Attention: This is not a current document. It is an excerpt from the Web page of the former Colorado governor, Roy Romer. It is displayed by the Colorado State Archives for its historical value.
June 2, 1998
The Honorable Colorado Senate
Sixty-first General Assembly
Second Regular Session
Denver, CO 80203
Ladies and Gentlemen:
I am returning to the Secretary of State Senate Bill 98-111, "Concerning Certain
Governmental Entities to which Current Members of the Colorado General Assembly are
Appointed, and, in Connection Therewith, Authorizing the Appointment of Former Members of
the Colorado General Assembly to Such Governmental Entities," which I vetoed today at
9:42 A.M.. This letter sets forth my reasoning for vetoing the bill.
Currently, sitting members of the General Assembly are designated to serve on various
boards, commissions and advisory groups. This bill would allow former legislators to serve
on these entities if a current member of the General Assembly is unable to serve.
I understand and appreciate the desire of former legislators to remain involved in
state government. In fact, from time to time I and others appoint former legislators to
serve on boards and commissions, under the general appointment provisions. But certain
positions are appropriately reserved for sitting members of the General Assembly. These
are often oversight and advisory committees, which require legislative input. The reason
we ask current members to serve is that they are best able to represent legislative
interests and views. In addition, it is also valuable to have current legislators well
versed in the issues relating to various boards and commissions.
If former legislators are allowed to serve in slots designated for sitting
legislators, we would lose this valuable input to these entities. We would also lose the
benefits of the expertise gained by legislators who serve. For these reasons, I have
vetoed Senate Bill 111.
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