Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointment

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced a Boards and Commissions appointment to the Twenty-Second Judicial District Nominating Commission.

There is a judicial district nominating commission for each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts that selects nominees for district and county judicial vacancies. Each district nominating commission is chaired by a justice of the Supreme Court, who is a non-voting member of the commission.

Each judicial district nominating commission consists of seven citizens residing in that judicial district. No more than four members can be from the same political party, and there must be at least one voting member from each county in the district. In all districts with populations of more than 35,000, the voting members consist of three people admitted to practice law in Colorado and four people not admitted to practice law in Colorado. In judicial districts with populations under 35,000, at least four voting members are people not admitted to practice law in Colorado. It is determined by majority vote of the governor, attorney general and chief justice how many, if any, of the remaining three members will be persons admitted to practice law in Colorado.

Gov. Hickenlooper submits budget amendments to Legislature, calls for reductions in Senior Homestead Exemption & higher retail marijuana sales taxes to backfill school funding reductions

DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 17,  2017 — The Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) today submitted budget amendments to the Joint Budget Committee that apply to the FY 2017-18 budget request.

Within the request, the OSPB outlined Gov. Hickenlooper's plan to address a $135.1 million reduction in property taxes triggered by the "Gallagher" amendment in the Colorado Constitution. The amendment requires that the total property tax burden in the State be shared more by non-residential owners than by residential owners. Because residential values have grown faster than non-residential values and the relative burdens are out of compliance with the Constitution, the mechanism to adjust the burden is to lower the residential assessment rate.

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints Kathleen Staks as executive director of the Colorado Energy Office

DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 17,  2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Kathleen Staks has been appointed executive director of the Colorado Energy Office, effective Jan. 20, 2017. She will replace Jeff Ackermann, who was recently appointed to the Public Utilities Commission.

“Kathleen will be pivotal in helping us work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to ensure that Colorado is a strong supporter of both traditional and renewable energy resources” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “Colorado’s energy practices touch every person in Colorado daily.  Kathleen will continue to ensure that our State’s energy portfolio benefits Colorado businesses, workers and families.”

Staks currently serves as the assistant director for energy and minerals at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR), where she is responsible for developing and implementing policy regarding energy development across the state. Staks has extensive experience working with Colorado energy and mining companies, as well as renewable industry businesses. Prior to joining DNR, Staks worked at Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) as the program director for open space and parks and wildlife. In that position she oversaw land conservation grant programs and managed the relationship between GOCO and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on EPA & DOJ decision that EPA will not pay individual claims for damage caused by Gold King Mine spill

DENVER — Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision against reimbursing private businesses and individuals for claims of damages from the Gold King Mine spill:

“We are disappointed in the EPA’s decision. We expected the EPA to make good on its promise to reimburse any Colorado resident or business that suffered a legitimate loss as a result of the spill. The Attorney General has agreed to help us find ways we can make sure our residents receive just compensation.”

National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils to gift three 100,000 fitness centers to Colorado schools

DENVER — Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced that fitness icon and chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC) Jake Steinfeld has selected Colorado to kick-off its 2017 DON’T QUIT! fitness campaign. The NFGFC will deliver $100,000 fitness centers to three Colorado schools that demonstrate leadership in getting and keeping their students fit.

“We are thrilled that Jake Steinfeld and his organization have chosen to help Colorado’s children get fit,” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “Keeping our kids active is one of the keys to helping them lead healthy lives in adulthood. We encourage every elementary and middle school in Colorado to nominate their school to be in the running for a brand new fitness center.”

Many state offices closed on Monday

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 — In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, many state offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16.

State driver’s license offices, the department of Public Health and Environment’s vital records office, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Service offices and administrative offices for executive branch departments will be among the facilities closed Monday.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Water Quality Control Commission.

The Water Quality Control Commission develops and maintains a comprehensive and effective program for prevention, control and abatement of water pollution of the waters throughout the entire state.

For terms expiring February 15, 2020:

David Baumgarten of Gunnison, to serve as a representative who lives west of the continental divide, reappointed;
Jane Kees Clary of Centennial, appointed;
Michael Gooseff of Fort Collins, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Conservation Easement Oversight Commission, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District Board of Directors

The Conservation Easement Oversight Commission meets at least once each quarter to review applications for conservation easement holder certification and to review any other issues referred to the commission by any state entity. The Division of Real Estate convenes the meetings of the commission and provides staff support as requested by the commission.  A majority of commission members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and actions of the commission require a vote of a majority of such members present in favor of the action taken.

For a term expiring July 1, 2017:

Sarah Elizabeth Parmar of Lakewood, to serve a representative from a local land trust, and occasioned by the resignation of Andrea Farnsworth Johnson of Crested Butte, appointed;
for a term expiring July 1, 2020:

Sarah Elizabeth Parmar of Lakewood, to serve a representative from a local land trust, reappointed.
The Urban Drainage and Flood Control District Board of Directors assists local governments in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of multi-jurisdictional drainage and flood control projects.

Four members of the 23-member board are mayors from Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder and Jefferson counties.

For a term expiring January 31, 2018:

Honorable Bruce Owen Beckman of Littleton, reappointed;
for a term expiring January 31, 2019:

Honorable Joyce Jay of Wheat Ridge, reappointed.  

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