Governor reaffirms his support of actions taken by the Colorado House to address sexual misconduct allegations facing lawmakers

DENVER — Thursday, March 1, 2018 — This afternoon, Gov. Hickenlooper reaffirmed his support of actions taken by the House of the Representatives to address sexual misconduct allegations facing lawmakers.

“I do not endorse President Grantham’s plan as presented today. As I’ve previously stated, in situations such as the ones we’ve been dealing with, a fair investigation by an independent third party should take place before any action is taken. In the case of Rep. Lebsock, an investigation is concluded and the House of Representatives should proceed under the rules it has established.”

Boards and Commissions appointment

DENVER — Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 — Lt. Gov. Lynne* today signed a Boards and Commissions appointment to the Stroke Advisory Board.

The Stroke Advisory Board evaluates potential strategies for stroke prevention and treatment, and develops statewide needs assessments identifying relevant resources to improve quality of care for stroke patients. Each January 1, the Board submits a report specifying its findings and recommendations to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the corresponding committees in the State House and State Senate.

Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered to honor the late Billy Graham

DENVER — Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings from sunrise to sunset on Friday, March 2, to honor the interment of the late Billy Graham, and as proclaimed by President Donald Trump.

The full text of the president’s proclamation:

Office of the Press Secretary
February 21, 2018

Governors Hickenlooper, Kasich and Walker share bipartisan health care blueprint

WASHINGTON D.C. — Friday, Feb. 23, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, unveiled a bipartisan plan for providing quality health care and controlling costs for consumers.

“The health care debate is far from over and governors have become leading voices,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “We must balance our most urgent priorities, while taking a bipartisan, transparent approach to finding long-term solutions.”

Senate bill on taxation of retail marijuana sales signed into law

DENVER — Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 — Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne* signed SB 18-088 into law today. The measure clarifies that: retail marijuana sales remain subject to the sales taxes of the Regional Transportation District, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, and Health Services Districts and any other sales taxes that limited purpose governmental entities levied on retail marijuana sales before July 1, 2017; and special district or other limited purpose governmental entity that was not levying sales tax on retail marijuana before July 1, 2017, may not levy sales tax on retail marijuana sales.

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints new district attorney to the Twentieth Judicial Court

DENVER — Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Michael Dougherty as district attorney to Colorado’s Twentieth Judicial District. He fills a vacancy created by the resignation of the Honorable Stan Garnett.

Dougherty served for 12 years as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office where he held supervisory positions including Deputy Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit, and was responsible for the management, budget, and personnel of the District Attorney’s Office while continuing to prosecute serious cases (1997-2010). In 2010, he moved to the Colorado Attorney General’s Office to lead the Colorado DNA Justice Review Project. He later was promoted to serve as the head of the Criminal Justice Section. Currently, Dougherty serves in the District Attorney’s Office for Jefferson and Gilpin Counties. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Dougherty’s appointment is effective March 1, 2018.

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints new district court judge in 17th Judicial District

DENVER — Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Sean Finn as a District Court Judge in the 17th Judicial District. He fills a vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Ted Tow to the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Finn currently serves as a Chief Trial Deputy for the District Attorney’s Office in the 20th Judicial District, a position he has held since 2010. In this capacity, Finn prosecutes felony offenses; supervises felony-level prosecutions of economic crimes, cases brought before the Boulder County Grand Jury, and appeals brought on behalf of the District Attorney’s Office; and handles civil matters on behalf of the District Attorney’s Office, including forfeiture of asset cases. Finn also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Procedure at the University of Colorado School of Law. Prior to his current employment, he served as a Deputy District Attorney and Senior Deputy District Attorney in the 17th Judicial District (2005-2010); as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert Russel of the Colorado Court of Appeals (2004-2005); as an Associate at Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP (2003-2004); and as an Associate at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP in Los Angeles (2001-2003). Finn earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in 1997 and his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2001.

Finn’s appointment was effective Feb. 13, 2018.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the 5th Judicial District Nominating Commission and the Physical Therapy Board.

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.

COGCC approves comprehensive new flowline regulations

DENVER — Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) today approved comprehensive new regulations addressing oversight of flowlines and related infrastructure associated with oil and gas development.

The nine-member commission unanimously approved the updated regulations following three days of testimony from the public, local governments, homebuilders, citizen groups, trade associations and members of the oil and gas industry on more than 20 pages of proposed new and amended rules.

“We believe these new rules are another important step in the aftermath of the Firestone tragedy,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “State government and local municipalities depend on the commitment that industry is doing everything to to keep our communities safe.”

The flowline rules take numerous steps to strengthen requirements for design, installation, maintenance, testing, tracking and abandoning flowlines. Flowlines describe the kinds of pipelines that most typically move fluids around specific oil and gas development locations from wells to separators to storage tanks or to larger pipelines.