DENVER — Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed into law Proposition 107, a measure relating to presidential primary elections, and Proposition 108, a measure relating to unaffiliated voter participation in primary elections.
DENVER — Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced a Boards and Commissions appointment to the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline.
The Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline monitors and disciplines misconduct of judges and justices of the state courts of Colorado and provides education programs to judges on their ethics obligations under the Colorado code of Judicial Conduct.
For a term expiring June 30, 2019:
Drucilla Pugh of Pueblo, to serve as a non-attorney, appointed.
DENVER — Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 — In observance of Christmas, many state offices will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Dec. 26.
All of Colorado’s state parks will be open but the visitor centers and administrative offices will be closed. State troopers will be patrolling the highways and Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be working as necessary.
DENVER — Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Board of Trustees for Adams State University, Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System, Colorado Dental Board, Executive Clemency Advisory Board, Board of Trustees for Fort Lewis College, Government Data Advisory Board, Board of Trustees of Metropolitan State University of Denver, Board of Trustees of the Colorado School of Mines, Pinnacol Assurance Board of Directors, Colorado State Fair Authority Board of Commissioners and Board of Trustees for Western State Colorado University.
DENVER — Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, State Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Council, Hospital Provider Fee Oversight and Advisory Board, Statewide Independent Living Council, Colorado Juvenile Parole Board, Board of Trustees for Colorado Mesa University, Board of Trustees of the University of Northern Colorado, Utilities Consumer Council, Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp Committee.
DENVER — Tuesday, December 20, 2016 — The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) today released its quarterly economic and revenue forecast.
Overall economic activity has improved in Colorado compared with 2015 and early 2016, and the expansion is expected to continue at a moderate pace. The large drop in spending and income in the state from the downturn in the oil and gas industry is no longer weighing on growth. An increase in new business formation, the source of most net new jobs, is also contributing to Colorado’s improved economic growth. Demand for workers among Colorado businesses remains among the highest levels in the country, especially in the urban areas along the Front Range.
“Colorado’s economy has picked up in recent months. Our state’s economy has demonstrated resilience during the downturn in the energy sector, and we are cautiously optimistic about the future,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Governors of Colorado, Utah and Nevada announce joint action to build regional electric vehicle corridor
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS — Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 — The Governors of Colorado, Utah and Nevada today jointly announced that they will work together over the next year to develop complementary plans for building an electric vehicle charging network across key highway corridors in their states.
The corridors will include Interstates 70, 76 and 25 across Colorado; Interstates 70, 80 and 15 across Utah; and Interstates 80 and 15 across Nevada. In total, the charging network will connect more than 2,000 miles of highway.
“This initiative recognizes that our states will continue to lead the country in the electric vehicle market,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. “Our residents and the millions of visitors to our states will be able to drive electric vehicles from Denver to Salt Lake City to Las Vegas -- from the Rockies to the Pacific.”
"Regional collaboration is a key driver to fueling our future transportation options," said Utah Governor, Gary R. Herbert. "By working together, we can minimize costs, ensure technological consistency, and serve as laboratories of innovation.”
“The State of Nevada has electrified many of its interstates and highways which has increased access to our open roads and promoted tourism and recreation in our rural communities. This collaboration will allow more families, tourists, and travelers the ability to experience the freedom and beauty of the great American West,” said Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.
This regional electric charging station network will address “range anxiety,” the concern that recharging may not be available for long-distance travel or trips outside of major cities. The electrification of major regional corridors is expected to facilitate the vehicle market transformation and allow smaller communities to “plug in” to the regional system.
Colorado, Utah and Nevada each has significant electric vehicle market potential. In particular:
Colorado offers a $5,000 tax credit on electric vehicle purchases, one of the best incentives in the country. Colorado has also already begun building charging stations through the Charge Ahead Colorado program. There are nearly 8,000 electric vehicles on the road in Colorado today, compared to less than 100 in 2011.
Utah currently ranks 7th in the U.S. for electric vehicle adoption. The State also recently unveiled its Mighty Five Corridor initiative, which will make electric vehicle transportation to its national parks possible, through the installation of DC fast charging stations along key interstates. Watch Utah's video on the state's innovative transportation planning.
Nevada is ranked 13th in the nation for electric vehicles with 2,104 electric vehicles and 31,937 hybrid vehicles registered in the State of Nevada. The Silver State has a goal to complete an electric highway system serving the entire state by 2020. To support this effort and promote greater connectivity between neighboring states, Nevada has received acceptance from the Federal Highway Administration on designation of four strategic corridors within its borders as Alternative Fuel Corridors, including Interstates 80 and 15 and US 95 and 50.
DENVER — Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags to be restored to full-staff on all public buildings statewide beginning at sunset, December 17, 2016. Flags were lowered to half-staff on Dec. 9, 2016 in honor of John Glenn, and as proclaimed by President Barack Obama.
The full text of the president’s proclamation:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release Dec. 16, 2016
RETURNING THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES TO FULL-STAFF
DENVER — Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed into law Amendment 70, a measure relating to the state minimum wage, and Proposition 106, a measure relating to access to medical aid-in-dying medication.
DENVER — Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Justice Assistance Grant Board, Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission and Workers’ Compensation Cost Containment Board.
The Justice Assistance Grant Board advises the Division of Criminal Justice on issues related to federal block grant monies designated to improve the criminal justice system and reduce drug abuse and violent crimes.
For a term expiring July 31, 2019:
Chief of Police Paul Douglas Shultz of Canon City, and occasioned by the resignation of Police Commander David A. Moore of Longmont, appointed.
The Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission works with state agencies, the U.S. Forest Services, Bureau of Land Management, local byways organizations, as well as public and private resources, to assist in the development of byways management plans, including interpretation, promotion and protection of distinctive byways characteristics. They also help coordinate the budgeting process and allocation of federal, state, and private funds for the purpose of byway improvement.
For a term expiring January 1, 2019:
Daniel Cressy of Golden, to serve as a representative of the U.S. Forest Service, and occasioned by the resignation of Christopher F. Sporl of Littleton, appointed.
The Workers’ Compensation Cost Containment Board promotes cost containment and risk management programs in the administration of workers’ compensation programs.
For terms expiring December 13, 2019:
Edward Dean Davis of Centennial, representing employers with good risk management experience with respect to their workers’ compensation insurance, and as a Democrat, reappointed;
Sarah Hayes of Lafayette, representing executives with good risk management experience in the insurance industry, and as Democrat, reappointed.