gardner B. / King S. Concerning sex offender registration.
HB12-1353 Proportional Reductions Tier 2 Sev Tax Transfers Becker / Steadman Concerning the mitigation of the effect of automatic proportional reduction to the tier 2 transfers out of the operational account of the severance tax trust fund when revenue shortfalls occur.
HB12-1357 Unspent Proceeds Of FML Lease-Purchase Agreements Brown / Renfroe Concerning the use of unspent moneys after completion of capital construction projects at state-supported institutions of higher education authorized by a 2008 federal mineral lease revenues lease-purchase agreement.
HB12-1360 Surplus General Fund Transfer To Econ Dev Fund Gerou & Levy / Steadman & Lambert Concerning the transfer of up to four million dollars from the General Fund to the Colorado Economic Development Fund based upon the amount by which the June 2012 estimate of General Fund revenue for the 2011-12 fiscal year exceeds the March 2012 estimate of general fund revenue for the 2011-12 fiscal year, and, in connection therewith, making and appropriation.
HB12-1315 Reorganization Of Governor's Energy Office Becker / Steadman Concerning the reorganization of the Governor’s Energy Office, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.


For a complete list of Hickenlooper’s 2012 legislation decisions, click here.